I tried the $83 exfoliator that's earned more than 54,000 'loves' from Sephora shoppers

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I tried the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator - here's my honest review. Images via Sephora.
I tried the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator - here's my honest review. Images via Sephora.

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When it comes to exfoliants, there are plenty on the market, but one definitely stands out among the competition. The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator has earned a cult-status in the beauty community, and has been praised for its efficacy.

With a gentle rice-based powder exfoliant that helps to brighten and improve the look of skin‘s texture, this unique exfoliant is unlike any other. The powder-based formula is activated as soon as you mix it with a few drops of water, transforming it into a creamy paste. 

This exfoliant is ideal if you're looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, target uneven skin tone, and hyper-pigmentation, or calm the look of redness. After hearing all the rave reviews, I knew I had to try this exfoliant for myself. 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator. Image via Sephora.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator. Image via Sephora.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $83 CAD/$59 USD

First impressions

As someone who has always used gel exfoliants and scrubs, I found that this powder version was a refreshing and effective alternative. It's not at all harsh on the skin, and the smoothness after washing makes this exfoliator worth every penny, especially since it removes makeup and cleanses the skin all at once.

According to the product recommendations, you just need a dollop of the powder to rinse the whole face. Unfortunately, the spout at the top is a little too big and allows more product than is needed to be poured out. Not only is this excess product a waste, if I haven't used enough water to dissolve the powder properly, I also find bits of powder residue on my face. 

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What are reviewers saying?

Sephora shoppers have given this product a 4.6-star rating from more than 1,600 customer reviews, and more than 54,000 "loves." 

"This product works beautiful on my dry, flaky, sensitive as well as acne prone skin," shared one reviewer. "I find it very hard to stumble upon products that hydrate as well as help alleviate my acne, but using this exfoliator every third day has done the trick!"

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Another user wrote: "Skin feels so soft and smooth. After several weeks I noticed that my skin cleared up and stayed clear. It feels like I’m rubbing milk powder until I get a foam going and then it’s milky smooth sailing. It’s great that there’s no micro-breads and that it’s all natural."

Like me, another reviewer also felt this product can pour too much, writing, "[I] noticed a difference after just one use. Skin is definitely softer. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars is that sometimes the powder drops too quickly and there’s too much."

Verdict

This cleanser is super effective as the skin feels smooth as silk after just one use. The fact that there are no micro-exfoliating beads and the formula is all natural is all the more reason to add it to your skincare routine. After several weeks of daily use, my skin looked and felt brighter and smoother. As someone with dry skin, this exfoliator doesn't dry the skin, but instead gives a neat glow. 

I'd say if you want to invest in a product that's worth a splurge, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator is definitely it.

If you're looking for a different exfoliant, take a look at five other top-rated and shopper-approved picks below.

AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder

AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder. Image via Sephora
AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder. Image via Sephora

This highly rated daily exfoliating powder-to-foam cleanser purifies and hydrates your skin, supporting a strong moisture barrier. It effectively removes pore-clogging debris, dead skin cells, and excess sebum with probiotic-derived enzymes from green tea.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $79

goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator. Image via Sephora
goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator. Image via Sephora

This clinically tested, dual-action exfoliator polishes away dead cells to reveal baby-smooth, glowing skin. Its formula is packed with four powerful microexfoliating minerals (quartz, garnet, alumina, and silica) plus glycolic acid to slough away dry, dead skin cells.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $165

fresh Sugar Face Polish Exfoliator

fresh Sugar Face Polish Exfoliator. Image via Sephora
fresh Sugar Face Polish Exfoliator. Image via Sephora

This two-in-one face scrub and mask buffs and hydrates with brown sugar and strawberries. The brown sugar crystals and strawberry seeds remove rough patches and then dissolve in the nourishing oils, leaving skin feeling velvety soft and smooth.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $80

Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder

Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder. Image via Sephora
Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder. Image via Sephora

This cult-status toner offers seven skin benefits for a smooth, radiant glow while reducing the appearance of pores and uneven skin tone. This pH balanced, hydrating and resurfacing formula tightens, brightens and smoothes skin's texture by naturally exfoliating with AHA and BHA acids.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $84

Caudalie VinoClean Deep Cleansing Exfoliator

Caudalie VinoClean Deep Cleansing Exfoliator. Image via Sephora
Caudalie VinoClean Deep Cleansing Exfoliator. Image via Sephora

This Deep Cleansing Exfoliator uses exfoliating plant microbeads to purify and refine skin, while also hydrating using soothing grape water.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $43

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