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This is my absolute favourite facial scrub! I use a scrub every day, and have done for the past 30 years, I find that my make-up goes on better and lasts better. (A bit like rubbing down the woodwork before painting I suppose!) I've got dry, sensitive skin so I do need to be careful about what I use though.
I first tried this as a free sample, and I liked it so much that I bought the product. It comes in a plastic jar (I suppose that's how you would describe it) with a screw lid. Remove the lid and there are several holes through which to dispense the product. The instructions say, "Dispense about a half-teaspoon into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together." It's quite a fine powder and the holes are quite big, so you do need to be careful - it's easy to tip out too much, and as your hands are wet, not easy to put it back in. I'll be honest, I use guess-work to tip the right amount into my hand, but it seems to work ok, and I create the paste with the fingers of the other hand, rather than rubbing my hands together. I don't know why I do it like this, it just seemed easier the first time, and I've carried on ever since. As I usually use it when I'm in the shower, it's pretty easy to do and I find making the paste quite easy. Then I spread it over my face, minus eyes and give it a good old scrub. (Dermalogica says "massage gently.")
I find that it leaves my skin really smooth and clean feeling. The best thing about it, for me, is this: I bought another brand of horrendously expensive exfoliant, too expensive to throw out (don't ask me why I do these things, but the chap who sold it to me was very charismatic) but it leaves me with bits of skin flaking. The only way I can improve it is by using this. It doesn't smell great, but that's not really an issue for me. It is quite expensive if you buy it from Dermalogica (£40.30 for 75g/2.6 oz), so I don't, I buy it from an online shop.
I bought this after having my skin analysed by a Dermalogica consultant as she found dry patches on my skin and I have used it on and off ever since then.
It comes in a plastic tube with a grey lid and it is quite utilitarian looking but you get a lot of product in it and it lasts a long time. However, one thing I would say is that the holes for dispensing the powder can sometimes clog a bit so make sure you keep them clean.
The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is according to their website:
"Gentle, Rice-based exfoliating powder activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter."
And I have to say I agree with that. It is a very gentle exfoliating powder which can be used everyday (it's the only exfoliator I have found so far that can be used on a daily basis) and it does really make a difference to the skin. When you first use it it's hard to imagine the powder being very effective but it does leave you skin smoother and softer while the powder itself is very gentle (It's great for my sensitive skin that can react badly to some exfoliators) and even after daily use you don't feel like you have taken a brillo pad to your face. I also suffer from scaring on my face (if I get a spot it tends to leave a scar) and because this sloughs away dead skin on a daily basis it can help lesson their appearance and leave my skin looking visibly brighter. After about a week my skin does look so much better and fresher and it really evened out my skin tone.
A little of it does go a long way as well so a tube will last a long time which is good. You basically need to mix a bit of water with the powder - although a tip here is to not add to much as when I first started using it I washed it away. The aim is to mix it into a loose-ish paste which you can then massage it onto your skin in a circular motion.
This is the biggest downside with the product - it's priced at £40.30 for 75g on the Dermalogica website and although a little does go a long way it in general lasted me about 3 months per tub so it does work out as quite expensive. Although you can get it cheaper online. It is also quite hard to get hold of on the high street as it can only be found in salons and some high-end department stores or of course online. I would love to use this more often but the cost does put me off a bit and have been looking for cheaper alternatives.
I make every effort I can to look after my skin properly but often it can be really hard to find the time. A good moisturiser is essential for me, but until recently I put the other elements of a beauty regime to one side.
After applying foundation a few weeks ago, I caught a close up glance of my skin in daylight and noticed a few dry patches of skin around the area of my nose. It wasn't particularly noticeable, but once I knew it was there it really began to bug me. I decided it was probably time to invest in some products that will look after my skin properly and bring it back to its silky soft self. Dermalogica seemed to be the right brand for me.
** The Brand **
Dermalogica are largely considered as a high end beauty brand, focusing primarily on facial products although they do a few body products within their range.
They have specially formulated products for particular needs such as ageing skin and even a selection of products for shaving which are for men. Aside from that though, they have products which are designed to restore dull skin and make it healthy and smooth.
