Which Dermalogica Daily Exfoliator Is For You?

Dermalogica Exfoliator

Founded in 1983, Dermalogica, a Los Angeles based brand is always at the forefront of new skincare innovations and the latest ingredients. They described themselves as ‘not pretty’ because their products focus on the science behind the skincare rather than how it looks. With a background in skin therapy means that education and training of all their team come first, and Escentual is no exception. Our team have received full training and now we’re Dermalogica experts – so you can ask us anything!

One category that Dermalogica is well known for is their exfoliators. Gaining notoriety globally for their exceptional formulas and high-quality ingredients. With a selection of worldwide bestsellers; physical and chemical formulas and textures designed for a variety of skin types and concerns, there really is something for everyone.

The quickest way to achieve that fresh glow is Exfoliation. At Dermalogica we believe regular exfoliation is critical for healthy skin as it keeps cell renewal rates ticking over and your complexion smooth and bright. – Janine De Costa, Dermalogica Education Executive.


What are the benefits of exfoliating your face?

Glowy, smooth and renewed skin, never gets old. Like most, you may be tempted to buy makeup, expensive creams and serums for skin like this, however, you can achieve this with a good exfoliator. Ageing, acne and uneven skin texture are just the tips of the iceberg when it comes to the skin-enhancing benefits they offer. Smoothing, fine lines wrinkles, boost collagen and cell turnover, an exfoliator leaves your skin glowing from within without the need for makeup. Additionally, it’s used for acne and blemish-prone skin types, helping smooth, reduce pigmentation and balance excess oil and dirt.

Not only does removing the top layer of skin make it look smooth and fresh, but it also ensures that your skincare penetrates deeper into the skin so that you can make the most out of your skincare. Learn more about the benefits of regularly exfoliating your skin.

In this edit, we review Dermalogica’s selection of exfoliators that can be used daily. All the Dermalogica Exfoliators featured are gluten-free, vegan, no artificial and fragrances, paraben-free and cruelty-free…


1. Daily Microfoliant is for Everyone

Model image of Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Model image of Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant before and after

Skin type: all skin types, especially dry and oily.
Texture: powder.

Skin concerns: uneven skin tone, signs of ageing, uneven skin tone, excess oil, enlarged pores and dullness.

Type of exfoliator: gentle physical and chemical AHA and BHA.

Benefits of Daily Microfoliant:
•Won’t aggravate the skin.
•Balances excess oil.
•Reduces pore size.
•Minimises wrinkles and fine lines.
•Boosts collagen production and cell turnover.
•Reduce pigmentation.

Why We Love Daily Microfoliant:
‘’I’m turning 30 this year, and my skin is still all over the place. One minute it’s dry, then the next it’s oily, but that’s manageable for me now. Texture and tone are two of my biggest concerns, but since using the Microfoliant every day I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the smoothness of my skin; I’m now confident to wear less makeup, and embrace the skin I’m in.’’ – Chelsey, Communications & Campaign Manager.

Why You Will Love Daily Microfoliant:
If you’re unsure about which type of Dermalogica exfoliator is for you, you can’t go wrong with Daily Microfoliant; it’s their number one product worldwide. More than a best-seller Daily Microfoliant is an icon; this iconic powder exfoliator is suitable for all skin types and has a glowing reputation among skincare enthusiasts and beauty bloggers globally.

Daily Microfoliant has one agenda: to make dull skin naturally glow, smooth and even. There’s no need to choose between chemical and physical exfoliators because this contains both. The double-action powder to scrub formula lifts any dead skin cells using salicylic acid, phytic acid and rice powder. As for over-exfoliation, it won’t be a problem as the gentle exfoliator offers a tailored approach to exfoliating your face. The scrub’s intensity can be easily adjusted by adding more or less water to create an ultra-gentle or an intense paste for stubborn dry patches. Despite its high concentration of active ingredients, it is even gentle enough to use every day.

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2. Superfoliant Is For Ageing Skin Types

Model image of Dermalogica Age Smart Daily Superfoliant

Model image of Dermalogica Age Smart Daily Superfoliant before and after

Skin type: ageing.

Texture: powder

Skin concerns: uneven skin tone, signs of ageing, excess oil and enlarged pores.

Type of exfoliator: gentle physical and chemical AHA.

