1. Beauty Bargain

    neuco.jpgThe Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System uses disposable puffs on a small battery-powered microdermabrasion applicator. You place the puffs, which are covered in ultra-fine crystals, on a small hand-held machine which vibrates to genetly exfloites. Skin is left taut and glowing. For less than about $20, the results are amazing. This is one of my favourite new skin care items and a true beauty bargain. Some people are under the impression that the microdermabrasion system is an alternative to a cleansing brush. It is not. It is a home treatment that you use in place of a scrub.  That means you might use it one to three times a week, depending on your skin type. 

    Many beauty editors are enthralled by the pricy Clarisonic vibrating cleansing brush. They say it leaves skin super clean. I am not a convert, but if you like the idea try one. Some of my own beauty savvy friends swear by it, but be aware that cleansing brushes can make certain types of breakouts worse. If your skin begins to breakout or looks irritated, give the brush a rest. You have to be very careful with manual exfoliation when you have active breakouts or sensitive skin. Persistent or severe acne needs a doctor! Please do not listen to anyone who tells breakouts are part of the “healing” or your skin is “detoxing.” This is non-science. Acne is a disease.  Acne is hard to treat and is made worse by rough treatment. You cannot squeeze, wash, or muscle it out of your skin. Believe me, ask a person who has had acne for the name of a good doctor. 

    As a beauty editor I have tried all types of microdermabrasion treatments that have left my skin bloody – which is not pretty or healthy.  Being too aggressive with skin is just as bad as neglecting it. But gentle microdermabrasion is a fabulous addition to any anti-aging skin care régime and the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System is my new favourite way to get it done. Regular microdermabrasion can help make skin look firmer and more luminous, as well as help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Recent studies say it may even help to stimulate collagen and help prevent sagging.

     Those are fabulous results from a gadget that costs less than $20, feels wonderful, and takes less than two minutes to use. Look for it in drugstores, big box stores, and online for $20 or less. 

    The Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System is true beauty bargain!