They offer a unique service called face mapping which looks at different areas of our face individually and uses this to give you the best possible products for your skin. This service is highly recommended by Dermalogica.
** The Product **
In terms of the exterior of this product, it is typical of Dermalogica. It comes in a white container, that has fairly dark grey writing stating the brand and product name on the front. The back of the container contains some general product information and directions for use.
The lid can be removed by giving it a little twist and pulling. One thing I noticed was how cheap the lid felt, quite flimsy and very thin plastic. Admittedly, this surprised me a little. Once the lid is removed, there are small holes which the exfoliator is dispensed from. It does come out quite quickly, so it's definitely worth doing this with caution!
The exfoliator itself is actually a rice based enzyme powder so when you initially dispense it from the container, you will see small solid granules and not liquid as you might expect. It also contains papain enzyme and salicyclic acid which help to dissolve excess surface skin cells. Similarly licorice, grapefruit and aspergillus help to even out skin tone.
** Using the product **
I had received a small sample of this product before I purchased it so I half knew what I could expect from it. As I mentioned earlier, it is in a solid powder form which is something I had not come across with an exfoliator before. Because of this, Dermakogica recommend you dispense it into very wet hands. I found this can be tricky, so I prefer to dispense the product into my left hand (dry) and then wet my right hand and rub them together, it's a lot less messy that way!
Once it meets water, it turns into a thick paste and the exfoliating granules remain and can be felt when rubbing it onto the skin. It creates a really creamy paste that is relatively easy to spread across the whole face. It is recommended on the container that you use half a tea spoon of product and I personally find that is plenty for me.
The directions for use state it should be rubbed in circular motions for one minute for the best results. This is relatively easy to carry out as unlike some other products, the skin doesn't seem to soak the product up so you can continue to rub it over the skin for the recommended amount of time. The granules don't feel too harsh on the skin and do not leave it feeling tingly at all, making it suitable for everyday use.
When it comes to removing the product, it is really as easy as applying it. A massive issue for me is remaining granules that are left on the skin, despite thinking you have washed them all off. This really drags out the process and is the most irritating thing for me. However, with this product, I only have to rinse my face with warm water either using my hands or a face wipe and it comes off immediately without leaving any residue behind. It also has a slight scent, although nothing overpowering but it isn't particularly pleasant and it smells quite 'natural' but this doesn't stay around for long afterwards.
** Results **
Usually, after removing the exfoliator I will use a toner and moisturiser. However, I think this product is probably the one that has the most impact on my skin.
After the first use I noticed the patches of dry skin under my foundation had miraculously vanished, with no explanation for it other than the work of the exfoliator. It leaves my skin looking bright and revitalised, reducing the appearance of dull and neglected skin.
I do also have slightly uneven skin tone, again around my nose area, and although it isn't noticeable unless you are aware it is there, this really seems to reduce its visibility and so it has helped to give me a bit of a confidence boost too.
My skin is left looking fresher and with the help of the moisturiser, it creates a great base for foundation to be applied evenly over the top.
** Pricing and availability **
Like all Dermalogica products, they cannot be located in your usual high street stores. They seem to have various stockists, but you can check your local ones by visiting Dermalogica's website and using the locator tool. However they are readily available online. I purchased mine from Pure Beauty, getting a fair few Dermalogica samples and free next day delivery included too.
I purchased a 75g container, which according to www.purebeauty.co.uk has a recommended retail price of £38.50 however you can get it from them at £29.65 which is definitely a discount worth having.
** Summary **
On the whole, I am very pleased with this product. I really wanted a beauty routine that was easy and convenient for me to carry out and as lazy as it sounds, requiring as little effort and time as possible. The exfoliator has given me everything I was expecting in that respect.
I has exceeded my expectations in terms of the appearance of my skin as it looks so much fresher and very healthy. More importantly though, my foundation applies flawlessly over the top as my dead cells are removed leaving a smooth and even layer.
Although this is by no means a cheap product, I haven't come across anything that comes close to this on the high street and I have tried a lot of products. Despite the price, I fully expect this to last me at least a year of regular use, making it slightly easier to justify the price. Nevertheless, I will purchase it again when I do run out.
