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REVIEW Ice Elements 2 Minute Miracle gel - not a miracle

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Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:28 am      Reply with quote
I purchased samples of Ice Elements 2 Minute Miracle Exfoliating Gel from their website. Very generous samples, BTW you get 2 .25 oz. jars for only $3.95; well worth the price before taking the full-size plunge.

I really like the Ice Elements concept of aloe vera and was predisposed to like it - the pink colored gel is quite lovely and when you spread this on your face, at least it's not as obvious a treatment as my gunky looking pumpkin peel or mud mask! Laughing

But this isn't a miracle product at least for me. While it left my skin feeling smooth, it was very difficult to rinse off.

The instructions tell you to wash and dry your face, then apply a quarter size amount to each check, spreading out over the rest of your face. Wait for 1 minute, rub your check until it begins to liquefy. If it doesn't start getting runny, wait another 15-45 seconds; at this point you're supposed to rub off all the dead skin and debris, then rinse off and pat dry.

Perhaps I've been doing it wrong all this time, but I never experienced the balling up effect - to be fair, however, I never experienced the balling up effect so many users of EpidermxII mentioned either, although my skin has definitely improved with daily use of EpidermxII.

Whether this lack of balling up dead skin is because I exfoliate so regularly or not, I do not know. It's quite possible those with dryer skin will benefit more from IE 2MM gel, just not I.

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Stabilized Aloe Vera, Butylenes Glycol, Carbomer, Clycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Burdock Root Extract, Ginseng Extract, Calendula, Benzophone 4, Propylene Glycol, Proplyparaben, Methylparaben, Diasolidnyl Urea, Cyanocobalamin

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Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:53 am      Reply with quote
I love the 2 MM. The key is to apply a really thin layer, wait until it liquidifies (for me, it's about 30 seconds) and rub with dry fingers.
It's best to start with the area that you applied the gel first. I got the "balling" effect with my first attempt.

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Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:13 am      Reply with quote
Yen, I thought I had applied too much the first time I used it, then applied a much thinner layer with each subsequent use and never achieved the balling up effect.

Maybe this is an intelligence test that I failed! Laughing

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Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:14 am      Reply with quote
I love this product. It's one of those "feel good" things. I have no problem with the application and it balls up everytime for me. My face is smooth and glowy each time I use it, which is every morning.

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Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:15 am      Reply with quote
Also, shouldn't your skin be completely dry, Yen? hmm I think I had difficulties with it at first as my skin was not dry enough and I had used too thick a layer...
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Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:18 am      Reply with quote
I couldn't get it balled up after a couple tries. Now I just use it as a moisturizing mask, leaving it on for about 10 minutes then mask it off. I don't think the product actually does any expoliation even if you can get the balling up effect, but its still a good mask that will leave your skin smooth and soft after.
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Sat Jul 07, 2007 1:30 pm      Reply with quote
havana8 wrote:
Also, shouldn't your skin be completely dry, Yen? hmm I think I had difficulties with it at first as my skin was not dry enough and I had used too thick a layer...


Yes, you do apply it to dry skin. If you apply too much, rub off the excess with the back of your hands (that way your hands get a treatment too).

When the gel liquidifies it gives your skin a "wet" look.

Check out this clip:
http://www.iceelements.com/index.html?view=products&CatID=2&SubID=8&sid=&cid=&tid=

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Sat Jul 07, 2007 1:31 pm      Reply with quote
athena123 wrote:
Yen, I thought I had applied too much the first time I used it, then applied a much thinner layer with each subsequent use and never achieved the balling up effect.

Maybe this is an intelligence test that I failed! Laughing


It takes a lot of practice with this gel. Laughing

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Sat Jul 07, 2007 1:59 pm      Reply with quote
I dont find this exfoliating gel a miracle either!

I do get it to ball up but other day making my skin very smooth initially, halfway through the jar, I could find the same effect. In fact, I think it even made my acne worse...but I cant be absolutely certain

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Sat Jul 07, 2007 3:22 pm      Reply with quote
I like the 2MM too!

I had to practice on my hand a few times to get it right. I used to wait too long and it didn't work for me. I find about 30 seconds is enough time. Also, if the bathroom is too humid (after a shower or bath) it will not work. I hope that helps.
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Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:54 pm      Reply with quote
It wasn't very effective for me either. It felt nice and left my skin soft, but did nothing for exfoliation. With the cost, I would never buy the full size just because it feels "nice." I'm glad it works for many people though.

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Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:28 am      Reply with quote
2MM didn't do anything for me either. I could get it to ball up every time I used it and it did leave my skin feeling smooth. However, I feel that the smooth feeling comes from some kind of a residue that forms a film on the skin Shock , rather than from a thorough exfoliation.
I never finished the samples I received as I think this just doesn't work for my skin. I am glad it works for others, though.

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Wed Jul 11, 2007 4:41 pm      Reply with quote
I use it every once in awhile but I have to add that it also works great on the elbows. You do have to be careful not to use too much or you end up with a gooey mess.
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Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:08 pm      Reply with quote
I've read the thread on webboard of ice element website. This product is very popular of this brand.
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Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:01 am      Reply with quote
nickieygirl wrote:
I've read the thread on webboard of ice element website. This product is very popular of this brand.


Just goes to show you that what's popular may not always be effective for everyone. I really didn't see any exfoliation benefit from this, but may use up the rest of it on my hands. [Hands often benefit from skincare products that don't work for me Laughing ]

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Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:14 pm      Reply with quote
I first tried this miracle gel because it claimed that it was great for sensitive acne prone skin and had natural ingredients that addressed these issues. After a few days of trying this product out, I was so disappointed to find that the skin balling was inconsistent (one day a lot of skin balling off and the other days barely to none and a lot of flaking in between) and broke out my skin! I started reading more reviews and discovered I wasn't alone. I don't every post about my experiences but felt so compelled to share my story because I felt that I bought into a total gimmick. I should have read the ingredient list first. It lists chemicals like sodium hydroxide, aka lye which used in strong detergents and drain cleaners and a couple parabens. I am very sensitive to chemicals. Now that I have stopped using products with chemicals, alcohol and parabens, my skin has not had a break out episode. My esthetician introduced me to a great organic peel by O.R.G Skincare called organic mineral peel and i have not had an issue. Read the ingredients list before you try any new product especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin!!!
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Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:24 am      Reply with quote
I got a sample of the 2 Minute Miracle Gel to see if what the product claimed was true. After applying the skincare cream as it specified, I could see the balling up of skin......it was not pink like the product but white to tan color so it had to be my skin exfoliating. The product did take a few times to wash off but my face was absolutely soft to the touch after removal of it. I found that it worked best for me when I started rubbing it 30 seconds after it liquidfied & my skin was completely dry when applying. And don't apply but a very thin layer of it. You absolutely cannot beat it as far as being quick & easy. Your skin feels so soft and clean. This is where I bought the gel 2minutemiraclegel.org. I love the 2 minute gel!!
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