***Special thanks to Trophy Skin for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.***
People have been raving about microdermabrasion facials for the longest time, but I haven’t actually gotten one done in my life! Honestly, facials can get pricey after a while especially if you get them done regularly. Now that I’m in my mid-20’s, I want to do everything I can to keep my skin tight and healthy, without making my wallet cry if possible. With that said, I was ecstatic when I got the opportunity to try Trophy Skin’s at-home microdermabrasion system, the MicrodermMD!
A Bit About My Skin
Overall, I have been blessed with good skin (or so my boyfriend says). I am pretty hard on myself so even a small pimple will drive me nuts! After moving to Palm Springs, I’ve definitely been under the sun a lot more frequently. I try not to tan my face too much though because I’m afraid of sun spots… but my body has gotten WAY darker than my face so I can’t shield my face from the sun entirely every time I’m out. I definitely pile on the sunscreen but you know… I just can’t help but feel paranoid when it comes to the face. Before using Trophy Skin, acne scars from my high school days could still be visible if you looked closely.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Simply put, microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, non-chemical procedure that incorporates a diamond tip to slough off the outermost layer of the skin. This is dry, dead skin cells that should be removed regularly to reveal younger and healthier skin. The diamond tip typically will last anywhere from 3-6 months, and sometimes up to a year! Microdermabrasion is used to treat deep facial lines, scars, and sun damage.
Why Trophy Skin?
Trophy Skin’s at-home microdermabrasion system is extremely easy to use. The professional technology improves various skin problems like acne, acne scars, age spots, sun damage, large pores, dull skin, dry skin, milia, fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, hyper pigmentation, minor scars, and the overall health of your skin. As a result, you wouldn’t have to wear as much make-up, and when you do, the make-up applies and stays on a lot better!
The system comes with several things including:
- MicrodermMD device
- Pore extraction tip
- 100 pack filters
- Tip cleaner
- Medium diamond tip
- Infusion tip
- Power adapter
- User manual
If you’re like me and live off of instant gratification, you’ll enjoy this system. With Trophy Skin’s microdermabrasion tools, you will feel the difference after even one treatment. More importantly, you will also see a significant difference after repeated use. I’ve tried the system not only on myself but also on my boyfriend. He is older than me and definitely has more “age” to him, so Trophy Skin has come in quite handy for him. He also loves the sensation as it feels like he’s getting a professional facial!
Trophy Skin offers free shipping in the U.S. and payment plans are available for those who don’t wish to pay the full price for the system. The system goes for $299 on their website. To me, this is actually a small one-time price to pay when you’re comparing it to costs that pile up over time if you were to get facials done regularly in office. To put things into perspective, a professional microdermabrasion treatment costs on average, $150 per session! You would have paid for Trophy Skin’s system (which has a 3 year warranty) in the cost of just 2 facials.
How I Use Trophy Skin
Since I’ve never done any form of microdermabrasion, my skin was extra sensitive the first time I tried this. In fact, it was to the point where I left red marks on my face similar to what a hickey would look like. Not exactly the prettiest results, but I’ll say that I felt that my skin was tighter and cleaner after use. I then learned that I applied too much pressure in one given spot, which causes these red marks. Luckily, these red marks fade pretty quickly and it’s nothing that a bit of make-up won’t cover up if you need to head out the next day.
After the first time, my microdermabrasion sessions with Trophy Skin went a lot more smoothly. I got the hang of it and was able to glide the diamond tip more smoothly and distribute the pressure throughout my face. Generally, I stick with the “auto” mode which goes for 5 minutes. I trust the machine — it adjusts the pressure point depending on where you’re gliding the diamond tip on your face. It also has recommended times set for each section of the face. This is helpful if you have zero experience with microdermabrasion and want something simple to essentially “follow.” As you get the hang of it, you can customize the amount of time and pressure you apply for each part of the face. I have been consistently using this 3 times a week, and this routine has been working out quite nicely for my skin!
Recently, I’ve noticed some fine lines forming on my neck. Prior to using Trophy Skin, I was one of those gals who unfortunately neglected the neck when it came to skin care. Luckily, it hadn’t reached the point where the damage couldn’t be reversed. Performing microdermabrasion with this system on my neck and décolletage has helped to minimize these fine lines and promote healthy skin in these areas.
After the microdermabrasion is complete, I apply a generous amount of Trophy Skin’s Argan stem cell serum. This is the best time to apply a quality moisturizer or facial treatment as the skin will absorb it best after the procedure.
As mentioned above, the kit comes with two other heads — one for pore extraction and one for infusion. When my boyfriend says I have good skin, it’s because I don’t really have large pores. With that said, I haven’t had to use the pore extraction tip just yet, but I imagine it would be just as useful as the diamond tip for that particular use. The infusion tip is used to help get your moisturizer or in my case, the Argan stem cell serum deep into the skin for maximum benefit. Depending on what you are looking to achieve, Trophy Skin provides a handy user manual explaining how to use each thing.
Cleaning the device is hassle-free. Simply remove the diamond tip (or whichever tip you were using) and use the tip cleaner to remove any loose dirt. Then, remove the black filter and see how many dry & dead skin cell particles you’ve just collected! It’s quite amazing because you would never see this with the naked eye without using the system. A regular face wash just won’t do it! To prep the machine for your next use, just remember to place a new filter into the slot so that you’re good to go!
Results After a Month
Long story short, my skin condition has improved tremendously after using this for a month. My stubborn acne scars are pretty much invisible now and my skin overall is very smooth with reduced discoloration. I’m really happy about this because I no longer have to wear as much make-up, if at all! Since I live in the desert where I’ll literally drip in sweat the moment I walk out the door, I’ve been loving the fact that I can go out with no make-up and not feel bad about my skin. On days I want to feel a bit more done up, I’ll fill in my brows and put on some mascara. Never in my life have I been so confident in my own skin! I definitely look forward to using this system consistently and seeing improved results with time.
For those of you who haven’t tried at-home microdermabrasion and are thinking about giving it a go, I highly recommend doing so with Trophy Skin’s MicrodermMD! You can use my promo code STYLE10 for 10% off on their website. I absolutely love the fresh tingly sensation after the treatment and the long-lasting health benefits it has provided my skin so far. If you have any questions about my experience that I haven’t covered in this review I’d love to answer them. Just let me know in a comment below!
Have you tried an at-home microdermabrasion system before? What were your results like?
Photos by David Potter