I love this product, it is a staple in my skincare routine.
To start, I have normal to dry skin, with large pores and uneven pigmentation. I tend to get the flakies and need to exfoliate to keep them at bay, as well as to get rid of dead cells to allow my moisterizer to penetrate. However, I have extremely sensitive skin, and most scrubs tend to break my out badly.
This isn't meant to be used as a scrub, per se, but you're supposed to "massage" the grains prior to adding the serum. I do this lightly and don't feel that it is harsh at all - and no breakouts! It gets rid of the flakiness, makes my skin so smooth and even textured, and so soft! It allows me to wear foundation without looking like a flakey, cakey mess!
My skin does get red after using it, so I use only at night, a few times a week. The redness is gone after a couple of hours, and definately by morning.
I took off a lippie because despite my love of the product, I don't like the packaging (hate to dig into the pot of crystals with my fingers - especially in the shower because I don't want water to drip into it - and like a previous poster said, the bottle of serum is opaque and you can't tell how much you have left). Also, it is expensive.
But, I will continue to repurchase - the set lasts several months for me with 2-3x week use.
I have noticed lots of people had problems with this product. For me it always worked really well until I read the directions closer and actually followed them. LOL. if some of you havent thrown this out, use it without rubbing the crystals in before the foam. I just put the crystals on and then rub with the foam activator. If I do it my way my skin looks great but when I do it as directed I break out in cysts. I like this stuff a lot when I did it my way
Got a big sample of this at Sephora.
The first time I used it I overdid it with the crystal scrub and my skin felt raw and red.
The second time I did it, I made sure to GENTLY MASSAGE, NOT SCRUB and was really pleased with the results. My skin was smoother, softer, brighter, and pores were slightly smaller. I want to use this to diminish my hyperpigmentation so I'll shell out the money and buy this.
No matter what anyone says, if you have sensitive skin- STAY AWAY from this. I bought this from the Philosophy counter after reading the MUA reviews and seeing it demo'd on QVC. I loved the smell, and the warming sensation was quite pleasant when I sampled it on my hand. I advised the SA I had very sensitive skin, and was unsure I should even be trying this product on my face. The SA assured me as long as I took a light hand, and did not scrub, and only used 1x-2x a week, I would be fine.
I'm sure most of you know where this story is going.... After meticulously following his instructions and using this product 1x a week for 4 weeks, I started breaking out in places I never broke out. I developed 2 "dimples" on each of my cheeks- 2 pimples literally right across from each other. ACK! I couldn't return it because it was past the return date, so I immediately threw it away. Lesson learned- my skin cannot tolerate any kind of scrubs of any kind, no matter what any SA tells me. Sure, my skin did feel like glass after the peel, and it did glow, but it was so not worth the pimples this gave me. I should have known better than to listen to a SA- ladies, if you know your skin is uber-sensitive and you have a hunch a product could irritate your skin, despite what any SA says, follow your gut. I have learned only person I can trust with my skin issues is my dermatologist- so from now on, I have my skin care approved by her (I'm not kidding- I bring in my products and questions every time I see her!)
Well, I read the glowing reviews on here (I have about 3 little pits on my face from previous skin problems) and I wanted a more "even" look on my skin and prevent breakouts, so I bought the kit, even at a whopping $65 (thats a lot for me at least). I was very excited to try it, but I found myself disapppointed that I didnt have the "glowing" look that other people on here seemed to have after the first treatment. I also had a bit of a breakout (it was following a hormonal breakout so I didnt right away attribute it to the peel) so I tried again about a week later. I didnt notice any glowing and the breakouts continued beyond normal, so I dont think this product was for me. Luckily, I bought this at skinstore.com (the best site on the internet if you ask me) and they have a return policy which includes used products, so I sent it back. To its credit, however, I did see a huge difference in blackheads on my nose. Much less of them and the ones Ive had forever were much less noticeable.
LOVE This stuff. My skin has never felt smoother. I use about once every 2 weeks. Recommended!
I get almost the same results as when I get a good facial. Brightens my face, gives that fresh glow. For me, it's worth the $$$.
I love this kit; I have used a couple of other kits, but this just feel wonderful! I waited a full month and a half before reviewing. I have a 3-5 step skincare regimen (day/night), and this is a wonderful every-so-often "peel" to really flush my skin of any impurities, dead skin, and just gives me radiant, soft skin. (Using this alongside my skin care regimen has really made it look even as well.) I have very dry skin, yet this will not make it drier. It gets rid of all flakies, leaving behind a fresh, smooth base to apply moisture.
Make sure you are following directions by putting Step 1 on a dry face. Make sure you don't rub! Massage, be gentle. Even if you think you have to be vigorous because of oily skin or thinking you want to deep clean your pores, massaging will give you the best results and you will feel clean and smooth. Make sure you massage for at least 1 minute. NO LESS if you want results!
Use a generous amount of Step 2 and don't rub it in too much. Again, massage, but not long, and let the formula sit for 2-3 minutes. Again, NO LESS if you want results. When I get into the shower (I do this peel prior to showering), I use it as an exfoliating scrub and rinse away. :) continued >>
I absolutely love this product! It is easy to use and makes my skin very soft. I have oily skin and it has really helped me combat breakouts. I have also tried the drugstore version of this (I'm blanking on the brand--Oil of Oly?) -- and while that works, this is much more effective and definitely worth the extra money. I can't afford to get professional micro-dermabrasian all the time -- this product makes it look like I do. I use it 1-2x week, for up to 20 minutes at a time. I have traditionally struggled with large pores -- no longer. Since this product keeps my pores from getting clogged with dirt and oil, they look much smaller and the quality of my skin is visibily better.
I am an exfoliating junkie and have been searching for an aggressive, really sandy scrub for many years now. Dr.Brandt's Microdermabrasion in a Jar was pretty close, but too expensive. I tried the Vitamin C Microdelivery Peel kit on a whim, and it has become one of my staples. I can no longer do without it. The kit is $65USD (as opposed to $75USD for MIAJ), and consists of two phases. The first part is a jar of orange-colored silica-based scrub cream. It has a pleasant citrus fragrance, and not that much is needed to achieve thorough exfoliation. You put some of that on, massage your face for 1-2 minutes, and then put on a little bit of the second part, a clear Vitamin C serum, over the scrub part and let it sit for a minute or two more. The serum will warm up and foam slightly when it hits the orange part. You could keep massaging lightly if desired, or you could just let it sit. Some people apparently let it sit for 10 minutes or more, but I'm impatient to rinse it off in the shower, so I don't go longer than about two minutes. No product has EVER made the skin on my face so smooth. Ever. The first time I used it, I couldn't stop touching the skin on my face, I was so amazed at the results. I'm on my fourth kit now. I use it twice a week. Sensitive skins might have to limit themselves to once a week or PRN (as needed). At night, I follow this up with an Elizabeth Arden ceramide capsule to maintain the smoothness.
I also use a small amount on the backs of my hands to smooth, exfoliate, and reduce sun discoloration and age spots.
The one suggestion I would have to the package designers is to put the serum in a clear bottle, or at least a bottle with a clear window down the side, so I can see how much is left. Once, maybe twice, I ran out of serum before I ran out of orange scrub. You can still use the scrub on its own, I just think it's much more effective with the serum.