Although it sounds intimidating, microdermabrasion is actually a pretty common skin procedure. The key to it is the use of fine particles that gently buff away the outermost layers of skin. “It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and more,” says Dr. Sapna Palep, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Spring Street Dermatology in New York City.

These days, you can get similar benefits right in the comfort of your own home, thanks to microdermabrasion scrubs. In addition to exfoliating the skin, these scrubs lead to increased absorption and penetration of skincare products, which can make them more effective.

When it comes to choosing the right scrub for your, Palep suggests looking out for formulas that also include chemical exfoliants—like salicylic, lactic, or glycolic acids—as they are typically gentler. To strengthen the skin barrier, she also recommends formulas with anti-aging ingredients like ceramides, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. But, don’t worry about wading through every microdermabrasion product on the market.

Best for Mature Skin: NEOVA Smart Skincare SERIOUS REVEAL EXFOLIATOR

This treatment targets concerns like loss of firmness and elasticity. Because it features a chemical exfoliant—glycolic acid—it’s much gentler, says Palep. One reviewer notes that her skin looked significantly brighter after use, which is all thanks to the vitamin C in the formula.

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