Thursday, March 29, 2018

My Dermalogica skincare routine!

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As you might have realised by now, I love switching up my skincare regime to keep things interesting, both for my face and for the blog.  Sometimes that can cause things to go pear shaped in the skinular department, but most times, it's grand.  With a brand like Dermalogica though, I called in the big guns to help me figure out what products to test out, because when you're talking about products with active ingredients, a consultation with an expert therapist is a good place to start and I wanted to only try out products that were targeted to my skin and what I wanted to fix on my skin.  I met with Margaret from Nu Essence who I met millions of years ago when I first started the blog and if it's possible, she knows even more about skincare than she did then and looks even younger, which made me very excited to get stuck in.

We did a detailed Face Map where Margaret went through my skin concerns and recommended products suited to tackle 'em.  Now, it's fierce high tech these days and they email you the list of products to use along with when to use them and how often.  See?  And see that photo of me?  That was taken by me on the tablet and I couldn't figure out which end had the camera and I kept turning it off.  Yes.  That's supposed to be a photo of my face for the before shot...




I've had to refer to this a few times over the last month while getting to grips with it all but this is what I've been using!  I know... This kind of routine is a proper commitment and I've loved getting to grips with everything.  For the record, I'm 41, my skin is in decent shape and I've an oily t-zone.  I want brighter, firmer, healthier skin.  These products mightn't be what your skin needs, but I'll run through them anyway and if you're unsure as to what products you should try, your best bet is to meet with a therapist who can go through the products for your own skin type.



I've been using two cleansers.  Notions or what?  But both do different things, so hear me out.  The Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser is an exfoliating cleanser containing lactic acid which helps slough off dead skin cells, leaving you with smooth, resurfaced skin.  I use this three times a week at night and after every use, I can't get over how smooth my skin feels.  I love it!

I use the Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution in the morning as it both cleanses and conditions my skin before the war paint goes on.  I like a more gentle cleanser in the morning but also want something slightly rich so that my skin isn't stripped before my day has begun.  Ain't nobody got time for that.


The Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery with SPF50 is one of my favourite moisturisers containing sun protection that I've ever tried.  I've tried some in the past that haven't quite hit the moisture mark for me, but this gives hydration that lasts all day and sinks into my skin quickly too.  And SPF50?  Thanks very much altogether.  If you're someone who tends to forget to wear an SPF daily, then something like this is most definitely worth checking out and investing in.

Now if you're happy out with your current moisturiser, but want something that gives your skin a bit of a glow, that will smooth fine lines, will help keep your makeup in place all day and has SPF30 to boot, look no further than the Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer SPF30.  This feels so lightweight on my skin and does a great job at evening out my blotchy complexion!


Before I hit the sack in the evenings, I've been using the Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil.  Ooh I love me some oils, especially at night and when used either on its own or mixed in with moisturiser, it helps to reinforce the skin's protective barrier.  I find that applying the oil on its own directly to my skin is a bit too much for every night, so twice a week I do that.  The rest of the time I mix a couple of drops into my moisturiser and that does the job perfectly.

You'll know I'm partial to a facial mist and the Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist is gorgeous.  It can be used under and over makeup, helping to repair any UV damage you might have, but shouldn't have if you've been using your SPF am I right!  I love how fine the mist is because there's nothing worse than getting ready for a soft mist of hydration and preparing yourself for that moment, only for a bottle to spit at you!  This is beautiful and I'm going to keep it in my fridge in the summer for days where I want a nice cool treat for my face.


I think I horrified poor Margaret when I told her I don't use eye cream regularly.... I know... But I've been using the Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm day and night and my fine lines and wrinkles don't know what to be doing with themselves!  The cream itself has a light silicon feel which helps almost fill in the fine lines and it has vitamins A, C and E helps speed up the skin's natural repair process and strengthens elasticity.  I need all of the strengthening because I spend loads of time laughing and I'm not planning on stopping anytime soon.

Finally we have the Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque.  Margaret recommended I use it three times weekly and that's what I've been doing.  I'd love to be that organised to use a mask in the morning, but no, that's never going to happen.  So in the evenings after I've cleansed, I apply a layer of this and have a scroll through Instagram as I let it do its work.  The ingredients help repair the skin's barrier while promoting healthy tissue regeneration and once I rinse it off, my skin feels plump and ready for my oil and moisturiser.  Happy days!

And that's what I've been doing to my skin for the last five weeks!  I've loved starting a whole new regime and am going to continue with everything because my skin is looking and feeling fabulous and that's only a few weeks into it.  I want even better results!

Have you tried any Dermalogica products?  What's your favourite one?
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