The beauty industry is constantly offering new-and-improved treatments to rejuvenate skin for a fresh, glowing complexion. But many of these treatments require a few hours in your dermatologist’s office (and come with a hefty price tag). So before you book yet another expensive appointment, it’s worth looking into at-home alternatives to your favorite anti-aging treatments.
One super easy regimen you can tackle in your own bathroom: Microdermabrasion. The non-invasive process uses tiny crystals to exfoliate your skin. By buffing away dead skin cells, you not only reveal a more even, youthful complexion, but you can actually reduce fine lines and soft wrinkles, according to New York-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD.
She also lists “removing blackheads and whiteheads by clearing out your pores” and helping those who have “superficial hyperpigmentation and scarring” as potential benefits of microdermabrasion.
But like all products, not every at-home microdermabrasion device is created the same. Luckily, there’s a current market standout—the PMD Personal Microderm Pro ($100, was $199; ulta.com) that’s garnered rave reviews from customers.
The handheld device uses customizable spinning discs embedded with aluminum oxide crystals to remove dead skin. Each pen comes with five different disc options, starting with a super sensitive training disc and progressively working up to a very coarse disc option. As the pen exfoliates, it also uses a powerful vacuum suction to kickstart circulation and boost collagen production.
The weekly treatment takes less than 5 minutes and can be done on both your face and body. You’ll want to pull the skin taut before starting application and go over each area of the skin just one time. After your treatment is finished, be sure to clean out the cap and filter to prevent bacteria build-up.
Dr. Jaliman tells Health that while at-home microdermabrasion is generally safe, she recommends speaking to a physician first if you have sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea. Of course, an at-home microdermabrasion device won’t be as powerful as its office counterpart, but you’ll still see similar results.
While this device is definitely more affordable than weekly visits to the derm for in-office microdermabrasion treatments, it’s still not necessarily the most budget-friendly find. But luckily, you can get it for a whopping 50 percent off, today only, as part of Ulta’s huge 21 Days of Beauty sale. Along with the PMD tool, you can save on tons of other beauty and skincare essentials at Ulta—with each day featuring new discounts—from now until September 21 when the beauty sale event ends. The PMD at-home microdermabrasion deal goes live at midnight on September 16 and is only active for 24 hours, so you’ll have to act fast and add it to your cart ASAP if you want to score this medical-grade skincare treatment while it’s still half off.
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