If you opt to get all the benefits of using a retinol without having to use harsh chemicals, you can achieve this by using mechanical exfoliation. One example is through microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is an anti-aging and skin rejuvenating device that helps buff away dead skin cells that make you look older.
It uses mechanical exfoliation through the diamond-embedded tip that can safely abrade the skin to make the cell turnover rate faster. It helps slough off dead skin and give you a more even exfoliation (as opposed to using gritty facial scrubs that just creates micro-tears in your skin.)
Efficient exfoliation is important so that you can maintain the youthful glow that everyone craves for. It helps buff away skin imperfections like pigmentation acne scars. It evens out skin tone, flatten raised scars and it may even help unclog congested pores thus, preventing acne formation.
Aside from picking up the skin debris, the suction helps improve blood circulation to the skin and stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen. That is important so that our skin can help repair damage where it is needed the most.
Compared to using retinol, microdermabrasion, if done the right way, is painless and there is no downtime! You can even have microdermabrasion on your lunch break and reapply your makeup without any fuss.
Professional microdermabrasion is usually done once a month. All you need to do is book or schedule a consultation and an esthetician will examine your skin and give you extra recommendations and treatments based on what your skin needs.
Or, you can do it yourself! Investing in your own microdermabrasion system enables you to do microdermabrasion in your own time, anywhere! Even if you are spending the night at a relative’s house, or on a trip to a different city or country, you can bring your own microdermabrasion device and have smooth, glowing skin in no time. It's like having your own personal esthetician!
At home microdermabrasion can be done once up to 3 times a week. Listen to your skin and whatever you do, do not over exfoliate!