Friday, February 27, 2015

Rodan and Fields Redefine Macro Exfoliator Review

When developing a skincare routine aimed at achieving a healthy complexion it is important that your treatments and tools successfully battle the effects of sun damage, aging, blemishes and environmental assaults. According to Hollywood’s most sought after skin care guru Kate Somerville, the most effective anti-aging treatment used to keep celebrities looking youthful is exfoliation. For a gorgeous glow she recommends exfoliating twice a week.

Today I have a review on the Redefine Macro Exfoliator created by Rodan and Fields, the doctors who brought you Proactiv Solution. Recently this device was featured on The Doctors TV Show, in Oprah’s Magazine and was noted in a variety of publications for its effective results and elaborate LED screen. The Macro Exfoliator or Macro E for short, is the ultimate personalized hand-held exfoliation tool that sweeps away up to 5 million dead skin cells in just 5 minutes! It is clinically proven to visibly improve the texture of skin in the first use.

If you think skipping exfoliation is no big deal think again! By doing so you miss out on some fabulous benefits including:

*Detoxifying the skin
*Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
*Reduction of sun damage
*Removal of bacteria
*Prevention of breakouts
*Brightening of the complexion
*Improved absorption of skincare products
*Increased circulation
*Reduction of unwanted pigmentation
*Reduction of enlarged pores
*Improvement in skin texture
*Decrease in the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads

The average cost of a professional microdermabrasion session at a spa or Dermatologist’s office can cost anywhere from $75-$200 and the treatments need to be continued routinely for optimal results. The Maco E is designed to be used just once per week in the privacy of your home and retails for $321.00 CAD. The device utilizes the same diamond head technology and gentle vacuuming as professional treatments for a pampering spa session that is quick, easy and convenient.  

What’s Included
The rechargeable Macro E is packaged in a great box with all the accessories you need to get you started on the road to healthier skin. The box includes:

*8 cooling gel capsules
*Charging base
*Ac adapter
*User guide/manual
*Cleaning brush
*Spare filter
*52 spare filter pads (aprox. 1 year's worth)
*Spare rubber gaskets

Filter pads

Using the Device
When I received my Macro E it was set up and ready to go! Using the device is very simple, I begin by washing my face with a non-oil based cleanser and once dry I start the Doc Smart Mode which is pre-programmed to exfoliate your entire face, neck and chest at timed intervals. Holding the skin taut you glide the diamond tip along your face and as you do the gentle vacuuming blasts the crystals across the skin picking up dead cells and depositing them in the filter.

 The comprehensive LED screen shows you which part of your face to exfoliate and beeps when it is time to move onto the next area. There is also a timer at the bottom of the screen which displays the duration for each treatment area. You have the option of skipping sections or using the device in manual mode which lets you control the intensity and length of your program.

I like that the intensity can be adjusted in both Doc Smart and Manual Mode because my skin is prone to sensitivity with exfoliation. I am always very careful not to over exfoliate and with the Macro E I can shorten the program or use the device on a lower setting to coincide with my skin type. I also use very light pressure when moving the diamond tip over my skin which softens the exfoliation process and allows the device to do most of the work for me.  

I expected the exfoliation to feel quite intense but I was pleasantly surprised that it did not scratch or irritate the surface of my skin. The texture of the diamond crystals is very fine and as I glide the device along my face there is a gentle suction which is not painful or uncomfortable. I prefer to move the device from the outside-in as opposed to using it from the inside-out as seen in many demonstration videos. I find that this direction feels smoother, more natural and reduces tugging.

After completing a treatment I don't usually experience any redness or tenderness although these side effects are normal and will dissipate. I occasionally feel a slight tingling in some areas which tend to fade within a few minutes but I am very careful not to go over the same sections twice. When changing the filter I don't often find a large amount of visible cells but I do take good care of my skin and perform weekly facials so the amount of skin removed will vary by individual.

After program completion you pop the exfoliation tip out of the device, use the tweezers to remove the filter pad, clean the dead skin out and replace the pad for the next treatment. Follow up by applying one capsule of the cooling gel to your face and neck to alleviate any sensitivity and use a moisturizer if skin feels dry.

Although the neck and chest are some of the first places to show the signs of aging I don’t feel the need to focus on those areas yet so I often skip them. Occasionally I choose to apply a light, organic face cream or natural oil instead of the gel capsules but you can customize your treatment to work for you! I do not use other exfoliating devices or products the week I plan to use my Macro E to avoid over exfoliation and irritation.

Gel Capsules

The best time to use the Maco E is in the evening but if you do use it before heading out for the day it is recommended that you protect your skin by applying a broad spectrum sunscreen. I like to use it a few hours before bed because I prefer not to apply heavy makeup over freshly exfoliated skin. The morning after a session my face is smooth, supple and vibrant and my makeup looks even better, no primer required!

I think microdermabrasion is much more effective than using traditional gritty pastes and creams because some of them merely scratch the surface of skin without physically removing the layer of dead cells. The results from this treatment last much longer and if you do go for regular spa treatments owing this device may save you money in the long run.

The Macro E is now available in Canada for $321.00 with a 10% discount for preferred customers. If you would like more info on this amazing tool or to place orders contact Megan Denney at Megan is very knowledgeable about this system and will happily answer all of your questions! To check out the Redefine Macro Exfoliator and other great products click HERE. Please note that upon checkout you will have to use the name (Megan Denney) to complete your order.

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  1. Interesting post! I love to learn about new products like this. Thank you for sharing your opinion.

  2. Well written as usual! So glad you love the Macro E and look forward to sharing it with your readers!

  3. I honestly love the sounds of this but holy crap, CAD321?! Uh huh...that is a little steep for my liking but I might just save up and get this. Sounds like a brilliant product to add into my skincare routine and great review, very detailed and well written as always.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Thanks Shireen, glad you enjoyed the review. It does sound a bit steep but when you think about how much it cost to have a professional treatment it really is worth the money! I let my mom try it and she is hooked as well! It is evening out my complexion already!


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