3 thoughts on “DDF Revolve 400X 5-Piece Micro-Polishing System

  1. 91 of 97 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Cleansing is now the highlight of my day!, June 4, 2010
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    Susan Tunis (San Francisco, CA) –
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    This review is from: DDF Revolve 400X 5-Piece Micro-Polishing System (Misc.)
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    I’m not a girl with too many gifts in life, but one I do have is great skin. Unfortunately, this genetic boon has made me somewhat lackadaisical about my skincare regimen. Now that I’m in my 40′s, it’s time to get a little more serious about this.

    I’ve been using the DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System for two weeks now. When it arrived, the first thing I did was pop in the batteries and test it on the back of my hand. It felt great! Upon reading the instructions, I thought, “Doing this for one minute a day is not going to be enough.” But actually, it is.

    I’ve been using the machine exactly as recommended. It comes with two different types of heads used for two different activities. The soft-bristled brush can be used for daily cleansing–except for on days when you use the flat sponge head for exfoliation.

    The first time I used my foaming cleanser with the brush head, I applied the cleanser directly to the device (as opposed to my skin) and I wondered if it would foam up like crazy. The micro-polisher spread the cleanser fine, but everything was sort of dry and not that foamy. I quickly learned that things are much more comfortable if you re-wet the brush head once or twice as you go. Using the machine on my skin does feel great. I start out at the lower speed and work my way up to the higher one. My thoughts of scrubbing my face for ten minutes at a time were way off-base. This is a fairly intense cleansing. There’s nothing remotely irritating about it, but the recommended minute is really all you need. You can just tell. When I was done, my skin felt super clean and super smooth and just really, really good. And, FWIW, I now find that I’m more diligent in my use of sun screen, night cream, moisturizer, etc.

    The next day I tried out the exfoliation function. It’s recommended that you not do this more than twice a week, which seems about right. I’m sure that once a week will be plenty for many. For exfoliation, use one of the two included sponge heads. These sponges are firm and dense, like the kind you use to apply makeup. You’ll also use a small amount (half a teaspoon) of the included DFF Polishing Crystals. Here, rather than on the machine head, I placed small dollops around my cheeks and chin. (It seemed less spreadable than the cleanser.) The cream has a very gritty texture, and when used it was noticeably self-warming, as advertised. Here again, I’d recommend thoroughly saturating the sponge head with water before use, and re-wetting if necessary so things don’t get too dry and abrasive. And don’t overdo exfoliation; it’s like sand-blasting your face–but in a good way, LOL.

    Again, I felt great and tingly after using the micro-polisher to exfoliate. To be honest, I suspect my esthetician would say that the polishing crystals are too abrasive to be used for exfoliation. (She always says that about things that feel good.) So, when my supply runs out, I’ll probably continue to use the machine with a gentler product that she recommends.

    I’ll note again that I don’t have any skin problems to cope with. Users with sensitive skin, rosacia, acne, or other issues may find their results to be more or less optimal than mine. Should I experience anything not noted here with extended use, I will update this review accordingly.

    I see that some reviewers aren’t pleased with the value of this product. I’ll be honest, I find it hard to judge. I never purchase these sorts of luxury items, so I can’t effectively compare it to similar products. All I can tell you is that I’m quite delighted with this little machine. While it is costly, it seems to be doing its job quite well, and it offers me a minute of real indulgence in my day. Like I said, it’s a highlight.

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  2. 40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Helpful but pricey microdermabrasion. The micropolisher & polishing gel are identical to Olay and other brands, so shop around!, March 22, 2011
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    This review is from: DDF Revolve 400X 5-Piece Micro-Polishing System (Misc.)
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    Three of us 40-somethings have been using this since autumn 2010 and although it offers less visible results compared to a chemical peel, it does incrementally soften and smooth out the skin tone.

    Microdermabrasion is a mechanical peel. It uses crystals to gently exfoliate the skin, while chemical peels achieve the same effect using acid solutions. But a chemical peel and microdermabrasion do not treat the same skin conditions and both do not achieve the same results. While microdermabrasion works well on superficial skin imperfections (e.g. minor acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and sun spots), a chemical peel is more effective on serious skin problems like deeper scars and wrinkles. But the aftercare and downtime are also longer for chemical peels.

    This “Micro-Polishing System” is pretty simple in design and use. It is basically a miniature rotary sander for your face :-) But instead of the Home Depot rotary sanders, this one is small, light, designed in a stylish waterproof plastic unit, powered by two AA batteries inserted into its waterproof handle, and operated at either a low or high speed. Unless you find it uncomfortable, I recommend always using the high speed setting.

