Revitalizing Microdermabrasion
1 fl. oz. for $30
Last Updated:03.19.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is an OK scrub for normal to dry skin, but it’s not without risks and, like all scrubs, the results you’ll get are not preferred to the results you can get from a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant.

Just like the microdermabrasion treatments you get at a spa or a doctor’s office, this scrub contains magnesium oxide crystals as the abrasive agent. The problem? Although this scrub contains some emollient ingredients to buffer the abrasive texture of the crystals, it’s easy to get carried away and overdo it, tearing your skin and causing damage. This in turn can lead to dryness, flaking, and irritation rather than a “refreshed and rejuvenated complexion.”

In addition, this scrub comes in a jar, which is the least sanitary way to package products like this, especially if you plan to store it in your shower. The jar packaging also allows the plant oils, antioxidants, and peptides in this scrub to break down shortly after you begin using it. So, the beneficial ingredients that add to the cost of this scrub won’t be effective for long, and besides, their benefit is rinsed down the drain. Please see our list of Best AHA Exfoliants or Best BHA Exfoliants for superior products that provide smoother, younger-looking skin.


Restore the appearance of radiance and vitality with our advanced treatment designed to increase cell turnover for a more youthful-looking glow. A blend of micro-exfoliants, natural extracts, and high-grade, micronized magnesium-oxide crystals infused with rich, marine collagen algae, vitamins and antioxidants gently polishes away dull, drab, flaky skin to reveal a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion.


Water, Magnesium Oxide, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Steareth-21, Glyceryl Oleate, Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis) Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract, Algae Extract, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi) Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Extract, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid.

Brand Overview

Hydroxatone At-A-Glance

Strengths: None.

Weaknesses: Expensive; several products contain irritating ingredients that hurt skin's healing process and ability to produce healthy collagen; jar packaging causes the antioxidants and other key ingredients to break down; over-the-top claims not supported by published research.

Hydroxatone is a mail-order company that sells various anti-wrinkle and anti-aging products, all at fairly high prices. You need to know that these products are absolutely not worth your attention, let alone your beauty dollars. It's not that they don't contain some great ingredients, but almost every formula has its share of problems that make investing in this line the wrong way to go (especially if your concern is wrinkles or discolorations).

The key ingredients Hydroxatone touts are peptides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are used industry-wide, so you're not getting anything special or unique with Hydroxatone. What's particularly frustrating is that the company makes a much bigger deal about their "special" ingredients then is deserved. For example, the peptides don't work like Botox, the hyaluronic acid won't replace the need for dermal fillers, and their claim that these products contain the most effective anti-wrinkle ingredients isn't supported by published research. Even the "clinical studies" Hydroxatone mentions are meaningless, especially since they weren't done double-blind and the results were not compared with other products (that, in most cases, would likely work even better).

For more information about Hydroxatone, call 1-800-672-2259 or visit www.hydroxatone.com.

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