Dermalogica is a skincare brand which seems to have become really popular this year. They focus more on skincare for skin health, not necessarily for beauty, pampering or luxury. Instead their drive and focus is skincare fitness combining science and skincare professionals to make a lasting and real difference to your skin. Dermalogica is registered cruelty free and most products are also paraben free.
I had an email from Influenster offering me the chance to receive a Voxbox and after completing a short survey I was soon informed I was on the list for the Dermalogica box. The focus of the box was the Daily Superfoliant and they also included a few other products to try out as part of a skincare routine. When you receive your box there are some tasks Influenster want you to complete, posting a blog review wasn’t one of them but I thought I’d do it anyway so I could give a really honest review for you guys – especially when you see the prices of these products!
Daily Superfoliant – £55 57g/£17 13g
I adore a good facial scrub, there is nothing like the feeling of a freshly exfoliated face and how smug you feel when you then apply the most flawless foundation application of your life. However I have never found the perfect scrub and my problem area has always been around my nose. No matter how deep a cleanse, mask or strong a exfoliant I tend to use, there are always some black heads and visible pores around and on my nose. It’s a lifetime war against my pores and I was excited to fight it with some Superfoliant.
This highly-active resurfacer delivers your smoothest skin ever, and helps fight the biochemical and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin aging. The advanced powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing powerful enzymes, skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids and anti-pollution technology. Activated Binchotan Charcoal purifies the skin, helping to adsorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores, while Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract help guard against the damaging effects of pollution. Not recommended for users of medically-prescribed exfoliation products.
Using this scrub could not be easier as long as you follow the instructions. Once you have cleansed your skin, make sure your hands are very wet and take half a teaspoon of product. The Superfoliant dispenses like a salt shaker so I really recommend a light and steady hand when shaking out as you don’t want too much product. Create a paste by rubbing your hands together, suddenly the rough texture turns into a soft cream and this is when you know you have the right amount of product. Then apply this to your face in circular motions for approximately one minute and rinse with warm water. This scrub is ideally used daily but if your skin is sensitive I recommend using it a couple times a week and then more frequently if your skin adapts to it. My skin is combination, a tad on the oily side and I found that using daily was complete overkill at first and my skin dried out very quickly. I found the right balance for me is 3 times a week and this prevents my skin from completely drying out.
I expected the product to feel really gritty in my hands as I massaged it into the skin but it didn’t at all, the exfoliant seems more on a chemical level and boy do I feel that. I could feel a slight burning sensation whilst the Superfoliant worked on my skin which I seemed to get used to over time. After checking out reviews on their website, this tends to be normal and Dermalogica claim that this is your skin purging and to stick at it. If your skin is really sensitive I think you should proceed with caution and definitely try the cheaper travel option first before dropping £55. However that being said, it definitely lives up to the claim of the smoothest skin of your life. My skin felt amazing to touch, my makeup applied wonderfully afterwards and after a couple of weeks I could noticeably see a reduction in black heads and visible pores. Even friends and family commented on how good my skin looked and wanted to know my secret! One of the big downsides to this product is it’s smell, it smells very earthy with almost a sulphur-based fragrance. I assume this is due to the high concentration of charcoal and though I can grin and bare through it, if you are particularly sensitive to smells this may be a deal breaker for you.
Pre-Cleanse Balm – £44
Deep-cleansing balm-to-oil melts away impurities and make-up from skin. Achieve cleaner, healthier-looking skin with the Double Cleanse regimen that begins with PreCleanse Balm. This water-activated, balm-to-oil version of our top-selling oil cleanser deconstructs layers of excess sebum (oil), waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual product buildup on skin. Use the included Cleansing Mitt to thoroughly cleanse debris from the skin’s surface, allowing your recommended Dermalogica Cleanser to deliver more effective cleansing results. The Natural Biolipid Complex locks in hydration and reinforces the skin barrier while Apricot Kernel Oil helps nourish skin. Ideal for normal to dry skin. Safe for use around the eye area.
