I get that exfoliation is a key step in any good skincare routine but since I have sensitive skin that's on the dry side, I tend to take a less is more approach to it. I was also told recently by a skincare expert that over exfoliation can lead to hyperpigmentation and that has only made me only more wary. Still I do recognize that it's necessary so I try to be gentle in my approach. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant was a product that I had been meaning to try so I was more than happy when I received a free sample.
About the Brand: Dermalogica is a US based professional skincare company that has been around since 1986. Their product line is focused on improving skin health without the use of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts.
Key Ingredients: Rice Bran and Rice Extract gently micro-exfoliate skin surface to facilitate penetration of the Skin Brightening Complex. Papain Enzyme (papaya proteinase) and Salicylic Acid to help dissolve excess surface cells. Skin Brightening Complex of Licorice and Bearberry to brighten and even tone. Green Tea, Gingko and Colloidal Oatmeal to soothe the skin and leave it clear and refreshed. Formulated without artificial ingredients or colors.
Packaging: A clinical looking white plastic bottle that feels light yet substantial. It has a screw off top and the product is dispensed via two small openings.
Price: $52 for a 2.8 oz. Sounds pricey but considering you only have to use 1/2 teaspoon each time, one bottle can last for quite awhile especially if you don't use it daily.
My Impressions: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is to be used after cleansing. The formula which activates upon contact with water should be dispensed into wet hands and worked together to create a creamy paste before applying to the face in circular motions for one minute. I was impressed that this product is as gentle as it claims and I liked that it has no scent. It leaves my skin feeling a little tight but soft. After 2 weeks of use, I can report that I haven't experienced any irritation and my complexion does appear abit smoother and brighter. I haven't been using daily - more like 2 -3 times a week, following my double cleansing process. I'm not sure if I'll step it up but for now that's about right. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is supposed to be suitable for all skin types so I've had hubster use it too. His skin is more oily side and he's had some positive results as well. I've noticed that his pores do look more refined and polished with usage every other day. I would say that overall this has worked pretty well for both of us.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is available through Dermalogica and other retailers like Ulta, Birchbox and Drugstore.com.
Throughout the month of October, Dermalogica is holding "Face Map Our Nation" events across the country. You can attend a local event for a complimentary Face Mapping Skin Analysis and #shareyourmap with @dermalogica for a chance to win a prescribed regimen worth up to $250. To learn more, visit www.facemapnation.com/US.
Is exfoliation part of your skincare routine? What do you use?
Disclosure: A complimentary product was provided through iFabbo for the purposes of this review. There was no other compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.