Instagram made me buy it: Lumae Skin Microdermabrasion Rejuvenation Kit review

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A couple weeks back, I received the at-home Microdermabrasion Rejuvenation Kit from Lumae Skin to try out for myself. And let me tell you – this thing is legit.

You've probably seen the Lumae Skin kit all over your Instagram feed as well as a bunch of influencer reviews, and if you're the type that froths over those black nose pore strips (guilty), then this product is going to knock your socks off.

So what exactly is it?

Lumae Skin Kit

According to the brand, "Treatments with the Lumae Skin Microdermabrasion Kit are gentle and rejuvenating and work to polish away dead skin cells, refine pores and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and light acne scarring."

Within the kit you receive the handset, 3 different heads, 20 filters (you can do 6-8 treatments per filter) and a charging cable.

The device gently exfoliates your skin while sucking away any oil or dirt. The suction increases blood flow circulation and triggers your skin's natural healing process to boost collagen. In other words, this bad boy is going to clear your congested skin and have you glowing with plush bouncy skin. I'll take 10.

The review

Having never used one of these gadgets before or even had a professional microdermabrasion facial, I had no idea how this was going to work or how it was going to feel.

There are five settings on the Lumae Skin kit. It says to start on the lowest setting and work your way up, which is what I did, but I ended up on setting 3-4 pretty quick. You can keep it lower if you have more sensitive or mature skin.

If you're using chemical peels or products containing hydroxy acids, malic acid or lactic acid retinoids, you need to wait at least seven days before using your handset.

Unless you've had microdermabrasion done before, the feeling is probably unlike anything you've ever felt. It's definitely not painful, but you're essentially putting a tiny vacuum to your face, and that in itself is an experience.

The instruction manual that comes with the product is also super in-depth and helpful, with graphics and explanations of what to do and what not to do. It made using it for the first time pretty simple.

It did take me a moment to get the hang of it, but once you get going, it's pretty straightforward. I used the Rough Head to start, which is used for exfoliating away dead skin cells, and let me tell you, the difference after one use was definitely there.

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I used the small head for areas around my nose and my chin where I get the most blackheads and oil build up. The device really gets into those areas and honestly, is there anything more fun than extracting dirt from your skin? Because I don't believe there is.

After using this product for about three weeks now, I can completely see a difference in my skin. I have barely any pesky blackheads on my nose, my complexion is overall brighter and I actually think my pores have reduced in size.

Pros & Cons


  • You notice a difference after a single-use
  • Customisable settings and heads to tailor to your skin
  • Cheaper option to professional microdermabrasion facials
  • 12-month warranty available


  • Expensive outright payment
  • Can cause slight bruising if the settings are too high

The verdict

It's always a bit tricky with Insta-famous brands. You can never really tell if they're as good as all the influencers say because, well, they're getting paid.

I, however, am not. So I can tell you that this little machine is worth every penny of its $168 price tag. A professional microdermabrasion session can see you paying anywhere from $60 to $200, so this is definitely a more cost-effective option that you can do from the comfort of your own home.

It also comes with a 12-month warranty, which is a big tick in my eyes, because it means the brand backs its own product.

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