This year has been far from normal, but luckily, there's something you can look forward to this month: the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty 2020 Sale. The retailer's three-week beauty event — which runs Sunday, August 30 through Sunday, September 19 — offers a whopping 50 percent off its top-selling products, and is one of the best times of the year to stock up on your favorite drugstore and luxury staples. It's also the perfect opportunity to invest in a coveted item you've had your eye on — but couldn't justify paying full price.
During this year's sale, each day on the calendar gives you the chance to score up to three different deals half off — and you definitely don't want to miss out on today's beauty steal. While the retailer is discounting Lancôme Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara, the hydrating Peter Thomas Roth Serum and Toner Mist, and a beauty fridge (!), everyone has been patiently waiting for this holy grail skin-care tool to go on sale: the PMD Personal Microderm Pro (Buy It, $99, was $199, ulta.com).
The at-home PMD microderm device combines the power of patented spinning disc technology (more on that in a sec) with vacuum suction to give you radiant skin and professional results without having to schedule an in-office microdermabrasion treatment. The brand promises that using the gadget once a week, over time, will reduce the appearance of dark spots, acne scars, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles, and large pores — even though many Ulta shoppers swear they noticed visible changes in their skin after just one use. (Related: The 9 Best At-Home Microdermabrasion Products for Your Glowiest Complexion Ever)
Side note: If you're intimidated by the skin-care tool, don't be: It comes with detailed instructions for microdermabrasion newbies and pros, alike. That being said, Ulta shoppers also recommend watching the brand's video tutorial before hitting the power button.
ICYDK, microdermabrasion is a process in which a device is used to manually exfoliate dead cells from the surface of the skin; it involves the use of a rough applicator that touches the skin along with a suction component to remove the loosened skin cells, explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. In the case of the PMD Personal Microderm Pro, a small disc made out of aluminum oxide crystals spins at a high speed along your skin, which sloughs off dead skin cells, and a tiny amount of suction (not unlike clit-suction toys, lol) whisks them away. While it's safe to do on your own at home, those with extremely sensitive skin or reactive skin should avoid microdermabrasion devices, as the treatment could cause irritation and redness.
As for this skin-care tool, in particular, Dr. Zeichner is a fan: "This device is a great option to help enhance skin radiance and minimize the appearance of pores." And if you begin to see drastic improvements in your skin, you may be tempted use the gadget more often, but Dr. Zeichner cautions against using the PMD Personal Microderm Pro more than once a week. "More frequent use may just lead to skin irritation," he points out. Another pro tip: When using the tool, try not to pass over the same area of skin more than once, because multiple passes are more likely to disrupt the outer skin layer and lead to inflammation, he adds.
Not only is the PMD Personal Microderm Pro derm-approved, but Ulta shoppers are also obsessed with this skin-care device, touting it for magically zapping blemishes and wrinkles, creating more even tone and texture, and allowing for their beauty products to better penetrate the skin. A customer, who had to repair their skin after a nightmarish Korean face mask challenge gone wrong, raved about how the PMD tool helped reduce discoloration, bumps, dents, and pores on their cheeks. The result: Their skin looked as good as it did when they were a youthful 15-year-old. (For real — their words!)
One happy reviewer wrote: "I've spent so much money getting micros done every eight weeks. This is so convenient, glides easily on my skin & most importantly my skin has changed dramatically the past six weeks. My makeup goes on better, honestly, I don't need to apply as much because my skin complexion is beautiful, my pores are noticeably smaller and my acne scars on my cheeks have toned down. Needless to say, I'm in love. And never felt more confident in my own skin."
"I had this on my list to buy for a long time and jumped when Ulta had a sale. It was the best decision I ever made! My pores shrank, my acne is so much better. The redness is almost gone. It helps my skin products absorb quickly. It's very spa like and makes me feel like I'm pampering myself while taking care of my skin. I've learned that dairy, esp milk makes me breakout. Avoiding that helps a lot but when I cheat, the PMD prob helps the breakouts be small and clear up almost overnight. I'm feeling great about my skin again," shared another.
While the PMD Personal Microderm Pro is normally almost $200, thanks to the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale, you can snap it up for 50 percent off, bringing the price to just $99. It might still be a splurge, but reviewers note that it's completely worth the investment for a radiant complexion. What's more, a single in-office microdermabrasion treatment can cost upwards of $100 or more, so you're definitely getting your money's worth out of this device.
The bad news? Three of the color options are already sold out on Ulta's website, so shop it now or risk letting the deal slip through your fingers! And if it does? There's incredible news (so you can't say 2020 is all bad!): The PMD Personal Microderm Pro is on sale on Amazon right now for the same low price of $99.