I am giving this product 5/5 Dooyoo stars as I am really impressed with the quality and results. For more information, visit www.Dermalogica.com.
I was luckily enough to recently get my hands on a sample pack of Dermalogica goodies!! After using some products before from the brand and loving them I had high hopes! Thankfully I was not at all disappointed.
This product is a smooth, creamy, lightweight daily facial cleanser/exfoliant. Firstly when you open the lid you will notice a few holes on he top of the pot where the product comes out. Tip a small amount of product onto damp hands. Please take care when tipping the product out as it can come out quite fast. The product itself is in the form of very small, white granules, which was a suprise to me.
Once you have enough product into the palm of your hand, lightly rub your hands together and apply all over the face in circular motions. You will notice immediately that the granules, mixed with the dampness of your hands and face start to form a creamy, slightly foamy consistency. This feels absolutely amazing on the face, the smoothness is quickly felt with the first rub on the face. The granules just melt into the skin as you are rubbing in the product.
When rubbing in you can feel your face becoming cleaner, smoother and silky soft. This product is a type of exfoliant so it is designed to remove dryness and dead skin cells. However my personal opinion is that this is more than just that, I feel that it is a cleanser as it removes all make up and cleans the face. Obviously it is a exfoliant and I think it does act a bit like a moisturiser as it made my skin feel so smooth, radiant and nourished.
The product is so easy to use and is so quick, your face is cleansed and scrubbed clean in a matter of minutes! The product easily rinses off, no residue is le on the skin after use, which I have found with similar products. The effects and feelings of smoothness, silkly softness and cleanliness lasts right through until morning when used in the evening and all through the day when used in the morning.
This is such an airy and lightweight product that you are able to use it everyday and it will not harm your skin or irritate it in any way.
After reading so many great reviews for this product (would never spend so much on skincare without plenty of research!) I couldn't wait to start using it. However, I must say I was a little dissapointed. I found it difficult to create the creamy paste consistency you are meant to acheive. The idea is to spinkle a small amount of product onto your hand and add water to lather into a paste (the consistency before adding water is like a talc powder, but thicker) and it took me a while to get the hang of this because if you add too little water its too difficult to work into a paste but if you add too much the product almost gets washed away/disintergrates. I also found the smell a little unpleasent. This product does work though. It left my skin lovely and soft, didnt feel dried out at all. I have combination skin with oily and dry patches and it seemed to remove the dry skin on problem areas but not strip my face elsewhere. Saying this, I would not purchase again as I think the price is too high, for that amount I expect to have no complaints, and I feel the other exfoliators and facial scrubs I have purchased in the past work just as well for often a quarter of the price or less!
For my Birthday this year I was given a range of Dermalogica products, Dermalogica is a skin care range that is a more expensive high end brand and it is something that you will not find in every high street health and beauty shop.
I did not use them straight away as I opted to use the other products that I had started first before opening the Dermalogica ones. I also thought it would be best to use all of the dermalogica products at the same time so that I could see if there was a visible difference.
The first product that I am reviewing is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and this is a facial product that is used to help brighten the skin by removing the dead skin and helping to remove the blemishes or blackheads that you may have.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a powder that when mixed with water it is activated, you then apply it to you skin, be careful as you only require a small amount of powder placed into the palm of your hand. I then add a small amount of water and then rub my hands together to activate the Microfiliant and then I rub it all over my face. I leave it to soak for a few minutes and I then get a flannel to help to wipe the product off.
Now for the technical part on how the product works, it is a rice based enzyme powder that activates when put in contact with water, then releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes which then helps to smooth the skin and accelerate cell renewal.
The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant comes in a white bottle with a black lid and the product name and details are all in black too, the box that the product comes in is a dark grey with white writing. The Dermalogica name runs down the right hand side of the bottle and box, as with all its other products so that the brand stands out.
The great thing about this product is that I have sensitive skin and with no artificial colours or fragrances. This is a product that I would recommend that you use daily to see the great results.
I have now been using this product for over 4 months and I can see a visible result as my skin is more vibrant, it is also a lot softer and those blemishes have almost disappeared. After all this time using it daily I still have just over a third of the product left.
