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Product Review: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

An excellent facialist once told me that she uses only Dermalogica products, and so I decided to try out a few samples. Like any other line, Dermalogica is hit or miss. The Special Cleansing Gel wasn't all that special, for instance—at least, it didn't do anything better than Cetaphil cleanser does. Skip that one, but save your pennies for Daily Microfoliant ($47.50). It's not only a soap-free product, it's a non-liquid one, too. It's actually a rice-based powder that you start using by adding the dry product to damp hands. After working it into a paste, you just massage it into skin in small circular motions.

This might sound like a mere novelty, but this paste is actually an excellent exfoliator. It's gentle enough to use every day, and I like the fact that it contains salicylic acid—so it's ideal for dull or acne-prone skin. Another plus is that it's easy to bring along on vacations and trips, because you don't have to worry about the three-ounce rule at airports. My only problem is the packaging. After about a month, the holes of the shaker became clogged, and I had to take a needle and poke through the buildup. So I'm taking a half-star off for that, and another half-star because, well, $47.50 is more than I would normally spend for an exfoliator. Otherwise, this is fantastic stuff.

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skintogo skintogo 8 years
Hi Everyone, Dermalogica works!! Come visit our site at We look forward to serving your Dermalogica needs.
andreamelissa andreamelissa 9 years
I have just been turned on to Dermalogica products and I must admit I love everything I have used thus far.
actorgirl21 actorgirl21 9 years
I love dermalogica's exfoliators. I'm also an esthetician and I haven't found another product that I like as much!
Notting-Hill-res Notting-Hill-res 9 years
I love this product. An esthetician recommended it and I started using it reluctantly (I have dry, sensitive skin). It is awesome. My skin brightened, and I had no sensitivity. She said I don't have to use it every day, so I use it about 2-3 times a week.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Here it is for $41.50 and I think free shipping. It's a large size, trust me, it will last a looooong time.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I love this, have been using it for a few years (and I am so not loyal with skin products) and I only had to replace it once. It lasts FOREVER. Your face feels nicely exfoliated after but not irritated from scrubbing with rough particles. I have not found any other product similar to this, so I will keep using it. I also think I found it for a lot less $$$ and free shipping online somewhere. :makeup:
katelovesbeauty katelovesbeauty 9 years
I agree, Dermalogica is hit or miss. I do really like this product though, as well as the Active Moist and they have a great makeup remover/face wash that is an oil. I know people are scared of oil, but it actually acts an amazing cleanser and moisturizer.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Very true Bella! Thanks!
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
i love this product. a friend recommended this product a few years ago and it's amazing...
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I used only this to wash my face while in Japan for two weeks last year, and I had no problems. But Hottpink, if the Murad is working, why mess with a good thing?
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Is this a product you use to wash your face with everyday? Or something that you use once or twice a week? I use the Murad Acne line and it's amazing on my skin so I am scared to use a different daily wash....what do you suggest Bella?? i am elle - What is your sugar recipe if you don't mind sharing!! :)
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
I just read about this in Self last night; guess I'll have to try it!
nomerz nomerz 9 years
I'm an esthetician as well and I use this too. I love how your face actually feels and looks better after you use it. plus, it's so gentle and easy. It's actually one of the only Dermalogica products that I like.
Mikaela81 Mikaela81 9 years
I am an esthetician, and have been using this product myself ever since it came out 4 or 5 years back. It is amazing! Such a fine powder, mixable into other cleansers. It's gentle and makes your skin look so refined.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Hmm sounds interesting.. but I think I'll stick to my homemade sugar scrub!
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
Although claims of this product being "fantastic" would be otherwise convincing, I am just NOT. There are tons of other products out there that boast the same results, i.e. Neutrogena, Noxema, Biore, etc.---all for less than $50!!!!!!
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