    As depicted in the ‘Amazon Video’ for this product, when you use the polishing crystals, make sure that your face is very wet. This helps improve the spreadability of the polishing crystals. The ‘Polishing Crystals’ gel has a slightly gritty texture, and this is especially apparent if you try to use the rotary device to spread the gel across a dry or slightly damp face. Also as shown in the video, use a headband or one of your hands to keep your hair out of the way while running this over your face and forehead.

    The ingredients of the ‘Polishing Crystals’ gel are: Peg-8, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica Silylate, Polysorbate 20, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid. “Peg-8″ is a polymer of ethylene glycol. Plain ethylene glycol is used as automotive antifreeze. This “Peg-8″ is used as a thickening agent, both in this product and also various toothpastes. Sodium bicarbonate is baking soda, and this leaves a slightly warm feel to your skin after using the ‘Polishing Crystals’. Silica silylate is used as a thickening agent. “Polysorbate 20″ helps to keep the emulsion in uniform suspension. Niacinamide is also known as Vitamin B3. “Tocopheryl Acetate” is a fancy name for “vitamin E acetate”. Straight tocopherol is Vitamin E. There is some research that suggests the Vitamin E acetate is slowly hydrolyzed once it is absorbed into the skin, regenerating tocopherol and providing protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. And ‘Ascorbic Acid’ is a form of Vitamin C.

    The ingredients in this ‘Polishing Crystals’ are coincidentally identical to the microdermabrasion gel used in the Olay Regenerist MicroDermabrasion and Peel Kit. In fact, the DDF rotary device also looks identical to the rotary device used in the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System too. So the DDF and Olay kits are pretty much identical and interchangeable. I have seen identical rotary kits in my local drugstores for a cheaper price, so perhaps these are all made by the same manufacturer? Note that the same white handheld face sander that is used in DDF’s package, Olay’s package, and identical units sold in drugstores all do not sport any brand logo on them. The only items that are branded are the microdermabrasion gels. So if you find the exact same white handheld rotary sander packaged with another microdermabrasion gel, or sold as a generic-label package at your local drugstore, perhaps you should buy whichever unit is the most inexpensive, because I wonder if this same device is basically made by one single manufacturer and marketed under a variety of both branded and generic names. The build quality of this rotary device is middle-of-the-road, not excellent and not terrible, and I would be surprised if the motor still runs after five years of frequent usage. So if you find a generic non-brand-name version of this rotary face sander at a cheaper price, and it looks the same as this DDF device, go for whichever one is less expensive.

    The one main negative drawback to this product is the expensive price of the ‘Polishing Crystals’ refills. Again, it probably pays to shop around since both this DDF and Olay’s handheld device and both brand’s microdermabrasion gels are interchangeable.

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  3. 47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exfoliation is the key to younger-looking skin – this works, August 30, 2010
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    Yarii (USA) –
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    This review is from: DDF Revolve 400X 5-Piece Micro-Polishing System (Misc.)
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    I’m have sensitive skin. I’ve been using this machine for about a month and I can see a marked improvement in skin tone and clarity, as well as new softness to my face. I also had a few hard raised bumps on my face, called milia, which are starting to clear up. Milia is usually caused by using skincare that is too rich, or by using products with too much silicone, such as some foundations or primers.

    Exfoliation is the key to good skin care and this great little machine helps with exfoliating like nothing else I’ve tried. It removes the dead cells and brings new younger cells to the surface, in addition to helping your moisturizers and whatever serums you use to penetrate the skin’s surface better. The faster the new skin cells get to the surface, the younger you look.

    Of course there are cheaper ways to exfoliate your skin; you can use a rough washcloth or a buff-type pad to exfoliate, as well as some cheap exfoliating lotions such as St. Ives Apricot Scrub St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Gentle, Sensitive Skin, 6-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 6). I have tried them all, and this DDF machine seems to do a better job than any I’ve tried so far. (By the way, DDF has a good skincare line – although expensive – to be used in conjunction with this machine, and no, I am not a salesperson for DDF).

    When I first removed this from the packaging, it reminded me a little of the Clarisonic, but the Clarisonic only vibrates, similar to a Sonicaire toothbrush (made by the same company BTW). The DDF brush and pads spin, which I think does a much better job of exfoliating & cleansing – and yes, I’ve tried the Clarisonic and I returned it for a refund as it is even more expensive than the DDF machine.

    There are 2 buttons on the DDF: the top button is on-low/off, the bottom button is the higher speed. Since I have sensitive skin, I was a little afraid to try this on the higher speed. I also didn’t press the machine with much force against my face. After the first week of use, I am now using this on both speeds, but still not pressing hard.

    Note: You do have to keep your hair out of the way when using this so you don’t get a hair twisted up into the rotating part of the machine – a good way is to use a headband to keep your hair off your face.

    As much as I love this machine, I don’t plan on reordering the exfoliating crystals, you can make your own paste out of baking soda and aloe vera gel. Not quite the same, but it will work just as well.

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