Although I have been looking around to get in a new bottle and the only disadvantage that I can find with it is that it retails for around £40-£50, which I think is a little costly as I have never spent this much before on a product for my face before, but in seeing the result it is definitely one that I will purchase again.
When using the product make sure that you use a small amount and that you also leave the grains is as this is what helps with the removal of the dead skin sells as you rub the microfiliant into you skin. Also do not add to much water otherwise the product becomes too runny and I find hard to apply and work into the skin properly.
Overall a great product that works. I only gave it four stars after the shock I had from the price tag, but this was a welcome birthday gift. If you are purchasing this product I recommend that you shop around online as I have now found it available for under £40.
The name Dermalogica is synonymous with quality skin care products. This daily microfoliant sounds daunting but is a pleasure to use. As with all the Dermalogica range of products it comes it the very plain black on White yet very recognisable packaging. The name microfoliant is a blend of the two words micro meaning small and exfoliate meaning to remove old, dead skin cells. It's most active ingredient is an enzyme that very gently removes old skin from only the superficial top layer that then exposes a new clean fresh layer of skin. The gentle rubbing action also promotes circulation. This has salicylic acid as one of it's ingredients that is used to achieve a light peel and may not be suitable for people with overly sensitive skin. But exfoliating itself isn't recommended for delicate skin.
The instructions that come with the product recommend that you dispense a small amount into wet hands. Then gently rub together to create a luxurious cream. Then apply to the face and rub gently in a circular motion applying gentle pressure while avoiding the eye area. After using it the first time my skiing felt clean and fresh, not tight at all like it can with other more harsh exfoliating products.
The thing I noticed the most was how soft my skin was and how may people remarked about it. I use this product every day and yes the comments have stopped but that's because everyone expects me to have the same skin everyday. If I stopped using it I guarantee someone would say "oh you don't look well". This like most of the Dermalogica range isn't the cheapest product available but it makes sense to spend a little bit more on something that actually works rather than a pound or two on something that doesn't.
This can be bought at impressionsbeauty.co.uk for £26.95 + shipping
I bought this exfoliant after a recommendation from a friend, I found it for £29 online, but I think you can pay up to £40 in store for this 75g bottle.
It's really easy to use, like all exfoliants, you wet your hands and get about a pea-sized blob and work it into your hands first then rub in small circles around your face. I do this for a couple of minutes and then rinse and all that's left is my glowing skin.
If you've read my other skincare reviews you will know by now that I have sensitive skin that swings from rosacea to ourbreaks of spots (it sometimes feels like it does this within the same day). So finding skincare products that suit me is often a challenge. I've so far really liked Dermalogica as a brand and the products seem to agree with my sensitive skin. This exfoliant or microfoliant is no exception, it didn't leave me red raw like some exfoliants do and it wasn't ineffective like some others. It left my skin feeling quite soft and almost polished, as though I had been at it with a sander. In fact after the post-polishing redness has faded I think it reduced the natural redness in my skin a little.
I wouldn't use this everyday though, especially if you have sensitive skin. I used it 3 times a week and my skin looked much clearer and brighter with no horrible dry patches. The consistency of the product is a bit weirdas it's quite powdery, so you have to mix it with a bit of water in your hands before you use it.
My only real problem with this product is that the lid seems to fall apart after using it for a couple of weeks. This is a pain, because you only use a small amount of product, so it goes a long way and lasts a long time. I thought perhaps this was just me, but I've read a couple of other reviews and it appears that other people have had this same problem. In terms of price, it is at the top end of my budget for exfoliators, nearly £30 is a lot to spend on one skincare product in my book.
All in all though, if you are willing to spend the money and can cope with the lid this is a really effective yet gentle exfoliator.
I finally bought this product after trying out a tester and umming and ahhing about it for weeks! The only thing that put me off was the price. Being about £26 - £40 depending on what size you get, I think this is quite excessive for an exfoliator, especially a daily one because you are bound to run out of it quite quickly.
I apply it after my cleanser. I mix some of the powder (exfoliant) with water on my hands and rub it in until it is of a creamy consistency, I then apply and massage all over my dry face before rinsing off with warm water.
