// All products were gifted.\\
The lovely people over at Dermalogica have been very kind to me over the last year or so, gifting me many products to try – some of which have become staples in my skincare routine. Considering how many of their products have since made it into my everyday skincare routine, I thought it was high time that I gave you a few reviews. I’d suggest getting yourself a drink and some snacks because this post of Dermalogica product reviews is going to be long…
In total I have eleven of Dermalogica’s range to review, and to make it more cohesive, I thought I would go through them as I tend to use them – AM to PM. A quick side note before I get into it: Dermalogica is a professional skincare brand, focusing on their formula over their packaging, and it definitely has the price tag to match.
Special Cleansing Gel // £33 – This is the first step in my morning routine when I am being good and not just using a swipe of micellar water. This won’t take your makeup off fully, but it will leave your skin feeling super clean. Unlike other products I’m going to review, this doesn’t wow me, it does its job very well, but it offers similar results to much more affordable brands. With that being said however, if your skin is super sensitive this might be something to consider as it is a gentle soap free, foaming gel with no scent. The texture is very nice and you really don’t need much product with each use; I still have a decent amount left and I’ve had it for quite a while now. It’s definitely expensive for what it is and while I enjoy it, I don’t think I would repurchase it.
Redness Relief Essence // £38 – I don’t often suffer from redness in my skin, so I use this AM and PM of the days I do, and on my no makeup days in the house to refresh my skin. It is a mix between a toner and a serum, very lightweight, though I have found it to cause pilling if too many other products are layered on top. Due to the pilling issue, I tend to leave it about five minutes before I put on further serums just to make sure that doesn’t happen. This has a very gentle scent, lavender I think, and I quite like it. As I don’t have an issue with redness this will last me a long time, it does a good job at reducing inflammation and if you do suffer from more frequent redness I’d recommend this.
Biolumin-C Serum // £81.50 – And just like that, we’ve reached a favourite! I’ve already given this a whole review of its own, but I’ll summarise. This stuff is incredible, it’s a lightweight serum which brightens the complexion. Now I know the price tag is steep, in fact it’s the most expensive item on the list, but honestly it works. If I am having a particularly dull skin day this is my instant go to, makeup goes on so smoothly and everything looks better. Like I said, it’s expensive, not something I could afford to repurchase as a student, but if there was ever a product I would treat myself to, this would be it.
Prisma Protect SPF 30 // £58 – Another much loved product due to my pale complexion was always going to be an SPF. This became my go to facial SPF as soon as it came into my life; it doesn’t have a white cast, sits well under makeup and doesn’t feel like it’s clogging my pores. It’s a broad spectrum sunscreen, so protects from UVA and UVB rays and as it’s SPF 30 it is great for everyday use all year round. The gentle citrus scent is a welcome change from other sun creams I’ve tried, as is its ability to melt into the skin. As for price, yes, it is high. However, I’ve always been happy to invest in a good facial SPF, for me it’s a no brainer; the sun’s rays can age your prematurely and also lead to skin cancer, neither are something I want to deal with. This has last me well so far, and if we weren’t stuck indoors in a lockdown and I were able to go on my holiday, I would probably stock up.
PreCleanse // £39.50 – Third favourite in a row? Not bad! This was the first Dermalogica product I fell in love with. I’d never used a cleansing oil before, preferring balms, but this changed my mind. You only need a small amount and massage it over your face, it melts any makeup on your face – including the most stubborn of mascaras – and it smells gorgeous. I was actually nearly out of this and put the contents of two travel minis in my bottle because a) we’re not going anywhere at the moment, and b) I didn’t want to run out! This is a definite repurchase for me, and it looks like I’ll be making that order soon.
