Wondering what microdermabrasion is? We will break it down for you. Here’s what you need to know about microdermabrasion: it is a cosmetic procedure. The overall purpose is to remove your top layer of skin and any excess dead skin. This helps to exfoliate the skin and renew your skin cells while promoting collagen growth. While it is most commonly performed on the face, it can actually be performed on the skin on any part of your body that needs rejuvenation.
Besides collagen stimulation, it is also used to reduce pore size, remove blackheads, improve hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration, reduce the appearance of acne scars, reduce and eliminate fine lines, and help your skin glow. You will likely see an improvement in skin texture and tone, along with brightened, clear, and healthier-looking skin.
It is also used as an overall anti-aging treatment. Most skin types are able to tolerate this treatment, but for some extremely sensitive skin types, it might be too harsh (when done at the dermatologist’s office).
Microdermabrasion is not the same thing as dermabrasion, which is a much more intense and invasive procedure performed by dermatologists only, and should not be done at home. Microdermabrasion is safe to do at home with a high-quality device.
What Is Collagen?
First of all, what is collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is formed through chains of amino acids that act as building blocks for our entire body. Collagen can be found pretty much anywhere inside us, including our bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, and most importantly, our skin.
Collagen (along with elastin) is responsible for giving our skin its youthful bounce and elasticity. As we age, our natural collagen production declines by around 1% each year. This might not seem like a lot, but over time it leads to all the typical signs of aging, including wrinkles, sagging skin, and dull skin that lacks a glow. Unfortunately, this loss of collagen production begins as early as age 20.
This means it is never too soon to try and boost your collagen production through treatments, food, and supplements. Besides the health of our skin, collagen is also responsible for joint and bone health. In fact, when you age, loss of collagen is one of the biggest contributors to health issues such as arthritis and weak and brittle bones, along with joint pain and inflammation.
Is There An At-Home Microdermabrasion Device?
Yes, there is an at-home microdermabrasion device. KENZZI has the best personal microdermabrasion device available. Some customers say it works even better than the microdermabrasion procedures they receive at the dermatologist. It is a small, hand-held device that is extremely easy to use while being highly effective.
Our device is medical-grade quality, with diamond-encrusted heads that work to expertly remove impurities and dead skin. Clogged pores lead to blackheads, acne, and inflammation. Our microdermabrasion device is much gentler than any chemical microdermabrasion treatments and any other at-home device on the market. It is even gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Weekly use will help your skin glow and help improve the absorption of your skincare products. Our at-home device has everything you need to get going. It comes with the microdermabrasion device itself, a USB charging cord, five replacement filters, three tip attachments (the oval tip, small tip, and microcrystalline tip), and a user manual.
When you go to the dermatologist, you typically can get a microdermabrasion treatment done every two weeks or once a month. Most office visits will leave you with a red face for about a day or so. With KENZZI, you can use your device weekly. It will save you trips to the dermatologist and has no downtime. Plus, more uses means more long-lasting results.
How Else Can I Promote Collagen Growth?
Microdermabrasion will help your skin to get its glow back. It is most important for external skin issues while simultaneously helping your skin to produce more collagen (an internal process). You should use this treatment along with eating a diet rich with foods that either contain collagen or help to promote collagen production.
By far, the best way to increase collagen naturally throughout your entire body (not just in your face) is through your diet and by taking supplements. It is essential you are eating enough foods that will stimulate collagen production so that the microdermabrasion treatments will be even more effective. A clean and healthy diet is absolutely key.
Sugar and processed foods have been shown to significantly decrease collagen production. What’s worse is sugar actually works to destroy the collagen we already have. There are tons of foods that already contain collagen or help to promote collagen production. Keep your focus on foods that are high in vitamin C and vitamin A, which are vitamins that are essential to collagen production.
You can find vitamin A in carrots, spinach, squash, and sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, which is the vitamin that is needed for a strong skin barrier and overall healthy skin function.
For vitamin C, citrus fruits are the way to go. Grapefruit is one of the best for your skin health. If you want to watch your sugar, try eating bell peppers, which are just as high in vitamin C as citrus fruits but contain a lower sugar content. You can try kiwi, cauliflower, and papaya, which are loaded with the vitamin as well.
Foods that already contain collagen are fish, chicken, and bone broth. It’s very easy to make this nutrient-dense broth at home. You do so by simmering animal bones (usually beef or chicken) in water with any desired herbs and spices. Bone broth is packed with collagen, amino acids, calcium, and magnesium.
Making bone broth yourself is time-consuming because of how long it takes to simmer (anywhere from 8-24 hours). If this sounds like too much of a commitment to you, you will still get collagen just from eating chicken and fish, but a majority of the collagen is in parts we don’t always eat, such as the scales of fish and the skin of the chicken.
As we already mentioned, collagen is created through amino acids. This means you will also want to eat foods that are high in amino acids. Fish and egg whites are some of the best foods you can eat for this. Fish contains proline and glycine, which are the most important amino acids for collagen production. Egg whites are high in proline as well. Lastly, you can try taking collagen supplements in addition to microdermabrasion for the ultimate collagen boost.
Is Skincare Important for Collagen Growth?
Yes, skincare is important for collagen growth. Most importantly, it is able to help your skin heal after microdermabrasion treatments. You should try and have a routine that includes products like moisturizer, hyaluronic acid, retinol, sunscreen, and other similar products. Of course, it all depends on your skin type and what your skin’s needs are.
These products can help to give you healthy skin and promote anti-aging. These products can improve collagen synthesis in your skin by improving your cell turnover and keeping your skin hydrated and healthy.
What you need for your skin completely varies from person to person. For example, if you have highly sensitive skin, you would likely not want to add a retinol product to your regimen because it is drying and irritating.
Every skincare regimen, regardless of skin type, needs a good sunscreen. The sun is one of the biggest destroyers of collagen besides sugar and processed food. Too much time spent in the sun unprotected will leave you with skin that ages more quickly. Sunspots and wrinkles are the results of sun damage.
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that helps to deeply exfoliate the skin while removing impurities such as dirt and clogged pores. It helps to prevent blackheads and acne while potentially reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
KENZZI has the highest-quality and most effective handheld at-home device on the market. It is also one of the only devices available that is completely safe for sensitive skin! No redness and no downtime. It can be used weekly, as compared to a trip to the dermatologist every two weeks or once a month.
While our microdermabrasion device works wonders, do not forget about eating a healthy diet that is rich in foods that help promote collagen production, such as foods with vitamin A and C, fish, bone broth, chicken, and collagen supplements. Make sure you use a hydrating skincare routine that also includes sunscreen.