The Gentle Daily Exfoliant


Have you been looking for a gentle daily face exfoliate?

I’ve always thought that exfoliates had to have those beads or rough crushed nuts in them, but I was so wrong!

Every time I used one of those type of exfoliates my face would be all red and would break-out.
I reached out to the awesome beauty blogging community and TONS of women suggested that I tried this because it was their Holy Grail of exfoliates.

I was hesitant at first just because of the cost and I really didn’t feel like asking for just a sample because the closest ULTA Beauty store is an hour away, but I took the plunge and forked out the $52.

Yea, freaking $52!!

This is what the Dermalogica website says about the Microfoliant:

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 75g.

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. Our unique Skin Brightening Complex helps to balance uneven skin pigmentation while a super-soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal helps to calm the skin, leaving it extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Gentle enough to use on a daily basis. Not recommended for users of medically-prescribed exfoliation products. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.


Removes dulling surface debris and evens skin tone.
Reveals brighter, smoother skin.
Gentle enough for daily use.

How to use

Dispense about a half-teaspoon of Daily Microfoliant® into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly. Follow with Multi-Active Toner or UltraCalming Mist and prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer.

Dermalogica microfoliant
Dermalogica microfoliant in powder form.
Dermalogica microfoliant
Dermalogica microfoliant in creamy paste form

Now, I’m not too keen on reading directions for some reason.  I’m one of those females that like to wash my face at night while I’m in the shower.  You know, you gotta find ways to save money so why not just do it in there while you have the water running anyways!

Well, I like to wash my whole face with my eyes shut.  Don’t let the powder form fool ya one bit.  Once you get it mixed and start applying it to your face, make sure to not let any sneak near your eyes because this sucker BURNS!! OH MY WORD IT BURNS!!  Learn from my mistake.

I like the fact that it’s gentle enough for me to use daily because I just started using my Retin-A micro gel 0.04% gel pump and my skin has been in skin-renewal overload (scaling).  Being able to use the Dermalogica microfoliant, I know that it’s getting all of my dead skin off and my face is once again smooth.

Here comes my only 2 cons:

  • Scent
  • Cost

Not too bad for the cons.  The scent reminds me of baby cereal. I seriously can’t wait to get it off my face.  All the mothers here know how that smells.

The other con is the cost!  $52!! Holy smokes that’s a lot! BUT…..the bottle will last a very long time since it is in powder form.

I use it twice daily right now since I started my Retin-A 0.04% Micro gel pump and my face is literally shedding off all the dead skin cells.  Once my face gets used to the Retin-A, I’ll go back to using it once a day.

All in all, it’s a keeper for me so if you’re in the search for a great daily exfoliate,  I’d recommend you go to your nearest ULTA to get a sample to try.

Dermalogica microfoliant

What exfoliates do you use?


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