When new skincare enters my stash I tend to wait quite a while before writing up a review. More often than not, said skincare won’t even make it to the blog because it’s simply doesn’t perform, or isn’t anything special – or on the odd occasion has actually made my skin worse, rather than better. (If my skin reacts incredibly badly to a product, that will be when it makes an appearance, and not a happy one.) I was approached to be part of the Dermalogica #Skinfluencer panel mid August, right when my skin was being particularly troublesome, and they sent me over two new products from the Clear Start range. The Dermalogica Clear Start duo are targeted specifically for blackheads, and I put them to the test over the last month to see the effect they would have.
Before this duo, I had barely stepped foot into the world of Dermalogica skincare, I got a mini of their daily microfoliant years back, but didn’t really understand it. Part of the reason I haven’t tried much is mainly due to the prices: Dermalogica is a professional brand and has the price tag to prove it, and we’re talking more expensive than my trusty Clinique products. When I was younger, and still even now, I don’t necessarily have the money to invest quite so much in my skincare. Now however, I’m rather interested in their skincare, which they describe as ‘not pretty’ but there to help you find ‘new level of skin health fitness’. I understand what they mean; I wouldn’t say their packaging is something you’d put on display on your dressing table, but it’s certainly not offensive.
The one that caught my eye first had to be the Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask, I love a good facemask and have only tried one other fizzing one. The mask claims to clear breakouts and blackheads through the fizzing formula. It contains sulfur to help keep the skin clear, kaolin clay to absorb oil and purify, while apple fruit extract helps hydrate skin. As it has apple fruit extract, I was hoping that it would smell like apples, but as they say it’s about product performance rather then aesthetic. Instead of apples it smells herby, not particularly nice but if it works you can’t really complain can you?
The mask bubbles up on application and the exposure to air, which I admit feels really weird as it happens, but it is quite satisfying at the same time. The bubbling continues for 3-5 minutes before you rinse it off with lukewarm water. Apparently the technology in the mask helps to ‘open pores, decongest skin and facilitate blackhead extractions.’ Now I’m not too sure if that means that it should be easier to squeeze them out (which I know I shouldn’t do,) or if it means future product I use will be more effective; I expect it to be the latter. I definitely find that this makes my skin feel squeaky clean after use, the blackheads on my forehead seem to be most effected by this – the ones on my chin are much more stubborn.
The other product is the Breakout Clearing Booster, something my skin has been needing more and more frequently. It is formulated with salicylic acid, something I use on it’s own, as it helps ‘kill breakout-causing bacteria,’ niacinamide to ‘reinforce the skin’s natural barrier,’ while chrondrus crispus extract ‘soothes irritated skin.’ I really like the applicator of this, as it is a dropper that releases product when you press in the bottom, so you are unlikely to spill or waste it. It smells quite fresh, but also slightly medicated at the same time, which is what I want from a breakout clearing product. I use this at night and ‘as needed’, it goes mainly on my chin as that’s my problem area at the moment. Nothing I seem to do removes them all, but this seems to get a few. I’m thinking I need a visit to a dermatologist to really get them out.
If you don’t already use salicylic acid then the breakout clearing booster is something I would consider. Personally, I like to use my salicylic acid on it’s own, but if you’d prefer a cocktail of both salicylic and niacinamide this is a good option. The fizz mask is a product for people who have time to do a mask 2-3 times a week, or those who enjoy something slightly gimicky that leaves the skin squeaky clean.
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