Tried and tested: Skinbreeze Microdermabrasion facial at the Debbie Thomas spa

What’s the buzz? Microdermabrasion is a technique that’s usually reserved for deep and penetrating facials on skin that’s in trouble. It’s designed to reduce fine lines and get all of the old scuzz off of your face (that’s the technical term, obviously).

But there’s something about the use of the phrase “abrasion” that I find terrifying, so I was initially suspicious when I was told that the Skinbreeze Orbital Microdermabrasion facial was suitable for my sensitive skin.

However, the technology that’s used in the facial – essentially, a rotating exfoliation brush and some LED light – can be tailored to every skin type, with more than 60 choices of abrasion available. So no matter what type of scuzz your face is carrying, this facial should be able to help, especially with fine lines and dead skin.

It doesn’t hurt, even though it sounds potentially painful, and you don’t spend the whole 40 minutes being actively scrubbed – scrubbing is followed by a hydrating mask and, my favourite bit of the facial, little puffs of oxygen blown into your skin to help the mask absorb.

A choice of red or blue LED light is also shone onto your skin – red for a collagen and circulation pep-up or blue if you suffer from acne. There’s no extraction or steaming but my face did look brighter and smoother afterwards. It’s recommended that you have this facial once a week to see lasting results.