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Crystalift review: at-home microdermabrasion

Product Review: Crystalift

Ah, I remember the first microdermabrasion treatment I ever had. Truthfully, I was scared that the blast of crystals would hurt, so I braced myself. Fortunately, though, I didn't feel any pain, and the result — glowy, dewy-looking skin — made me understand the hype. Unfortunately, though, I don't have an extra $100 in my monthly budget for microdermabrasion.

Enter Crystalift. It's a compact version of professional microdermabrasion machines, and it's meant for at-home treatments. It's very simple to use: You just plug it in, drop in a packet of microfine crystals, and turn it on. When you move the wand across your face, Crystalift blasts the crystals on your skin, leaving a slight residue so you can track which parts of your face you've already covered. The treatment takes less than 10 minutes.

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When Crystalift sent me a unit ($249, on sale for $199) to review, I wasn't expecting professional-level results. But then I gave it a try, and I'm pleased to report that this little machine does an amazing job. It whisked away dull skin, leaving a smooth, glowy, healthy look to my complexion. And my skin was so, so soft afterward.

Of course, I geek out about this sort of thing, so I lured Mr. Bella into being a guinea pig. "I'm not so sure about being microdermabraised," he said, and then he kept putting off our "spa day" for weeks. Finally I got him to acquiesce. "This tickles," he said as I moved the wand over his face. And then, I escorted him to the mirror, where he preened and admired his skin. A convert! (Now he asks me when I can "sandblast" him next.)

So no, it's not just my inner esthetician being giddy. And although this is certainly not an inexpensive product, I think it's well worth the price if you get microdermabrasion regularly. (It pays for itself in about two uses.) If you've never had microdermabrasion before, I'd recommend having an in-office treatment to see what it's like first. But if, like me, you get hooked, then Crystalift is a smart way to go.

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chia77 chia77 8 years
The crystalift is amazing! I actually found a giveaway for a crystalift going on right now:
Darjeelingtea Darjeelingtea 9 years
Mine is currently on the UPS truck on the way today!!!! I'll have to update :)
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
This stuff is NICE! made my skin softer and even the makeup went on smoothly and looked flawless.
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
I ordered one today! i hope it works for me! :)
CoronaLove CoronaLove 9 years
I must try this. Thanks Bella
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Ooooh this sounds really nice. Love your story too! :-D
gaulearnedimp gaulearnedimp 9 years
Thanks, Bella.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Gauleardnedimp, I use about half of a capsule for each treatment, and I do one treatment every week or two. I've used Crystalift about six times and it's been great. It definitely provides good results that you can see right away — just be sure to wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Rumpel2, I don't know about the crystal shape/size because they're too tiny for me to see up close. But so far I'm happy with the treatment.
imeesagad imeesagad 9 years
i wish i had the budget. :((
gaulearnedimp gaulearnedimp 9 years
Their website is giving me the run-around. How many capsules do you use for one treatment? How much does each capsule cost? How often do you use them? Also, Bella and Hotpink, how many times have you used it and how are the results so far?
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
huh. i've just been lamenting the cost of microdermabrasion treatments here ($150/session), so this could be a good alternative. thanks. :)
emalove emalove 9 years
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I'm leery of using something at home that people have to be certified to use on others. I'm going to ask my usual microderm girl and see what she thinks about it.
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
hottpink & Bella - what do you think about the crystal size and their roundness as commented by efahey? i'll get this if it's not abrasive...
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Oh, my server is doing crazy stuff. Give it some thought is what I meant.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Thanks Bella! I'll give it some thoug
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Tresjolie, I find that microdermabrasion (and exfoliation in general) has minimized some of my acne scars, but they don't go away completely. If you have sensitive skin, I would *definitely* try an in-office treatment with an esthetician or dermatologist first. The treatment might be too much for very sensitive skin. But a little redness at first is totally normal. :)
efahey efahey 9 years
I go for microdermabrasion about once a it would be nice to have something I could use at home. However, I was warned that you have to be careful about the crystal beads...the ones they use at the spa are round and gently take away dead skin. Alot of home kits have crystals that are not perfectly round and actually cause tiny scrapes in the surface of your skin....making it prone to bacteria and damage... be careful...<3
hottpink hottpink 9 years
If anyone has any questions just ask....
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I got this for Christmas and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
Sounds nice! I have the Neutrogena system, but it tends to get a little abrasive after a while. As for my husband, I'm gonna hafta corner him one of these days with it...the man honestly thinks he's gonna get away from it. ;)
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I love how your guy is loving his sandblast; sometimes they need a nudge!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Wow. Sounds pretty good! Would this help against dented acne scars you think, Bella? Is there issues with sensitive skin, prone to rosacea? Got lots of questions!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Oooo sounds awesome and CUTE story! :P
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thanks Bella, this sounds great!
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