As the skin ages from time and exposure to the sun’s radiation, the outer dead cell layer thickens. This causes the skin to look dull and feel dry. By removing this outer dead layer, the skin is smoothed and looks brighter, younger and more radiant. Since the deeper layers of the skin are alive and functional, the skin can feel moist. Although there are several ways to do this, including use of alpha-hydroxyl washes, superficial peels, and systems like the Obagi® Skin Care System, one of the quickest, simplest and easiest methods is microdermabrasion. Some people, in fact, use regular frequent microdermabrasion as part of their normal skin care regimen to keep the outer dead cell layer minimal and their skin feeling moist.
The procedure is non-surgical and noninvasive. It employs a wand that is passed over your skin. Tiny crystals are blown against your skin, abrading the outer layer. The used crystals and dead cells from the skin are simultaneously vacuumed away to a sealed container. The microdermabrasion takes about 45 minutes and has no discomfort. You can return to normal activities immediately, looking radiant. If you are using the Obagi® Skin Care System and having significant peeling, this is a great way to reduce the peeling and gain a healthy glow faster.