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Dollars & Sense: Why This Exfoliating Mitt Beats a New Top

Our pick of the week: Back in our pre-Birchbox days, we thought exfoliation was synonymous with harsh scrubs or grubby washcloths that felt like sandpaper on our skin. Now we know that’s so old school. Thanks to the help of gentle exfoliators like MicrodermaMitt’s Face Mitt, we can get a smooth complexion without stripping away a whole layer of skin—cue happy dance.  

Inspired by Turkish spa treatments, this dermatologist-approved mitt is made of 100 percent natural floss silk, which gives it a soft, finely grained texture that’s a far cry from the washcloths of yore. Plus, it’s super fun to use: just slip your hand into the mitt, wet it under a running faucet, and glide it across your skin—no separate cleanser necessary. It gets rid of all the oil, dirt, makeup, and dead cells that clog your pores and lead to breakouts, and our experience proves that it will leave your skin softer with just one use. Incorporate it into your weekly regimen, and over time it will help fade the look of the scars, sun spots, and fine lines that mar your topmost layers of skin (pretty cool, right?).  

How long it will last: You don’t need to exfoliate every day (in fact, it’s a good idea to give your skin a break). Use this face mitt once a week if you have sensitive skin, and two or three times a week otherwise. Even with natural wear and tear, it will easily last you six to nine months before you should replace it with a new one. 

Buy this, not that: At $28.50 a pop, MicrodermaMitt’s Face Mitt rings in at almost exactly the same price as this fringed halterneck top from H&M ($29.95). While we’re big advocates of updating our wardrobes for summer, this exfoliator has become such a key piece of our skincare collection that we’re willing to forego a new top in favor of a great complexion year-round. 

—Mai

Don’t forget to exfoliate your body too! We use MicrodermaMitt’s Body Mitt on our legs to help prevent razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

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