About a month ago I paid Dermalogica a visit at their Wembley concept store in Cape Town. Since then I have been on a complete Dermalogica skincare system prescribed to me via a great face mapping analyses.
Firstly, it is important to realize that keeping skin healthy and young requires a combination of ingredients and products that work together to give your skin exactly what it needs. I personally believe in having a basic skincare range, and then supplementing with active serums, exfoliators and masks (all “boosters”) that target the deeper skin layers. I also believe in “mixing-it-up”. I find my skin gets used to products if I stay on them for longer than a year. I am certainly not brand biased, and I will be sharing many more posts on all other skincare products I believe in.
Read below and see why I have been loving my current Dermalogica skincare routine.
STEP ONE: PRE-CLEANSE
In Three Words: Refreshing, Hydrating, Anti-Ageing
What The Product Says: A Toner that helps firm and hydrate. It creates an active antioxidant shield of White Tea, Licorice and Vitamin E to fight damaging free-radicals. Collagen-stimulating peptides (more on peptides) and an active Vitamin C complex helps to reduce fine lines, encouraging firmness and elasticity. Rose and Clove extracts comfort and refresh, and Pea extract creates instant firming action to lift and tighten. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.
What I Think: It is easy to use and very effective. This spritzer promises to protect and hydrate my skin. It is so rich in antioxidants that I definitely believe it controls signs of ageing. I love how refreshing it is straight after a warm shower, or during a hot day. Also a great “booster” product with powerful antioxidants.
How To Use: After cleansing spritz onto the face and neck. It is also great to spritz over make-up during the day to refresh your skin. They say to avoid the eyes, which I found a bit challenging.
How Much: R610.00 for 150ml
Skin Smoothing Cream
In Three Words: Moisturizing, Comfortable, Daily
What The Product Says: Medium-weight moisturizer to balance combination/dry skin. Deep-moisturising Lecithin and Aloe Gel nourish, while extracts of Mallow, Cucumber and Arnica soothe and hydrate the skin, helping to restore suppleness and tone. Antioxidant Grape Seed Extract plus vitamins C and E help shield skin from environmental assaults. Free of artificial fragrances and colours.
What I Think: This is a great everyday moisturizer to include in your basic skincare regime. It provides an antioxidant defence, it is extremely hydrating and it leaves my skin feeling smoother and plumper. It has a delicate smell, a smooth texture and absorbs really well. I love that this one product is my day-and-night cream all-in-one.
How To Use: Apply to the face and neck in an upward motion, day and night. I find that a little goes a long way. Always use less and apply more if needed.
How Much: R880.00 for 100ml
MultiVitamin Power Firm
In Three Words: Smooth, Blurs, Antioxidant
What The Product Says: Powerful firming complex helps combat lines around the delicate eye area. It contains Vitamin A (Retinol) to help accelerate skin’s natural repair process, Vitamin C & E (Powerful Antioxidants) to improve elasticity and scavenge free-radicals, and Seaweed extract to help firm and minimise the appearance of fine lines. Silicone shields vulnerable skin, acting as a protective barrier. It also makes for a great make-up prep prior to concealer application. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.
What I Think: I love the silicone texture! It goes on smooth and helps to fill-in and “blur” the fine lines making it a beautiful primer to apply before make-up. It is definitely pricey, but it does contain a host of powerful Vitamins that are proven to give great results.
How To Use: With your ring finger apply a small amount around the eyes focusing on areas of visible ageing, day and night. I really do use a tiny amount and it is more than enough!
How Much: R740.00 15ml
MultiVitamin Power Serum
In Three Words: Smooth, Powerful, Anti-ageing
What The Product Says It Does: For mature or prematurely ageing skin. Vitamins A, C and E penetrates deep into the skin for increased recovery and defense against skin ageing. These vitamins penetrate deep into the skin and help decrease fine lines and age spots (hyperpigmentation), while stimulating collagen formation to help decrease sun-induced ageing. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours
What I Think: A tiny powerful tube of Vitamins and Peptides that actively fight ageing and skin damage. The ingredients in this product speaks for itself. I have really been enjoying this serum. It has a delicate smell and leaves my skin feeling like velvet. Due to it’s price and how small it is, I am delighted that a tiny amount spreads all over the face and neck. I haven’t noticed a difference in my skin, but I believe that these kinds of products take time and do alot behind-the-scenes to achieve long term anti-ageing. Part of my “boosters” added to my basic skincare regime.
How To Use: Smooth over cleansed face and neck after toning before moisturizing. Can be used daily. I alternate this serum 3 times a week along with one of the exfoliators I use.
How Much: R990.00 for 22ml
MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque
In Three Words: Active, Rich, Healing
What The Product Says It Does: This is the product to help rescue stressed, ageing skin. It contains a powerful combination of Vitamins A, C, E and F that helps skin recover from damage that leads to skin ageing, while enhancing barrier properties. Vit A- Retinol to increase elasticity and moisture. Vit C & E- Antioxidants shield the skin from Free-radicals. Algae Extract- Moisturize and soften skin. Pro-Vitamin B5- Nourish damaged skin. Botanical extracts- to calm, soothe and help decrease sensitivity. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.
What I Think: I find that Dermalogica’s products are all very active, which is a very good thing, but it can take a bit of time for your skin to get used to. This Masque I found especially active. It reminded me of when you go for a VitB injection, you almost instantly feel energized and stronger. I started using it once a week and then as I felt my skin adapt to the active ingredients I increased it to twice a week. It is an ultimate remedy for dulling, dry, dehydrated, lackluster, photo-damaged skin and skin ageing.
How To Use: Apply a generous amount to a cleansed face and neck area, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10-15mins, then rinse off with lukewarm water. I like using face sponges to gently wash it off. Recommended to be used once a week. I alternate it twice a week with one of my exfoliators.
How Much: R690.00 for 75ml