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In my previous post here, I introduced you to two products from Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming range. I used these products for more than a month before receiving the Meet Dermalogica Kit. For the last two weeks, I’ve incorporated some of these products into my skincare routine just to test them out. Trust me you want to buy this kit. Read until the end to find out why.
Meet Dermalogica Kit
The Meet Dermalogica Kit contains four travel-sized bestsellers from the brand. It’s the perfect way to dip your toes into the water without spending too much. Especially if you’re unsure of which range you need to be using. The ‘grey’ range is suited for a number of skin types and is the perfect base to any skincare regime. They claim “with this complete regimen, you’ll quickly see for yourself why Dermalogica is the #1 choice of skin care professionals worldwide.” Let’s get on to what I thought about the products.
Special Cleansing Gel – R199 (50ml)
You know how obsessed I was with my last cleanser. So much so that I bought two bottles as backup when they were discontinued even though they were hella expensive. So imagine my dismay when I started using this cleanser and I now prefer it over the previous one. *FML*
I use the special cleansing gel twice a day, each time differently. In the morning, over the sink or in the shower, I dispense a pea-sized amount into my wet hands. Since the formula is soap-free (which means it doesn’t strip the skin) it only foams a little bit. I then rub it onto my face and neck before rinsing off. A night, however, I add a tiny bit of cleanser into a bowl with a few drops of water. I then take a fan brush (I use a Morphe G23) and swirl it around viciously to create a froth. I then apply the foam with the fan brush on my face and let it sit for about 30 seconds. I then use my hands to work it into the skin before rinsing it off. Sounds like a mission right?
To be honest, it does take me longer than before but my skin has been improving day by day. I recently went for a Gold Standard Microneedling facial with Dr Judey from Biomed Emporium which transformed my skin completely. I just feel using this cleanser has helped keep my skin clear of breakouts while it is healing. It contains calming balm mint and lavender extracts which soothe the skin, while natural quillaja saponaria gently foams away toxins and debris. This is something I would repurchase but I went for a skin mapping session at Dermalogica and the lady recommended I use the clearing skin wash for breakout-prone skin. This tiny bottle will last me a while so we’ll have to wait and see which one I purchase next.
Daily Microfoliant – R239 (13g)
For me, this is a perfect mix between a physical and chemical exfoliant. I try to stay away from harsh, granular exfoliators as they can cause damage and tearing on the skin. Chemical exfoliators are more suitable as they remove dead skin cells without any abrasion. The Daily Microfoliant is finely milled to a powder consistency so it’s safe for daily use (hence the name). However, I like to use it once or twice a week, just to smoothe and brighten the skin. I still use my other exfoliating products in between uses. Main ingredients are papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes to remove dead skin cells. A blend of green tea, ginkgo and colloidal oatmeal helps to calm and soothe the skin.
I mix it in the same fashion as the cleanser, in a bowl with a fan brush before applying it to my face. I usually leave this on for a bit longer, around 2-3 minutes before working it into the skin and washing it off. It says to use a half a teaspoon amount at a time but I find less than that still works up enough foam for my entire face and decolletage area.
Skin Smoothing Cream – R765 (50ml)
I noticed that Dermalogica does not have any travel-sized moisturisers listed so this and the normal/dry kit is the only way to try this product without purchasing the full size. It is described as a medium-weight moisturiser meant to balance combo/dry skin. It contains lecithin and aloe gel to nourish while extracts of mallow, cucumber and arnica soothe and hydrate the skin, helping to restore suppleness and tone. It also contains antioxidant grape seed extract plus vitamins C and E help shield skin from environmental assaults.
I used it a few times to try it out and while it does provide hydration, I prefer using the Calm Water Gel as it also helps with sensitivity. The formula of the Skin Smoothing Cream is very fluid and a little amount spreads easily over the entire face. It absorbs well into the skin and doesn’t leave any residue or greasy feeling behind. FYI – I just started trying out some new moisturisers so keep an eye out for that post early next week.
Multivitamin Power Firm – R899 (15ml)
This is the only product in the kit that is not a part of the ‘grey’ range. The Multivitamin Power Firm is part of the Age Smart system which targets wrinkles and helps improves elasticity in the skin. The firming complex helps combat lines while vitamin A/retinol helps repair the skin naturally. Silicones shield vulnerable skin while seaweed extract helps firm and minimize the appearance of fine lines.
I used this around my eye area a couple of times but I just didn’t like it. While it does minimise the appearance of fine lines, it didn’t provide sufficient hydration. My undereyes are very dehydrated so I need something packed with loads more moisturising punch and this eye cream just wasn’t the one for me. I think this is better suited for mature skin types as a blur cream. It does, however, work great as an eye primer so I’ll still be using it over my regular eye cream when I bake with powder.
Price & Where to Buy
The Meet Dermalogica Kit retails for R699 for the set but for this month only, it’s been marked down to R349. Dermalogica products can be bought online, at selected salons and at their concept stores. You can now also earn Dermalogica rewards on purchases and treatments which entitles you to free treatments and products. I’ll have more on that soon.
R349 for four favourites from a leading skincare brand is well worth the investment. Considering that the travel-sized daily microfoliant is R239, it just shows how much extra you’re getting for next to nothing. I highly recommend you pick up this set because even if you don’t use certain products yourself, you can gift them to your mum, sister or gran if they would like to try it. Or you can keep them to see if they work for you during a different season or when the need arises. Trust me, I doubt this special will be repeated.
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