Three months ago I was invited to have a Dermalogica facial at one of the Sorbet salons (you can read all about it here). The facial included face-mapping and the Dermalogica products that were used in the facial were especially catered for my skin. Afterwards Dermalogica send me three of those products to try out. Even though the facial included almost nine products, you really don’t need ALL of them to keep your skin looking healthy. I received the Special Cleansing Gel, The Daily Microfoliant and the Skin Smoothing Cream which have formed my skin-care routine for almost three months now. Today I am sharing my thoughts and experience with you and (horror)- a make-up less photo.
The Daily Microfoliant.
The Daily Microfoliant is a unique rice-based enzyme powder that micro foliates dulling debris. It is suitable for all skin types and basically what it does is it gently removes the dirt and the dead skin cells of your face and your skin instantly feels smoother and softer. It is different to a scrub which is usually a lot harder and is not recommended for every-day use unlike the Daily Microfoliant(daily being the co-operative word here). All you have to do is take a little bit of powder into your hand and mix it with a couple of drops of water and gently massage your face with it. It contains papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-exfoliate, leaving skin smoother and brighter.
I have mentioned this before- it terms of skin, I got quite lucky. Besides monthly breakouts and a few pimples here and there, I have always been blessed with good skin (which is a little but weird considering both my parents had acne as teenagers). However there is one skin condition that I suffer with- it is called milia. Milia is little white bumps that occur and your cheeks and nose (for me it’s the cheeks) and it occurs when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. Keratin is a strong protein that is typically found in skin, hair, and nail cells. There is no specific cause for it and it is most commonly found in babies (in fact it is called baby acne- Steve had a laugh when I told him that and said that is why I still have baby skin). It is nothing drastic or even hugely noticeable in my case (I get about three-four bumps each side), but still, it has always made me feel uncomfortable. The only way to get rid of milia for me before was to visit a beautician (or a dermatologist) every couple of months and get the little bastards “popped” out with a needle, which is what I have been doing for the past five years. It is not sore, and heals very quickly, but the dam things always come back. By the way, don’t Google milia. It shows up horrible photos which even scared me (this is with most Google searches for any skin conditions).
I have been using the Daily Microfoliant for three months and although my milia is still present, it is a lot less visible and doesn’t have the ugly white heads anymore. They are now just little bumps and I am hopeful that by the end of the bottle they will all be gone. The Daily Microfoliant is great for everyone’s skin, no matter if you have milia or not. Overall it just provides a softer and smoother looking skin. It is also great to help even out un-even skin tone and with extracts of grapefruit and oatmeal it will leave your skin looking refreshed.
The Daily Microfoliant retails for R770 for 70g.
The Special Cleansing Gel
I am super hectic about removing my make-up every night- I use to be so bad at it in my first year of varsity that I am making up for it now. However, I am still quite lazy and I need my cleaning gel to do two jobs at once- remove my makeup and clean my skin. This product was specifically catered for my skin and it best suits the combination and normal skin types (I am combination). The gel foams gently in your hands and you only need a little bit to remove your make-up and clean your skin. It contains extracts of balm mint and lavender extracts that soothe your skin, while natural quillaja saponaria gently foams away toxins and cleanses debris.
When I took this with to Russia my mom thought that it was a “Cleansing Gel” like a normal body wash. I have only used it on my face so I can’t vouch if you can actually use it on your body, but I wouldn’t (it is way too precious for me). The gel is colour and fragrance free but it still smells quite nice. Its texture is “gelly” and it is see-through.After three months I am barely half way through the bottle, so this is a good investment for your skin.
The Cleansing Gel retails for R630 for 500ml
The Skin Smoothing Cream
As with all of the Dermalogica products, the Skin Smoothing Cream is fragrance and colour free. The cream helps your skin look moisturised and with extracts of cucumber it also helps hydrate it and restore the tone of your skin. This cream is also recommended for people with dry or combination skin as it is quite rich. It also helps with signs of anti-aging (can’t say much about that yet). I love that I can easily wear it under my make-up and use it twice a day for maximum results. Although it is rich, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily. Overall I really liked this product and it is a great addition in my skin-care routine. The only negative thing that I have to say is that I wish it contained an SPF factor. Just like the case with my cleansing gel, I am lazy and like my moisturiser to do two things at one. Yes, yes I should definitely get less lazy.
The Skin Smoothing Cream retails for R560 for 50ml.
So what is my over-all verdict? In terms of my permanent skin-care, I am sold. This is a very basic routine and as winter approaches I will be adding a facial oil (still very in love with my Balm Balm one!) and a weekly masque to keep my skin extra-hydrated for the cold months. I know that a lot of people feel that Dermalogica is very pricey, but you see the results so I feel that it is worth it.
This is how my skin looks after my three months of using Dermalogica (unfortunately I was silly enough not to take the before photos!). I am quite happy with it, and lately I have been going sans foundation on my daily trips to varsity. Dermalogica has a variety of different ranges for different skin care and needs (dry, oily, anti-aging, acne, etc.) and remember to get your face-mapping done free with any Dermalogica facial at a Sorbet salon!
I am happy with my skin but I still feel a bit naked without lip-gloss and a bit of mascara 😉 Also it seems I was also having a really bad hair day when taking these photos, but oh well 😉
Have you used Dermalogica products before?