Recently while rummaging through my beauty closet, I came across a sample of the new Riiviva Microdermabrasion Kit which I hadn’t had the chance to try yet. Coincidently around the same time, I started noticing patches of dry skin and bumps on my forehead and chin, which I had been idly picking at (a big no-no, I know). Seeing an opportunity to test out the new tool on an area that could really use it, I plugged in the Riiviva for the initial required 24hr charge and decided to have a go at it.
Microdermabrasion, as you know, is a popular in-office treatment that resurfaces by buffing away dead cells on the top layer of skin, revealing smoother and fresher baby skin. Microdermabrasion has been used to treat all sorts of superficial skin issues such as fine lines, scars, large pores, and acne. I’m a huge fan of exfoliating so obviously I love the procedure and try to get it professionally done when I can. In between sessions, there are also a bunch of microdermabrasion tools for at-home use, but the ones I’ve tired before were large, clunky, and required more coordination than I have. The Riiviva tool, on the other hand, is compact and cordless and anyone who can hold it, can use it. Riiviva is also the first at-home brand to feature medical-grade, diamond encrusted tips — the same stuff used by professionals in office. The tips are designed specifically for different needs and parts of the body, from a finer set specifically made for the face to bigger, coarser ones for stretch marks and acne scars. The system also features a proprietary vacuuming system, which takes the skin loosened by the tip and sucks it off the surface.
I tested the system out with the finest tip on the lowest setting as the brand recommends and started with a few test passes on my forehead. While I liked the scratchy feeling, I felt that both the vacuuming power and the exfoliation level wasn’t strong enough to get any results. Not wasting any time, I immediately switched to the coarsest tip for the face and turned the power up high. “I’m liking it,” I thought as the tool instantly dislodged some dry patches, leaving a satisfying pink strip in its wake. Five minutes and many passes later, my forehead was looking a little red but feeling much, much smoother. And I wasn’t just imagining it: the layer of now-removed dead cells sat atop a small cotton filter under the tip.
Users should see both immediate results using Riivia and a long-term improvement in the overall radiance of the skin after repeated uses. I can certainly vouch for the first claim and have high hopes of the system helping to smooth out my skin as it transitions from season to season. If anything, it’s a bit hard to control myself and limit using the tool to just a couple times a month as not to irritate skin from too much sanding. The only beef I have with the product is that it seems to lose charge quickly (or maybe I’m just using it for too long!) so make sure to keep it plugged in in between uses. For $299, it’s not the cheapest tool on the market, but for the promise of radient skin, it seems like a small price to pay, no?