A few years ago, I was introduced to a brand called Dermalogica. Although it’s only sold through spas and salons, this brand has garnered an almost cult-like following and I know loads of people across all age groups who swear by it.
My first introduction to the brand was through its Clean Start range, aimed at teens and tweens. I still recommend these products when friends experience breakouts. Since then I’ve tried something from each of the ranges and have yet to come across a product I don’t absolutely love. To introduce you to the brand, I want to talk about my three favourite products.
One of the most important tips any one in the beauty industry will tell you is that preparation is key. From exfoliating before self-tan to shampooing your hair twice (yes, it does actually recommend this on the bottle), taking one extra step in your regime can make a huge difference. So when I first heard of Dermalogica’s Precleanse, my curiosity was piqued. To this day, I have yet to find a more effective cleanser and on top of that, it’s really fun to use!
It’s a light-weight oil made from olive and apricot kernel oil. I know any one with oily skin recoils at the idea of putting something oily on their skin but in truth, very little is as effective at cleansing as an oil-based product. Think about your waterproof mascara – if the whole point is to not run at the first sight of tears, how well do you think soap and water can take it off? Precleanse also contains kukui nut, borage seed and rice bran oils that gently liquefies sebum and oil-based debris on the skin’s surface.
After applying the oil, you dip your fingers into water and then gently rub your face using circular motions. The minute it mixes with water, the Precleanse turns into a milky emulsion and any hint of oily residue can be rinsed off. Although you should follow with a cleanser, for those lazy, late-night adventures when the last thing you feel like doing is washing off your make-up, this really is all you need.
I think one of the reasons I love this product so much is that it’s a perfect example of a high-tech skin care product. It uses the latest in skin care technology to create something that not only works but also makes the experience pleasant. The changing from an oil cleanser to an emulsion is due to the inclusion of caprylic/capric triglyceride. Derived from coconut oil, it is known to be high in anti-oxidants and creates a soft, silky feel to the skin. It’s been assessed by everyone from the FDA to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel and has been approved by the EU Cosmetic Directive for use in personal care and cosmetic products.
Another Dermalogica product I love is the Daily Microfoliant. It comes in a powder format to which you add a few drops of water and mix to make a paste. You apply this to your face using circular motions, massaging gently before rinsing off. Although the use of a powder format for an exfoliator is not new (a few other brands have launched similar products), this rice-based enzyme powder also contains a brightening complex. And yet, it’s really gentle enough to use every day. Usually, beauties recommend exfoliating two to three times a week because anything more can be more harmful than good, but because of its mild formulation and use of ingredients like rice bran, it can be used every day. It also contains grapefruit extract (for the brightening) and even a little salicylic acid (my ultimate favourite ingredient) for its anti-bacterial properties.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, Dermalogica is a brand that really invests a lot of research into its product development. It’s why the product is only sold through spas and salons and often at a higher price point than you’d expect. When you look at paying R600 for a cleanser, you may wonder what on earth went into the product that makes it so expensive but, and you really need to pay attention here, these products LAST. See, I even used caps for that. A lot of brands positioned at this level say their products last but I’ve had a bottle of Microfoliant that I use almost daily for over a year now. And my Precleanse would probably have lasted just as long if I hadn’t gotten so excited and made half my friends and family try it when they came round…
My final favourite product is the Overnight Repair Serum. I was lucky enough to attend the launch of this new addition to the Dermalogica family a few years back. It was one of the first skin care products to include argan oil in its formulation (now found in everything from skin care to shampoo). It also contains palmitoyl tripeptide-38, one of the new generations of tripeptides that stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis, both crucial in treating the signs of ageing. It stimulates both collagen I and collagen IV (yes, collagen has types) which have been identified as critical in improving the strength of the dermal-epidermal junction (DEJ) proteins. In case that went over your head, it basically allows your body to produce the things it needs to keep the skin strong and supple. Oh, and it contains a combination of other essential oils to treat the skin, all of which smell amazing. (One of the key oils is jasmine oil and if you know me at all, you’ll know how much I love jasmine). All you need are a couple of drops either added directly to your skin or even mixed in with your night cream.
With a bunch of new launches scheduled for this year and a couple of things in the pipeline, I can’t wait to see what else this company brings to the table so keep an eye out for further posts. I also plan on getting some of the male grooming products tried and tested by my male counter part, The Metro Man. So we’ll see what he thinks of the brand too.
Dermalogica products are available from selected spas and salons. Precleanse is R450 for 150ml, the Daily Microfoliant is R720 for 75g (powder format, remember) and the Overnight Repair Serum is R720 for 15ml.