Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliating face cream review

Remember that Dr. Brandt launch? I got to pick a couple of the products to try at home (spoiled, I know) and one of them was Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasian exfoliating face cream, R498. (Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow uses it once a week…)

Dr. Brandt's bestseller, Microdermabrasian exfoliating face cream.

Having had in-office microdermabrasion (thanks Dr. Jakoet!) I can tell you that there aren’t any products that can replicate the procedure, however, this is a pretty awesome face scrub. In fact, it’s definitely the best I’ve used since my beloved Innoxa Young Solution charcoal face scrub was discontinued. When that baby was pulled from the shelves my pores went into a bit of a depression while I frantically searched for something –  anything – that could scrub up just as effectively. So far, this is the only goodie that’s come close.

Anyway, the reasons why this scrub’s a total winner are plenty. For one, it’s seriously ‘scrubby’ and by this I mean that its exfoliating particles (non-irritating  pharmaceutical grade aluminum oxide crystals) are nicely concentrated. (I hate scrubs that are essentially face washes with what feels like just a pinch o’ scrubby bits… not nearly enough of them to do a proper job…) You only need a pea-sized dollops to give your whole face a seriously good rub down and a little goes a long way.

Other ingredients in the mix include calming chamomile, soothing aloe vera and lactic acid (an AHA) to help sizzle away any dry skin flakes. Unfortunately, all these ingredients have to be left on your skin in order to have an effect. Having them on the surface of your face for two minutes while you use the scrub and then washed them down the drain isn’t going to do anything. This is why, I reckon, if you’ve got very sensitive skin, you may want to apply your own ‘skin-soother’ when you’re done. As for me, I didn’t find the scrub irritating in the least, just fabulously effective. I also like its fresh, clean-smelling lemony scent.

If you’re looking for a new scrub that really does deliver, take a look at Dr. Brandts’. And don’t just take my word for it – this scrub’s been named as an editor’s pick for Allure magazine and has a very zexy 4 out of 5 rating on Makeupalley.

Love, love


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3 thoughts on “Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliating face cream review

  1. Hi! I just discovered your blog today-YUM!! I am also always on the hunt for the exfoliator of my dreams, albeit on a tight budget.. I found Uriage Gommage Integral to be quite good, with lots of granules. You get 200ml for around R130 from Dis-Chem.. I use it once every 2 days and it lasts around 2 months. The Gel Nettoyant face wash is priced around the same for 400ml and also lasts ages(I use it twice a day and get about 6-8 weeks worth)
    Nina x

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