Beauty doesn't come cheap.
And ExfoliKate is a prime example!
I was shocked, no, flabbergasted when I saw the price for ExfoliKate. Holy crap, $85 for THIS? Now mind you, I'm a product, name brand junkie. I don't usually base my decisions on price but quality. But this threw me for a curve. I had bad combo skin: dryness, flakes, some oil and breakouts, and some oil where there were flakes. My skin can't figure itself out. I was looking for a good exfloiator that wouldn't clog my pores and that would help alleviate some of my problems. The very helpful Sephora guy took me straight to ExfoliKate. He knew I was shocked by the sticker price so the wonderful man gave me a heaping sample which I got about 4 uses out of.
Holy glowing skin, Batman! I'm amazed. This. Stuff. WORKS. First reaction when applying it was probably like most people's: "umm...my face is burning", BUT a good burn. For me it was more of a tingly sensation, like when you use a tanner with a "blush" or warmer in it; It feels warm but you know it's working. I slough it around my face for a few seconds and just let it do its magic for the remaining minute or so. If you have more sensitive skin, I'd say only let it sit on your skin for 30 seconds max. ExfoliKate uses natural extracts to "eat" away at the dead skin, so you want to be careful when you first use it. Afterwards my skin is in the best condition its ever been. Like EVER. Smooth, more even skin tone, even texture and even overall. I'm less oily, less dry, and more "normal".
What I love the most is that Sephora makes ExfoliKate in a travel size that's just $19! Now you're talking! It will last me about 2 months if I use it 1-2 times a week. Not bad! If you're hesitant about buying this, just do it. It will change your skin and your life!!
I never buy something as expensive as ExfoliKate without sampling it first and I'm glad I have that personal policy bcus I would've been $85+ poorer (with mediocre results) without it. I got a sample from Sephora and it lasted through three applications.
First of all, I have very resistant skin that has what I observed to be very quick cell-turnover. I have to exfoliate with a chemical (AHA, especially) three times a week or substitute that with twice-daily Clarisonic uses. My skin isn't easily irritated and not problematic except that it flakes SO MUCH thanks to the turnover rate and I have blackheads if I don't actively eliminate them.
Really, you don't need much more than a thin layer that's substantial enough to rub over your skin and move around a bit. The first time I tried this I had not exfoliated in about 3 weeks which is very upsetting for my skin. I had so many flakes and hadn't had time to wash my face deeply much less take a minute to swab some Liquid Gold on every night. It so happened that I had to travel and get my skin into tip-top shape. I took my sample out and used it the night before and I have to say it actually stung and irritated my skin. This is very very strange for me bcus I've had very high concentrations of glycolic acid with the tiniest pinch and then it's gone. This made my face itch and sting and prick the entire time! I figured the pain was indicative of the wonderful exfoliation that was going on. I washed this off and used cool water to soothe my skin. I have to say, it worked well. The best thing about the experience (that I repeated twice later) is that it's very intense. That being said, it didn't seem to make me glow. I don't know if that's because it did some minute damage to my skin that dulled me in general. This is great for travel because it gives you instant results in terms of flakes and comes in a hygienic tube. But, it doesn't give me that illumination that other chemical exfoliants give. That being said, it's also WAY too expensive for what you get. If you can just focus on using a drugstore AHA twice a week you'd have better results and less painful ones. I can see this product being terrible for sensitive girls so do a test patch regardless of your skin type!
-Don't need much
-Removes dead skin very well
-Physical and chemical exfoliation (so you can have some control over how much to scrub vs how long to leave the product on.)
-Hygienic tube packaging
-Great for travel
-Way too expensive for results
-Irritant to my resistant skin (could be MUCH worse for more sensitive skins)
I just tried this for the first time and it didn't really sting my dry/combo sensitive skin too much. I left it on for 2 minutes then rinsed and oh man my skin was soft like a babies bottom!
Only downside was right after i brokeout a bit, nothing too bad but i think thats my skin purging, so i only gave it 4 lippies just in case it actually keeps breaking me out. Update soon!
