Skin-Care Tips

Get Microdermabrasion in a Bottle, Courtesy of This Derm-Beloved Brand

Zoe Weiner

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When microdermabrasion hit the skin-care scene in the '90s, it quickly became known as one of the best-of-the-best ways to exfoliate your face. The process involves using a diamond-tipped wand to "vacuum" away dead skin cells, making space for healthy new ones to penetrate the surface. Most of the time, your complexion is coated in a layer of dead skin cells that can lead to issues like dullness, breakouts, and clogged pores—and that's where exfoliating treatments, like microdermabrasion, come in.

Traditionally, you could only get this type of treatment from dermatologist or esthetician, but now you can reap the complexion-boosting, exfoliating benefits of microdermabrasion without ever having to leave your bathroom with the Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($79).

Exfoliation helps to get rid of built up dead cells and is critical for keeping your skin healthy. There are two different types of exfoliating ingredients that can help get the job done—mechanical ones, which scrub the cells off of your face, and chemical ones, which break the bonds between cells to effectively melt them away—and Dr. Brandt's exfoliator has got 'em both.

The formula's gentle scrubbing element comes from tiny, professional-grade, aluminum-oxide crystals, which mimic the effects of a microdermabrasion wand's diamond tip to physically slough off dead skin cells. And on the chemically exfoliating front, it's got lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that's known for its gentle, skin-resurfacing powers. Jojoba oil, aloe vera, and chamomile extract are also on the product's ingredient list, and supplement its intense exfoliation by soothing, refreshing, and hydrating your skin while also keeping its barrier strong.

According to derms, in-office microdermabrasion can help unclog pores, prevent breakouts, even your skin's tone and texture, and stimulate circulation and collagen. Dr. Brandt's in-home version offers the same slew of benefits, and has earned itself more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Sephora's website. At $79 a bottle, it's also far more affordable than an in-office treatment, which can cost almost twice that much on average.

For more intel on why exfoliating is so important for keeping your skin healthy, check out the video below:

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