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DermAppeal Thermo-Enzymatic Microdermabrasion Treatment
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2 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:01.02.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

There’s good news and bad news about this fragrant scrub, and we’re sorry to report that the bad news prevails. On the plus side, this works great to exfoliate and make skin feel smooth. Flipping the coin, however, reveals this formula’s weaknesses: It’s quite abrasive and the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, an ingredient we used to recommend as an inexpensive scrub) makes it too alkaline for all skin types. This contains plant oils to buffer the abrasiveness of the magnesium crystals and the baking soda, but the lavender and peppermint oils are a needless source of irritation. By the way, the “thermo” (heat) portion of this product is the result of a chemical reaction that occurs when magnesiumoxide mixes with water. It feels pleasant, but it doesn’t offer any benefit for skin (e.g., it doesn’t open pores—pores don’t open and close like window blinds).

Claims

This amazing, aluminum oxide free resurfacing and revitalizing treatment utilizes a naturally occurring mineral from the Dead Sea to give you all the benefits of a professional microdermabrasion treatment - at home. Use once or twice a week for a softer, smoother, less lined, no pore look.

Ingredients

Magnesium Oxide Crystals, Sodium Bicarbonate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Oleth-20, Glycerin, Trihydroxystearin, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Copper Peptide, Zinc Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sweet Almond Oil, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Papain, Bromelain, Rosemary, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

Brand Overview

Skinn by Dimitri James At-A-Glance

Strengths: The toner; a few good moisturizers, including some designed for the eye area (even though skin around the eyes doesn't require a separate product) and for oily skin; the lip scrub; the Nutri-Lift products (even though they don't lift skin in the least); mostly good, and some intriguing, makeup palettes; some great mascaras; the automatic eyeliner pencil.

Weaknesses: No sunscreens (How can you take any cosmetic line's anti-aging claims seriously when they completely overlook the importance of sun protection?); jar packaging for antioxidant-rich products; no products to manage acne or skin.

Dimitri James is a makeup artist, hair stylist, and fashion consultant who spent two decades working for some of the biggest cosmetics companies in the world. After stints with brands such as Estee Lauder and Revlon, he decided, as so many others have before him, to launch his own products. Apparently, he was disenchanted with the business model most large cosmetics companies follow. According to James, the formula was always the same: "make a cheap product, put it in a fancy jar with a nice box and charge as much as possible." His cynical summation is definitely appreciated by those of us on the Cosmetics Cop team. Ironically, however, for the most part, Skinn's business model mimics the business model of many large and small cosmetics companies; that is, his products come in fancy jars, make inane unsupported claims, and are absurdly overpriced. Adding to that insanity, many of his products are poorly formulated.

Aside from the glaring same old, same old mix of disenchantment, those hoping for some good news about Skinn products will be pleased to know that this line does have some products worth considering. That doesn't mean the claims are accurate or that they outperform excellent products from many other lines. Overlooking the omission of reliable sunscreen from this line, the handful of good formulas are capable of getting as close as possible to keeping skin looking youthful and healthy. They won't replace cosmetic corrective procedures, but no skin-care routine will do that. Please refer to the list of strengths for products worth your attention; any products not on that list you can skip, unless you want to set yourself up for disappointment, and you will be disappointed if you expect the farfetched claims to come true.

Skinn's promises for their makeup—that they will make you a picture of airbrushed perfection—are beyond reality. Today's best makeup products can go a long way toward making a beautiful finish to your appearance and they're easier to apply than ever before. Just keep in mind that technique still plays a major role, so don't expect any makeup product to be the final answer. Skinn's color line has just as many misses as hits, so shop carefully. In this case, the foundations and concealer are not worth considering over countless others, but there are some great powder blushes and eyeshadows, a fantastic eye pencil, and mascaras that perform beautifully; but again, these are easily replaced with less expensive options. Those intrigued by makeup palettes may find some good options here, too.

All told, the Skinn line has a handful of impressive products, but it's not remotely "the revolution in cosmetics" Dimitri James makes it out to be. For more information about Skinn by Dimitri James, call (866) 346-4874 or visit www.skinn.com.

Note: This line is sold primarily on home shopping channels.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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10.18.2014
Broken glass

Harsh if u have sensitive skin. My lines didn't go anywhere. Expensive and think you could use a diy scrub that would do same thing..feels like broken glass rubbing on your face...

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Jodi p
08.23.2014
LOVE IT!!

I got this as part of a Skinn kit. I have mature, sensitive skin and it works great. My fine lines are diminishing. I use the product twice a week. I'm sold on Skinn products. I see results.

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Sharon S
07.27.2014
Derma Appeal Review

This product is fabulous! If you have aging , dry skin you will see incredible results. I actually use this 3 times a week, pat dry and then use the watermelon wrinkle soak with the ionized spray. Ladies, my skin is so soft, the deep wrinkles on my forehead are almost nonexistant, even when I run my fingers over my skin. The only drawback is do not get it near your eyes, the peppermint oil will sting! The watermelon wrinkle soak I use after, when combined together is a 10!!!!

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Eileen
07.27.2014
Too Harsh

Way too fragrant, and too harsh for my skin. It felt like i was rubbing little hard crystals all over my skin. I have found other "scrubs" I like much more. SUKI exfoliating scrub is wonderful. I love Paulas products, wish she had a scrub!!

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valerie s.
07.16.2014
Love it!

I have used this product a couple of times now and am very impressed. I have very sensitive blotchy skin and this product is the best I have found. The mint oil is very soothing and the abrasiveness is only as harsh as you allow it to be. My face is visibly smoother and feels very refreshed after using the product! I have tried many products that leave my face blotchy and irritated. This is the lease expensive product I have found and by far, THE BEST!

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Rochelle B
02.27.2014
TERRIBLE

You might as well take sand paper (course) to your face. I only used it once and I returned it. Very fragrant and loaded with peppermint.I did not check Paulas Choice review before I bought it. That will never happen again.

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