Dermalogica skin care Review

Last year I was fortunate enough to enough to get a comped ticket to Shecky’s Girls Night Out Beauty night here in New York. (For those that haven’t heard of the GNO’s, they are held in city’s around the country and feature a variety of vendors and free booze. But what they are really famous for is their goody bags, full of free sample and full sized products). Anywho, I got the chance to hang out at the Dermalogica booth there and I was asked if I’d Like a quick Speed Mapping skin analysis. After a quick chat and a feel of my skin, the skin expert there gave me a list of products that would be best for me. Between my goody bag and a sample pack from the booth, I really got to dive into these products.
I’ve gotta say that I fell in love with these products. And while pricey, Dermalogica seems to be serious skincare. They are free of dyes and fake fragrance crap which is a plus, Although they are not free of sulfates and some parabens. I’m getting up in age and I’ve gotta protect this face!(and neck). The products you need depend on the results of your personalized Speed Mapping skin analysis so visit to get So here’s what I think…
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
This stuff feels like no facial wash I’ve ever experienced. Really. It’s a fragrance and dye free gentle gel cleanser that just gliiides on your skin. The best part about it is you only need a pea sized amount to cleanse. They do recommend that you wash with it twice, which may seem like bull, but it’s so gentle that a second pass is good thing to do. Especially at night when the day’s gunk is on your face. I have to say, I will be hard pressed to find another cleanser that matches up to this. While still pricey, this stuff goes a looong way.
Skin Smoothing Cream
I was really looking for a great moisturizer when I found this. My skin can sometimes be oily, but I can also have a dry layer on top which makes my skin a little schizo. This moisturizer is quite hydrating without being heavy. I fine line for my skins needs. It also has the moisture benefits of hyaluronic acid (as does many of Dermalogica’s products. It does not, however, contain spf (womp womp), so you’ll have to find a seperate cream to do that. Overall, I like this moisturizer, and may buy it again, but the price point of $58 for 3.4 oz, I have to think hard about it.
Gentle Cream Exfoliant
While getting my skin mapped and analyzed and stuff, the skin expert informed me that while I needed exfoliation, I didn’t need a “scrub” since my skin wasn’t particularly thick. Here’s where their Gentle Cream Exfoliant. This cream uses hydroxy, lactic, and salicylic acids to gently get dull skin and pore cloggers out of the picture. I do notice that after use, my skin is better able to take in moisture. I’d get this again.
Multi Active Toner
My last piece in the puzzle is the Dermalogica Multi Active Toner. Although this has the word “toner” in it, get the thought of rubbing a cotton ball on your face out of your mind. After cleansing and before moisturizing, you spray this on your skin to infuse extra moisture and give the skin smoothing cream (or whatever you use) help sinking in. You can also use this at any time during the day to refresh your make up (I’ve yet to do this) or anytime your skin’s feeling parched. While I like it, I’m experimenting with a similar product from Earth Science (To be reviewed later) that might do the job for a much cheaper price.

In the end, I really do enjoy this brand and feel like I’ve upped my regimen majorly. I hope to get a skin treatment from their spa here in New York, but I’ll see if I can afford the prices in the long run. If you’ve used the Dermalogica line, let me know what you think!

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