Long a popular anti-aging procedure at the dermatologist’s office, microdermabrasion is a process that uses small crystals to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. If that sounds like some kind of medieval torture ritual, think again. It can diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots, and reduce acne scars, unclog pores and even out skin tone and texture. It “gives the skin a more youthful glow,” says Hamilton, Ont. dermatologist Dr. Peter Vignjevic. “It is a more effective form of exfoliation than creams or a loofah.”
While you can go to a dermatologist once a month, at a cost of about $100 to $150 per 30-minute session, at-home versions are becoming more popular. Though they aren’t as effective as a treatment at a doctor’s office, says Dr. Vignjevic, they are very safe. They can also offer a milder treatment for those nervous about doing the real thing.
Caution: if you have rosacea, eczema or a similar skin condition, talk to your dermatologist before doing any kind of exfoliation.
NeoStrata At-Home Microdermabrasion System, $61.