Daily Microfoliant // £51 – This is a dry skinned sufferers best friend, and by that I mean mine. There’s a lot of debate as to whether you should use a chemical (AHA/BHA) or physical (like this) exfoliator on your skin; I happen to use both. Personally, my skin can be so dry in winter that it actually needs me to get off the dry skin as Glow Tonic just isn’t managing it. This is a unique product, it’s a powder that you mix with a small amount of water and massage your face with. It is much gentler than you would expect but can be a little on the messier side, so I tend to use it in the shower! Although this says ‘Daily’ in its product name, that’s not my preferred way of using it, instead I save it for days I really want my makeup to sit nicely or evenings when I’m treating my skin. As I don’t use it everyday, I find the product lasts really well and does justify its price tag if you have dry skin and it needs a little help.
Breakout Clearing Booster // £19.50 – The stress of university often causes me to breakout, even though I have quite a complex skincare routine. When that happens I choose to reach for this serum which contains salicylic acid to fight those breakouts. It’s a thin serum which can either be used all over the face, or targeted on the spots; I choose the latter. It smells very fresh and a little medicated but I find it works miracles overnight. For a targeted treatment I don’t think the price is too high, especially as it works so well. If my housemates complain about spots I make them use this straight away and then I don’t hear about the spots again!
Biolumin-C Eye Serum // £63 – An extension of the Biolumin-C line and the most recent into my collection of the products in this post. I can’t say I love this as much as the serum itself, but it is a very nice eye cream nonetheless. It has a really thin consistency, similar to the Redness Relief Essence but with a gel base and I use it morning and night. I see a slight difference in brightness of my under eye which is nice, but at my age I don’t think I need too much brightening. I don’t think I could justify its repurchase, especially as I love the serum itself so much. The one thing I do wish about this, is that it came in the same packaging as their lip treatment; could you imagine how nice that would feel of an evening!?
Barrier Defense Booster // £67 – This was a life saver while I was skiing. It is a nourishing oil that transforms my skin, hydrating it like no other product has managed. I was expecting to have cracked, flaky skin while skiing but this stopped that completely. I use this predominantly in the PM as the penultimate step in my skincare routine and it feels like it repairs my skin overnight. If I were to go skiing again I would definitely stock up, currently I think I’m about 3/4 of the way through and will be sad once it runs out.
Nightly Lip Treatment // £47.50 – The worst part about having dry skin are the dry lips that come with that, so this is right up my street. The treatment feels like a moisturiser for your lips, thinner consistency than your regular moisturiser but equally as nourishing. The applicator is metal and is the nicest feeling on the lips as a last step in my routine. I try to only use this when my lips are at their driest, so it was another saviour when skiing. I can’t say it works miracles compared to my NUXE Reve de Miel, but it is definitely a treat.
Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask // £19.50 – The first mask I tried from Dermalogica was the Fizz mask and just around the time my skin decided to flare up and get spotty. It uses fizzing technology to clear your pores, and you get a decent amount of product for the price. I can’t say it worked miracles on my skin; my chin has particularly stubborn blackheads and it didn’t seem to help those, but it does make your skin squeaky clean. This is another that I appreciate having in my collection but didn’t make holy grail/instant repurchase status.
These reviews don’t include a further four products that are currently in my collection: the Thermafolaint Body Scrub, Active Clay Cleanser, Invisible Physical Defense SPF and Phyto Replenish Body Oil; you can tell how generous Dermalogica are as brand so thank you! These are products I haven’t tested for long enough to give you a review just yet, I may add them as and when. From the reviews I can give you my current top 3 Dermalogica products which are: the Biolumin-C Serum, PreCleanse and Prisma Protect. If you’re wondering what to try, I think these are definite starter products. When I was browsing the Dermalogica website for prices, I did put together a short wish list of products that sound right up my street. The Renewal Lip Complex and PreCleanse balm are both going on my birthday list as of now. I hope you enjoyed this super long post of Dermalogica product reviews and it helped you with what to try first, or next!
You can find all the mentioned Dermalogica products on the Dermalogica website starting from £19.50.