This is rather exciting, I’ve been sent a PMD – Personal Microderm Device, to review for the site. The PMD is an ‘at home’ microdermabrasion treatment, or, to really break it down, an ultra gentle mini sander for your face.
The hand-held PMD Personal Microderm system delivers the same anti-ageing and skin purifying results as microdermabrasion treatments offered in medical spas and salons, but at a fraction of the price.
It combines the power of deep exfoliation with vacuum suction to leave the skin looking brighter, smoother and more rejuvenated than ever.
PMD Personal Microderm uses the same aluminium oxide crystals as found in professional machines, which make up a flat, coarse disc that has a deeply exfoliating effect on the skin.
The dead skin cells are instantly removed by the vacuum action of the device, which activates the innate skin healing mechanism that stimulates cell renewal and collagen production in the upper layers of the skin.
Using the PMD device on a regular basis will reduce the appearance of fine lines, light scarring and wrinkles. It will also improve the overall skin tone by fading uneven pigmentation, sun damage, age spots, and skin blemishes.
In addition, microdermabrasion also helps to reduce the formation of acne as it helps to clear out clogged pores and release trapped dirt and oil. Another benefit is the fact that skin care product will be more fully absorbed into the skin, which maximises their effectiveness.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
1 Personal Microderm
7 Exfoliating Discs (1 white training, 2 green and 4 blue)
1 Electric Cord
1 Facial Cap
1 Body Cap
1 Reusable Filter
Instructional CD and Pamphlet
Easy to use once you practice a bit. Do watch the video, and do use the most gentle disc the first couple of times. This is once of the best tools I have purchased, and I have quite a few. I saw an improvement after the first use.
Because this is such a serious piece of kit and my skin is delicate, I’m going to use white ‘training’ discs with this device. When I first read about the training disc, I did think it was just a plastic, dummy disc to help you get an idea of how to hold the device and move it across your skin, but it’s a proper ‘abrasive’ disc, although the abrasiveness is apparently very mild. I ordered 6 white discs from Derma Care Direct for £19.00 (Free P&P. Arrived in 2 days).
There are no white body discs, so perhaps at some point I will use the grey discs for super sensitive skin types and and finally, the blue discs for sensitive skin.
The official instruction video is excellent and worth watching a few times, although I’m also looking at beauty blogger videos to get a sense of how ‘non experts’ use the device.
There’s a huge emphasis on not allowing the PMD to stay in one position, don’t let it hover over one area, you have to keep moving it as you hold skin taut. Practise with an unplugged device.
It’s extremely important not to use the PMD with exfoliating, peeling or retinol based products – one layer at a time!
Sun protection, which should always the most important step in your skin care regimen anyway, is vital after microdermabrasion, protect and moisturise your newly revealed skin.
Lots of helpful usage tips and detailed reviews by QVC customers
PMD – Personal Microderm Device £119.00 (Free P&P) DermaCareDirect (Cheapest price I could find, I bought the replacement white discs from them).
I’ve had the PMD for a couple of months now, but because of my sensitive skin, I kept putting off using it. After all, it is an abrasive tool, designed to ‘sand’ off the top layer of dead skin cells.
I practised with the white ultra sensitive disc on my arm (although it’s impossible to hold the skin taut by yourself, I needed help from Mark) and it felt fine. It didn’t hurt or leave a red line.
Still, it does need to be used on the face, so I decided to bite the bullet and… try it out on JJ, my 19-year-old son, freshly back from University – world’s worst mum, I know!
Again, there was no adverse reaction and I easily mastered the technique, so I knew the exact amount of pressure to apply to get that ‘popping’ sound after I had completed each ‘sweep’ of the device.
Onto my third white disc – obviously, never share discs and use Surgical Spirit, called Rubbing Alcohol in the US, (about £2.00 for 200ml sold in most chains of independent chemists – I couldn’t find it at Boots), to gently clean the cap and surrounding area. Just use water to rinse the black circular filter.
I tried it on my jaw line and was pleased to see a tiny sprinkling of ‘dust’ (actually dead skin), at the end of my first sweep. There was no redness or irritation which gave me the confidence to do the rest of my face and it was really quick and easy.
I used a toner afterwards, Stratum C is the mildest one and superb for older, menopausal skin.
I found an immediate smoothness on the underside of my jaw line – where I sometimes get tiny bumps from erm… how do I say this delicately? Plucking out the odd straggly (but tough!) chinny hair.
After I’ve finished with the white discs, I feel confident enough to move up a level to the grey super sensitive skin disc, that’s how gentle the device is.
This is only the first update, now I’ve found my feet, this is now going to be a regular weekly beauty treatment.
- Do remember to pull the skin taut, I did find I forgot to do this a couple of times and felt I was dragging at my skin. I won’t forget again.
- Keep the device moving, don’t let it hover in one spot. If you can’t see where the device has been, don’t guess, just move up and away to a new area.
- I watched a few videos on You Tube to get an idea of what to expect, and I was a bit shocked by how much pressure some people used. They were left with huge, angry welts on their face, but they were fine with it, saying that they would disappear after a few minutes. Always be gentle, you want just enough pressure to hear that suction pop.