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Exfoliation is a part of my skin care routine. I am in my 50s, with combination skin, and I always feel that after exfoliation my skin responds better to my serum and moisturizer, and my makeup stays put for a longer time. I usually do seasonal at-home peels to get rid of dead skin, and those are good, especially after a long, dry winter. When I am not doing peels, I use different exfoliates. I also use retinol on alternating nights.
I was really excited when offered the opportunity to test and review Sciote Advanced Micro Derm Crème ($60 in the shop). This microdermabrasion cream claims to remove dead skin cells, dirt and impurities while refreshing the skin. It has silica beads that provide the exfoliation. It also has natural avocado, jojoba, hemp and grapeseed oils, along with 4% shea butter—all good for skin. I used a small amount of cream on my damp face and gently started rubbing it in. I find this cream a little more abrasive than I would want my microdermabrasion cream to be. You can feel the grains against your skin. I was very, very gentle since I didn’t want to tear my skin. I washed my face and it did feel smooth and clean. I also used it to remove the “peelies” after the use of retinol. It is also good for removing peeling and dead skin after I do my peels. (I do that on every fourth day.)
Although this cream has beneficial ingredients and does remove the dead skin, I wouldn’t add it to my skin care routine because I find it a little too abrasive, mostly due to the sIlica. I could feel the particles while using it, even though I was really gentle. I should note that I don't have sensitive skin and I regularly use at-home peels, so my skin is used to exfoliation. Also, after being washed off, it feels like there is still something left on my face and I think that is because of the shea butter.
Overall, it is a good exfoliant but a little too rough and not something that I would like to be a part of my regular skin care.