by Karen S.
As another reviewer, Naheed, has noted concerning Sciote Advanced Micro Derm Crème ($60 in the shop), this crème is a powerful exfoliator that can be abrasive depending upon skin type and condition. Only a small amount of product is required to remove dead skin cells and produce skin-smoothing results. My twice a week regimen of exfoliation is usually through natural products such as brown sugar, coffee grounds, baking soda, oatmeal and plant-based products, and I look for results with skin sloughing, skin lightening and skin brightening. I felt that the Advanced Micro Derm Crème would be a faster and less messy form of exfoliation and was extremely happy to be given the opportunity to test and review the crème.
Though I am in my 60th decade, I have been blessed with younger-looking skin; however, I do have concerns with dry areas, slight wrinkling and a few hyperpigmentation/brown spots due to sun exposure, so an exfoliator such as Sciote Advanced Micro Derm Creme, with its natural and nourishing oils in avocado, jojoba, hemp seed and grapeseed, as well as shea butter, seemed to be a safe choice for me. This mix of natural ingredients is not at all greasy and is easily absorbed into the skin, which is favorable for producing results. The crème is designed to slough off dead skin cells, along with imbedded dirt and impurities, and I found that it lived up to those claims with my particular skin situation.
In using the product, I applied a very small amount to wet facial skin, as well as to the back of my hands and other areas of dryness such as the neck, elbows, knees, feet, and even the lower leg area. I realize this is a facial skin exfoliator, but it worked for me with these other areas of dryness. Again, I only needed a small amount to smooth both my face and other surfaces. I very carefully rubbed the crème in a circular motion on the areas mentioned and, after a minute or two, thoroughly rinsed with warm water. The only problem in the process was removing the silica residue from the skin. Several rinses and wiping with a warm, wet cloth were necessary to remove the product and even then, the grittiness seemed to remain. I also agree with previous reviewers' concerns over the the shea butter being a binding factor with the silica cling. After more rinsing, the beads dissipated somewhat, but there was still a lingering feeling of something on the skin. In spite of the slight residue, my skin felt clean, smooth and brighter. In addition, some fine lines and wrinkles appeared lessened along with slight lightening of age spots.
This crème is effective but needs to be used sparingly and in a gentle fashion on a twice a week basis or less. I would not recommend it for overly sensitive skin types, but everyone has a certain level of tolerance with their skin condition, so varying reactions in both the positive and negative realms are possible. I would continue to use it in my skin care exfoliating routine, but might alternate it with more gentle products. Overall, utilizing this Sciote product was a satisfying experience, particularly with skin smoothing and brightening.