|DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel |
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I have better skin today than what I had back in college or even a year or two back, but I also have a lot of stubborn blemishes/acne marks that won't be going away any time soon. What works best for me at reducing the appearance of these hyperpigmented spots is exfolation, and my new favorite product for getting supersmooth radiant skin is the DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel. I haven't seen this brand much in stores, so I wasn't very familiar with it until I got this product to try out, but that's nothing a little online research cannot solve. DDF - short for Doctor's Dermatologic Formula - is the brainchild of New York dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel and takes a science-backed approach to targeting skincare concerns. For instance, targeting hyperpigmentation involves using sun protection, exfoliating the skin, and keeping skin hydrated. The exfoliation bit is what I have been trying out with the DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel.
|DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel|
DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel is marketed as an in-home option for those wanting to try microdermabrasion. The self-warming formula uses an exothermic reaction to help open pores and exfoliate dead skin cells and debris to even skin tone and texture. To use, apply a liberal amount of gel to skin and gently massage for 1-3 minutes, then rinse off. I wet my skin before using this gel, and I do think the gel would be quite rough if used as such on dry skin. The gel consists of very, very fine exfoliating particles suspended in the gel base, and while they feel really tiny, they are quite efficient at exfoliating the skin. I would recommend applying very gentle pressure while massaging the skin and massaging for only about a minute. I do have very sensitive skin, and I find less is quite definitely more than enough with this product. The gel does warm up briefly as it gets in contact with wet skin, but it doesn't last long, and I am not entirely convinced it does anything to open up pores on the skin. That said, the results with using this polishing gel are just fabulous. My skin feels smooth, soft, and looks radiant by the next day.
Much as I love this product - it's amazing how smooth and healthy my skin looks with just one use - there are a couple of things to keep in mind with using this polishing gel. I have sensitive skin, and products that contain niacinamide do cause a bit of a reaction on my skin. With the DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel, my skin looks a bit oily the next day and sometimes I get a small pimple or two. A relatively mild reaction compared to other niacinamide-containing products I have tried before. This gel also increases skin's sensitivity to the sun, and it is recommended to apply a good sunscreen after use. I prefer to use it on days when I know I will not be stepping outdoors. If you have sensitive skin, use this product with care - use less product, apply on wet skin, massage gently and for less time, and perhaps don't try this out right before a special day, etc.
I amn't the best at sticking to a skincare routine, but I do try to use the DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel about once a week (never more frequently than that). Used in combination with my regular skincare routine, it has definitely helped my skin look and feel healthier and dark spots less noticeable.