Hair on the side of caution
Home wax kits and other DIY spa treatments save you cash, but which procedures are best left to the pros?
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator promises instant gratification (Smooth texture! Healthy glow! Even tone!) akin to pricey professional microdermabrasion (exfoliating by gently “sandblasting” the skin with microparticles). Featuring a handheld vibrating wand, the device is intimidating at first, but if you possess basic hand-eye coordination, it’s a snap to use. I just stick a Rejuvenating Puff on the applicator and soak it with water, turn it on and run the buffer over my face. After using it for a week, my skin feels supersmooth and has that healthy, shiny look; professional microderm does the same, except just one visit can help visibly diminish discolorations or hyperpigmentation (something an at-home kit takes longer to do).
Professional microderm isn’t a one-time thing, though—experts recommend returning every week or two (at about $100 per session) to get the full benefits. Because the Neutrogena product comes with a month’s worth of treatments, it’s a skin-saving bargain. $40 at Walgreens, locations citywide.—Jessica Girdwain