Recently I was channel surfing and came across this program that was talking about celebrity skin care. The host was a 20 something girl with what looked like already beautiful skin. She was talking with a skin care specialist who was telling her about celebrity skin care secrets. He shared with her that a week or so before a big celebrity red carpet event like The Oscars or The Golden Globe Awards most celebrities undergo a skin treatment called microdermabrasion.
This was described as a treatment that uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. He went on to say that it uses micro particles, or a diamond-tipped wand, to slough off the top layer (epidermis) of your skin and stimulate new skin growth.
To me images of someone holding an industrial strength-sanding machine to my face came to my mind. I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep watching but my curiosity got the best of me. After a few more minutes of him explaining the procedure he went to work on the hosts face. He used a hand held device with a rotating diamond tip to work on the skin on her forehead, around her eyes, by her cheeks and near her chin. Not once did she mention a pain or discomfort. She said it was a bit tingly and that was about it. After the treatment he applied some special moisturizing skin cream to her face and she looked great. Her skin was glowing and radiant. She looked like she was ready for the red carpet.
After seeing this I was wondering if there were any devices out there for the everyday user. I did some searches online and found one company that came highly recommended. They are called Riiviva and they offer at home microderm kit for the everyday user.
They sent me one of their kits to review and within a week I was sitting in my living room watching the how-to video while the unit charged ( I had to charge it for 24 hours before 1st use). Their microdermabrasion device is equipped with medical-grade diamond-tip technology. The fact that it was rechargeable and could be used on the go was a big plus for me. The kit came complete with three types of diamond tips for face: fine, medium, and coarse, 50 Filters, Tweezers, Black Velvet travel bag and charger.
The video suggests that all users start out with the fine tip and see how their skin reacts.
Some people have more sensitive skin than others and the fine tip maybe all they ever need to use. While other people may have tougher skin and find they work their way up to the coarse diamond tip.
The first time I used it with the fine diamond tip (the one on the left) as suggested. Riiviva suggested that I try it on one side of my face that way I could compare the two afterwards. So I took their advice and only used it on the left hand side of my face.
After the treatment my face was slightly red in places but this was perfectly normal according to the how to video. Within couple of hours after using the Riiviva Microdermabrasion device on the left hand side of my face was left feeling much smoother and silkier compared to the untreated right hand side. I have to say I was immediately sold and then went to work on the right hand side of my face. The instructions said that you should use it once a week that way you give your skin a chance to rejuvenate naturally. The face test worked good for me but I wanted to see more some visual difference so I decided to use the Riiviva Microdermabrasion device on the rough part of my legs – my knees.
I have used the coarse diamond tip on my right knee once every 3 days. Each treatment took me less than 5 minutes. After the treatment my knee was slightly red but didn’t hurt a pinch:) After each treatment the skin was feeling much smoother and silkier compared to the untreated left knee. It was a feeling as if someone sucked off all of the dead dry skin layers. I was actually very surprised to see when I opened the back of the device to check on the filter, it was filled with dead skin cells. yuk..
But I’m very happy to notice the look and feel of my right knee. The skin after 2 treatments is much softer and does not have that rough look and feel. Yes I have used Skin polish, exfoliators in the past but they didnt give me these awesome results.
The knee circled in white is untreated (my chicken skin with bumps on the skin or what they call Keratosis pilaris) and still has this rough feel and rubbery look. The knee on the left that I treated with Riiviva device for the past 2 weeks feels much softer and much smoother. Not to mention that I used the small diamond tip on my knee that is designed to use for face. Riviiva has different tips for different parts of body (face, chest, Keratosis Pilaris, Stretch marks, Acne scarring..etc)
I have been using the Riiviva Microdermabrasion device for three weeks now and I have to tell you my skin hasn’t felt better. Along with the Riiviva Skin Care cream that they sell on their website my skin looks and feels much healthier, tighter, and clean. Did it work for me? Yes! Now that I’m seeing the visual results, I’m looking forward to purchase the bigger diamond tips that are designed to use for body and looking forward to treating more of my other skin parts 🙂 I am really happy that I stuck with that program back when I was channel surfing. Now I use and know all about a celebrity skin care treatment called microdermabrasion.
The only con that I’ve noticed is Riiviva Microderm device does not hold charge longer than 5-7 days. I will recommend to take the charger with you if you travel.
For the few minutes it takes to use the Riiviva Microderm, and the results it has given me I think it is very well worth every penny. At $299.00 it really is a bargain if you compare the price to getting the same results at a Dr’s. office (You pay $100-300 or more just for ONE 10-15 minute treatment).
If you are looking for an affordable at-home option to see how your skin can be refreshed, rejuvenated and visibly look better and to see what other products they sell please visit Riiviva web site.
For a limited time you can enter for a chance to win Riiviva Microderm. If you like to purchase Riiviva they generously provided a Coupon to my readers. Use code mdirene-83. $30 OFF Riiviva Coupon. It is valid until April 30 2013.
Disclosure: I received the Riiviva Microderm kit for free to test out the product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.