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Daily Microfoliant
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2.6 fl. oz. for $52
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Daily Microfoliant costs a lot for what amounts to cellulose, magnesium oxide powder, detergent cleansing agents, plant extracts (some of which function as a sort of scrub), and irritating essential oil of grapefruit peel. There is no reason to choose this over a standard topical scrub, or just using a washcloth with your water-soluble cleanser. The enzyme papain and salicylic acid are rinsed from skin before they can do much good, not to mention papain is highly unstable and most likely inactive by the time you go to use this product. You will get a granular exfoliation from this scrub, but you’d be better off using a gentler scrub or a damp washcloth with your facial cleanser. Ultimately, though, unless you cannot see giving up your scrub, an AHA or BHA exfoliant does a more thorough job while imparting anti-aging and anti-acne benefits, too.

Claims

Gentle, daily use exfoliating powder for all skin conditions. Unique Rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter.

Ingredients

Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Oxide, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Allantoin, Papain, Salicylic Acid, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, PCA, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Cyclodextrin, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limonene, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) , Hexylene Glycol.

Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good eye-makeup remover; a unique skin-lightening product; a couple of commendable moisturizers, one with stabilized vitamin C.

Weaknesses: Expensive; almost every category has one or more products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; Clean Start and MediBac lines are particularly disappointing; the SPF products tend to be mediocre to poor.

Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.

Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.

According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?

For more information about Dermalogica, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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09.25.2014
One of my favorite exfoliants

I feel like this exfoliant has definitely helped me with textural issues and lessened the amount of congestion throughout my nose and cheeks. I have also noticed that my skin has brightened up immensely! This is a really easy product to use and I can use it daily without any irritation. I like the fact that it is a mechanical and chemical exfoliant. This product is recommended to all skin types.

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09.21.2014
Waste of money!!!!

Waste of money. False claims by Dermalogica (please review the research on PC website prior to purchasing and check out the POOR ingredients). PC really know their stuff. I'm a qualified health professional (Clinical and Public Health sectors) and I have never come across a website which refers to and offers peer reviewed, credible, unbiased, valid research papers. I personally will never purchase another skin care product without first consulting PC's website. I have already saved ££££'s

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Marie S
09.21.2014
Great Product

Dermalogica was recommended by a friend who had similar issues with aging skin that I was experiencing. I needed to make a change and tried everything from the drugstore, hearing how those products were just as good at a fraction of the price of dept store brands...nothing worked for me and many severely irritated my sensitive skin. Enter Dermalogica, I was a HUGE skeptic and the samples from my salon converted me. Microfoliant and Moisture Rich are my daily GO TO products. I love this line.

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AnneM
12.20.2013
The best scrub ever!

I've tried numerous scrubs over the years and this is definitely one of the best. When I was travelling in a humid climate I used it every night and it stopped my skin from breaking out which normally happens in humid climates. It is so gently on my skin and after I've scrubbed as suggested for a minute my skin is so silky smooth I agree with the lady that says a desert island must have!

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Nicaea
02.24.2013
Desert island product

Whilst Paula clearly knows her stuff when it comes to skincare, offering generally sensible and accurate advice, i worry that her reviews suffer from her lack of actual product use which undermines her opinions. This exfoliator is not granular once its has been mixed in your hands and is infact perfectly smooth so no you wont get any abrasive/ granular action from it. It does however leave your skin exceptionally smooth suggesting that the papain and salycilic acid are doing their job.

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RD
01.30.2013
Can't Live Without This!

Yes Daily Microfoliant is spendy, but this is one product I can't go without! I have been in and out of the esthetics and cosmetology profession for about 10 years now and I always come back to this product. I have oily, flaky, sensitized skin with a tendency towards sebaceous filaments in my T-zone. With daily use my skin is softer with noticeably less flake-ness and my sebaceous filaments show markedly less buildup due to the salacylic acid. It does have a mild granular feel but not as much as a scrub. That is better for those who have pustular acne as a granular scrub could irritate this condition. The smell is very light and naturally fresh. Not parfumy. A little goes a long way! I find that I only need 1.5 bottles per year. That equals aprox. $6.25 per month!

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lindi m.
01.19.2013
wouldn't recommend

at first i really liked this. it made my skin feel very smooth, made my skintone look more even, and was fun to use. but after using for a few consecutive days my skin became very dry, began to peel, i broke out in lots of small bumps, and my skin became blotchy red and sore. i wouldn't recommend this for anyone with sensitive skin, it is not as gentle as it claims to be.

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