The product itself is a thin, green-tinged (think seaweed, perhaps–moss? anchovy paste… no!) mixture of enzymes and acids (which is kind of redundant, but whatever). This is not a scrub–this is like a cleanser meets mask meets scrub. To apply, you squeeze out about a pea to nickel-sized dollop onto fingers, then gently apply in circular motions to damp skin. Let it sit for about thirty seconds (based on your tolerance), and then rinse off, towel dry, and enjoy the pretty glow it leaves behind. I don’t think you need much, but considering the price tag, I still find myself ensuring I don’t over-use. (Though my boyfriend suffers no such affliction!) It’s meant to be used once or twice a week, depending on your skin’s needs. I usually use it twice a week myself.
I love the ridiculously soft feel of my skin post-ExfoliKate. It’s so, so smooth. It’s not dry, tight, or red after using it, and it’s not rough against my skin at all. I know that ExfoliKate also comes in a Gentle formula for those with more sensitive skin, but I really didn’t feel much tingling (from the enzymes!) even from the get-go. When I had my boyfriend try it for the first time, he felt the tingling much, much more than I, but after two or three uses, he didn’t seem to have any issues with it. My skin looks and feels renewed and refreshed after each use.
One itsy-bitsy tube has lasted me about four months (I bought my first tube back in October ’09 but didn’t start using it right away), but I’ve definitely had lapses where I’ve only used it once a week or less… but then again, the boyfriend has definitely used more than copious amounts in the time I’ve had it in the bathroom! All in all, I do think the 2 oz. tube lasts a good while, so it won’t be as if you’ll run through a single tube in a month or even two. Not to say it’s cheap stuff, though!
There is one thing I have learned after having acne-prone skin for several years now–good skincare is worth it. If you find something that works, it’s probably worth sticking to, rather than hunting for something cheaper and just as effective. That’s just my motto nowadays; it’s worth the investment in my skin. A good product doesn’t have to be expensive, either, but if it is and it works (and obviously, you’ve tried more than just that!), I see no reason to go elsewhere. Once you find a solid skincare routine, you can plan to stock-up during sale events or triple points or whatever.