Give Your Skin A Clear Start With This Dermalogica Hydrating Lotion

by Gio

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Even rocks know by now that my skin has become dry, parched, and flaky since I moved to London. I complained about it so much! But, what you may not know is that I sometimes still get the occasional breakout. Because, you know, bad things never come alone…

To deal with my crazy skin I need a cream that hydrates it while keeping breakouts at bay. Dermalogica Clear Start Hydrating Lotion, the newest addition to the range, promises to do just that. On paper.

On skin? Let’s put it to the test.

White in colour, Dermalogica Clear Start Hydrating Lotion has a lightweight, non-greasy texture that sinks quickly into my skin. It’s fairly hydrating on its own – it contains sodium hyaluronate, which can attract and bind to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water – , and, were my skin still combo, would be enough on its own.

But, on my driest areas, I find I have to use it with a hydrating serum to get best results. Otherwise, my skin still feels a bit tighter there.

So claim #1 is correct. This stuff is hydrating indeed, unless your skin is super dry. But, does it keep breakouts at bay, too? Well, since I started using it, I noticed a reduction in pimples, indeed.

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With that, I mean, I get fewer pimples, and they seem to disappear that little bit faster. The magic ingredient that makes this feat possible is salicylic acid. It exfoliates the surface of the skin, so dead cells don’t end up in the pores, clogging them. But, it also penetrates the pores, getting rid of everything that’s in there before it has a chance to cause a breakout. Fab stuff, isn’t it?

Instead, I’m a lot less pleased about the addition of orange and grapefruit oils to the formula. I don’t see any reason to include them. They don’t really do anything special for the skin, but can irritate it, and increase sensitivity to the sun. I’m happy to report they didn’t irritate my skin, but, if yours is very sensitive, you may want to stay clear from this one. Otherwise, never use it without sunscreen. Never.

The cream is also very low in antioxidants. As it is aimed at young skin, it may be argued it doesn’t need antioxidants yet. I think skin always does, at any age. But, if you’re a broke teenager whose priority is to clear up your breakout prone skin, you may want to give this one a try first, and introduce antioxidants in your routine later.

One more thing. The scent. There isn’t one. This stuff is fragrance-free. That’s great, because fragrances can be very irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin. A nice scent may please the nose, but I think it’s much more important to please skin. Don’t you agree?

Water, Squalane, C14-22 Alcohols, Butylene Glycol, Naringenin, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Salicylic Acid, Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Root Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Triethyl Citrate, Maltodextrin, Glyceryl Caprylate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Xanthan Gum, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylpropanediol.


Pros: Hydrating, makes skin soft and smooth; Helps prevent and clear breakouts; Lightweight, non-greasy texture; Fragrance-free.

Cons: If you have very dry skin, it won’t be hydrating enough; The citrus oils in the formula may irritate sensitive skin; Low on antioxidants.

Summary: Designed for young, breakout prone skin, Dermalogica Clear Start Hydrating Lotion has a lightweight, fairly moisturizing texture that softens skin for hours and helps reduce breakouts. But the citrus oils in the formula may irritate sensitive skin.

Price & Availability: $22.00 at Amazon

Rating: 3.5/5

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Lidia February 25, 2016 - 7:53 am

Hi Gio,
The Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil is rich in flavonoids that inhibit Tyrosinase; a natural source of Vitamin C that inhibits melanogenesis. So over all it’s a good ingredient. It is also used as a mild preservative in many skin care products. Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil known for its anti inflammatory qualities, helping detoxify congested skin, and soothing dry irritated skin in cases of dermatitis and acne the most.

Gio February 25, 2016 - 8:56 pm

Lidia, hi, thank you for your comment. You’re right, I suppose these ingredients have some good qualities. But, some of their compounds can cause irritations or sun sensitivity, so that’s something to be aware of, especially if you have sensitive skin. But I agree that most people will be able to use them without problems.


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