If you’re new to Dermalogica, the first thing you need to know is that they’re incredibly passionate about skin health. Their background in skin therapy means that they are extremely knowledgeable and have a personal touch when it comes to skincare. They go as far as to offer professional face mapping services, so you understand exactly what your skin needs, even when you can’t see a consultant (there’s also an online version!).
Knowing your skin type and concern is something that most of us will struggle with at some point; I certainly have. And although it can be hard to know what’s best for your skin, Dermalogica has over 30 years of expertise in this area, so you know they are a brand you can trust. Using their extensive knowledge, they’ve developed a range for the most common skin types and concerns; whether you’re actively trying to target signs of ageing, unify your hyperpigmentation or you’re a teen suffering from breakouts.
We recognise that every skin is unique. Who you are and how you live your life gives your skin its individual characteristics. Dermalogica aims to support you through your journey by carefully curating a skincare routine from a variety of product options. – Janine De Costa, Dermalogica Education Executive.
Dermalogica are also passionate about education, which is why I’ve summarised the Dermalogica ranges we have available at Escentual, so you know what each one does and which one is best for you…
Active Clearing is for Adult Acne
Who it’s for: Adult breakout-prone skin.
How To Tell if This is the Best Range For You? You suffer from oiliness and blemishes, and you’re starting to show signs of ageing, like fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
How the Active Clearing Works: Dermalogica’s Active Clearing range works to reduce the development and appearance of adult breakouts, while helping to ease signs of ageing.
The collection promotes clear, bright and uniform skin by treating spots, boosting natural exfoliation and limiting excess oil.
Best-Selling Product In The Active Clearing Range: Active Clearing Age Bright Clearing Serum
What Causes Adult Acne: Hormonal changes, chronic stress and pollutants are some of the main causes of adult acne. And because cell turnover slows as you get older, your spots might last a few days but their marks can last much longer and even scar the skin. This results in an uneven tone that makes skin look prematurely aged.
My Recommendation: If you’re trying to reduce fine lines, dark spots and breakouts, Active Clearing Retinol Clearing Oil is the answer. Not only does it star anti-ageing retinol, a form of vitamin A, but it also includes salicylic acid to encourage the natural exfoliation process and cleanse pores to limit breakouts.
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Age Smart is for Ageing
Who It’s For: Individuals who are trying to minimise signs of ageing.
How To Tell if This is the Best Range For You? You’re starting to see fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, loss of elasticity, and hyperpigmentation.
How the Age Smart Works: Age Smart showcases a number of powerful formulas to actively fight ageing. The collection features everything from lip treatments that smooth laughter lines, to SPF-infused moisturisers that protect against photoaging. Age Smart defends against skin ageing and repairs existing damage, so your skin looks smoother, firmer and healthier.
Best-Selling Product In The Age Smart Range: Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50
What Causes Premature Ageing? Of course, ageing will happen to the best of us; it’s a natural process that happens as cell renewal, collagen production and elastin production slow down. But, it’s often external factors – like UV rays and pollution – that speed up the process.
My Recommendation: Although my daily skincare routine isn’t heavily focused on anti-ageing products just yet, I’m still plagued by dark circles (no matter how many hours of sleep I get!).That’s why the Age Smart Biolumin C Eye Serum is my top recommendation. It follows on from the success of the Biolumin-C Eye Serum and I’m predicting that this eye cream will be just as popular. The lightweight eye serum uses radiance-boosting vitamin C to help you achieve visibly brighter skin. Plus, it helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
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Clear Start is for Spot-Prone Teens
Who It’s For: A range for teens and young adults with oily, breakout-prone skin.
How To Tell if This is the Best Range For You? Your skin looks shiny and you suffer with visible breakouts or acne.
How Clear Start Works: Clear Start uses medicated ingredients and soothing botanicals to promote clear, healthy skin. The collection was created after Dermalogica founder, Jane Wurwand, struggled to find a suitable skincare collection for her daughters, when they were teenagers. The range helps keep pores clear to manage existing and future breakouts.
