Glowing skin has always been the envy of my eye. How nice it must be to wake up with a clear, glowing complexion every morning! Unfortunately, it’s something I’ve never been able to achieve; no matter the type or amount of face products I use or number of facials I get, my face still requires some assistance from make-up.
While I had heard of microdermabrasion plenty of times – mainly when living in Southern California where staying on top of beauty regimens is a must – I never took the time to learn more about the treatment or have it done. Recently, however, I caved in to see what the “lunchtime peel” is all about.
I scheduled my appointment at Vitality Medical Laser & Skin Clinic in Folsom after being recommended by a fellow Real Weddings staffer. The clean office had a warm, inviting ambience to it, and on my visit, was staffed with a friendly receptionist whom immediately welcomed me in and eased all nerves. The first-time patient paperwork was harmless and soon after completing it, my esthetician Megan brought me into the room. After asking some general questions about my skin and allergies and explaining the microdermabrasion procedure, she began.
First, Megan cleansed my face and then applied a mild, medical-grade chemical peel. While she warned me it may sting a bit, I experienced no discomfort. In fact, if anything, I began to relax. The non-invasive, exfoliating chemical peel was made up of fruit and nut acids, as well as herbs and antioxidants – helping to “loosen the ‘glue’ that binds the dead skin cells to the skin’s surface and increase the production of collagen.”
Next, it was time for the microdermabrasion. An abrasion tool was guided over each area of my face, gently exfoliating the top layer of skin and buffing away the dead and dull skin cells. Megan compared the feeling of the abrasion tool to “a cat licking my face,” which was pretty accurate – except for the fact that cats don’t clean out pores and stimulate collagen production! Upon completion of the painless process, my baby soft and pink (the redness faded about an hour after) face was covered with a medical-grade sunscreen moisturizer and another product to help even out my skin tone.
The entire procedure lasted approximately one hour (hence the “lunchtime peel” nickname), but the results are said to last anywhere from four to six weeks. It’s now nearly two weeks later, and my face has never looked as fresh or felt so soft. And, for the first time ever, I feel like my skin just might be the envy of someone else’s eye!
If you’d like to try a microdermabrasion for yourself at Vitality, visit
Blog post by Real Weddings Managing Editor Megan Wiskus, filling in for Girl Tested, Bride Approved Columnist Aimee Carroll.

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