Tucked away in the back streets of Stoneybatter is my absolute favourite Salon to visit, Top to Toe. This is possibly one of the friendliest most relaxing salons you will find. All the girls in the salon, take their time to get to know their clients, and the chat flows freely in the salon. When I was invited in to try out their Microdermabrasion treatment, I jumped at the chance, as I had heard so many good things about this treatment.
Micodermabrasion, has a big, long, scary looking name, but if you have dull skin, acne marks, or fine lines and wrinkles, this is one treatment that you are going to want to hear all about.
Microdermabrasion can help to diminish, fine lines, wrinkles, and shallow acne scars. Of course the results, will differ from person to person and it also depends on the amount of treatments that you get. Ruth in Top to Toe would be able to recommend a course of treatments to help you achieve your desired result. Microdermabrasion is also great for reducing the size of pores, and unclogging blocked pores. While at the same time it stimulates blood flow to the skin, helping to improve skin elasticity and texture.
Microdermabrasion, uses microscopic crystals, to polish the surface of the skin and leave your skin looking refreshed, bright and much clearer. A tiny suction tube is worked across the face and neck.The vacuum gently lifts sections of the skin and lets the crystals gently exfoliate the upper dermis of the skin. The suction tube/ hoover then quickly takes away the dead skin and left over crystals. It is an unusual feeling on the skin and it is important to note that this is not the most relaxing treatment. It is not a facial, but rather a treatment, and while it doesn’t hurt, you do feel a kind of scraping sensation over the skin, which is the crystals working their magic. Ruth constantly checked with me if the level of suction was comfortable or not and while I was very comfortable on the treatment bed under a cosy duvet, this is not a treatment for relaxation, but rather a treatment to get results.
As the treatment removes dead skin cells, it helps skin care products penetrate into the skin better and Ruth finished off my treatment with a dermalogica Vitamin mask. This mask is said to be back full of Vitamins and Nutrients for the skin and the perfect mask for finishing off the treatment. However, as you know I have hyper sensitive skin and Ruth did have to remove some of the mask from around the cheek area as I was having a slight reaction. This was no problem at all, and once Ruth removed the mask from the sensitive areas, I lay back, relaxed and the mask work it’s magic. After a short period of relaxation, Ruth removed the mask and gently moisturised my face. She also added a dermalogica SPF,as it is really important to have a good spf on your skin after a treatment like this.
When I left the salon, my skin looked really fresh. I didn’t apply makeup until the next day as recommended, but when I did, it absolutely glided onto my skin, as sat so flawlessly all day. Not only that, but the clogged pores on my nose have been significantly reduced. While it would take another treatment or two to get them all, there was a significant difference to the appearance of my pores.
If you think your skin is lacking a bit of life and needs a little something extra, then Microdermabrasion is for you. The only people that this won’t work on is anyone with Roscea, eczema, dermatitis, a, lupus, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or widespread acne.
If you are in and around the Dublin 7 area, or fancy a little bit of a jaunt in the car, I can’t recommend Top to Toe enough. I know that the minute you walk in the door Ruth and her staff will take care of you and give you a real treat no matter what treatment you are getting done. Micadermabrasion in Top to Toe costs €80 or a course of 4 costs €260. To keep your eye on Top to Toe’s specials give them a follow on Facebook and check out their website here