GoodSkin Labs
Microcrystal Skin Refinisher (Discontinued)
1.7 fl. oz. for $25
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:08.01.2011
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Microcrystal Skin Refinisher is a lotion-style scrub that contains alumina as the abrasive agent. Alumina has a texture akin to salt, which makes this fairly gritty and scratchy, so be extra careful if you decide to give it a try. A handful of antioxidants and anti-irritants are included, but will be rinsed off before they can have any effect. For manual exfoliation, this is a pricey and perhaps overly rough scrub; gentler options are definitely available.


An "at home" skin refining treatment that helps improve skin's tone and clarity while reducing visible signs of aging.


Water, Purified, Alumina, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Myristyl Myristate, Polydecene, Myristyl Lactate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sucrose, Glycine, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Steareth-20, Stearamide Mea-Stearate, Potassium Stearate, Emulsifying Wax, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

GoodSkin Labs At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the serums and treatment products (including the wrinkle fillers) are very good; relatively inexpensive given the anti-aging ingredients used; some of the products are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Falls short in terms of not offering any sun protection products; no longer a comprehensive line.

GoodSkin Labs is owned by Estee Lauder and sold exclusively at Kohl’s department stores. Although originally launched as a full-featured collection of skin-care products, the brand has since been whittled down to a few key players. We’re not sure why the downsizing occurred, but perhaps it’s Lauder simply decided to focus on the core products that sold best. Whatever the reason, what remains from GoodSkin is a mixed bag—but there are some very good products you may want to consider. Because this is Lauder-owned line, you’ll find several products are similar to others from Laude brands, including Clinique. The price point of GoodSkin Labs is in line with Clinique, though with Clinique you have a lot more choices and can, if desired, put together an entire skin-care routine. Just to be clear, you can put together a brilliant skin-care routine with products from different brands—let go of the myth that you won’t get good results if your routine mixes and matches various brands. In some cases that may work beautifully, but more often than not it can lead to trouble because few lines offer a perfectly ideal assortment of products. What GoodSkin Labs does best is serums and anti-aging treatment products (including wrinkle fillers) and most of them are fragrance-free. Their formulas combine proven beneficial ingredients in elegant textures and packaging that helps keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. As with most cosmetic lines, the claims are a bit over the top, but for the most part the formulas contain an impressive range of ingredients that can help your skin look and act younger. You won’t find anything here that Estee Lauder’s namesake brand isn’t also offering, but if you routinely shop at Kohl’s, there are some products that are worthy of checking out! For more information about GoodSkin Labs, visit www.goodskinlabs.com.

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