Crystal clear beauty
Crystals, like diamonds, are a luxury in life. But one of the big differences between them is that one plays a big part in the beauty industry - we'll give you a clue, it's clear!
So just how are beautiful rocks used to make us look fabulous? Vicky Lee, Korean beauty blogger and founder of www.sorabelle.com, has given Cover Media the lowdown on the treatment microdermabrasion.
"Microdermabrasion is a powerful skin resurfacing procedure that rejuvenates skin and gives it a younger-looking appearance. The treatment involves blasting tiny crystals onto the skin to polish away the top layers of dead cells, which effectively removes signs of sun damage: it lightens discolorations, reduces wrinkles, decreases the appearance of shallow scars, shrink the pores, and brightens the complexion," she explained.
The types of crystals used for this process include sodium chloride, magnesium oxide and sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, which is the most popular choice as it's more gentle on the skin.
Aluminum oxide crystals are the most popular used by dermatologists, Vicky points out, as their jagged shapes are the best to scour away dead cells.
"They also don't break and have anti-bacterial properties that can help fight acne," she continued of the benefits, but she also stressed that eyes, nose and ears must be protected to prevent the crystals from entering the body.
To get good results, Vicky suggests having the treatment every two to four weeks until satisfied and recommended to stop.
You don't have to fork out to use crystals though, as Vicky has an alternative too: "A cheaper, but still effective, alternative to microdermabrasion crystal peels are at-home microdermabrasion machines and creams. These use the same aluminum oxide crystals employed by dermatologists, but are less powerful because there is no vacuum power to blast the crystals onto the skin, dispose of them once they've done their job, and stimulate blood flow."