Now that the ravages of winter weather are fading and summer’s heat hasn’t fully kicked in, it’s the perfect time to kick your skin into shape. During Skin Gym Week on bodyandsoul.com.au, we’re sharing the tips and tools improve your skin health- from face-friendly meal plans to the most effective professional treatments, to the best and buzziest products, it’s everything you need to get the best skin of your life – from the inside-out.
For me, the best facials always involve a microdermabrasion or a good chunk of time spent on extractions. Nothing can compare to coming out of a treatment with clear, decongested pores and half the amount of blackheads. That deep-clean feeling is so satisfying!
The Rodan + Fields Pore Cleansing MD System ($356, at Rodan + Fields, available from October 2) is basically a blackhead blitzing tool that fuses the sucking and exfoliating powers of microdermabrasion and chemical cleansing of salicylic and lactic acids to leave skin clear and clean – AKA a detox for your face.
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I start with a clean face and then prep my skin with the acid solution – it works to help dissolve the built-up oil and gunk blocking pores. You have to apply a good squirt and work fast as the serum needs to give the tool a little bit of slip, so you don’t want it to soak all the way into skin.
There’s two suction tips, the first one is to cover larger areas like your T-zone so I start with that. I turn on the tool and place the tip lightly on the middle of my forehead until it sucks my skin, it feels exactly the same as a microdermabrasion – like gentle pulling and a bit of pressure.
From here I glide the tip across my forehead from left to right a few times before moving down along my nose and then to my chin. My skin looks pretty red considering there’s no pain. You need to roll the tip around to make sure it sticks to your skin and you’re getting enough suction. This is where the smaller tip comes in handy – it gets into the nooks and hard-to-reach areas like the tip and sides of the nose and crease of the chin. It’s also where the real de-gunking happens, as you can place it directly over spots too.
After a few minutes I need to pull myself away from the tool – it’s addictive! I take a look at the tip and can see oil lodged inside which is pretty gross and the reason why the tips are for single-use only. But it’s also evidence that it works.
Once the redness subsides I can see a slight difference in congestion. I was a little disappointed as I had imagined porcelain, smooth skin, but I can still see my pores even though they’re not as dark as they were before. However, the next morning I saw a big improvement – it could be down to the serum working overnight to help eat up the dead skin and sebum, by using both methods together you get the best of both exfoliating worlds. By adding this to your regular routine once a week the results are likely to get better and better.
If you like the sounds of this, try these chemical exfoliants:
Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant, $30.41, at Paula’s Choice
Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% $34.30, at Adore Beauty