Rough, flaky skin….Be gone (…but not the giveaway!)

This giveaway is closed. The winner is Tiffany. Congratulations, Tiffany!

I have been so hit and miss as a Chic Critique contributor that I should be ashamed of myself – and I guess I should also be ashamed that I’m not all that ashamed, but shamefully, I’m not.

I do feel remorseful for promising to post a review of a product for a Chic Critique reader, then languishing over the actual writing of said review. I did not, however, languish over the actual USING of the product. I started it the day I ripped open the cute package it came in.

I’d by lyin’ if I tried to pretend I haven’t had my share of compliments over the years….but my complexion and skin-tone have never been the subject of Any Of Them. (Of course, I’ve taken the high road and focused on inner beauty rather than worrying one bit about my blemish-prone, ruddy, branlike complexion. ….. Did I just hear lightning?)

So, when Chic Critique was looking for someone to review the MicrodermaMitt products, purported to take the place of harsher, more expensive chemical peels and dermabrasions, I hit that reply button faster than you can say “pass the Clearasil”.

Here’s what the website says about the mitts:

100% Natural and Chemical Free Alternative to Facials and Chemical Peels


The MicrodermaMitt Face Mitt and Body Mitt are reusable, non-abrasive and all natural exfoliating mitts that instantly and thoroughly remove the top layer of dead cells like no other exfoliating product on the market. As they exfoliate, they clean your pores of oil, bacteria, lotions, soap and other buildup. Immediately, your skin will glow and be smoother than ever. Just wet the mitts with warm water and rub. DO NOT put any products on the mitts. In just a couple of minutes, you have beautiful and glowing skin that looks and feels smoother, younger and healthier.

And here’s what I say:

I received three mitts – two that exfoliate – and one that cleanses. The cleansing mitt looks like a half-glove. It fits on your hand and covers the fingers (see picture on the website and give my adjective-weary brain a break). As interesting as that shape sounds, that’s not the coolest part about the mitt. It cleanses Without Soap. It takes off makeup, oil, and dirt Without Soap.

I have to admit, it feels weird not to use a cleansing soap on my face at night. I love the feel of the mitt, and my face looks clean – but I am an old dog, so the mitt may be a new trick I’m not quite ready for. I’ve corresponded with Amy several times (12 emails at last count…) while she helps me break my soap addiction. The mitt cleans your face without the drying that soap or cleansers bring. The reason soap is not needed is because of what the mitt is made of. Again, see the website for all the scientific stuff. If and when I break the aforementioned suds addiction, I can see myself saving some serious lathering dough.

What I really, really like – and wholeheartedly recommend – are the two mitts that actually exfoliate. Although I don’t have dry skin, more like “combination”, which is a nice way of saying that sometimes my skin is oily and breaks out and other times it’s dry (and breaks out), I do have rough patchy areas of skin. The exfoliating mitts are made of some kind of Turkish fabric – used in those famous Turkish baths – that are just the right degree of “rough”. Unlike the brillo-pad, loofah on a stick (which according to is also called a dishcloth gourd… no kidding!) and those netted balls on a string – these exfoliating mitts take off the dry skin – And then you rinse the particles out of the mitt. I mean, haven’t you ever wondered where all the dry skin junk goes when you use a loofah or a netted ball? These exfoliating mitts leave my skin completely smooth, but the mitt is lightweight and has no place for the “debris” to hide. I just rinse the mitt out and hang it to dry (it has a handy loop for hanging it up.)

Here’s what Amy said when I asked her about washing the mitts.

“The mitts themselves are made from a poplar tree that has natural anti-microbial properties, so they will not harbor any bacteria. That’s why they seem so clean. The exfoliating mitts do not need to be washed aside from rinsing them out in the shower and letting them air dry. They should not be put in the washing machine – they might fall apart. The cleansing mitt on the other hand SHOULD be washed in the washing machine once a week as well as washed with a gentle soap after each use.”

The people at MicroderaMitt must have had someone like me in mind when they designed their product. The mitts look identical, except they have a different colored thread so you’ll know which one to use on your face and which one is your body mitt. But, for those of us who don’t have the extra brain cells to memorize which color belongs to which, they also are clearly marked “body” and “face”.

These mitts make it almost fun to have some dry, flaky skin to exfoliate. I have enjoyed using them during my shower, then washing my now, smooth-as-a-babies-butt body with soap. (They let you use soap with the exfoliating mitts, maybe as a consolation prize for not using it with the face mitt.)

MircrodermaMitt also sells olive oil soap that is supposed to be amazing. I would be happy to review that, too, if someone wants to send me some (hint:hint).

