Dermalogica review of Skin Smoothing Cream*, SkinPerfect Primer SPF30*, Daily Microfoliant*, Precleanse*, Special Cleansing Gel*
*Products thanks to dermalogica‘s #skinfluencer programme
All about skin health
If you follow me on Instagram, you might know how much I love dermalogica‘s Daily Microfoliant. It was the first dermalogica product I’ve tried, and it’s one of my all-time favourites. I didn’t even have to think twice about repurchasing it, when I finished the sample I was gifted. I went to the store immediately. Now you can imagine how excited I was, when dermalogica offered to send me their hero products to try.
What’s so great about dermalogica is their focus on skin health instead of ‘beauty’. I don’t really have sensitive skin, but since mine is acne-prone, I’m all for products that are free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (e.g. lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colours and fragrances). And I saw such an improvement to my skin when I started using the Daily Microfoliant.
Dermalogica review: The hero products
I’ve been using the products dermalogica has sent me for over a month now. Time to share my thoughts. I have acne-prone combination skin, with an oily T-zone and cheeks that tend to get dehydrated.
Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream* (£36)
Medium-weight moisturiser for combination/dry skin with deep-moisturising Leicithin and Aloe Gel. My skin feels so much softer/smoother after using this. Feels very light on the skin and absorbs well, without being greasy at all. I like how I can actually use it all over my face. Also, little goes a long way (which is great considering the price). Layers well under make up. My only complaint is the scent: It smells quite chemically.
Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer SPF30* (£44.50)
Velvety primer in a neutral tint. This product packs so many ingredients and benefits, it’s crazy. The 14% Zinc Oxide and 4% Titanium DioxideIt give it the mineral SPF30 sun protection, while Hyaluronate take care of hydration and collagen stimulation. The White tea antioxidants shield you from free radicals and the Soy Protein evens the skin tone. In the beginning, I wasn’t a fan. I’m personally not big on velvety primers (don’t like how they layer with make up). Plus, the primer made my skin feel a bit too ‘moisturised’, during the hot and sweaty London weather. However, now that temperatures cooled down a little and I’m getting used to the consistency, I’m loving it. I like using it on no make up days, when I just want to even out my pores and skin tone. It makes my skin look naturally better. My only concern is that I don’t think the SkinPerfect Primer would last more than 2 months if used daily, so I only use it where needed.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant* (£49.50)
Gentle mechanical and chemical exfoliator for daily use with Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes. Honestly, this is the holy grail of exfoliators. I’ve been using it for years now to get rid of dead cells. You simply take 1/2 tsp, mix it with water and apply it to your face. It’s so gentle that while I feel teeny tiny grains working their magic, it doesn’t irritate my skin. My skin feels smoother, clearer and brighter without being tight at all. My skin has improved so much from using this, and I don’t break out as often.
Dermalogica Precleanse* (£38.50)
Deep-cleansing oil with Kukui and Apricot oils. I always double-cleanse to make sure I get rid of all make up traces, so an oil-based cleanser is a must for me (yes, even for people with oily skin!). You add a few drops to your hands, and then massage it into your face to slowly. Lastly, you rinse it off with water. dermalogica Precleanse worked really well for me, and was able to break down even mascara. I also quite like the subtly floral scent. Though, I personally prefer balm cleansers. I might need to give dermalogica’s precleanse balm a go next time.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel* (£32)
Soap-free, foaming gel cleanser with balm mint, lavendar extract and natural Quillaja Saponaria. I’m currently using it instead of the Daily Microfoliant (for skincare rotation so its benefits don’t plateau). It’s a very gentle cleanser that doesn’t dry out your skin. I personally need a little more for my blemishes, but at the moment I’m just adding Salicylic Acid as a serum afterwards. This is perfect if you have really sensitive skin and the Daily Microfoliant doesn’t work for you.
The verdict: Is dermalogica worth it?
Okay, this was a long review. So what are my thoughts on dermalogica, now that I’ve tried a couple of their hero products? Overall, I’m really impressed. Everything I tried is packed with an amazing list of carefully selected ingredients and has worked well. Though, my favourites are definitely the Daily Microfoliant as it has visibly improved the texture of my blemish-prone skin. It’s followed by the SkinPerfect Primer for its benefits and natural finish. The Skin Smoothing Cream is also really good for everyone with combination skin.
The obvious concern with dermalogica is the price tag. It’s definitely one of the most expensive brands I own. Still, all their products last surprisingly long, as you only need tiny amounts (except for the primer maybe). My first Daily Microfoliant lasted me a bit more than a year of nearly everyday use. That’s only £4/month for a really good exfoliator. So I definitely recommend the products.