Reviewed by Joe

I had high expectations for Kaplan MD’s Cell Renewing Microfoliant ($75) after seeing that it is now carried in Bergdorfs and Neimans. While I have no idea how companies get product into department stores, I cannot for the life of me figure out why a buyer would cho0se this to be on their shelves when I know for a fact there are exfoliating cleansers far superior to this.

The texture is yucky (I know, not a very professional word, but it sums it up quite nicely). The fragrance is blah. This is billed as a skin polish. In my head that means you wash and rinse, and your skin will look refreshed. If you were to put this on furniture, you could strip it, not polish it! So me being me, I took some, applied it to an inconspicuous spot underneath a shelf, and sure enough, the exfoliator took the finish right off. Who wants that on their face? Hands up? I knew it was too abrasive for me just by the feel on my fingers alone; at the same time, I felt as though it was sucking the moisture out of my face.

I find this product to be on par with any apricot scrub you can find at any leading drugstore for 1/5 the price and 10 times the quantity. I don’t know if it’s the jojoba beads or the date seeds that are so irritating, but my advice to anyone with sensitive skin would be to stay clear of this! There are exfoliating cleansers on Truth in Aging that I swear by, one of which I was actually shaving with before I was called away from the bathroom by one of my young puppies. When I finally rinsed it off, my face felt as though I had moisturizer on. As for polishing, it leaves my skin feeling like a baby’s tush.

Dr. Kaplan, while you’re in major department stores and in Beverly Hills, the “you get what you pay for” credo is certainly not the case here. I give the exfoliant a 1 out of 10.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydrogenated Jojoba Beads, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyethylene, Colloidal Oatmeal, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicapryl Maleate, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bromelain (Pineapple Enzyme), Papain (Papaya Enzyme), Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed, Rhodendron Ferrugineum (Alp Rose) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Malus Domestica (Swiss Apple) Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Gamay Teinturier Freaux Grape) Fruit Cell Extract, Ilex Paraguensis (Yerba Mate) Leaf Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract*, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract*, Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) Extract*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract*, Porphyra Yezoensis (Algae) Extract*, Panax Ginseng Root Extract*. Rosa Canina Fruit (Rose Hips) Extract*, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Extract*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract*, Ginkgo Biloba Extract*, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Polysorbate 80, Isomalt, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Soy Isoflavones

*Certified Organic