I hope you’re all having an amazing Christmas break, and are ready for the New Year ahead! The festive break gives many of us a chance to wind down and relax, and whilst my husband is out ‘relaxing’ in the local with his buddies and a pint or five, I’ve popped some London Grammer on the Sonos (thank you to Samantha over at The Beauty Spyglass for the recommendation!) and poured myself a cup of my favourite bed time tea. It’s also the perfect opportunity for me to sit down and write a little review and comparison on a couple of physical facial exfoliators I’ve been recently trying.
So this post is a face off between two products that literally take your face off! Or at least the dead top layer anyway. A few weeks back now I purchased Kiko Milano’s Pure Clean Exfoliating Powder as I’d heard a lot about these types of ‘mix your own’ exfoliators and was really eager to give one a go. I’d mainly seen content online about Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, but as it’s pretty expensive I decided that Kiko’s alternative was worth a try and would give me the chance to see if I liked using a powder. Funnily enough, I’ve since joined the Glamour Beauty Club and was lucky to be sent four sachets of the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant to test out. Doesn’t the world work in many weird and wonderful ways?! We’re now a couple of weeks on and I’ve had a good chance to use both exfoliating powders and wanted to share my thoughts. Now if you’ve never used or heard of this type of exfoliator, it’s simply a powder that you mix with a little water to form a gentle, foaming exfoliator. Quite handy if you’re travelling and don’t mind phaffing a little. So let’s talk about the two in a little more depth….
Kiko Milano Pure Clean Powder – RRP £7.90 (50g)
‘The formula contains olive pit powder for a gentle exfoliating action as well as rice and corn starch that help clean and smoothen the skin. Pure Clean Powder has a fine texture for a gentle scrub, also ideal for delicate skin. Delicately scented with notes of magnolia, peach and sandalwood. Ideal for all skin types.’ Exfoliates and cleans the skin with extreme delicacy. The skin has a brighter, smoother and softer appearance.’
- Packaging – This arrived in a pretty lilac, pearlescent, screw-top tub. The design is very simple but would certainly look pretty on any bathroom counter top. The product is dispensed by shaking the powder through a 4mm hole on the top. I have to shake it a few times to get the product out, but I don’t mind this as there is very little chance of too much coming out and being wasted. Once the powder is out, there’s no getting it back in!
- Consistency – When dry the actual white powder is quite chalky. I can’t detect any actual exfoliating beads or grains, however the powder clumps very finely which is where I believe the physical exfoliation comes from. Once water is added I rub the product between by hands and it instantly begins to foam, there is no hard work required with this powder at all.
- Scent – This product is quite clearly fragranced. Not unpleasant, yet strikingly similar to Johnson’s bedtime talc but softer. Now I happen to like the scent of talc powder, but it doesn’t surprise me to see that talc appears on the list of ingredients. I’m guessing this is has been used to pack the product out which may suggest why it is priced as it is. Peach, Magnolia and Sandlewood, where are you?
- Application – This exfoliating powder is really easy to distribute across the face. It becomes extremely foamy so feel lovely and light, and there is no loss of exfoliation as you massage it into the skin as it doesn’t disappear into nothing. In fact it’s so foamy that it almost feels like a face wash rather than a scrub. I do find that I have to almost pick the product up from one part of my face and move it to those areas that require more attention like the nose and chin as the actual amount of ‘exfoliating particles’ is a little sparse. When in the right place, I can very gently work this over the area without experiencing and harshness or scratching. The foam doesn’t dry down so is nice and easy to wash away.
- Results – I’ve been very impressed with how my skin feels after use. It has absolutely no trouble slothing away those old skin cells and I haven’t experienced any reaction or abnormal breakouts since introducing it into my evening skin care regime. I haven’t found the scent to linger, however I do follow-up with other skin care products so they may well mask any fragrance which would be left on the skin.
