I have surprised myself recently by veering more towards skincare than makeup. I think it’s because most of my mornings involve a struggle to get out of bed, resulting in a bare face for the rest of the day. While I cannot drag myself out of bed any earlier in the morning, I do find myself with a lot of time in the evenings, (while watching Netflix,) to go through an elaborate skincare routine. Now that the weather is turning colder, my skin needs extra help to stay in good condition, I was already lucky enough to receive a spot fighting duo from Dermalogica. They then kindly gifted me an entire skincare routine tailored to my skin to trial. I’ve been using my Dermalogica skincare routine for well over a month now and I thought I would share my hits and misses with you.
I told Dermalogica about my main skin concerns: dryness and blemish prone, and they sent me five products to help target these problems. In order of use, PreCleanse, Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant, Skin Smoothing Cream and Skinperfect Primer. I’ve been using these since mid September to make sure my skin wasn’t suddenly going to have a freak out, and to hopefully seen an actual difference.
PreCleanse is a cleansing oil, which you apply to your face while it’s still dry, massage in and wash off. This is the first step in my double cleansing routine – on the days I wear makeup – and it is one of the standout products I have tried. It has a really familiar, sweet scent too, but I just can’t put my finger on what it is; you just need to know that it’s very pleasant. I love that this is an oil as it doesn’t dry out my skin more, instead nourishing it as I use it. This actually helped me de-green (hence why it’s looking a little dirty,) when I created my Elphaba look, I honestly thought my skin would stain but it didn’t thanks to the wonders of Pre Cleanse.
For my second cleanse I have been using the Special Cleansing Gel. I don’t want to be harsh here… but there’s nothing too special about this. It is a decent lightly foaming cleanser and gets off all the makeup PreCleanse missed, it doesn’t have a scent, so is good for sensitive skin. Other than that though, it does the same as any other cleansing gel. I would probably stick with my Soap&Glory Peaches and Clean cleanser, rather than spend the £32 (!?) on another bottle of this.
As someone with dry skin, I was very excited to try the Daily Microfoliant. I used to use the Clinique 2in1 Exfoliating Cleanser as a second cleanse/exfoliator, which did shorten my routine, but I now think it is slightly too harsh to use every single day. The Microfoliant is such an interesting product; it is a powder that you mix with water and massage round your face. You can feel slightly scrubby particles, so you know it’s working, but it isn’t too harsh. It has actually been a lifesaver now my skin is going extra dry due to the harsh winter weather! If you want to try anything from Dermalogica, and you have dry skin, you need to try this; it’s not the cheapest but it really works. I have to exfoliate my skin before makeup at this time of year or nothing sits right.
The only real miss of my Dermalogica skincare routine was sadly the Skin Smoothing Cream. You’re probably already sick to death of hearing about my dry skin, but that is the reason why this doesn’t work for me. It has a nice consistency and soaks into the skin quickly, although it has a questionable scent. I think it’s meant to be a nice herbal scent, and usually I wouldn’t mind if the scent dissipated, but it doesn’t and it ends up smelling like a gross, dying herb scent. Other than the scent, all I can say is that it just isn’t heavy duty enough for me, I use Clinique Moisture Surge religiously and the gel cream texture really works for me and hydrates in a way the Dermalogica one cannot. I think I’ll pass this on to someone who might enjoy it more, and who can get past the scent. (They’ve actually just release a new moisturiser which I will be trying to see if it is good enough for my skin so stay tuned!)
The last product is actually leaning more towards makeup as it is the SkinPerfect Primer. It has SPF 30 which is amazing as SPF is such an important part of your skincare routine, but that also means it is not one to use if you’re going to be photographed. The primer is ‘neutrally’ coloured (according to the website,) this causes me a slight issue as it does tint my skin, which isn’t too bad if I’m wearing a medium/full foundation over the top. It is a silicone feeling primer as it aims to blur any imperfections and prep the skin for makeup. It is a nice primer, but I wouldn’t personally spend £44.50 on it.
My Dermalogica skincare routine has been quite good to my skin. The Microfoliant has made sure my skin isn’t flaky and PreCleanse has helped me fully remove all my makeup, without drying out my skin. Those two are the products I would say you need in your collection if you were planning on trying anything. Needless to say, Dermalogica is not a budget brand – these products range from £32 to £49.50 – but the products are good quality and are more professionally targeted than most. I wouldn’t necessarily repurchase the products, unless my budget allowed me to, because while I enjoy most of them I am a student and one product is the equivalent of two weeks worth of food shopping. If your budget is more flexible, definitely treat your skin to PreCleanse and Daily Microfoliant.
You can buy my Dermalogica Skincare Routine from the Dermalogica website from £32.
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