Guide to Microdermabrasion

What is microdermabrasion?

Dermabrasion, or microdermabrasion, is a mainstay of aesthetic skin treatment and has a long and colourful history. The concept of removing the upper layers of the skin – known as ‘abrading,’ a sort of intense exfoliation – has been around for millennia. Pre-industry, beauty addicts resorted to eye-watering methods – BC dwelling Egyptians used sandpaper and later manual contraptions were cumbersome and prone to infection. Motorised machines were developed in the early 20th century, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that a regulated machine was developed in Italy, that allowed the dead skin cells to be sucked away as soon as removed – solving hygiene problems and enabling an safe and effective process.


What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?


Today, microdermabrasion is a well-established cosmetic procedure. As fine crystals are swept across the skin, excess build up and dead skin cells are vacuumed away revealing the even, younger-looking layer beneath. Dermabrasion can reduce fine facial lines and wrinkles, minimise sun damage (including sun spots and pigmentation), unclog pores, reduce the appearance of minor scars and generally improve the texture of skin. It’s a relatively affordable resurfacing treatment which is often used in conjunction with other treatments. At Santi we combine the proven benefits of microdermabrasion with oxygen treatment, and also offer a natural alternative that is not widely available:

Our popular Santi Glow facial combines microdermabrasion with oxygen infusion, providing skin abrasion and hydration simultaneously. First, traditional dermabrasion resurfacing grains are used to polish and buff away dead skin cells. Next, moisture is delivered directly to your resurfaced skin via pulsating oxygen, resulting in immediate hydration and encouraging a brighter, tighter appearance. When oxygen treatment follows skin abrasion the health benefits are amplified and the clean is deep. In terms of non-invasive rejuvenation, these two treatments make a powerful complementary pairing.


What is organic microdermabrasion facial?


At Santi, our Flower Peel is in fact an organic microdermabrasion procedure, combining aromatherapy techniques with modern technology as pure flower grains (rose, lavender and tea tree) are powerfully introduced to the skin in a controlled exfoliating stream. This buffing process encourages skin growth, boosts collagen production and has all the benefits of traditional microdermabrasion whilst remaining 100% flower based and organic. By replacing the usual oxidised crystal with rose, lavender and tea tree grains, the Flower Peel can deliver serious aromatherapy benefits directly to the skin: tea tree targets problem/hormonal skin, rose is effective in combatting wrinkles and fine lines via its

hydrating properties, and lavender – famously therapeutic – has long been used in the treatment of rosacea and can even help protect skin from modern environmental factors like pollution. If you are interested in the concept of skin abrading but would like to begin more gently, the Flower Peel delivers all the exfoliation and cell-stimulation of dermabrasion, naturally.


However dermabrasion is administered, the principle remains the same – simply by removing dead skin cells your complexion will be improved. There are a plethora of treatments, such as peels, that also promote skin resurfacing – but if your skin is dull, sluggish and in need of a general boost, dermabrasion is a good and proven place to start.

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