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rsz_1clinic-to-go-resurfacing-peel-pads_1Getting a facial can be a pricey investment. Is it worth it? In my opinion—no. I think facials are a straight up luxury and that they don't do squat for someone's skin, unless, of course, you go to a high-end salon like the Kate Somerville skin clinic in Los Angeles and fork over several hundred dollars for a medically supervised fancy procedure. In that case—yeah, you'll see results. But going to the neighborhood spa for a wash, exfoliate, steam, and a mask, using products you could buy at that actual spa really feels like a rip off. So here's a solution—get a facial to go from one of the leaders in skin care. Kate Somerville's "Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads" are impressive.

The price is right—$48 for 16 facial pads, which will last about a month (much cheaper than an over-priced, ineffective monthly facial), and the results are instantaneous. The pads are jam packed with Lactic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acids which eat away at the top layer of your skin immediately and reveal fresh skin underneath. They actually work. Sure, no one is going to give you a hand massage while you're doing this, but you also don't have to deal with aestheticians (saleswomen) who sometimes just went through beauty school and aren't studied up on cutting edge skin care. Pampering or proven results? I'd opt for the latter.


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