Argh, this stuff is liquid GOLD... SO expensive... WHY?! This is one of those items you just have to pay for... it's just really worth it. Can't live without it ever since I first tried it 2-3 years ago... Skin glows, radiates... It stings a bit but nothing intolerable... Maybe if you have really sensitive skin... I love it. I have to have it. Therefore, I will pay. Damn you, Kate Sommerville! I'm sure she's buying her 3rd Rolls by now :/
I love exfolikate and I believe that this really works. Even though the price is expensive, one tube will last a long time since you should only use this 2-3 times a week, and each time you only need a small amount. Personally, I like the scent and the green color, and the scrub isn't too harsh for my delicate skin. After rinsing it off, I see an immediate difference in my skin - a more refined texture and a glowing complexion.
Great scrub. I was very impressed. It beats the dermalogica skin prep scrub and blows it out of the water. I was impressed by the combination of physical exfoliants (finely ground) and natural enzymes. Usually products contain one or the other. This scrub doubles as an exfoliating mask. It's not quite peel strength, but you'll feel the burn.
BEST face Scrub I ever Tried, PERIOD!!!
THE Only one that ever worked for me and keep its promises.
Worth Every Penny in my opinion because its one of the very rare product on the market that doesn't lie... IT WORKS!!!
I have tons of jars, tubes, bottle of exfoliant seating in my bathroom drawers that I only used once because they don't get the job done, what a waste, I could have buy 3 full size of KS intead!!!
I have been travelling back in force between Vegas, L.A and the Bay area weekly for my work for about 2 month now so my sensitive combination skin started to become dull and highly dehydrated because of the drastic weather changes and pressurized air(plane)
my moisturizers couldn't penetrate the skin anymore, i didn't know what to do or what to try anymore but I needed to take action and fast before a evil first wrinkle shows up.
I was wandering and browsing into Sephora like i love to do on my spare time and bumped into a tester of the Ks exfoliant.
Never heard of KS before but I was appealed by the fact that this scrub is both mecanical and chemical I needed a heavy worker...
l tried it on my hand, scrub, wiped off and holly crap, pure Smoothness!!! I knew I found something amazing!
I immediately purchased a travel friendly tube (2oz), went back to my hotel room to try it on and ... WOW, WOW WOW!!!!
Complexion: even, Pores: vanished, Dullness on my forehead and cheeks: Wiped away to reveal only an amazing fresh glow.
I then applied my face cream and...YES! Score! Victory! my skin absorbed it all and was smooth and radiant as ever!
I know, I know its pricey but this is the only face scrub that worked for me so far without damaging and breaking out my reactive and sensitive skin.
Plus this is the very first product with chemical peel agent that my skin tolerate.
So YES I will purchase it again and again and again...
And I cant wait to try more of Kate's products such as the hydrating serum and the vitamin serum (will ask for a sample first of course, thank you Sephora, Love you!!!)
Today I am a happy girl!
I don't know where others shop for this scrub/mask, but Sephora has a strange pricing scheme. $18 for .5 oz and $85 for 2 oz? And $175 for 5 oz? You come out ahead buying the .5 oz, and only save $5 for spending the $175 on the 5 oz..... either way, that's waaaay too much money.
Loved the product, but we're remodeling right now, so unless it suddenly goes on sale, I'm not buying it again.
Mixed feelings on this one. It is aggressive, which is good and bad. If you have ANY acne at all, be careful. I had one closed (seemingly under-the-skin) blemish on my cheek and thought it wouldn't be a problem, but the Exfolikate somehow got into the pore and burned like heck. Even though the rest of my face was fine afterward, that spot is still really sore. So, the Exfolikate was great for the rest of my face, but I think it actually made the blemish worse. When/if you have clear skin, I think this would be great for dealing with fine lines, discoloration, dullness, etc. I think it is strong enough to make a real difference. But if you have any active issues, I'd steer clear. Despite the problem with the pimple, I'd buy it again and just save it for times when my skin has no breakouts.
I ordered this from QVC the cheapest way I could. I was intrigued by the glowing (pun intended) customer reviews so I had to give it a try. This stuff burns! It reminded me of a product I used long ago from Merle Norman (remember that one??). It was called Miracol and burned just the same. I truly question whether that burning sensation is good for the skin. Inflammation is a bad thing, no? The directions says to put it on your skin for no more than 2 minutes. I could barely last 30 seconds. Truth is, I don't feel that I really need this product. I exfoliate by washing with a cleansing cloth and using retinol products. It's hard for me to gauge whether this is actually benefiting my skin. But when a product costs this much, I expect to be wowed, confident that it's worth every penny. I will stick to St. Ives Apricot Scrub when I feel like a need a little something extra. My vote - save your money.