Physical exfoliants get a bit of a bad rap in 2018. Yeah, you’re right. They’ve been copping it since the early 2000s.
It’s not their fault. They didn’t choose the environment-polluting, rashy, apricot scrub life.
The thing is, not all physical exfoliants are created equal.
Some are out there, living their lives, just trying to smooth your skin without too much fuss.
One of those is the called the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, and you really ought to give it a moment of your time.
Just hear it out, alright?
When this cult-brand exfoliating product wandered talked its way into my bathroom, I wasn't really sure it was for me.
I have sensitive skin, you see. And don't physical exfoliators cause micro-tares and irritation?
That's where the difference between an exfoliating scrub (a physical exfoliant containing tiny granules of dried fruit or nuts) and a microfoliant is quite important.
Never having used this $64.99 product before (pssst it's currently down from $90), I set about doing so research on the internet and on my face to find out if the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant could graduate from skincare side chick to the love of my life.
What is a microfoliant?
A microfoliant is exactly what it sounds like when you ponder it for a moment or two. A micro (i.e teeny tiny) exfoliating product.
In the case of the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliatant, it's a finely milled white powder made from a rice bran that turns into an exfoliating paste when mixed with water.
Voila! Once activated with water, the formula releases rice enzymes and the acids you'd find in chemical exfoliants - Citric Acid and Salicylic Acid - to gently resurface the skin and tell dead skin cells to take a hike.
Exfoliating can be taxing on the skin if not done right, hence this product contains ingredients like green tea, gingko and oatmeal to calm and hydrate the skin.
The overall effect should be one of smoother, brighter, 'extraordinarily clear' skin. Or so the bottle says.