I think these mitts would make a fun and useful gift for a bridal shower or for a new mom. I’m going to get a set for each of my older daughter’s for their birthdays. Amy, my MicrodermaMitt contact, has clients with acne that use the products with great success. Contact her at to purchase any of the mitts, the soap, or for more information. Her prices are better than the ones at the main MicrodermaMitt site.

Oh! And did I mention that Amy is going to send one flaky-skinned Chic Critique reader a free body exfoliating mitt? And just in time for those dry elbows, knees, legs, arms, thighs, (bottoms), shoulders, etc. to face the colder temps? Simply leave a comment and you’ll be in the running.

Big P.S. This was my first official product review – and I could definitely get used to getting free stuff in the mail. So keep me in mind if you sell something. If it’s edible or can be worn… So much the better!

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About Jo-Lynne

Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsenโ€™s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife,ย where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on, Southern Living Magazine, and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


  1. Cathy Tibbles says:

    Hello there!! I LOVE happening upon this site – and most of all, I love WINNING stuff to try ! lol I would love to try this out – I have what is known as “chicken skin” arms and legs – a LOVELY disease that puts those horrible red bumps on your skin and doesn’t let your skin naturally slough off. So I have to use abrasive stuff all th etime – I would love to try this new fangled mitt. And it might actually convince me to wash my face at night too. Since I never do – now THAT is something to be ashamed of! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Awesome review – loved the details, got a kick out of not being the only grown woman with break outs! (yeck!)


  2. I definitely suffer from the dry, flaky skin in the winter. This sounds like something that would work pretty well!

  3. can’t wait to try this product!

  4. I could use this for sure! I have that combination skin and dry elbows too. You did great on your review!

  5. sounds very interesting! I would love to try it!

  6. I’m one of those lucky people with combo skin, everywhere!

    I’d love to have a mitt. In fact if I don’t win I’m going to have to buy a set. Thanks for sharing such an amazing product.

  7. Excellent job on your first review! This product sounds totally amazing. I have those bumps on my arms (can’t remember the name of the skin condition) and I’d love to see if the mitt could soften them!


  9. I would love to try this product!

  10. With 4 boys in the house, I need a little pampering!! Great review, Debbie!!

  11. Enjoyed the review!!! and I really would love to try this product so count me in!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. This sounds so cool!

  13. I want to be entered into the drawing please. Any idea of whether this is recommended for people with psoriasis?

  14. The exfoliating mitt sounds great for dry,flaky winter skin!

  15. Would love to try this!

  16. Rae Anne Grygier says:

    This product sounds great! It would be weird to clean your face without soap…I’d love to try it out!

  17. I would love to try this. And thanks for the contact info for a cheaper source. I always love a good deal!

  18. sounds fabulous!

  19. Would love to try this mitt (if your giveaway is open to Canadians…)

  20. Thanks for the review, can’t wait to try it!

  21. That sounds really cool and I am with you on the soap thing. It would definitely take getting used to, but I’m up for trying it!

  22. Loved the Product Review! The mitts sound great and only Debbie could make a product review so interesting and leave you itching to try it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I’d LOVE to try the mitt out!

  24. I’ve been looking for a good body exfoliator. Free is always an added bonus. Great review Debbie!

  25. I would love to have soft skin! And will use any help I can get!
    Great review.

  26. This sounds great! Always need help once fall/winter hits!

  27. Great job, Debbie! ๐Ÿ™‚ You convinced me to try it out…well, at least if I win it and get it for free! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I’ll give it a try!

  29. Oh please pick me. I have been suffering with terribly dry, flaky skin since the birth of my son three months ago. I can’t get rid of it and I need help! Thanks.

  30. I would love to try the mitt. My poor, dry skin needs help!

  31. My skin is always dry and in the winter, it is horrible. Please enter me.

  32. Thanks so much for sharing, I need some exfoliating!

  33. These mitts could be quite handy…i need to switch to these!

    katch05 at gmail dot com

  34. I have super sensitive and dry skin. I would love to try these!!!!

  35. I tried the cleansing mitt…how awesome this works, almost magical. I know a little hard to believe, but its true. Ive been using for 1 week and i have pretty bad acne. The acne seems to be looking better, or is it giving me less oily looking skin? Dont know, but acne break outs are definitly less. Is this my miracle acne solution? Its looking good so far, lets see what time brings. It just really cleans your skin so well, without soap too! I also have a extreme case of keratosis pilaris, that has been there forever and the oder I get, the worse it gets. I would love to try that for my arms and legs, would let you know what i think! Thanks