The exfoliant is very different to others, it's not as harsh on the skin. As someone with acne prone sensitive skin I wanted something which would exfoliate my skin without irritating it or breaking me out - I think this exfoliant it perfect for my skin type. In this way the product can be used daily as opposed to others which deem to be too harsh for daily use on the face. Saying this however I find that it works best for me if I use it every other night after cleansing as opposed to every single day because I don't like to apply too much product to my sensitive skin. After use my skin feels so soft! It genuinely reduces the number of blocked pores and leaves the complexion of my skin so even!
I always trust dermalogica products and have used their special cleansing gel for a while now. This product perfectly compliments this cleanser, my skin has never looked better, my skin is much clearer and softer than usual. I definitely recommend the product if you can afford it. I would have given it 5 stars but the price lets it down slightly so i'll give it 4.
I wanted a product which would make my skin feel clean, smooth and fresh while keeping the moisture in and I have to say I've found it in this.
Daily Microfoliant is gentle enough to use on a daily basis - however, I've been using it every other day and it find works fine like that. I paid £22 for the 75g size and so far this has lasted me 5 months and I still have quite a lot left so it is excellent value for money. This Microfoliant is in a powder form & you need to sprinkle some on your hand and mix with a little bit of water so it becomes a paste you then need to massage it on your face for around a minute and rinse off.
My mum introduced me too dermalogica some time ago and she actually gave this too me as it didn't work for her. It made her skin go irritated and red so ever since i have been using it and for me it has worked very well. I use this everyday, i wash my face as usual with a cleanser and then use the product after as a exfoliater , it works very well for getting deep into the pores and getting rid of dead skin cells. After use my face is always smooth and it gets rid of my dry spots so when i apply my makeup i always feel its easier too spread evenly. After the first use i noticed a difference smooth, non flaky and fresh looking skin.
I would defiantly recommend this if you have dry patchy skin it has worked wonders for me. Even tho it is very expensive i would say it's defiantly a product to treat yourself to.
I have had the great pleasure of using Dermalogica skin care products over the last few months. Dermologica products are expensive high end skin care products. They are sold online at an assortment of stores like Amazon, eBay, Salon Skincare and Feelunique to name but a few.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a scrub type product. It is available to buy in an assortment of sizes with the smallest size being 13g and the largest 75g. The smallest size costs around £15 and the largest size costs around £38.
The product is packaged in a white plastic tub with a grey coloured plastic screy top lid. The actual product is dispensed through small holes at the top of the plastic tub. It looks a bit like the top of a pepper pot or icing sugar dispenser. The tub can be recycled after use.
The product contains a rice-based enzyme powder which activates upon contact with water, it releases Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to smooth the skin and accelerate cell renewal. The unique Skin Brightening Complex of Bearberry, Aspergillus, Grapefruit and Licorice helps to balance uneven skin pigmentation. Active agents derived from Rice Bran and Rice Extract help to regulate melanin production while micro-exfoliating dead cells. A super-soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal calms inflammation, leaving the skin extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Gentle enough to use on a daily basis. The product is completely fragrance free and is suitable for most skin types except sensitive skin.
I really like trying new products and this one escpecially because it is one of Dermalogica's most popular products. It is termed a 'cult' product in glossy magazines and beauty journals and this has been down to the number packs sold and the positive experiences people have had after using this product.
I was initially a bit shocked to discover that this product is actually a loose powder. The powder is white in colour and it smells a bit like sherbet, very fruity. I am used to exfoliators/scrubs being granular type products mixed into gel or cream type formulas and I am quite shocked that this is a 'mix your own' scrub! Especially since it cost around £15 for 13g of the product.
The instructions for use are:
Firstly cleanse your skin. Dispense about a half-teaspoon of Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to your face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly.
I follow the instructions for use to the letter. I will be honest in saying I find the mixing part of this process both messy and time consuming. The creamy paste like substance is quite sticky and I have managed to get paste in my hair. This paste takes quite a bit of rinsing off. The paste is not at all rough to touch and even when it touches my face it feels soft and comfortable.
After a good few rinses the paste has gone and I have no residue of the paste left on my face. My face feels soft and clean. My skin now feels like a blank canvas for moisturiser and then make-up. When I do apply my usual moisturiser I need to use a bit more than usual as my skin is a little bit dry.
