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Stemulation Micro Derm Scrub- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by TIA Community Member June 23, 2012 15 Comments


Reveals radiant, refined skin


Formula runs a bit runny
Results are almost equivalent to that of a chemical peel

by Nisha

Sometimes a product turns out to be awesome when you least expect it to be. I had only just heard of the Stemulation skincare line after reading Marta’s review of the Rescue Repair Hand and Body Treatment ($96 in the shop). I’ve tried a ton of scrubs over the years and while some are better than others, none have exactly rocked my world, so when my editor handed me the Stemulation Micro Derm Scrub ($34 in the TIA shop), I wasn’t exactly psyched to try out another one. In fact, I didn’t even bother to use it for a few days. However, the morning that I did use Stemulation’s scrub, I immediately emailed my editor to notify her, “I just used the Micro Derm scrub and the stuff is the bomb!”

I was genuinely surprised at how well this gentle scrub left my skin looking and feeling after just one use. I had only lightly massaged the scrub – which also formed a nice lather – onto moist skin. My pores appeared to be noticeably cleaner and my skin felt incredibly smooth; the way it looks and feels post-chemical peel. Upon closer examination of the scrub’s formulation, I found the majority of the ingredients to be natural and relatively mild.

The second ingredient is aloe, which is known for its soothing properties. There are several skin-beneficial extracts including green tea, bilberry and ginko biloba. An intriguing ingredient in the formulation is diatomaceous earth, a naturally occurring, soft siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine powder and is very light as a result of its high porosity. Vitis vinifera or grape seed extract not only serves as an anti-inflammatory and a natural preservative, but also contains malic acid, aiding in exfoliation. Sodium lactate, a natural salt derived from lactic acid, plays double duty as a preservative and an exfoliant. There is also sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, which Marta found to be benign and gentle. Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate serves to clean skin by mixing with oil and dirt and enabling them to be rinsed away. It is Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) approved when used in rinse-off products. Potassium sorbate is a mild, natural paraben alternative.

A little of this scrub goes a long way, and I’ve found myself using it every night during the current heat wave in New York City. I use the tiniest amount to lather up on moist skin, always rinsing off with cool water. My skin feels refreshed and looks radiant after each use. For a superior product, it’s a generous sized tube for the price and I imagine that the tube will easily last for several months so I think it’s definitely a good buy. A final housekeeping note –  the formula is a bit runny so I keep the tube upside down (with the cap side upright); otherwise, I find that the product can accumulate and dry out in the lid and I don’t want to waste a drop of this lovely potion!

  • October 12, 2012

    by eva

    Love it!!!! As a medical esthetician for 20 years I NEVER come across product working so well so fast.
    Using serum, boost cream -I found out they work better together. Just started Body lotion with lactic acid.Skin feels fabulous.
    I am in my 60th..My skin never felt smoother and tighter.
    I am just about to try the cleanser and scrub.

  • June 29, 2012

    by Chris

    I've tried a number of different serums, many of them due to the great reviews on TIA. I'd love to try this on my agng skin that never seems to know if it's dry or sensitive or breaking out, and share the results with the TIA community!

  • June 29, 2012

    by colinmack

    I would love to try this! I have heard amazing things about this product . My skin is sensitive so I think it would be a good fit!

  • June 29, 2012

    by TK Netherton

    This product sounds amazing! I would love to be included in the trial. Thank you Marta!

  • June 28, 2012

    by Messina DeMayo

    Hello Again.. Im aware that I commented above but after researching the Stemulation line alittle further , Id also love to test the Stemulation Serum. As a woman with a history of acne in the past (and the scars to prove it) I'm always looking for a product that helps!! From everything I've read so far I'm truly excited about this line and especially these two products!! I've done all the research, all I need now is a chance to try the products and form my own opinion.

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