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant – RRP £55 (57g)
‘This highly-active resurfacer delivers your smoothest skin ever, and helps fight the biochemical and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin aging. The advanced powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing powerful enzymes, skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids and anti-pollution technology. Activated Binchotan Charcoal purifies the skin, helping to adsorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores, while Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract help guard against the damaging effects of pollution.’
- Packaging – Now this one can only be based on the sachet samples I received so I can’t give any opinions on my experience of using the full size product itself. However from looking at a video on Dermalogica’s website the product does look like it is dispensed in a similar fashion to the Kiko powder. As for the sachets I received, I must say I didn’t mind using them in this form at all. They were easy to get into even with wet hands, and I’m assuming that each sachet contains the recommended amount for each individual use which is great as you know you aren’t over or under using.
- Consistency – When dry this powder is very fine, and moves almost like grains of sand. It’s smooth, consistent throughout and has a black/greyish colour to it which comes from the charcoal powder it contains. It has the feel of a powder, but a grainy one. Once wet it foams slightly but truly feels like a scrub.
- Scent – I really was not a fan of this! Considering the exfoliant contains lavender and citrus oil, there was nothing flowery or fruity going on from where I was standing. It didn’t smell that bad that I couldn’t bare to put it on my face, but it just had a weird funkiness to it and didn’t capture me at all. If I’m personally spending £55 on a skin care product I expect it to either be unscented, or totally mesmerising!
- Application – Again this was easy to apply and distribute, and there were plenty of particles to get to work. The particles are very fine so I did feel that I needed to work it in a little more to feel like it was doing something, but then as a daily use product I can understand that it needs to be gentle so it’s swings and roundabouts. Because this exfoliator is less powder and more grit, I didn’t feel the need to move it around my face as much as every area was covered. I did feel a little more sensation whilst using it which I assume is down to the active ingredients it contains. This one was very easy to rinse and remove too.
- Results – Very effective. My skin felt extremely clean and smooth after use and again there have been no initial reactions or breakouts. I have however only used this four times, and not on consecutive days so my thoughts can only be based upon occasional use.
Ok, so even if you just scroll back up and take a look at the blurb from the brand’s websites (Italic text) you can see that each of them seem to have very different outlooks when it comes to what their products are offering. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m simply looking at these as what they are in their simplest form, powder exfoliators. Both physical concepts are the same, however the price points in particular are very different. Kiko’s Pure Clean Powder aims to ‘exfoliate with delicacy’, whereas Dermalogica’s Daily Superfoliant is the superhero of all exfoliators which will fight away the pollutant tolls of daily life whilst doing all of your laundry at the same time. For me personally, seeing actual results from products with these latter types of claims requires consistent use over a very long period of time (I’m talking months at least), yet what actually makes me decide to use and commit to a product are the instantaneous results, giving it a couple of weeks or so. Did both exfoliators make my skin feel soft and smooth? Yes. Did either give me horrendous breakouts or irritations? No. They were both as easy to use an apply as each other and both have their downsides. The unfavourable scent being Dermalogica’s and the use of talc fillers being that of Kiko’s. As much as I can see the difference in the powders themselves in their dry forms, and even wet, I don’t think that I’d be prepared to splurge an extra forty odd quid to get what appears to be a very similar result. In a nutshell Dermalogica’s version seems have more bang for your buck in terms of its ingredients, but if you’re looking for a powder exfoliator that’s relatively cheap and cheerful then the Kiko Pure Clean Powder if a great place to start. Would I feel different if I tried the Daily Superfoliant over a longer more consistent period of time? Maybe so. But one thing we must remember it that this review is based upon use on my skin, and with everything we all have different experiences. Overall both exfoliating powders have been easy to work with, not messy and given beautifully smooth skin. Great news is that which ever one tickles your pickle, both products are also cruelty free!
Are there any powder exfoliators out there that you swear by? If so let me know in the comments, and if you enjoyed this post, please be sure to give it a like!
N.B All text in Italics is information sourced directly from the brand’s own website. These views and opinions are my own and are not influenced by the brands featured in any way.