I agree that step 1 is quite abrasive on the skin, but it's supposed to be. I've had professional micro-derm abrasion that was much more abrasive and less effective than this. (I looked like I had a sunburn) So in general it is gentle considering what it is. I have really dry sentitive skin that gets flaky, this removed all of the flakiness and made my pores noticiably smaller. Not to mention how soft and radiant my skin was after. Step 2 is very calming and softening. I use this twice a week and will definitely re-purchase.
Had to comment here, though I feel bad giving this any rating. I'm a big fan of MK. I use the Timewise cleanser and moisturizer all of the time. When this came out, I was anxious to try it, and opened the sample in the catalogue. But I had heard somewhere if you have rosacea (like I do) you shouldn't use it. I asked my MK rep about it. She checked with their medical person and said I was right. This is too abrasive for anyone with rosacea. Others I know are raving about it. But if you're like me, be careful and check with your rep!
AMAZING!! The least expensive MicroD set out there and it worked miracles!! I love it. I have huge pores and they are shrinking by the second. I use this religiously twice a week and I am GLOWING! Even my hubby noticed and he never notices anything. HINT- use in the shower, the crystals feel like grains of sand as long as the face is good and wet.
I had originally placed a negative review for this product. After reading all of the rave reviews of other members I decided to try it again and give MK another chance, since I love almost everything they make. I purchased a few sample sets on Ebay and tried it out using the instructions my MK Rep gave to me. It turns out that I was applying too much pressure the first time I used this product, which caused me major pain. This time I applied less pressure and after using it one time I did see a huge difference in my skin. This stuff made my skin so soft and the Step 2: Replenish left my skin with a beautiful glow. I just can't wait to see the results with continued use. I will repurchase this again, but not from a MK rep because it is too expensive. I will definately try to get it off of Ebay. ***1/5/06 update. I won't be purchasing this sgsin. I tried the Olay MD and peel set and I am in VERY impressed. it is less painful, makes my skin even softer, and even removes acne scars and dark spots, and it retails for only $25.