This product says it is for daily use. I have combination skin and would never consider using this product daily. I find it works fantastically to exfoliate your skin but it leaves my skin a bit dry and would be much too harsh to use daily. I also don't like the mix your own aspect of this product and it would be a pain to use this product daily for this reason alone. It's a bit to messy and time consuming.
The product has rave reviews and if you have trouble with spots and large pores then this product just may be just what you need. From my own personal experience of this product is has proved to be a very good exfoliator and it works really effectively at removing every last drop of dirt and excess oil from your skin.
Great to use for a twice weekly scrub and as you only use about half a teaspoon of power at a time then a little 13g tub of this product is going to last you for months. Just be careful not to get it in your hair!
The only reason I am giving this product 4 out of 5 stars because you have to mix it yourself. All in all it's a good product.
Dermalogica is loved by skin care professionals and consumers all across the world. They don't believe in advertising as they think that word of mouth and personal recommendations alone will sell their products and they don't believe in fancy packaging as they believe that it is what is on the inside that counts.
Daily Microfoliant by Dermalogica is one of the brands best selling products. It is a gentle exfoliant that is suitable for all skin types and its purpose is to remove dead skin cells which makes your complexion dull, leaving your skin instantly brighter and smoother. The product also removes patches of dry skins, unclogs your pores and prevents you from getting spots. The formula contains no artificial colours or fragrances.
How does it work?
When the powder comes into contact with water, it releases releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice enzymes which exfoliate your skin. Also thrown into the mix is a combination of elements including Aspergillus, Grapefruit and Licorice. These ingredients not only help to brighten your skin but also help to balance any uneven skin pigmentation that you may have.
And if that wasn't enough, it also contains a soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal which work as a team to leave your skin completely clear and refreshed. Green tea is an antioxidant, rejuvenates skin, sooths inflammations and calms down spots.
In order to use the product, you are advised to pour half a teaspoon of the powder into wet hands and a paste will be created when you rub your hands together. Rub the paste gently over the face using a circular motion, being careful to avoid the delicate eye area. After massaging the product onto your skin for a few minutes, you can rinse off the product with water. It's simple enough to fit into your daily routine and your skin will be instantly brighter.
The packaging is plain and won't catch your eye. It's a white bottle, with a grey lid and that's about all that is worth saying! Being a fan of Benefit and Urban Decay, I do like the products that I use to look nice but if a product does the job as well as this one then I'll let it go.
This product is definitely not cheap and you'll be expected to pay around £30 for 75ml. But as you use such a tiny amount each time, the product will be very long lasting so it evens out the cost a little bit.
My skin is quite prone to spots and so I am very careful with what I use on it. This is gentle enough and pure enough for my skin, so it doesn't cause any breakouts of spots. There are not many exfoliant that are recommended for daily use, so that should tell you how gentle this one is. I also have dry skin, particularly on my forehead and before I started using this, my foundation would look awful. It's made my skin, smoother and brighter and my complexion looks healthier.
The only negatives would be the price but as the product is of a high quality and you need a tiny amount each time, it's not so bad. Also the holes in the lid are fairly large so take your time when pouring the powder as you won't want to waste any of it.
Just a bit of extra information for you! If you have the time, the Dermalogica website is well worth a visit and is full of information about your skin and how to look after it. There are sections about protecting your skin in both summer and winter, how much you should be exfoliating, skin aging, skin and uneven skin tone. There's also a fantastic section on skin mapping where you fill in a super fast survey about your skin type, and the website tells you which products can help.
I went through a phase of using dermalogica products, and whilst I have now changed to use other brands for some items, this remains a firm favourite fo mine. After washing your face, you can use this product by dispensing a small amount in to wet hands, and rubbing them together to create a paste. Then massage this paste over your face. What I really like about this product is that it allows me to exfoliate daily without scrubbing too hard and damaging my skin or opening any sores. It feels really good on my skin, and the 'scrubbiness' melts away in the water. The only criticism I would have is that it is hard to get out of the pot without spilling too much. I did once geta mini version in part of a travel kit - which was great, but unfortunately couldn't be opened to be refilled. I know my Mum decants hers into a small pot which she keeps in the shower, which is one way of getting round this difficulty. I would imagine that this would be good for all skin types, but most places that sell dermalogica will offer advice.
