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For When You Want to Buy Zit Cream or Deodorant out of a Machine

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Fashion Valley Mall has recently installed Proactiv Solutions and Body Shop vending machines from which you can buy the Proactiv Acne Solution system and assorted Body Shop products like body butter, toner and even deodorant—at all hours.

Worried about your Proactiv being stuck at the bottom of the machine like a bag of Cheetos, or your Aloe Gentle Facial Wash violently spilling open? Just swipe your credit card, and voila! A robotic arm gently removes your precious product and maneuvers it to a window, where you can retrieve it. You don't get charged until you get the product. Genius, really. What a way to avoid beauty sales people offering to spritz you, rub you with lotion and tap your under eye with eye cream. — Christianna Ablahad
· Proactiv [Official Site]
· The Body Shop [Official Site]
· All San Diego coverage [Racked]