Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Review - Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
When I saw that I’d be receiving the dr. brandt microdermabrasion in my Boxycharm, I was pretty excited. I heard many people praising it, saying how wonderful it was so I was looking forward to trying it out. So, is it worth all the hype?
Well, first off let's take a look at the product itself. I received a full-size tube which is 2 oz/60 g. The tube is black with white text and it looks pretty classy. The lid is a screw top, more on that later. The actual product comes out as a cream with itsy bitsy gritty things in it. But does it work?
This is what it claims:
Well, I used this in the shower and the first thing I noticed was the annoying screw top. Now this might just be me being a crazy woman, but when I’m in the shower I want to be able to gain easy access to my products and a flip top opening is much easier to use in this situation, rather than trying to fiddle with a screw top, then having to put the top somewhere whilst you use it.
Once you have the top off the product squeezes out of the tube very easily and it is a white cream that looks pretty smooth. However, when you put it on your face, you can feel the nitty gritty bits in the cream. It does feel quite abrasive, but that is the whole idea, isn’t it. The first time I used it, I literally just rubbed it in all over my face for a few minutes as it suggests. Then just washed it off and dabbed my face dry with a towel. I should also mention that it does have a slight citrusy smell, but it’s not too strong. I suppose if you are sensitive to smells, this might be a deal-breaker for you.
Once I’d used it, I followed with my usual Clinique toner and moisturiser. My skin did feel slightly softer and my face looked slightly brighter, at least I think it did, I might have been imagining this! But my moisturiser did seem to go on smoother, and when I applied my makeup the following day I felt it also went on a little smoother, so I was pretty happy.
I tend not to use exfoliators too often as they can irritate my skin, so I used it for the second time about three days later. Once again I used it in the shower and once again I definitely felt my skin was softer after use. The next morning I woke up to very dry skin. Now in order to put this into perspective, my skin is very oily. I am sure I could fry eggs on my forehead sometimes, but this morning it was actually really dry. I have never experienced this before and at first, I was a little horrified that my skin had changed so dramatically in such a short time. The only change to my routine was the dr. brant, so it had to be down to this.
After my initial shock, I relished the idea of not having oily skin. Could I have found a cure to my personal oil slick issue. I applied my normal moisturiser and my skin felt wonderful. No oiliness, just relatively normal skin. I applied my makeup and it went on like a dream and stayed on throughout the day with no massive oiliness showing up. It did get slightly shiny later in the day, but hey, no complaints from me. So, was the is the “cure”?
Sadly, the following day my skin was back to its oily self, but I carried on regardless. So, now I had to experiment. If I used dr. brandt every day, would my oiliness disappear for good? Alas, no. I used it again the following day and my skin didn’t change, nor did it on the fourth and fifth time of using. Oh well, never mind. I have no idea why my skin reacted in this fashion, or why it didn’t reoccur, but perhaps it's better it didn’t or I could have ended up with very dry skin and would have to replace many of my products.
So, my overall view of this product is that it does what it says, in that it definitely made my skin feel softer and look brighter. I have not noticed any difference in my fine lines or wrinkles, though. I will keep using the product until it runs out, but would not repurchase, mainly due to the cost. At $98 CND it is just too frigging expensive. There are lots of other products on the market that do a very similar, if not better job than this for a fraction of the cost.
I’m very glad I have had the opportunity to try it, especially without having to pay a fortune for it, but once gone, it will not reappear in my skin care routine unless I get another "freebee" of course.