Dermalogica. With a name like that, you must be serious about dermatology and skincare, right?
And Dermalogica sure has an outstanding reputation for getting the job done. But, a lot of it may be down to marketing. Because, even though Dermalogica has a few outstanding products, it also makes quite a few duds.
So, let’s take a look at the brand and what its best and worst products are, shall we?
Gentle Soothing Booster ($50.00)
Raspberry, chamomile, calendula, honey… this booster is full of natural extracts with anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritated and inflamaed skin. The only “problem” is that it’s fairly basic. It doesn’t hydrate skin or prevent wrinkles, but if you have sensitive skin and are thinking of adding a soothing product to your skincare routine, I think you will really like this. Available at Look Fantastic and Ulta.
Intensive Moisture Balance ($66.00)
This moisturizer is full of antioxidants, such as vitamins A and C, that can help keep wrinkles away from your face that little bit longer. And, like the name implies, it is also fairly hydrating. Plus, there’s no fragrance. All in all, a pretty good (if a tad overpriced) moisturizer for dry skin. Available at John Lewis and Ulta.
Map-15 Regenerator ($85.00)
The MAP here is magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a stable form of vitamin C that can boost the production of collagen, fight free radicals, and inhibit the formation of melanin. Basically, it helps treat all the symptoms of premature aging, including wrinkles and dark spots. Add a bunch of antioxidants to prevent premature wrinkles, a dash of sodium hyaluronate to deeply hydrate skin, a dollop of silica to absorb excess oil, and absolutely no fragrance, and you’ve got a wonderful anti-aging product. Available at John Lewis and Ulta.
Multivitamin Power Firm ($60.00)
This little gem is designed for those little areas around the eyes and mouth. It’s full of vitamins, including A, C, and E, and plenty of other antioxidants that can help these delicate areas age better. Of course, they won’t became firmer overnight (don’t believe everything a brand says!), but it’ll make them softer and smoother. Available at Look Fantastic and Ulta.
Skin Hydrating Masque ($42.00)
If your skin’s looking for some moisture, it’ll find plenty here. Suffice it to say it contains sodium hyaluronate, which can attract, and bind to the skin, up to 1000 times its weight in water! It also has other stuff, like glycerin and butylene glycol, that do the same thing, but on a much lower scale. And plenty of antioxidants. No wonder it leaves skin so soft, smooth, and glowy! Available at Look Fantastic and Ulta.
The Just Nice
Clear Start Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment ($26.00)
This baby contains benzoyl peroxide, which is one of the most powerful weapons against acne. It can kill the bacteria that causes it, and bust those pimples, too. But, BP is quite harsh (that’s why it works so well!), so use it only where you have acne. No need to put it all over your face! The other problem is that it has rosemary and lavender extracts, which can be irritating (because, not everything that’s natural is good). Basically, a good treatment, just not suitable for sensitive skin. Available at Look Fantastic and Ulta.
Clear Start Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix ($20.00)
This one is very similr to the daily treatment, but it’s only for spots. It contains benzoyl peroxide and lavender (no rosemary this time), so can help everyone bar those with sensitive skin, too. Available at Look Fantastic and Ulta.
Pure Night ($78.00)
This is a pretty good moisturizer. Jojoba oil locks moisture in. Plenty of antioxidants help keep wrinkles well away. And niacinamide does everything from hydrating and soothing skin to reducing wrinkles and dark spots. So, why doesn’t it get a higher rating? Cos Dermalogica says the peptides in here can lighten discolorations, and I couldn’t find any proof of that. Available at John Lewis and Ulta.
Derma Clay Cleanser ($35.00)
I don’t know why you would add clay to a cleanser. Sure, clay can help absorb excess oil, when left on the skin. And that’s the thing. It’s not that easy to remove. That’s why this cleanser doesn’t rinse off well, and that can cause breakouts in the long run. Add irritating menthol into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Multi-Active Toner ($34.00)
Lavender, ivy, balm mint, arnica… this toner contains more irritants than goodies. It’s a bit hydrating, but there are so many other toners that do the same thing without irritating skin. I can’t think of a good reason to choose this one.
Multivitamin Thermofoliant ($52.00)
Where do I start? So, the warm sensation. That’s a result of mixing water with polyethylene glycol and baking soda, and baking soda is no good for the skin. Besides, heating skin this way has no benefit at all, so why do it? Then, there are the magnesium oxide crystals, which exfoliate skin, but are very abrasive and can do more harm than good. Meanwhile, the good exfoliating ingredients (lactic and salicylic acids), just like the retinol, end up down the drain when you rinse off the thermofoliant. And, did I mention it contains plenty of irritating fragrant oils? What a mess!
What do you think of Dermalogica? What products do you love or hate from this brand?