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Save vs. Splurge: Exfoliating Tools

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Put on a deeply clean face for the New Year!

Dump the dull complexion with great tools for gentle exfoliation!

We all want smooth and dewy skin that glows of youth! Gentle exfoliation helps slough off the dry and dull skin cells that can muddy the complexion, while bringing new, brighter skin cells to the surface. There are excellent tools to help this process, so save or splurge and put on a happy, healthy face!

Splurge Limited Edition PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing for Face and Body

The Limited Edition PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing for Face and Body by Clarisonic removes six times more dirt and makeup from pores than manual cleansing. The sonic technology deeply and gently cleans without abrasion or harsh chemicals, which makes skin more receptive to any skincare product. With such a deep cleaning, the skin will actually absorb moisturizers faster and better. The Clarisonic has three variable speeds so it is gentle enough to use on your face, but also works effectively on the decollete, neck and even arms -- and regular daily use can smooth and reduce dry/oily patches on these areas. It comes with a body brush head specifically intended for preparing elbows, knees and feet to better absorb lotions and other skin care products. The set includes the cordless Clarisonic PLUS with simple control buttons, customizable T-Timer and charge indicator, universal charging cradle, two brush heads, -- sensitive for face or neck and the body brush head -- as well as a trial-size gel cleanser, nourishing care cleanser and a two ounce refining skin polish. Use it once and you'll notice your skin really does look smoother and feels extremely clean.

Save Wave Sonic 2-speed Spinning Power Cleaner

The Wave Sonic 2-speed Spinning Power Cleaner made by Neutrogena has a spinning action that works better than what your hands can do alone, so it provides a deeper cleansing and gentle exfoliation in one easy step. Use of the Wave Sonic makes short work of the removal of dirt and makeup foundation, and could be used with any liquid cleanser or soap, although the kit comes with its own foaming pads. It is packaged with a two-week supply, and additional foaming pads are sold separately. It has two speeds -- gentle for daily cleansing, and a deep cleaning speed. The Wave Sonic feels gentle on the face and neck, and really does a good job cutting through and removing stubborn waterproof makeup, but it is only for use on the face/neck area. After the thorough cleaning, skin looks and feels refreshed and absorbs moisturizers deeply. The spinning motion is the secret to the cleansing and is a mini-massage in the same step.

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