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.
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.
According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he 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.
The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.
For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.
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