Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dermalogica Review Part 1

I've been an avid user of Dermalogica products since 4 years ago.Only recently that I change to other brand.I used to live in Australia, so I bought all my products through online website called because their price are cheaper and postage is free all around Australia.I had pretty bad experience with Dermalogica sale's assistant in Malaysia. Recently I purchased Dermalogica Mini Size set for my mother because she love their Special Cleansing Gel. The sale's assistant followed me around so closely everywhere in the shop and she was also very persuasive.After I made my purchase, I asked them for a sample of Dermalogica Thermafoliant which I've been dying to try. She asked the other lady (probably her superior) whether they should gave me the sample for free or I should pay for it. What??? I ended up paying RM1 for 2 sample of Dermalogica Thermafoliant. So kedekut!!!Dermalogica is one of those brand that are not easy to find.I only saw their product being sold at branch called Aster Springs and Leonard Drake in Malaysia. Its not a very famous brand in Malaysia but in my opinion is probably one of the best brand I've ever came across.

My love with Dermalogica begin with my visit for a facial in QV Victoria at pharmacy near Lonsdale St. I had terrible breakout from using Shiseido. I actually can see an instant result from the facial.I tried their acne-prone set and I instanly fall in love with Dermalogica and this line has help to 'normalised' my skin and really keep my acne at bay.

Dermalogica products that I love:

1. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

A soap-free, translucent gel that foams easily and suitable for all skin types.No drying or tight feeling on the skin post-wash.One of the best I've used so far.It cleans make-up very well too. Lasts a long time. Probably around 6 months for 25oml bottle.Packaging is very hygiencic and easy to use.

2. Dermalogica Pre-cleanse

An oil that I used on dry skin using dry hands and spread it all over the face. Put a little bit of water to make the make-up emulsify.Rub a little bit more on area where you used a lot of makeup. It just sucks up all the oil and dirt on your face. Be careful with area around the eye as this can sting like crazy if it gets into the eye. Effective even with water-proof makeup. It has a very nice aromatherapy scent that smell relaxing.At first its hard to imagine using an oil on your face to clean your makeup.I was afraid too that this will cause more breakout. But it make sense, because oil has hydrophobic (water hating, fat loving) properties and it will attract oil on your skin. When I first used Mac Studio Fix fluid, I have lots of breakout. And I blame Mac for this but the reason that I'm having breakout after using foundation is because I didn't use any oil based pre-cleanser to properly clean my skin. And surely, after I used this with my cleanser, I have no breakout from Mac again. Dermalogica recommends using pre-cleanse with the cleanser as an effective double cleansing.150 ml bottle last me over one and a half year.

3. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant


This is once or twice a week mask and suitable for all skin type except for sensitive skin. A bit drying on people with dry or mature skin. It has thick, yellowish consistency.This is a chemical exfoliant that is so gentle to removes dead skin cells. Th

is works better on dry skin that has been properly washed. It contains both AHA and BHA from natural fruit enzymes to detach the outer layer of skin (stratum corneum) and stimulate cell renewal. It can sting a little if you're not used to AHA/BHA based products but it dissipate quickly. Its recommended that you follow this with moisturing mask such as Intensive Moisture Mask of Skin Hydrating Mask or any cloth mask. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and you can see that a little bit of your skin exfoliate.Probably the best chemical exfoliant I've tried. You need to use sunscreen at least spf 15 if you use this product as this product can make your skin more senstive to sun exposure.I usually use this at night and only a thin layer of this mask is needed and this last a long time too.

4. Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub

This is a skin-polishing physical exfoliant that you used about 3-4 times a week. It has thick consistency and colour like Gentle Cream Exfoliant. It has finely-granulated Corn Cob Meal that gently removes outer layer of your skin. I preferred this than their Daily Microfoliant. I usually mixed this with Special Cleansing Gel. It gives your skin a healthy and more polished look.

5. Dermalogica Medi Bac Clearing Skin Wash

I used this when I had terrible breakout and this helps a lot. It has salicylic acid that sloughs off dead skin cells to clear congested follicles, helping to prevent future breakout.It also has naturally-antiseptic extracts to calm congested, aggravated skin. But I didn't use this for long because this helps to control oil on my face and it sort of make my skin normal again. Using this for long cause a bit of drying on my skin.



  1. Omg, what a coincidence! I've been using shiseido as well before i got that terrible breakout. And then i switched to neostrata, cetaphil and currently i'm using kiehls.

    Now i'm thinking into switching to dermalogica. I live in australia as well :)

  2. Special Cleansing Gel is gentle, non-irritating, non-drying, and you get a lot for the price. A little goes a long way. I use this with a muslin cloth, and my skin is perfect. I like to try new skincare products all the time, but this is one I've been sticking with indefinitely.

  3. Totally agreed! Dermalogica is the best facial products I've ever used. I just want to share with you that I get my Dermalogica facial products from They offer the best price in town.

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