Both the crystal microdermabrasion and diamond microdermabrasion aim for the same goal – to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. However, the following information will have you thinking about how very different these two machines actually are. The process, safety, and costs can make a significant difference in your choice of what machine will make sense for spa.
The Life Cycle of Skin Cells
- New cells are created in the stratum basale
- Cells work their way up to the surface.
As cells go through mitosis and work their way up, some of them don’t quite make it. Dead skin cells that reach the surface should then be exfoliated to get newer, more youthful-looking skin.
How Microdermabrasion Works
Microdermabrasion works to resurface the skin by removing some of the top-most layer of the skin, called the stratum corner layer. Once it’s done this, the cells just above the next layer starts to work its magic!
The Difference Between the Crystal and Diamond Microdermabrasion Process
To keep it simple, the crystal microdermabrasion is when crystals are blasted onto the skin by a handheld device, while simultaneously vacuuming dead skin cells. With the diamond microdermabrasion, the top layer of the skin is scuffed off with diamond tips and then vacuumed without having to release anything on the skin itself.
What to Consider
If you are considering whether to purchase a crystal or diamond microdermabrasion system, you may need to weigh out a few important details:
- The operation – man vs. machine
The results generated from the crystal microdermabrasion system depends on the suction power of the machine itself. The results from the diamond microdermabrasion system, however, is left in the hands of the operator and depends on the pressure applied by that operator.
Crystals are known to have the possible effect of irritating the skin as well as possibly irritating a person’s eyes. The diamond microdermabrasion system does not use small particles to assist in the abrasion of the skin. Instead, it uses the high suction power of wands.
The diamond microdermabrasion machines do not require the added cost of crystals. Without that added operational cost, the diamond system may be something to be considered.