Dermalogica is a brand that I associate with salons, and isn’t one I ever thought I’d be able to use at home, let alone have my entire skincare routine consist of it. It’s very rare my whole regime is one brand, so it’s been lovely having Dermalogica as my whole routine (gifted items*.)
I’ll be honest, at first I found the products and their names to be quite intimidating and very professional sounding. But when you get down to the nitty gritty of it, they are easy to use, great quality products you can use at home with no fuss.
Dermalogica Pre Cleanse
This is one of the names in particular that threw me at first as I wasn’t sure of it’s exact purpose, but it’s basically a great oil based makeup remover. It has a slight citrus scent and a little goes a long way. It feels nice and velvetty on the skin, and it melts away makeup like a dream.
I’ve been using this for a good ten weeks now and it still has just about a quarter, so it should last me 12 weeks which is fab. I’ve got the 150ml size, which costs £38.50. You can also get a 30ml size for £11.50 which would be a great size to try it first or to travel with. Get it here* for £33.99.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
This is essentially a face wash with a gel consistency. It’s a gorgeous cleanser and I’ve really enjoyed using it. It has no perfumed scent at all, the scent just smells like a product that isn’t scented, if that makes any sense at all?! A little goes a long way with this as well, I’d say a 20p sized piece is key.
Upon contact with the skin, it bubbles up into a nice lather. It leaves the skin feeling lovely and clean and it isn’t at all drying. The 250ml size I have costs £32 and the travel size 50ml is £11.50 to buy. Get it here* for £28.95 for 250ml.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
The Daily Microfoliant is the one product I was scared of due to it being a daily exfoliater. It says it is suitable for everyday use, but I’m personally skeptical about daily exfoliation. It’s a powder that upon contact with water, turns into an exfoliating paste. It uses Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to brighten the skin. You pour a spoonful sized amount onto wet hands and work into a paste.
It is a very gentle exfoliator and as the particles are so small, it isn’t harsh on the skin. I used this every two/three days and it does leave my skin feeling smooth. However I used it directly before a nose strip one day, and it didn’t react very well with it, so just be careful what other products you are using around it. This one is more on the pricey side, coming in at £49.50 for a 75g size, pictured, and the smaller 13g is £13.50. Get it here* for £42.99.
Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
The Skin Smoothing Cream has been recently re-formulated to incorporate Active HydraMesh Technology, which infuses the skin with 48 hours of hydration and helps to protect against environmental stressors. This is a very nice moisturiser with a velvet soft feel. It applies nicely to the skin, sinking in quickly but leaving skin feeling nourished.
The only thing I will say about this is it has a bit of a funny smell, not particularly strong and not one I notice much anymore, but it has a bit of a clinical scent to it, I don’t know how else to describe it. I haven’t particularly noticed that my skin has been “smoothed” as a result of using this. It works quite well for my oily skin, to say it isn’t specifically formulated to do so. For the 100ml I have pictured, it costs £57, which is steep for a moisturizer, but given the technology and research that’s been put into this, it doesn’t seem as bad. The minature at 0.5oz is £14.50. Get it here* for £52.95.
Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer
SkinPerfect Primer is a smoothing primer, which claims to smooth fine lines, brighten and prime the skin for a flawless finish and prep for make-up application. Soy Protein helps to even out the skins texture, creating a smoother surface. This is a lovely peachy tinted shimmering primer, which has a smooth velvet feel and blends really well into the skin.
In terms of using it on oily skin, it doesn’t have any properties which prevent oiliness. But equally it doesn’t have that “dewy” element that makes oily skin worse. It is a nice base for makeup and it applies really well on top of it. I would also use this on it’s own on a no makeup day for a smoother and brighter complexion. Priced at £44.50 for 22ml of product is not cheap for a primer if I’m completely honest and I’m yet to notice a difference big enough to warrant re-purchase. Get it here* for £41.99.
You can shop Dermalogica directly on their website, at LookFantastic* and at Fragrance Direct* for a discounted price. The individual products are linked above from Fragrance Direct (using affiliate links) and there are also some great value sets at Fragrance Direct here* and here* (currently with 10% off £50 with code TAKE10 and a free gift when you spend £40 on Dermalogica!).
Salons that stock Dermalogica offer ProSkin 30 or ProSkin 60 Treatments where they map your face and work out what it needs and uses products tailored to your skin concerns. For the month of February, customers will receive a complimentary ProSkin 30 Voucher when you spend £80, or a ProSkin 60 voucher when you spend £130 at Dermalogica.com.
Phew that was a long review, but I hope you’ve had a good enough overview of the types of products (as this is just a few) that Dermalogica has to offer. The research and ingredients that go into the products are top notch and at the end of the day, that’s what you’re paying for. They are salon quality products that you can buy at home.
Have you tried anything from Dermalogica? Let me know your thoughts below!
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