What is Corundum?
Corundum is a crystalline form of Aluminum Oxide and despite of the name of this chemical compound suggesting toxic effect of Aluminum – it’s actually quite opposite. Corundum is NOT the same as aluminum and therefor it has completely different properties than the toxic metal. It is the second hardest mineral occurring in nature right after diamond and thanks to its hardness and a unique molecular structure (hallow shape of the crystals help to absorb dead skin cells) it is commonly used in microdermabrasion at cosmetic salons.
I did a lot of research on Aluminum Oxide before I started using it and I found out that dermal use of this mineral is completely safe. Please read the article above to learn more about it.
Now, that the most important ingredient has been explained, let me tell you about the wonderful effects you can expect from using corundum in your DIY microdermabrasion. It’s definitely a huge step up from your typical DIY facial scrubs, in fact in my experience the effect you’re getting from it is closer to a chemical peeling or microdermabrasion you get at professional cosmetic salons. Is it as strong as microdermabrasion machine? Probably not. But since my skin is rather thin with some capillaries anyways, I take it as a point for me. The effects however are definitely way stronger than any other face scrub I’ve tried so far – both DIY and store bought.
So, what should you expect?
Honestly, if you use it regularly the effects are pretty similar to microdermabrasion done at a salon:
- fresh look
- clean pores
- improvements in tone, texture and color of treated areas
- minimizes fine lines
- increased collagen production
- overall rejuvenation of the skin
The basic recipe for this DIY microdermabrasion is very simple – just mix a pinch of your corundum powder with a few drops of any gel or a liquid like rose water, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera gel etc. and voila! Not kidding, it’s that simple and you WILL get the results. I’ve experimented with many different ingredients mixed with corundum and I upgraded my final recipe a little bit. I got the best results using:
1/2 tsp of Corundum powder
1/2 tsp of Hanuka or Raw Honey
1/8 tsp of vit. C (ascorbic acid powder)
1/2 tsp of rose water
1 dab of hyaluronic acid gel
Since corundum powder is fine yet super hard, you need to be careful not to over-do your treatment. You don’t want to rub it hard on your face or focus on just one spot etc. Generally 2-3 min of GENTLE massaging will do wonders for your skin. Repeat the process whenever you feel like your skin needs a solid rejuvenation. I try not to do it more than every 2-3 weeks due to its strength. Rinse your face with a warm water and use your favorite toner and moisturizer for a stunning youthful effect.
At the time of writing this post I was in Poland visiting my family so most of the ingredients I got there have labels in polish. You can buy all the ingredients in most of health stores in the US though. Also, here are the links to similar products on amazon:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Manuka Honey (I personally like the super intense MGO 400 but it’s more expensive. The cheaper MGO 15-30 or even a regular raw honey will work as well!)
- Rose Water
- Corundum Powder
- Vit. C (L-ascorbic acid)