Instead of the NARS lip pencils, I chose a dr. brandt skincare set as my birthday present from Sephora this year. One of the products included was the dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant which turned out to be a product I was really impressed with. When I heard that the brand had released this innovative PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator, I wanted to try it.
About the Brand: dr. brandt skincare is the natural evolution of Dr. Brandt's professional dermatology practice and clinical research. The dr. brandt skincare line represents the fusion of science with active botanicals by combining sophisticated delivery systems with the power of vitamins and botanicals. Their products are formulated under dermatologic control for maximum safety and efficacy, offering the highest performance available without a doctor’s prescription. They do not test on animals, use artificial fragrances and all packaging is made of recyclable materials.
Product Claims: dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator is a unique professional grade physical and chemical exfoliator and pore perfector in one. It is suitable for all skin types and works instantly to deeply cleanse pores while strengthening and tightening the look of them by removing congestion and impurities.
Key Ingredients: This product employs dual pore exfoliation technology using professional quality micro-crystals that provide optimal physical exfoliation to deep clean pores and improve skin texture and caviar lime extract, a chemical exfoliant that sloughs off dead skin and removes impurities for a smoother, brighter and more even complexion. Salicylic acid works to unclog and refine pores. Lentil seed extract strengthens and tightens pores for a more polished appearance. Tazmanian Pepper Berry soothes and nourishes sensitive skin and reduces discomfort.
Packaging: A standup glowy blue plastic tube with a flip top cap.
Price: $58 for 2 fl.oz/ 60 ml.
My Thoughts: I've used this exfoliator twice a week for 2 weeks following my usual double cleanse without my Clarisonic or Foreo Luna. The directions recommend slowly and gently massaging the product onto damp skin for 1 minute then allowing 1 -2 minutes for it to activate and and deep cleanse the pores before rinsing. The first time was like a revelation because of how crazy soft and clean my face felt afterwards and subsequent uses yielded similar results. The product itself has a creamy gel-like texture with microfine crystals which will feel really abrasive if not used with a light touch. I've used similar products with larger sized crystals and I feel like finer crystals work better since they can more effectively penetrate your pores to clean them out. It has light minty scent which surprisingly I liked and it gives off a slight cooling sensation as you're working it into your skin. I have sensitive skin and I haven't experienced any irritation or reactions while using this product. Overall I'm quite pleased with how it lives up to it's claims. I think there's something to this dual exfoliating action since my skin is smoother and the texture is more refined since I started using it. dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator isn't inexpensive but compared to the price of in-office microdermabrasion treatments which typically range from $100 - $200, $58 is reasonable and you only have use to a little each time. Compared to the brand's Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, I'd say this one addresses pores better while the original is a stronger exfoliator. This isn't a must have product in a skincare routine but it has it's place for targeted care.
Do you use any type of exfoliating products on your skin?
Disclosure: This product was provided to me for review through iFabbo. No other compensation was provided and all opinions and words are my own.