Product: Multi-Vitamin Thermafoliant*
Price: $54 USD
Availability: Dermalogical Offices, Select Salons/Spas/Skincare Retailers
Would I (re)purchase: Probably.
With a bit of an over achiever mentality, Thermafoliant is also loaded with a heavy dose of chemical exfoliating ingredients such as lactic acid, salicylic acid and retinol (a very common anti-aging additive). Now as great at it sounds as a dual functioning product, the reality is that I’m unsure about the true effectiveness of these chemicals when left on the skin for such a short period of time and then washed off straight down the drain. While all three are known to be effective at clearing out pores and even reducing fine lines when used in skincare, I wouldn’t count on it for any major anti-aging effects.
As for the self-heating aspect? I’ve seen it in many cleansing products before and in my experience its completely gimmicky although fun for the first 5 seconds before it quickly dissipates. It adds no real value to scrub and Dermalogica really could have done without it altogether along with the potentially irritating lemon and clove oil.
From a pure performance perspective, the Demalogica Multi-Vitamin Thermafoliant delivers excellent results with it’s very fine grains of physical exfoliant blended into a soothing balm like base. I love that the consistency and scrubbing particals stays put until I’m thoroughly finished and want to rinse it off myself instead of quickly melting away like many other exfoliants I’ve used before. This is particularity excellent for those with uneven skin texture that they’d like to improve (this is forehead for me) or those with more mature skin looking to buff away flaky skin and soften the look of a few experience lines. For those with acne or active break outs, this is likely not for you and I’d recommend the gentler Microfoliant option instead. Does it have its flaws? Yes. But it’s truly one of the best textured and performing non-natural scrubs (no walnut shell powder here) that I’ve used to date and while I won’t be out buying it again straight away due to it’s premium price, I’m going to treasure every last bit of this tube.