Sensitive skin is a nightmare for many women I know. Flare-ups, itching, redness and a lot of discomfort.
A few weeks back I was invited to the launch of Dermalogica’s new products. Two new additions to their already existing Ultra Calming range. We were seated for a presentation which included clips and advice from the founder of Dermalogica, Jane Wurwand, before being introduced to the new items in the range. The main lesson I learnt, is that any skin type can be prone to sensitivity. Looking back on my own experience, I myself, have struggled with skin sensitivity for years. Before pregnancy (5 plus years), I had drought-ridden, parched dry skin that would suck up whatever product I applied to it and then still look like it needed more. My skin was fragile and not fun to deal with.
Fast forward post-pregnancy, having to deal with acne and horrible breakouts. Being on Roaccutane, where my skin was delicate and sensitive to touch. Now having oily/combo skin with occasional flare-ups and trying to find products that work without any hassles. Being a beauty blogger means that I constantly try new products, both makeup and skincare, and the possibility of having a reaction to them is much higher with sensitive skin. So when I saw these two new products, I was excited to try them out. It’s been over a month of using them so I’m pretty sure what they can do.
Before we get started, I want to show you a cool new, personalised tool that Dermalogica has launched. Head over to skinsensitivityrisk.com and enter your location for insights on what might cause the sensitivity as well as recommendations from the experts. Also, if you didn’t already know, Dermalogica offers a free service called face mapping skin analysis which divides the face into 14 zones to determine which conditions are present. These include congestion, dehydration and hyperpigmentation to name a few. It’s the perfect way to determine what you should be using on your skin since most conditions are not always visible with the naked eye.
Now on to the two new products I have to show you today.
Dermalogica Calm Water Gel – R890 (50ml)
This is hands down one of the most moisturising products I have ever come across. Aimed at those with drier skin, my oily, dehydrated skin has been loving it as well. It is oil-free and feels weightless on the skin with a subtle scent of lavender. When applied, the dual hyaluronic acid technology quenches the skin and penetrates multiple layers. The mix of ingredients lock in moisture and decrease water loss in the skin by 38.9%.
The Calm Water Gel has a soft, buttery smooth texture that leaves no greasy feeling behind. I use less than a pea sized amount that sufficiently covers my entire face. I’ve suffered from dehydrated skin and notice it mostly by the flakes on my cheeks and forehead when wearing makeup. Since using the Calm Water Gel, my skin has no flakes or patches whatsoever and the oil production on my t-zone has seemed to lessen as well.
Being a Muslim, we have to pray 5 times a day and that means washing my face around 5 times a day in preparation for this. I have a dedicated morning and evening skincare routine but the rest of the times I just use the Calm Water Gel on its own and it is adequate to keep my skin happy with nothing more.
Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster – R1220 (30ml)
I have not exactly been a fan of facial oils as part of my skincare routine. I had a really horrible experience this time, a really good experience this time, and haven’t really experienced much other than that. So I was skeptical to try out the new Barrier Defense Booster which is a concentrated oil blend. It contains soothing Oat Oil, Squalane to lock in moisture and Tetrahydrocucurminoids (a derivative of Turmeric) to reduce inflammation, stop skin-damaging enzymes in their tracks, and combat free radical damage. My experience with this product was at first the opposite of calming so let me tell you about it.
I began using the Barrier Defense Booster a day after returning from the launch. As part of my morning routine, I applied it before the Calm Water Gel. I didn’t wear any makeup as I thought my skin would be greasy. Surprisingly, my skin looked normal with no extra shine. I used it for 4 days before I started breaking out on my forehead and sideburns. Uncertaincy dawned about whether it was the oil or not, so I stopped using it on my face. I saw it helps with razor burn, mosquito bites and sunburn, so I used it after shaving and it stopped any itching and irritation.
I waited until my skin cleared up (about a week and a half) and then attempted to use it again on my face. Over the next few days, I started breaking out again. I then decided to pop into a Dermalogica store and chatted to one of the consultants there. She advised that I had a lot of underlying skin congestion and that the oils might be bringing it to the surface. I decided to continue to use it and the breakouts eventually stopped. I now use the Barrier Defense Oil every alternate night (when I don’t use retinol) and my skin has cleared up quite a bit. So far I’m happy with the results and will continue to use it. The bottle is quite small but I use a few drops for my entire face. You depress the base of the tube for the oil to come out of the top. As much as I have already used it, it still feels quite full.
Even though I had a few hiccups, I am definitely now enjoying using both these products in my skincare routine. My skin looks more plump and hydrated with no signs of dryness or dehydration. Most facial oils I’ve used are usually the last step in the routine but using this oil mixed in with my moisturiser seems to work much better for me. The Barrier Defense Booster reinforces the skin’s barrier against heat and pollution and since I work in the CBD, I need all the help I can get. Plus with both products, since I only use a little bit, it should last a really long time. Dermalogica are investment products but they’re concentrated so they work much better than cheaper drugstore counterparts.I mean you can see the huge difference it makes immediately on my dry skin.
Where to Buy
Dermalogica has an online store that delivers nationwide and concept stores at selected malls. They are also sold at many salons across the country. I highly suggest popping in first for a skin mapping session to determine which products are best suited for your skin type and concerns. Dermalogica is also available internationally and you can shop their products here.
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