View Full Version : Face resurfacing/brightening

Hello Kitty
07-08-2005, 12:51 PM
My face has started to look kind of dull. I'm guessing it's age (eek) and some recent stress, but I'm hoping to combat it.

I exfoliate regularly and use an Alpha Hydroxy cleanser occasionally, but I'm intrigued by some of the over the counter peels, etc. that are out there. Anyone have any suggestions?

dana b
07-08-2005, 01:11 PM
i really like the neutrogena at-home microdermabrasion kit. at first i wasn't so sure, but after a week my skin was glowing almost too much. people were asking if i was pg again because i was "just glowing" :rolleyes: .

07-08-2005, 01:13 PM
I've been using Origin's Modern Friction as an alternative to microdermabrasion.

I am also using a line of skincare from Japan called Kose which is supposed to brighten and smooth the skin.

Hello Kitty
07-08-2005, 02:58 PM
Thanks for the recs so far.

I found a coupon (http://www.neutrogena.com/pdf/AdvSolMcrDmPDFRbtI.pdf) for the neutrogena kit, while I was googling it.

This is stupid, but what's the difference between exfoliating and using a OTC microdermabrasion? Does it really give you that dramatic of results (obviously it sounds like it does) What about any OTC chemical peels or anything like that?

07-08-2005, 03:38 PM
I do an occasional Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel. I got my stuff from AVON and I love it. I am hoping to get a microdremabrasion machine in the near future to really reap the benefits.

07-09-2005, 11:11 PM
I've just started using philosophy's microdelivery peel. So far, I'm liking it.

07-11-2005, 03:41 PM
it's great. the first time you use it, you will see a difference. the cream is a little gritty and i too wondered how it could make a difference, but it stimulates the skin to produce new cells. i got mine on sale at cvs plus the rebate!

07-11-2005, 05:32 PM
I've been using glycolic peels from Makeup Artists Choice and they work very nicely.

07-11-2005, 07:14 PM
I tried the Loreal peel and it did brighten my skin, but I was envious of what my facialist uses to do her peels. I buy the same peel she uses on me, online (and use it very very very responsibly)...60% glycolic with the same ph she has, and it works great (doing a peel yourself at this % if glycolic acid is not recomended for anyone who can't spot the redness signs and no when to quit, but if you dont have sensitive skin (like me) it works wonders when you wash it off after 5 min! FYI, The drugstore products have max 10% glycolic acid.

07-12-2005, 05:30 PM
I also do the gylcolic peels at home. Like jesvet I get mine from Makeup Artist Choice.

They do make a difference.

07-12-2005, 11:13 PM
Georgiana-- What kind of microdermabrasion machine would you buy? The type in the salons?

Heidi=-= Where did you get that online if I might ask? Or just: What's it called?

I LOVE salon microdermabrasion...but I can't afford it, of course. Thanks for these tips! I'd love to have a similar machine to the one they have at home....that would be awesome.

I think at some point this summer I'm going to have to crack and pay the $100 for the salon microdermabrasion.

07-13-2005, 05:03 AM
[B]Heidi=-= Where did you get that online if I might ask? Or just: What's it called?

I buy mine at Platinum Skinacare :

07-10-2006, 10:24 AM
Do the salon microdermabrasions really make that big of a difference? I'm cheap and don't want to waste $125 for subtle differences that last only a day or two. What did you like about it?

07-10-2006, 04:47 PM
They make a difference if you get a series--but that is way too much to pay.

Hello Kitty
07-10-2006, 05:34 PM
I actually started using a glycolic acid peel and I'm really happy with the results! It's drugstore strength, but enough for me right now. It takes off those little flakes of skin and I swear it's improved my tiny forehead furrow. :) When this runs out, I will probably buy more.

07-11-2006, 12:21 AM
Sorry I should have mentioned what I most liked about the salon micro (which was "only" $75 where I got it) JRPAVG was the fact that it totally cleaned out my pores and truly made them look smaller. It makes your face look airbrushed. It didn't last completely but I exfoliate a lot and have seen a difference--not huge.

I'm reading this and feeling like a dork for my vanity but I have this one huge complex which got me to do micro and that is these (probably not that noticeable) acne scars. They lightened slightly. These are the things I would like to get rid of totally but I'd probably have to do some intense face peel or laser thing to eliminate them. I was happy that they were slightly less noticeable though.

07-11-2006, 10:40 AM
Do the salon microdermabrasions really make that big of a difference? I'm cheap and don't want to waste $125 for subtle differences that last only a day or two. What did you like about it?

Yes, they do make a difference - but you do need to get a series. OTC products will never produce the results of a spa or dermatology MDR.

07-11-2006, 04:20 PM
I have been using the Patricia Wexler Skincare line sold through B&B Works and am thrilled with it. There is a mircrodermabrasion 2 step process with it, along with a terrific serum that I have found fantastic results with.

You can pick up a kit of samples for $45 that will last you well over a month. I think it is well worth it:-)

07-11-2006, 07:54 PM
I love the Philosophy microdelivery peel. Smells delicious (like orange juice) feels great when it warms up on your face, makes you luminous and satiny.

I have heard that the olay kit is almost exactly the same as philosophy, at half the price. I havent' tried that one though.