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Microdermabrasion & Chemical Facials: Are They the Right Skincare Treatments for You?

Anyone who struggles with common skin issues like fine wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and excessive dryness understands how frustrating they can be. Not only are these issues uncomfortable and painful at times, but they also make it difficult to effortlessly wear your favourite makeup or feel confident in your natural skin. 

While over-the-counter skincare products can definitely help improve some of these issues, they aren’t always the most effective option, especially if your skin has been suffering for a long time. Intense acne, scarring, and pigmentation can often need much more than a vitamin C serum or retinoid. 

If you’ve found yourself struggling with treating your skin and making it glow the way you’ve always wanted it to, and products aren’t doing the trick, then slightly more invasive procedures might be the next best step. While microdermabrasion and chemical facials (also known as chemical peels) are common in the skincare world, there is still a bit of confusion about what these procedures entail and if they are the right option for certain needs.

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Below is a breakdown of what you can expect from your microdermabrasion or chemical facial appointment and if it’s something you should book today. 

What are microdermabrasion and chemical facials?


Microdermabrasion is a slightly invasive procedure that is done with an applicator with an abrasive headpiece, used to scrub away the outer layer of the skin. Much like a general physical exfoliator, scrubbing away dead skin cells can help to reveal the healthier, more glowy skin underneath. Typically a diamond or crystal headpiece is used to scrub the skin and simultaneously suck away the dead cells. Because this procedure irritates the skin, it’s important to moisturize often afterward and avoid direct contact with the sun by applying SPF.

Chemical Facials: 

Chemical facials are done by applying a chemical solution to the face intended to remove the top layer of the skin. Depending on your skin concerns you can opt for deeper chemical facials, but those will come with more irritation and a longer recovery time, so it’s important to discuss your needs with a professional beforehand. Once the skin has peeled off it will grow back smoother and with less (or none!) of the concerns you had previously. 

What conditions do they treat?

While more intense concerns, such as deep scarring and wrinkles, are better left to more invasive procedures, below are a few issues that microdermabrasion and chemical facials can help you with. Everyone’s skin reacts differently, but if you suffer with any of the below concerns and haven’t seen results with your skincare routine, then these treatments can help improve:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun damage
  • Dull complexion 
  • Acne scars
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Should you get microdermabrasion or a chemical facial?

The decision to get microdermabrasion or a chemical facial is specific to each person and their needs, which is why it’s always important to discuss your skincare concerns with a professional before booking an appointment. However, if you suffer from any of the above issues, then these treatments could help you get on your way to healthy, glowing skin. 

Most professionals recommend repeating a treatment every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on your concerns, until you are satisfied with your results. While everyone’s skin can react differently, microdermabrasion and chemical facials are two of the most effective treatments to easily and less invasively treat surface level skin concerns. 

If you’re interested in giving these treatments a try, reach out to Wink and Wave today to book your first appointment. We can be your one-stop-shop for building your ultimate beauty routine!

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