Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Product Review: MICA Beauty Cosmetics Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel

MICA Beauty Cosmetics Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel in a One Ounce Pump
My face is smoother than I remember it being, ever.

I recently tried a MICA Beauty Cosmetics product called "Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel."  To get right to the heart of the review: I love it, but I don't think I'll buy it, again.  Here's why.

Why I Love Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel

I purchased my Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel from Carlos Perez with Heat Lounge Express in Atlanta, Georgia.  I have been using Vita-C once a week for the past month, as directed by the salesperson, after showering.  I place two pumps on my fingertips, place the dots on my cheeks and forehead, and then use small circular motions to remove dead skin.  I can see the dead skin coming off, which is both "Wow" and "Ew."

After I rinse my face with lukewarm water, I use my Clinique Clarifying Lotion and moisturizer, and again, I have to say "Wow."  My face is smoother than I remember it being, ever.

I have tried a lot of other products for exfoliation: Mint Julep Mask, Clinique Seven Day Scrub, honey and baking soda, baking soda and lemon, Buff Puffs.  Nothing else has come close to this level of smooth and silky, and nothing else has worked for so long.  I really only need to use this once a week.

"So, why," you may be asking, "will you probably never buy it, again?"

Why I Will Probably Never Buy Vita-C Exfoliating Peeling Gel Again

Amy's hand, covered in balls of dead skin that's been released with MICA's exfoliating gel.
The Vita-C Gel rolls the dead skin right off the back of my hand.
When I purchased the product, the very nice salesperson, Carlos, told me to use the product once a week, after showering, on my face and neck.  Using it as directed, he told me the product should last about one year. It's one ounce, and after using it for one month on just my face, I am not convinced it will last one year.  At the time I am writing this review, that one ounce costs $149.95.  That just isn't in my budget at this time for a cosmetic.

I also have some concerns with the ingredients.  According to the MICA Beauty Web site, the ingredients are as follows: "Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 80, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polysorbate 60, Methylparaben, Cellulose, Triethanolamine, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium, Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Lactose, Fragrance."

I am perfectly happy with the first four ingredients, but I get a little nervous when I start seeing ingredients that end in "ethanol."  Hypocritical of me, perhaps, since my Clinique products also contain "ethanols," but at this point I am trying to stop using products with ingredients I do not fully understand.

Now, if the price is no object and "ethanols" don't bother you (as I said, they are in a lot of products), you will not regret your purchase.  I absolutely love what it does for my skin, and I am really keeping my fingers crossed that it actually lasts a full year . . . even though it makes me say "Ew."

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  1. Nice information. Great blog.
    Thanks for the sharing this.

    1. Thank you for the compliments, Mr. Zaki. : )

    2. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY (OVER PRICED). Look on Walmart shelves to find MORE THAN ONE exfoliator that does the SAME THING!!!!!!!!!!

  2. How long did the bottle last you ? I just bought one today and I was told the same thing as you .

    1. The bottle lasted seven months, and I didn't use it every week, and I didn't use it all the way down my neck.
      I had to use 2 - 3 pumps to do my entire face and chin/ upper neck.