A while ago I was asked by Pure Beauty if I’d like to try some Dermalogica products. You’ll be aware that I’m pretty happy with my usual skincare range. But, a couple of friends and my sister-in-law always rave about the Dermalogica brand and so I thought it would be daft not to see what they have to offer.
I was sent the Favourites Kit along with a few samples and so I’ve been testing them out over the last few weeks.
Of course, prior to using, I read up a little on Dermalogica. I like to be careful about what products I use on my skin.
Dermalogica is the number one choice of skin care professionals and consumers worldwide. For over 25 years, they’ve been dedicated to delivering skin health results through education, innovation, and professional recommendation. Not through sparkly packaging, promises of miracle cures, or overblown hype.
While teaching at the International Dermal Institute in the USA, UK trained skin therapist Jane Wurwand realised that no product line embraced her belief of skin health as opposed to “beauty,” so she developed her own. In 1986, Dermalogica was born. The vision was clear – a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colours and fragrances) that would improve skin health, and were only available from qualified skin therapy professionals trained at IDI.
As a brand, Dermalogica immediately upset the prevailing paradigm of beauty and glamour by classifying skin care as a health issue as opposed to a cosmetic concern. As well as removing common irritants from the ingredient menu, Dermalogica introduced a powerful new element into the brand identity: the specialised expertise of the professional skin therapist.
Though all products are manufactured in the USA, Dermologica is now sold in over 80 countries, and, reassuringly, none of those products have been tested on animals.
Dermologica packaging may not be designed to colour-coordinate with your bathroom, but, you can always be sure that they’ve spent time on delivering your skin the high-performance formulas it needs. They also never use common “beauty” ingredients like Mineral Oil, Lanolin, artificial colours and fragrances or other cheap fillers. It may be easier to formulate with them, but the bottom line is they’re just bad for your skin. Instead, they use ingredients that will work – their confidence founded by skin care professionals worldwide who use the products in their treatment rooms every day because they get results.
Did I like Dermologica?
Overall, yes I did…
First I used the samples as the favourites kit looked too lovely to open straight away with its purple metallic packaging!
These were generous for sample sizes as I got 2 uses out of all of them. Like any high quality product there’s going to be an investment of funds. Therefore, it’s important to know if your skin reacts favourably to something before that initial outlay.
Personally, I don’t see the requirement for a Precleanse as part of a skincare routine when you’re using a facial cleanser anyway. Having said that, this does have a lovely feel and a gorgeous citrussy scent so I’d probably alternate it with the Special Cleansing Gel which has a nice lather leaving a very clean feeling. No noticeable scent to this one.
I’m always keen to try treatments for the eye area as I am a dark circle sufferer. Dermalogica’s Intensive Eye Repair feels very rich in consistency so you only need very little. On balance I prefer my current gel as that has a cooling effect too.
As is often the case with this high quality ranges, a little goes a long way. I found this out next with the Skin Smoothing Cream. It felt beautiful to use and left my skin very nice and soft thank you very much.
I’m a big fan of masks and masques but never make enough time to use one every week. I applied the Skin Hydrating Masque after using the special cleansing gel on this occasion. I like the creamy texture; this is used on both the face and the throat.
On Sunday morning I was home alone as the lovely boyfriend was at the British Grand Prix – lucky git! So, I had a bit of a pampering session like in the old days before boy things cluttered my bathroom!
This involved the Precleanse before trying out the Gentle Cream Exfoliant.
Sadly I didn’t get on well with it. I wasn’t fond of the smell despite it’s lovely natural fruit enzymes and my sensitive skin seemed to take a dislike too so I rinsed it off far sooner than is recommended. A shame because I really liked the sound of it and probably would have bought some. But, as I’ve said before, the joy of samples is trying something on your skin before buying a whole bottle of it. There is a wide choice of samples at Pure Beauty.
The Multi-Active Toner agreed with me far more. This is sprayed directly onto the face and throat (close your eyes!). I used my current moisturiser followed by Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster. Wow. Just one drop was enough for my whole face; probably the best value for money.
Last but not least is the SkinPerfect Primer. I dislike wearing a lot of make-up and a primer is a perfect way for me to get smooth even coverage without piling a load of foundation onto my face. Being pale, foundation can make me look like a porcelain doll. While that sometimes works well for a night out, for daytime I want a more natural, easy to maintain face.
Primer plus a little BB cream is perfect for my needs.
Dermalogica’s has the added bonus of SPF30 (vital for us pale faces). This may tempt me away from my current high end primer which doesn’t.
I’m really pleased that I said yes to a review of this range.
I won’t be replacing everything as I’m not unhappy with a lot of the skincare I use already but there a couple of items from Dermalogica that I’ll definitely be investing in.
Pure Beauty is an authorised distributor for Dermalogica as well as Decleor and Elemis. There are often special offers available and free UK delivery too so well worth a look I’d say.
*I was sent Dermalogica samples for the purpose of review.
All opinions remain honest and my own.