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Microdermabrasion is your skin's scar fighter.

IF too much sun has traumatized and aged your skin, don't expect your beauty elixirs to fix the problem. No matter how magical they are, you need a little help sometimes.

Microdermabrasion is a fairy godmother for skincare. It's the ultimate pick-me-up for skin peppered with sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and black- or whiteheads.

As a noninvasive, skin-resurfacing procedure, microdermabrasion is an effective exfoliant that polishes away dead cells on the top layer of your skin.

Traditionally, licensed skincare professionals perform the treatment in their clinics. There are two types, though they come with different names in the market. There's Crystal Microdermabrasion (crystals are deposited to the skin to polish off the flaws) and Diamond-Tip Microdermabrasion (procedure is done with a diamond-tip handpiece).

Clinics like House of Obagi, Beverly Hills Medical Group and Aivee Clinic offer the procedure. Its avid followers do it weekly. For maintenance, microdermabrasion is a nice monthly treat.

The great thing today is that you don't need to head out for it. At-home microdermabrasion is a new thing; you can either own a system yourself or purchase a trusty exfoliant. For the former, Aesthetique Solutions is a nice starter brand.

With its gentle vacuum and exfoliating crystals, the device can remove dead skin cells not just on your face, but also on other body parts.

Specialized scrubs

Brands have been churning out specialized scrubs for years now. Perricone MD, for instance, boasts of its Blue Plasma non-acidic daily peel that's safe even for those with sensitive skin. Apart from unclogging skin, this wonder liquid helps hydrate it.

Murad has also made cleansing easier. Boosted with salicylic acid, lactic acid and glycolic acid, the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is a potent weekly wash that helps remove impurities.

Dermalogica also has a line of exfoliants with varying strengths. For a stronger scrub, the Multivitamin Thermofoliant polishes the skin and even helps fight aging with its Prickly Pear Extract.

If you're all about the detox life, I'm sure you've heard about Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. Its Amazonian white clay is a powerful sucker of dirt and other grime.

You can also try an exfoliating moisturizer packed with salicylic acid from Philosophy. The Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment and Moisturizer is something you'll want your skin to be nourished with.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Aug 12, 2016
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