Benefits of Daily Superfoliant:
• Won’t aggravate the skin.
• Smooths.
• Brightens.
• Balances excess oil.
• Reduces pore size.
• Minimises wrinkles and fine lines.
• Neutralises pollution.
• Boosts collagen production and cell turnover.
• Reduce pigmentation.

Why We Love Daily Superfoliant:
“I was already a big fan of the Dermalogica Microfoliant, so I was intrigued to see what the Superfoliant did for my skin. The first thing I noticed is that it has a slightly coarser texture than the Microfoliant, so I felt as though it was really helping to smooth my skin while the powerful AHA’s and enzymes included in the formula also got to work on resurfacing my complexion to make it smoother. After a week of using it every morning, my skin looks fresher, brighter and has a polished effect – and as you know, I’m all about that glow! For anyone looking to combat or prevent the signs of ageing by ensuring their skin is clear of skin-damaging pollution, this would be a useful addition to your skincare regime.” – Elisabeth, Communications and Campaigns Manager.

Why You Will Love Daily Superfoliant:
Daily Superfoliant is the option for ageing skin that’s lacking a glow. Superfoliant follows on from the success of their first and best-selling exfoliating powder, Daily Microfoliant, but this scrub is tailored to the needs of ageing skin who’s skin is starting to wrinkle and look dull.

Your best ally even if you don’t live in the city; this Dermalogica exfoliator works to correct the signs of ageing while eliminating toxins linked to collagen breakdown. It does this by neutralising environmental factors (pollution, cigarette smoke and UV rays are the main offenders!) that build up on the skin throughout the day using niacinamide, red algae and tara fruit extract. While existing concerns like wrinkles, fine lines and uneven texture are minimised by lactic and malic (AHAs). These two do quite a lot; encouraging cell turnover to refresh your complexion and get your natural glow back. Gentler than pure acids, the powder formula won’t overstimulate the skin, or irritate either!

With just a dash of water, the dark powder turns into a paste ready to use. You may be alarmed at the colour, but it’s for a good reason; its black colour comes from purifying and antibacterial ingredient charcoal, which helps reduce blackheads while deep cleansing pores.

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3. Flashfoliant Is For Breakout-Prone Skin Types

Model image of Dermalogica Clear Start Flashfoliant

Model image of Dermalogica Clear Start Flashfoliant before and after

Skin type: breakout-prone/ oily.

Skin concerns: blemishes, acne, excess oil, enlarged pores.

Type of exfoliator: chemical AHA and BHA.

Benefits of Flashfoliant:
• Won’t aggravate break or aggravate the skin.
• Reduces white and blackheads.
• Smooths.
• Brightens.
• Balances excess oil.
• Reduces pore size.
• Minimises wrinkles and fine lines.
• Boosts collagen production and cell turnover.
• Reduce pigmentation.

Why We Love Flashfoliant:
“Since lockdown, my skin has become tricky and unpredictable, something I’ve never had to worry about until recently. Honestly, the Flash Foliant has been a lifesaver! What stands out most to me is that even though it has a powerful dose of AHA and BHA, it never aggravates my skin or leaves it sensitive (which happens to me most direct acids). This formula has helped to clear up my breakouts and put me on the road back to clear skin.” Keavy, Communications & Campaigns Assistant.

Why You Will Love Flashfoliant:
The newest addition to the Dermalogica exfoliator ranks is the Clear Start Flashfoliant is the ideal formula for anyone struggling with oiliness, acne and breakouts – pores, excess oil and blackheads are no match for this efficacious foam.

There is nothing worse than a bad breakout, but using the right exfoliator can help prevent them in the future too. Blackheads, whiteheads and spots have one sworn enemy, direct acids, and Flashfoliant contains them. The oil-busting combination of grape extract (AHA) and salicylic acid BHA acids in Flashfoliant work together to peel back dead skin to unveil your skin’s natural glow, unclogging pores and preventing breakouts. Different to most anti-blemish chemical exfoliants this is super gentle and doesn’t strip the skin or damage your skin barrier, which ironically, results in even more spots.

As an addition to their Clear Start collection, the Flashfoliant contains medicated ingredients and calming botanicals that offer a premium formula at teens fingertips. All you need to do is squeeze out the soft foam, leave it on and clear skin is next!

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Make sure you apply sunscreen when in the day time after using an exfoliator as skin is more susceptible to UV damage.
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Still not sure which Dermalogica exfoliator is for you?

Tweet us @escentual or myself, @EscenutalKeavy and we’ll help you out!


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