It's that good.
Dermalogica has brought us some insanely cool skin-care launches over the years, including its chart-topping eye cream, and now, the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant.
The Daily Superfoliant, which is not to be confused with its rice-based, best-selling predecessor, the Daily Microfoliant, is the brand's answer to the rise of anti-pollution products we've seen within the last year. "While similar in form, the Superfoliant and Microfoliant couldn't be more different," says Diana Howard, vice president of research and development for Dermalogica. "Daily Superfoliant resurfaces skin and helps prevent premature signs of pollution-related aging, while Daily Microfoliant is known for its smoothing and brightening capabilities."
Dermalogica's new exfoliator, which is finely grained in texture, boasts the pollutant-absorbing ingredient activated binchotan charcoal powder (another ingredient we've seen sky-rocket in use in 2016) to extract dirt and oil; rice bran, which gives the powder its grit; anti-inflammatory niacinamide; and lactic acid to slough off dead skin cells.
So, how do you use it? Pretty easily, actually. After cleansing, simply pour out about half a teaspoon of the powder into wet hands (that's important) and start slowly rubbing the gritty formula together until it forms a foamy paste. (If your hands aren't wet, you won't activate the formula.) From there, glop onto your face, rubbing in circular motions for about a minute before thoroughly rinsing. The result? Gorgeous, glow-y skin (trust us, we've tried it).
And swapping out your go-to liquid scrub for a powder version like Dermalogica's is a great option for those who'd prefer the opportunity to customize their exfoliating routine, says Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center.
"The powder has to be mixed up right before use so it can be customized to be thicker or thinner, depending on individual needs," says Tanzi. For instance, you could go for a grittier consistency if you wanted to brighten your complexion, or a smoother more liquid version to target pores. Either way, you're getting an exfoliating double-whammy, as the powder's physical exfoliants, like rice bran, rub away dead skin cells, and chemical ones, like lactic acid, gently dissolve debris.
Tanzi warns to scrub with a light hand no more than once or twice a week, as overdoing it can lead to irritation. "Powder exfoliators are a mechanical exfoliator like mini microdermabrasion, so they can be a little too irritating for people with the most sensitive skin," she says.