If I’m not feeling too lazy, I love a double cleanse. Nothing feels better than knowing your skin is super clean! The Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Balm has become an absolute staple in my skincare routine and I cannot get enough of it. As oil attracts oil, using this as a cleanser first will attract makeup, debris and other impurities meaning your second cleanse is more effective as it can penetrate deeper into your skin. It even comes with a handy exfoliating silicone mitt so you can really get at those impurities. Rub the balm onto dry skin and massage into your face with wet hands or mitt and in no time your skin feels fresh and super soft. It has a light citrus scent which is really pleasant and it works really well on stubborn, hard to remove waterproof makeup. I now cannot cleanse my face without it and I will definitely be purchasing this when my product runs out! It seems to balance my combination skin really well, my overall complexion feels smoother and it doesn’t encourage the production of oil despite being an oil-based cleanser.
Special Cleansing Gel – £52.50 500ml/£32 250ml/£10.50 50ml
Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. Calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts soothe the skin, while natural Quillaja Saponaria gently foams away toxins and debris.
If I ever use a soap based cleanser, my skin always feels squeaky and taught afterwards and I find it begins to dry out. So when I saw this soap free cleansing gel I was really excited to try it out. This is a very gentle cleanser for daily use, fantastic for dry, oily or combination skin as it’s very soothing and doesn’t cause dryness or add any additional oil. It makes my skin feel clean but not squeaky and preps it perfectly for toner and moisturiser. The only downside is you need to use it after the pre-cleanse balm otherwise it’s not entirely effective as it doesn’t excel at removing makeup. I’ve tested it on it’s own, after using a makeup wipe and after a pre-cleanse and unless I use the balm I found my skin still felt a little unclean. If you have a fresh face however this will work wonderfully for a light cleanse. Considering it’s price point I wouldn’t purchase this myself as I love my Elemis cleansing balm so much more and would rather invest in that, however for what the product is supposed to be it does it really well and I cannot fault it. If you want a really light cleanser that won’t imbalance your skin, you might want to give this a try.
Skin Smoothing Cream £54 100ml/£36 50ml
Medium-weight moisturizer to balance combination/dry skin. Deep-moisturizing Lecithin and Aloe Gel nourish while extracts of Mallow, Cucumber and Arnica soothe and hydrate.
I am a bit of a moisturiser junkie, one of my favourite things to do each evening is to slap on moisturiser and wake up to super soft skin. This moisturiser is medium-weight and geared up for combination and dry skin. I found it lightly moisturised my dryer areas and added a nice amount of moisture to my oily t-zone without increasing sebum production. I tend to use this moisturiser in the morning before putting on my makeup as it creates a lovely base for my foundation and as it’s not greasy it doesn’t effect my makeup’s longevity. It doesn’t make me break out and it’s just a lovely moisturiser to reach for each morning. I don’t recommend using this as a night cream and I find I need to use a stronger moisturiser at night as this alone isn’t quite enough for my drier patches in my overall daily routine.
Overall I’m super impressed with Dermalogica and this is definitely a skincare brand I’ll be exploring more in the future. The Daily Superfoliant and Pre-Cleanse Balm are pricey but 100% worth it for the amazing results they produce and I know I’ll be sorely missing these when they eventually run out. Unless I find a cheaper alternative that works just the same, I would definitely purchase these myself. The Special Cleansing Gel and Skin Smoothing Cream are nice and work well, but I wouldn’t pay the hefty price tag for them. Especially when there are cheaper brands out there that pretty much do the same thing. If you’re after a lighter moisturiser I definitely recommend checking out Lush’s range as you can even try before you buy. The cleanser was very run of the mill, very gentle and does it’s job but again Lush’s 9-5 cleanser is very similar and cheaper. Overall, I love the ethos of Dermalogica and enjoyed trying their products and look forward to exploring the brand in the future.
Emily Mae x
Disclaimer: Product was sent free of charge for testing. All photos and views are my own. Not a sponsored post.