Hi there! I have promised to do a product review on my skincare routine so I will start with the Dermalogica Ultra-calming range! Let me begin with an introduction to Dermalogica’s history behind it.. taken from the Dermalogica USA site..
- While the Dermalogica story begins in 1986, the force of change in the industry started in Los Angeles, circa 1983. Jane Wurwand, a tenured, United Kingdom-trained skin therapist new to the American “esthetician” industry, recognized that continuing skin and body therapy education was practically non-existent in the United States.
- Jane put her education in action, opening a small classroom in Marina del Rey, California under the name The International Dermal Institute (IDI). She invited licensed skin therapists to get hands-on with the postgraduate training so critical to making them competitive in the business. Today, IDI is considered the international gold-standard for postgraduate skin and body therapy training with over 40 locations worldwide.
- While teaching at IDI, it didn’t take long for Jane to realize no product line embraced her belief of skin health as opposed to “beauty,” so she developed her own. And in 1986, Dermalogica was born. The vision was clear – a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances) that would improve skin health, and were only available from qualified skin therapy professionals trained at The International Dermal Institute.
So that was the history behind the famous brand… so lets go straight to the product, shall we?
This is the set that I have been using for the last three months, introduced by an esthetician in Dermalogica salon in East Coast Mall. It consist of the following:-
- UltraCalming Cleanser – 50ml
- UltraCalming Mist – 50ml
- UltraCalming Relief Masque – 15ml
- Barrier Repair – 10ml
- UltraCalming Serum Concentrate – 10ml
Firstly, I will use the UltraCalming Cleanser, it looks like a milky white cream, and when you spread and massage across your face, it is like applying cream on your face that also cleanses! It doesn’t foam up, thus when you rinse your face with water, it doesn’t have the drying effect. Perfect for my skin because I have a dry surface and oily on the insides.
After drying my face with a towel, I will spray on the UltraCalming Mist, just 4 pumps will do. It is a very soothing sort of toner that moisturises your face, while preparing for the next step. In the morning, I will use the Barrier Repair as it helps to “fortify sensitized skin and damaged skin barrier”. As you can see, it is colourless and when applied on skin, it feels velvety smooth, well, abit silicone feel to it. It is actually a moisturiser as well, but I felt it is not sufficient for my dry surface skin. So I will add on a moisturiser, Skin Smoothing Cream. The moisturiser smells heavenly though it says no fragrance!
At night, I will repeat the steps for cleanser and mist but I will replace Barrier Repair with the UltraCalming Serum Concentrate. It is a super-concentrated serum that helps calm, restore and defend sensitized skin, which contains Oats extract (very good for sensitive skin). For me, this is quite oily, so I can’t use moisturiser together with the serum.
Lastly, twice a week especially after facials, I will use the UltraCalming Relief Masque to calm and soothe my irritated skin after extraction. A very light-weight masque, it helps to reduce the redness and relieve the itch that I feel.
One set of this can last me for a good two months (except the cleanser, it finished after the first month!). According to the esthetician, my face has been less sensitive already, especially after extraction, I normally turn red and looked bloated! Thus I will continue using this set until my face have improved to normal skin. I can’t really remember how much I paid for this set in the salon but it should be around RM170 (all Dermalogica salons offer 5% discount, don’t forget to ask for it!). Since then, I have found genuine and cheaper Dermalogica products online, and currently I’m buying from this site called MizSpa and it costs around RM130 only! Unfortunately they don’t have a great range of products, unlike Strawberrynet, so I sometimes do browse on Strawberrynet as well. Anyways, for anyone who have sensitive skin (goes red under the sun, while playing sports or even just laughing) should try this set. 🙂 Let me know your reviews on it too!