What is PMD Personal Microderm? It’s an at home DIY microdermabrasion treatment. Sounds intriguing right? I thought so too.
RRP $179 (USD)
As far as professional skin treatments go, I’m a complete wanna-be (Spice Girl style, song and all). I wanna try microdermabrasion, I wanna try skin needling, I wanna try it all, I just wanna have the most beautiful skin on the planet! Sadly, time and money are usually the driving force behind my love of home & DIY treatments.
I once booked myself a microdermabrasion treatment, was promptly told by the therapist that was ‘so not in’ and was persuaded to try something else instead. The results were definitely good, but the ongoing treatments and complimentary skincare products we’re frighteningly expensive. While I couldn’t put a price on nice skin and subsequent self-esteem, my bank account would have argued otherwise. What’s a girl to do? (besides sell her liver??)
Fast forward a few years and my skin is still like the ultimate rubics cube. I’ll never figure you out, will I skin? And, I still haven’t tried microdermabrasion. Hmm. Enter PMD Personal Microderm, and my curiosity is peaking.
Why I’m so eager to try
Lately I’ve noticed my pores are huge. Someone needs to put a hazard sign up, those babies are dangerous. One day I’ll go to air-kiss someone and they’ll fall in and disappear and I’ll be like, “hey where’d you go?”. It’s all part and parcel of ageing of course, but still a little upsetting none the less. I desperately crave my smooth-skin of yesteryear.
Inexpensive compared to professional treatments
No need to book appointments, do it when it suits you at home
Replacement disks cost still less in the long run
With time, less treatments are needed
Risk of skin damage with improper/excessive use
Device cost may still be high for some
I chose the training head, despite my impatient self-conscious screaming ‘Just go with the roughest disk, you big baby!’. The PMD disk buffed my skin while it sucked away the dead skin cells, which is the reason you must hold your face taut as you glide it over your skin. Basically you are exfoliating and vacuuming your skin at the same time.
You can tell when you have correct contact on your skin, as the sound of the device changes as it forms an air seal flush against it. As soon as you tilt the device incorrectly you loose contact with your skin and you will feel nothing (essentially you are just exfoliating the air at this point). You must also keep the device moving to avoid excessive abrasion to the skin. It is recommended not to pass more than twice over the same spot, I chose only to pass over my face once for this initial trial.
I was a little scared of how it might feel, but it wasn’t unbearable. I started with the sides of my nose and cheeks then moved to the areas which I felt needed more attention successively: nose cheeks/chin/forehead/rest of the face. By half way through the treatment the disk felt hot on contact with my skin. I found it a touch uncomfortable/discomforting. Luckily, passing over my entire fact was very quick, and it was over before it was too much.
Obviously, my skin was left red and tingling, but nothing distressing. I looked like I had gone for a serious run and my face was flushed. Oh, and did I mention my skin was as smooth as a baby? Soooooo smooth. I couldn’t stop touching it. It was obviously too early to see real visible results, but to the touch, my skin felt flawless. The morning after I looked very fresh and clear. The only down side I see so far is that you have to be patient with the results. Only treating your skin once every 6-7 days is a slow process, but I have no doubt it will be worth it.
I LOVE this device. Fast forward to over a month of using it and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an inexpensive alternative to microdermabrasion. I would not recommend this to anyone looking for one quick treatment of smooth, clear skin for the price/use ratio. If you want or need microdermabrasion this is a brilliant at home option, but at the same time don’t feel that you must spend $179 to get nicer skin.
I believe you must commit yourself to purchasing the replacement disks to continue your treatments if you do chose to buy the PMD, because if your going to invest that much to buy it, you should follow through. Otherwise you just spent $179 on a exfoliator that works as long as the disks last, anywhere from a month to a couple of months. Make sense?
I am incredibly happy with the results, and I’ll continue to use it. Nothing compares to the results I have from the PMD. I have successfully turned back the clock at least five years on my large pores and skin, and for that I’m sold. My skin is fresher, smoother, and more refined than I’ve seen in a VERY long time. Possibly ever.
Oh, and as for my infamous pigmentation? It’s improved! Yes, it’s still there, but has improved more than I’ve been able to manage with any other treatments. I’d say at least a 50% real reduction on the right side, and a 80% reduction on the left. Score! *fist pump*
One final word before I go for those tempted to try, I must, must, must emphasise using this device properly. No matter what type of skin you have, please be careful to test your sensitivity first and follow the instructions closely. Remember, your buffing your skin with a exfoliating disk that spins at high speeds, I wouldn’t want you to damage your skin!
Tip: to calm my skin afterwards I applied an organic Rosehip oil. Ahhhh. Beautiful skin.
Disclosure: This post contains products sent to me for consideration. This is not a sponsored or affiliated post. All views and opinions are my own.