If you wish you were born with better skin, you are not alone. Flaws, blackheads, and acne, as well as dull, lifeless, or blotchy skin are a natural part of what happens to many people over time. However, microdermabrasion offers an “instant facelift” to those who desire a renewed, healthy glow and clearer skin, without surgery or injections. Microdermabrasion is a deep skin cleansing technique where tiny, rough grains are used to buff away the surface layer of the skin. The process can be used on many areas of the skin, including face, neck, chest, arms, or hands, revealing smoother skin and reducing flaws and blemishes. Early studies show that over time, it can even change the way lower layers of skin grow and remove deeper blemishes before they appear. While salon treatments may seem costly ($100-200 per treatment, 6 treatments recommended in a two month period), at-home kits offer a convenient and affordable way to receive this miracle treatment at home. They are typically slightly less effective on deep blemishes as the salon treatments, but can still make quite a stunning difference on your skin. These home kits usually include an abrasive scrub, and a tool or machine for application. The kits that include a machine are typically more effective, and range in price from around $150-300. Compared to salon treatments, this kit would pay for itself after just a couple uses. The convenience of doing it at home, rather than making the trips to the salon, adds to their value as well. These units can be found at both Amazon.com and Sephora.com. One award-winning model, the Riiviva (riiviva.com), retails for $300 and is considered the only professional-grade microdermabrasion tool on the market. It is known to give great results without too much redness, and it takes five minutes, no more than once per week. The website offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.