It's a biweekly exfoliant with enzymes. It kind of looks like a bug turd. Seriously, who designs this stuff? My skin isn't particularly sensitive but this stuff stings enough to make me freak out every time I use it. It subsides pretty quickly so I'm able to leave it on the recommended 2 minutes. My skin looks a little bit red afterwards but seems to calm down pretty quickly. I only use it before bed for that reason though. After use my skin does feel very smooth and soft. I like that the grit in it isn't super large. Sometimes it seems like it takes forever to rinse off a physical exfoliant and I keep finding pieces of almond hull or sand or what have you every time I touch my face. This stuff is pretty crazy expensive if you ask me so it's not one I would go out and buy, but I'll happily use up samples and trials.
I was so impressed by this product after receiving several samples, that I recently ordered the .5 oz size at $22. I wasn't willing to plop down $85 for the 2 oz size, and quite honestly, ordering the 2 oz didn't seem very economical anyway. A savings of $3? Big whoop. I'd rather just order a fresh new .5 oz tube when I need one and forgo the measly savings.
Especially so, since this product contains enzymes which are activated by WATER. Given that, a fresh tube that you'll use up more quickly, rather than an economy tube that may run the risk of becoming contaminated by water and/or less efficacious over time, is probably ideal.
Since so many people in reviews either admit to not reading the directions or seem to not read them, or read them wrong, or use this product however they want and then wonder why it doesn't work and/or complain about it burning, I'm going to include the directions.
This is what the directions say, word -for-word, on the sample (I haven't received my order yet, but presumably the same is said on the tube as well):
"How To Use: AM or PM. Use once or twice a week. Apply a thin, even layer to a clean, wet face, massaging in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Leave on for up to 2 minutes. Rinse and gently pat dry. This product may cause the skin to tingle and flush slightly for a short time. For sensitive skin, leave on for less than 1 minute, or use ExfoliKate Gentle instead."
Why I liked this product:
*Instant and remarkable results - Just in the first 30 seconds of mere application wherever I was applying it I could feel the texture of my skin becoming smoother beneath my fingers. When I rinsed it off, my skin was glowing, my pores had drastically shrunk, my skin was smooth, and my skin wasn't raw or tight/stinging anywhere. It definitely felt like the dead skin was exfoliated away only, and not any new skin. My glycolic acid product (my HG chemical exfoliant) had its tail between its legs because the results of this Kate product were so phenomenal.
*The results last a long time - I had several samples of this product, and though the directions say to use once or twice a week, when I used the remaining product left in one of samples in the same week about 4 days later, it was unnecessary because my skin was still smooth and my pores were still shrunken and tiny. I didn't open another sample until more than a full week later, and I could have gone longer than that. My typical routine is that I had to regularly exfoliate my skin, 2 times a week at least for my foundation to apply the way I want it to, but I think this product produces such lasting results, I think I could definitely get away with once every 1.5 weeks to 2 weeks.
*LIP EXFOLIATION - Best lip exfoliator ever. Gets all the dead skin and takes none of the new skin, unlike lip scrubs that either are too abrasive and take new skin with the dead skin, or not abrasive enough and don't take all the dead skin. The the .5 oz of this is about the same price as Fresh's lip scrub, and this is a worlds apart better lip exfoliator. It's just perfection.
*The smell - Love the smell of this stuff. I don't know how to describe it, but the closest thing I can think of is **something like** tea tree oil, but not that. It's a bit more herbal and spicy than that. It's intoxicating, I love it. Even if I had hated this product, I would be all over any Kate Somerville Aromatherapy line that had this scent, lol.
What I don't understand about this product:
*The granules - why are they there? This isn't a scrub, the exfoliating is from the enzymes, what's the point of the granules? The granules seem to me to only lend to confusion about how to use this product, and increase user error.
*Why must this be taken off so quicky - My understanding is enzymes break down dead skin, and don't act on living skin. Shouldn't I be able to leave this product on all day then with no ill effect? There must be something else in this product that makes it hazardous to leave on for more than 2 minutes. Why is it in there? Is it necessary?
