This $20 Tool Is My Secret to Glowy Skin in the Summertime

POPSUGAR Photography | Amanda Elser Murray
POPSUGAR Photography | Amanda Elser Murray
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There is something about doing your makeup in your 30s that just hits different. It's not that it's harder, it just looks a little "less" everything — less glowy, less dewy, less radiant. I'm only speaking for myself when I say it's not easy to keep up with the latest and greatest in skin care. Even if I had all the time in the world, figuring out the perfect serum cocktail for my skin type just sounds mentally exhausting. Still, I want clear skin, so what's a girl to do? Well, I think I've cracked the code with the latest edition to my bathroom routine. Drumroll please . . . it's dermaplaning.

I know, I know, the treatment is not new. But my skin was looking a little, ahem, tired, at the beginning of this summer, and I decided I needed to figure out something ASAP. That's the beauty of dermaplaning — it works in an instant. Here's what you need to know if you want to try it out for yourself this summer.

First, you want to find the right tool. I got the chance to try the Versed Instant Gratification At-Home Dermaplaning Tool ($20), and it basically knocks all other types of exfoliation out of the water and delivers the smoothest, glowiest skin of your life, immediately. Before you ask, yes, you're basically shaving your face, but no, the hair won't grow back thicker or quicker. At first, I balked at the $20 price tag, but after comparing it to the disposable sets I got from Amazon, here are a few reasons why I'm head over heels in love with this tool.

1. It's sturdy, and I felt like I had more control.

2. The steel blade is sharper and longer than most, providing more surface coverage.

3. It looks good on my vanity. (I know that's not what matters, but it kind of does, right?)

The second thing you'll want to do is work it into your weekly routine (or whenever you usually exfoliate). In the winter, I'm a twice-a-week exfoliator. But in the summer, with more time spent outside, I worry about exposing sensitive skin to the sun, so I usually forgo the chemical peels entirely. That said, dermaplaning is a physical exfoliant that gently removes that top layer of dead skin and peach fuzz, so I don't need to worry about damaging my skin further if I forget the SPF one day. I typically dermaplane once a week, after I get out of the shower. I just hold my skin taut with my free hand, and, at a 45-degree angle, I move the tool down the contours of my face in short, gentle strokes. It's so easy and so satisfying.

Not only does your skin feel extremely soft afterward and look extra glowy, but the rest of your skin-care routine will work better, and your makeup will go on smoother.