After a year or so of wanting to try this Goldfaden power scrub, I finally broke down & purchased the GoldFaden anti-acne kit through dermstore, specifically because (1) it allowed me to try a few GoldFaden products, and primarily because (2) it included this power scrub.
Bottom Line Up Front: OUCH!
I'm NOT a sensitive skinned person and I loooove scrubs. But this really hurts. Hurts so much, I think I'm going to return the whole kit (it is, afterall the reason I got the kit in the first place).
Since this is my first review, I'm going to use this to set up my future reviews... if you want me to add or delete some of these subtopics, let me know - my goal is to make this easier for ALL to use.
PRODUCT: GoldFaden Power Scrub
MANUFACTURER's DESCRIPTION: "..rivals in-office treatments & procedures. Pure ruby crystals remove dulling skin cells, allowing antioxidant rich Red Tea to directly impact new skin cells for deep rejuvenation. This foaming cleanser, infused with seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid, improves the appearance of the skin."
USAGE : Combine a liberal amount of scrub with warm water in palm and massage onto face in a circular motion 2-3 times weekly or as needed. Rinse with warm water to reveal radiant skin. Ideal for Normal / Combination or oily skin. Combine a liberal amount of scrub with warm water in palm and massage onto face in a circular motion 2-3 times weekly or as needed. Rinse with warm water to reveal radiant skin.
HOW DOES IT FEEL: Initially, the texture is superfine sand. Actually, the whole time, the texture is like superfine sand. You add water & it's still superfine sand (no foaming action whatsoever). So, you end up feeling like you're rubbing super-duper fine sand mixed with water on your face. This, by the way, doesn't feel as good as it does when you're at the beach and you rub the superfine sand mixed with water on your elbows.
DOES IT WORK: Of course, if you rub sand on your face, it will feel exfoliated afterwards. Mine was. And soft. Did I feel like I got some anti-oxidants infused in my face? No.
PROS: Fine, it exfoliates. And luckily for it, the granules are super small (no large shells or stone type exfoliating here). Natural, no harsh chemicals.
CONS: Extremely harsh feeling. Doesn't foam (maybe I got a bad batch).
OVERALL: As stated on the product website, This product is not recommended for dry or sensitive skin. This is a super understatement. I have oily, non-sensitive skin & I haven't even used any retinol in about a month & I was reluctant to continue scrubbing my face with this. My skin felt smoother afterwards, but Dermalogica's Microfoliant leaves my skin feeling better (and I can adjust how granular it feels).
RETAIL PRICE: $98 USD for 1oz. (or get in a Red Tea Acne Solutions kit $65). Websites like spalook & dermstore often have 20% off sales)
RECOMMENDED: Absolutely not. Not even for free. I even dug out the packaging I'd already thrown in the trash because I'm sure I will be returning this.
MY EXPERIENCE: This little kit didn't come with directions, so I tried application too ways. First a small bit scooped out & applied to my damp face. This was pretty painful, so I tried another method of attempting to make a 'paste' in my hand with water & product before applying to my face [this is what is described on the website]. Both ways felt like I was rubbing my face with the finest sandpaper on earth - something like a form of torture. In my life, I've had a few semi-painful experiences: TCA peels, Laser Hair Removal, Bikini Wax & Natural Child Birth, but I'll you, I'd rather do any one of those things than rub this stuff on my face again.
This is what mine looked like (the actual powder):
UPDATE: I was unable to return this (because I waited too long after purchasing until I got around trying it), so I kept trying to make it work. I can say, I still will not repurchase, but have found some ways to make it more tolorable. First, use it while in the shower - I guess, because your hands and skin are SO WET, its doesn't feel quite as much like you're really trying to remove your entire epidermis in one fair swoop. Second, and this is a BIIIIGGGG one for those of you who suffer from a small bit of psoriasis... I had a discolored patch on my leg that was flat, not too itchy, not bumpy, but darkened because of the extra skin cells still hanging around. My cream was taking forever to make any change whatsoever. So, I tried it on my leg while in the shower. Not only did it not hurt, but using it every other day, made a visible difference within a week. But, honestly, this is the only use I would recommend this for. Body use only.
INGREDIENTS: Ruby Crystals, Purified Water, Sodium laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Seaweed Extracts, Butylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Red Tea Extract, Oil of Kumquat