My first microdermabrasion experience at Destination Skin

I have always wanted to try microdermabrasion so when the opportunity arose for me to try it at Destination Skin in House of Fraser, I was over the moon. The skin clinic is located at the back of the beauty floor and has been running since the store opened. Even to me, it felt like a surprise to see how many rooms they had- it was as if it had been hiding from me for all these years!

The clinic is very professional and medical. It's not a spa- it is there to treat skin concerns. Lisa looked after me for my treatment and as it was my first visit, I filled out all the necessary paperwork and she discussed what would be happening in my microdermabrasion session. I had a skin consultation where we talked about my health and my skin concerns. I opted for microdermabrasion as I have always wanted to try to lift some scaring I have from previous acne outbreaks. Lisa explained to me that with regular peels and microdermabrasion, they would lift really easily. She did a skin analysis which I was a bit worried about. I try my best to keep my face out of the sun and keep my skin hydrated. My head was placed under a special light with a mirror so I could see where the damage was. I was pleased as I was told I had very good, well hydrated skin with hardly any damage. The only area of concern was around my eyes which was a little dehydrated.

With this in mind, Lisa proceeded with my treatment. Microdermbrasion often scares people but I can assure you that it does not hurt. I actually laughed during bits of it as it's a bit like your face being hoovered!  Microdermabrasion is a deep exfoliating treatment using vacuum and crystal technology.  The crystals are delivered at high speed to the surface of the skin and immediately vacuumed away, this technology removes the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing new, living cells restoring a healthy, refreshed glow.   In addition the epidermis layer of the skin is rejuvenated, meaning collagen production is stimulated leaving your skin feeling plumped, minimising the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Obviously for me, the lines and wrinkles were not the issue. I saw microdermabrasion as a more thorough facial which would help my scars to lift as I have been treating them at home with some improvement over the past few months. Lisa was able to do numerous "passes" (basically going over the same area) on my skin as although it is sensitive, microdermabrasion is fine for even the most sensitive of skins. 

The treatment was really great and it was over very quickly. I was in and out in 45 minutes with glowing skin, after having a vitamin C mask,  moisturiser and SPF applied. The Obagi range which was used on my skin smelled amazing. A lot of the products used can be bought but some of it is very much "prescription only" product. Below is a picture of my skin the day after my treatment. I think my scars are greatly reduced and my overall skin appearance looks more even. I think with more treatments I would be able to completely reduce the scars.

I had an amazing first experience at Destination Skin. Microdermabrasion starts at £75 per treatment. To book an appointment with the Belfast salon, call 0284 142 4500 or visit the website