Best-Selling Product In The Clear Start Range: Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash
What Causes Teen Acne? Teen breakouts are caused partly by genetics and partly by hormones. As teenagers reach puberty, androgen hormones become more pronounced and trigger breakouts.
My Recommendation: I loved using fun, playful and unique face masks as a teenager. In fact, I still do! That’s why I love the Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask. Not only does it effectively clear blackheads, but it also has a fizzing texture that adds a sense of fun to the experience, as you can watch the mask bubble and foam. And aside from the texture, the mask also helps keep skin clear using sulfur, while purifying kaolin clay absorbs excess oil.
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Daily Skin Health is for All Skin Types
Who It’s For? Anyone who wants to boost their skin’s general health. The range features skincare for all skin types, with a number of products tailored to dry skin.
How To Tell if This is the Best Range For You? You want to achieve healthy, balanced skin.
How Daily Skin Health Works: Daily Skin Health has everything you need to keep your skin healthy, so it can also look its best. The range offers a selection of cleansers, SPFs, moisturisers and masks to clear and hydrate your complexion. Like all Dermalogica products, the range avoids using common skin irritants – like artificial fragrances and colours – to reduce the risk of breakouts.
Best-Selling Product In The Daily Skin Health Range: Special Cleansing Gel
What Causes Unhealthy Skin? Unhealthy skin varies from person to person, but common causes are poor cleansing routines, failing to wear SPF every day, and ignoring your skin’s needs, like moisturising regularly.
My Recommendation: If you want to boost your skin’s health, double cleansing is the way to go, which is why Precleanse is a must. As the name suggests, Precleanse is the first step in your double cleansing regime. It quickly melts away impurities, waterproof makeup, sebum and sunscreen, as the milky emulsion blends with water. This oil-based cleanser encourages your second cleanser to work harder, while nourishing your complexion with fatty acids.
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Powerbright TRx is for Pigmentation
Who It’s For? Individuals with pigmentation and hyperpigmentation.
How To Tell if This is the Best Range For You? You have brown spots and an uneven skin tone due to ageing.
How Powerbright TRx Works: Each leave-on PowerBright TRx product treats and prevents hyperpigmentation. The collection utilises several years of research on melanin biosynthesis and skin brightening to help you achieve a bright, luminous and unified complexion over time.
Best-Selling Product In The Powerbright TRx range: Powerbright TRx Pure Night
What Causes Hyperpigmentation? Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin. This can be the result of a number of factors, including sun exposure, hormones and pollution, but the number one cause is sun exposure.
My Recommendation: If you’re looking for an overnight moisturiser that reduces dark spots, Powerbright TRx Pure Night is the one for you. Its rich texture absorbs into your skin, making the most of the skin’s natural regenerative process by minimising brown spots and uneven skin tone while you sleep.
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UltraCalming is for Sensitive Skin
Who It’s For? Anyone who suffers with skin sensitivity and flare-ups.
How To Tell if This is the Best Range For You? Your skin can experience redness, dehydration, burning and itching sensations.
How UltraCalming Works: UltraCalming uses Dermalogica’s exclusive complex to control inflammatory pathways that lead to skin sensitivity. The range cools and comforts the complexion, relieving discomfort and burning while protecting against future flare-ups.
Best-Selling Product In The UltraCalming Range: UltraCalming Cleanser
What Causes Sensitivities? Sensitive skin often has a compromised lipid barrier, which means skin fails to lock in water and keep out environmental pollutants and microbes. You can either experience sensitive skin due to genetics, or suffer with sensitised skin because of external factors, like stress or skincare ingredients.
My Recommendation: It can be tempting not to cleanse when you’ve had a bad experience with a harsh face wash in the past, or you’re currently suffering from a flare-up. But cleansing should still be a part of your daily routine – no matter your skin sensitivities – which is why I love Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser. The soothing formula effectively clears skin while calming it. It has been designed with sensitive skin in mind, as its non-foaming, ph-balanced formula can even be wiped off with a cloth, if your complexion is sensitive to water.
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Over To You!
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