What It's Like to Get Exfoliated with Diamonds

Radiance is one of the biggest buzzwords in beauty right now, but what exactly does it mean? It's hard to define but definitely easy to spot. Going in search of this elusive beauty holy grail, I got exfoliated with diamonds. Here's what it was like.
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Radiance is one of the biggest buzzwords in beauty right now, but what exactly does it mean? It's hard to define but definitely easy to spot. Going in search of this elusive beauty holy grail, I got exfoliated with diamonds. Here's what it was like.
Gems on Chanel's fall 2012 runway (Photo: Imaxtree)

Gems on Chanel's fall 2012 runway (Photo: Imaxtree)

Radiance is one of the biggest buzzwords in beauty right now, but what exactly does it mean? It's hard to define but definitely easy to spot.

Dr. Amy Wechsler, one of the only physicians in the country who is board certified in both psychiatry and dermatology, said at a Chanel beauty event recently, "Radiance describes an overall improvement in the texture and look of the skin. When you get complimented that your skin looks great and you look like you've had a week vacation, that's radiance." (Think Beyoncé, who basically never looks anything but radiant.)

Well, let's just say I've been feeling decidedly less than radiant lately. Enter Dr. Wechsler and Chanel, who have embarked on a pretty unique collaboration. Dr. Wechsler, who's had a long-time relationship with Chanel and works as a sort of professional sounding board for the brand, is going to start offering some of her in-office treatments paired up with Chanel products. The purpose of combining these two things is to amplify the efficacy of both product and treatment so when you put them together you get a greater benefit. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to try the first one.

Which is how I got exfoliated with diamonds.

Dr. Wechsler performs a newfangled microdermabrasion treatment incorporating a mini vacuum tube with a diamond encrusted tip. The device is run over your skin for a blissful 15 minutes; it doesn't hurt at all, and feels rather like a super relaxing facial massage--the purpose of which is to slough off and suck up dead skin cells and other nastiness which can, yes, decrease radiance. And the aesthetician showed me the little filter that collects all the gunk that comes off. Let's just say anyone who loves to see that Bioré strip pay-off (you know what I'm talking about) will love this. Yuck.

After the microdermabrasion (the exfoliation part), she applied Chanel's Hydra Beauty Serum (for hydration and more glowiness) and some sunscreen and I was on my way. I felt a glow and a tingle all day, and I swear I needed to use less blush today.

Can't get to NYC? Two of my fave things for exfoliation are 1) a Clarisonic cleansing brush (get one immediately if you don't have one) and 2) Ahava Facial Mud Exfoliator. Apply your favorite serum or moisturizer afterwards--you'll be like Bey in no time.