*Price - Seems quite steep. I really probably shouldn't have "price" here under my list of things I "don't understand", because given that it works so well and lives up to its claims and delivers amazing results, and that it's not a daily treatment but one you'll use maybe 2x a week at most so even a seemingly measly amount will last a while, and the Kate Somerville brand is fairly prestigious, the pricetag is probably warranted. But the price still stings a little...
Get your hands on some samples, and see what you think. And follow the directions. Remember to keep your face and the product wet during the application and treatment process.
Oh my !!! Thank goodness I got a sample from Sephora before I splurged to buy it.
This stuff burned my skin so badly when I put the smallest amount on. I was so excited
to try it when the Sephora girl told me its good for acne prone skin and blackheads. It suppose to be a nice and gentle. I have pretty normal skin that is not sensitive. I also left this on for about 5 minutes with the stinging to see if it was just the regular effect.
Guess not !! Don't try if you have sensitive skin!
Luckily I did not purchase this , it was a gift from a friend and I would have to say I did not have a good experience with this product , as soon as I put the product on my face it started burning and I do not have sensitive skin I can handle just about anything but not this ! after rinsing my face I have to admit it left my skin smooth and refreshed ,im scared to use it again but it really got rid of my dead skin
Love, love, love! This product is WAY out of my budget, but damn, it is truly the best face scrub I have ever used! Since receiving my first sample packet from Sephora, I've started hoarding them and can typically get 4 uses out of each. It really doesn't take much more than the proverbial pea-sized amount to get good results. After reading the label, I noticed these active ingredients are not in any of the products I typically use. Now I know what my skin responds to best!
Exfolikate made my face seem healthier right away. It made my skin look so good, I didn't feel like I _needed_ makeup that day. I was less red, there was no tightness and no parched sensation, nor did I feel like I had any sort of film left behind. My face felt clean, clear, smooth and soft. I love the scent too- clove, pumpkin, cinnamon... yum! Put this on your wishlist for xmas or birthday and hope someone splurges on it for you!
I hate when something so amazing is also SO expensive. I just can't justify buying this regularly, but every time I use it I'm impressed. I see some reviews saying this stuff is too harsh, but- I have oily skin that I think must be very resilient, because I have never ever reacted to anything or been too sensitive for any product, so that hasn't been as issue at all.
This stuff is great. I find that if I run my fingers over my skin, then use this product (exactly as directed), afterwards I will notice that my skin feels noticeably, significantly more smooth and clear than before. That in itself is impressive to me- it's rare that any product affects my skin positively in such an immediate way. And of course, when your skin is smoother, your makeup will go on that much smoother and nicer as well. Exfoliating regularly helps prevent breakouts for me as well.
If you have the money to burn, go for it. If not, there are other great, cheap products out there that will take care of your dead skin cells. Either way, exfoliating is a great skincare habit to get into.
I got a large sample of this as a Sephora points deal. The tube has about 4 uses' worth in it and this size retails for $22. I would buy this product again IF I could afford it, but I don't think I can justify the cost.
I like the old-school features of this product: It's green and it smells bad. When I put it on I feel like a 1960s housewife putting on her face mask. You can feel it tingling for the short time it is on; then it rinses off easily.
At first I thought this product was "meh," but then I noticed that typically a day after I use it, I look at myself in the mirror and go 'Wow." my face looks firmer, more even and brighter. I am 50 years old with my major skin problems being melasma and general dullness.
Because I have only used this 4 times, I'm not totally sure if the results are coincidence (like maybe it's something else i did that day that caused the glowy skin?) or if they are fully attributable to the product. I wish I could afford to buy more of it to test my theory, but I cannot justify the expense in my life right now.
I love this! I got it in a gift set from Sephora, and I have noticed it is pricey, but so worth it! My skin did tingle, but I noticed it was in my most congested areas on my face, so I won't get too worried. After my skin felt so soft and smooth, and I could tell it truly worked. So suck it up and give it a shot!
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)