If you have sensitive skin then you may struggle with scratchy, harsh scrubs. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is gentle enough that you can use it on sensitive skin and even with acne.
*** What is it? ***
The large bottle in the picture contains a white rice based enzyme powder. As it is made by Dermalogica it contains no artificial colours or fragrances.
When you remove the lid, the bottle has several wide holes on one side of the top. You use these to shake out about a teaspoon of powder into your hands. It is best if your hands and face are damp to start with. I then drip some more water onto my hands and rub them together to make a paste which will appear to lather up slightly.
You then rub the paste gently over your face. If your face or hands get a bit dry, just put some more water on your hands and you will be able to refresh the lather of the scrub on your face.
You can remove it with a damp flannel or just rinse off.
It is sold as a daily product but if you have very sensitive or spot prone skin you may be better to use it only a couple of times a week.
You can get it from a Dermalogica salon who will recommend the right products for you, or buy it online. It costs around £28 for 75g.
*** What is good about it? ***
As it is gentle you can scrub your skin without breaking all your spots and making them worse (you still need to be gentle around them and not rub your face hard).
I did not find it irritating to my sensitive skin, nor did I feel dried out by it.
It is actually good value for money, I think, as the bottle lasts such a long time.
*** What is not so good about it? ***
It is said to brighten your skin so you are encouraged to use it in the morning rather than evening, but I don't think I've noticed significant brightening, just a removal of dull dead skin cells.
Dermalogica is a company that was founded in 1986 by skin therapist Jane Wurwand, with the belief that everyone's skin is different and should be treated accordingly. The website www.dermalogica.com states that the products do not contain 'cheap chemicals like Mineral Oil, Lanolin, S.D. Alcohol, artificial fragrances and colours'.
I was always reluctant to buy Dermalogica products because of the price, however a beauty therapist recommended the range to me - I went for a facial and she told me that she thought I had rosacea. She used several Dermalogica products on my face and I could see the difference when I went home.
Dermalogica have several ranges of products, all made specially for certain skin concerns, such as sensitivity/redness (my problem!); acne and breakouts; and uneven skin tone.
Daily microfoliant is suitable for all skin types. It is a 'rice-based enzyme powder' - basically an exfoliant, but so much nicer than the bog standard exfoliants you can buy from the high street. The packaging is simple and classy, coming in a round white tub with a grey lid and grey Dermalogica logo running along the side.
The microfoliant takes the form of a white powder. You shake about a half to one teaspoon's worth into your palm and mix with a little bit of water. This releases rice enzymes and salicylic acid, and forms a paste which you then apply to your skin. You rub it in circular motions on your face and neck for a couple of minutes and then rinse thoroughly. The microfoliant doesn't feel abrasive and you don't feel like you are taking half your face off!
Once you rinse, your skin feels soft, clear, exfoliated and generally fantastic. It contains green tea and oatmeal, which calms your skin after exfoliating. Rosacea breakouts make my skin uber-sensitive, and I cannot use normal exfoliants as they make my face sting, go red, become painful, and generally feel like I might as well have used paint stripper.
Microfoliant makes my skin feel clean and healthy, and stops it from looking dull. It is gentle enough to use every day (and I do), and it improves the texture of your skin. This is also great if you have blackheads and spots as it removes grease and dead skin cells. It doesn't dry your skin out, and your moisturiser will go on lovely and smoothly after using it.
Now, the price - Daily Microfoliant costs around £22 for 75ml. While this is a lot to spend on an exfoliator, the product lasts a long time as you only use about a half to one teaspoon's worth at a time. The results are completely worth it. If you have great skin then maybe it's not worth splashing out this much, but if you have problem skin or skin that is sensitive, then you will probably, as I am, be willing to spend any amount on something that helps you.
I also use Dermalogica's Ultra-Calming Cleanser and Skin Smoothing Cream (which I will also be reviewing) but Microfoliant is my favourite product of the lot.
Thanks for reading.