The No 7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion has been a totally new product for me, not just the brand but the whole concept of using a microdermabrasion product at home, or in a doctor’s office for that matter, so I was a bit anxious to see how it would work. I’m (surprisingly) not getting any younger and a few months ago I decided that my face needed a little pick me up to get back to having that youthful glow I had a few years ago. The older you get the duller and decidedly less fresh looking your skin appears, plus you get dark patches and your skin just isn’t as nice as it once looked. I have kind of persnickety skin, so I really like a great exfoliator that won’t break me out or lead to issues of any kind. Since this is designed for you to use at home, it isn’t as powerful, or potentially damaging to your skin, as what you would find in a doctor’s office or a spa type setting. Here’s what Boots says about how it works: “Aluminium-oxide micro-crystals smooth, refine and renew sweeping away dull cells for incredible radiance from the first time you use it. Within 4 treatments stimulates skin cell renewal to work against fine lines, skin tone evens, leaving skin softer, silky to touch and more refined. Helps to work against the appearance of dark areas, sun damaged or blemish prone skin too.” It sounds like magic in a squeezy tube, huh?
The instructions are pretty clear and are easy enough (pretty much like your regular exfoliator) so that even I am able to use this without a problem. It does say that you can use it twice per week, but I try not to use it more than once per week. Though, I tried a twice per week schedule for a couple of really hot weeks here and it wasn’t too hard on my skin now, when I’m a little more oily, but I don’t think I would continue that schedule during winter with drier skin. I’ve read that microdermabrasion, if used too often, can do more damage than good and I’d prefer to avoid that. I expect that is more in reference to the spa or doctor’s office strength products and not stuff you use at home, but just to be safe I err on the side of caution.
After using this for a couple of months, I have to say I have not noticed any dramatic differences in my skin colouring or glowiness. However, this is an excellent exfoliator and has kept me blemish free during the summer. As I mentioned, I’m a little more oily during the summer, and definitely this summer I have been sweatier on my face since it has been so hot here in London, so this has managed to help keep my skin cleaner I think. What I have noticed is that the texture of my skin does appear to be a bit finer and my skin feels softer as a result, I think. But I didn’t do pictures or anything, so this is just my subjective opinion. All in all, I think this seems like a great at home product, but you’re not going to get some fabulously dramatic change in your skin most likely; of course, this depends on your skin’s state to begin with I suppose. However, this will keep your skin clean and help to improve the texture a bit.
Do be careful not to overuse it, and be very, very careful to avoid getting it anywhere near your eye lid or under eye area; that skin is just too delicate for something like this. Not to mention, you don’t want those little particles anywhere near your actual eye. Also, my other tip would be to not rub it in to your skin too vigorously or you will just end up making your skin look red and blotchy, and it will be very sensitive for a couple of days (yes, I did this one time by mistake). This is definitely a product where you should use it as they suggest and don’t try to get too fancy with your interpretation of the instructions.
If you are wondering where to get your own No 7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion, you buy it through Boots (No 7 is their brand). You can get it online or in any of their stores. Here in the UK it costs £11.00 for a 75 ml tube, which lasts quite a while since you don’t use all that much each time. I was fortunate enough to have a £5.00 coupon for a No 7 product, so it was just £6.00 for me. If you go to the Boots website you will see that this product has great reviews: 77% of users would recommend this. So, needless to say while my skin might not look like it did when I was 16, this is great and for the price is an excellent addition to your skin care program. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find this on the Boots US site.