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The Simple Guide to Dermalogica Skincare

When Dermalogica meets skin, skin health is redefined. Dermalogica is the number one choice of skincare professionals and consumers worldwide. Why? Because for over 30 years, they’ve been dedicated to delivering skin health results through education, innovation, and professional recommendation, not through sparkly packaging, promises of miracle cures, or overblown hype.

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Which Dermalogica products should I use?

First it’s important to determine which type of skin you have. “First, there's skin type and there’s skin condition. Your type is what you're naturally born with, such as oily or dry skin. Your condition, however, is something that can cause you to experience other problems like acne and irritation. It can happen to anyone, temporarily or longer, and in some instances, a skin condition can stay for good....” Victoria Schofield, Education Executive for Dermalogica. Give our blog on skin types a read here:

How To Determine Your Skin Type (Without Paying to See a Beauty Therapist)

"Face Mapping, Dermalogica’s unique skin analysis tool, that provides an insight into your skin’s past and present, and allows the subsequent prescription of a Skin Fitness Plan that includes personalised home care recommendations and advice for a healthy skin future. Face Mapping is only available from a Dermalogica skin care professional at one of our Concept Spaces, or at an authorised salon or spa. The service is often complimentary and takes around 5-10 minutes. We recommend having Face Mapping at the change of season or as and when you notice skin changes." Victoria explains.

Face mapping also includes a list of lifestyle questions to help the therapist determine the best skin care for your unique skin. The results may mean you need to focus on different treatments for different areas of your face. Your Dermalogica analysis will be able to advise you on the right products for your unique skin makeup, rather than one of four generic skin types.

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Dermalogica for Normal to Combination Skin

Most of us have a combination of skin concerns, often all going on at the same time. This is because your skin is a living organ. It’s constantly battling weather, external and internal stress, hormones, trying to stay hydrated and well-oiled but not too oily, whilst regenerating and trying to keep an even tone and fight breakouts… when you think of it like that, no wonder your skin has a combination of issues! Choose a cleanser suitable to your skin type and use targeted treatments tailored to the condition of your skin. Read the blog on everything you need to know about combination skin here.

Victoria recommends:

Cleanser: Precleanse & Special Cleansing Gel

Exfoliator: Daily Microfoliant

Toner: Multi-Active Toner

Moisturiser: Skin Smoothing Cream, Solar Defence Booster SPF50

Night Cream: Sound Sleep Cocoon, Targeted Treatment: Skin Hydrating Booster

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Dermalogica for Breakout Prone Skin

Do you suffer from breakouts or have acne prone skin? Would you like to have a clear complexion? When it comes to treating breakouts and acne prone skin, knowledge is power! Understanding the what’s, why’s, how’s and which’s of treating acne and breakout skin is how you will get a whole lot closer to clearing your skin of those issues. Everyone gets spots - even that friend of yours who always seems to have ‘perfect’ skin. Why? Because everyone has sebaceous glands that can get clogged up. It doesn’t matter what your skin type, every skin has the ability to overproduce oil - which is what leads to the clogging of pores, making the ideal condition for bacteria to grow and break out into spots. This can be more obvious at certain ages - so when someone is in their late teens and puberty hits, sex hormones surge and this can cause oil production to increase which can lead to breakouts. The same goes for women who are pregnant and menopausal. Some of us also have naturally oily skin, making us more prone to breakouts.. So no-one is totally immune to spots. Check out our blog on using gentle cleansers for breakouts here.

Victoria recommends:

Cleanser: Precleanse, Clearing Skin Wash

Exfoliator: Gentle Cream Exfoliant

Toner: Multi-Active Toner

Moisturiser: Oil Free Matte SPF30, Active Moist (PM)

Targeted Treatments: Age Bright Clearing Serum, Age Bright Spot Fader, Overnight Clearing Gel, Sebum Clearing Masque

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Dermalogica for Oily Skin

Whether it’s an oily t-zone or oily skin all over the face, you need to choose skincare with the right active ingredients for your skin. What is oily skin? The outer layer of your skin is protected by a lipid barrier - this is made up of lipids from sebum, made by the sebaceous glands, which hold together dead skin cells. This lipid barrier stops populations and irritants getting in, and also water and good stuff getting out. Skin oil is a part of the natural order then - it’s all about the amount of oil. So when you have oily skin concerns it is because your sebaceous glands are producing too much sebum (oil) which then sits on the surface of the skin and also clogs up pores, capturing dead skin cells, dirt and pollutants with it. This can lead to bacteria getting stuck too, leading to acne and breakouts. Oily skin is a common skin type, treated by regulating oil production and getting rid of excess oil. While you can use blotting papers, this won’t actually tackle the underlying problem. Oily skin needs ingredients that: - Regulate oil production - Cleanse the skin of excess oil, deep into the pores - Deal with breakouts - Address sensitivity from breakouts and inflammation - Moisturise the skin and replace water lost Products with Aloe Vera are known to be helpful for those with oily skin. Read the blog here.

Victoria recommends:

Cleanser: Precleanse, Dermal Clay Cleanser

Exfoliator: Skin Prep Scrub,

Toner: Multi-Active Toner,

Moisturiser: Active Moist, Oil Free Matte SPF30,

Night Cream: Sound Sleep Cocoon

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Dermalogica for Dry skin

Dry skin is when your skin lacks oil. Your sebaceous glands produce oil (lipids) that sit on top of the skin holding together a barrier of dead skin cells to protect the skin underneath. When your sebaceous glands don’t produce enough oil, this means that barrier starts to break down, without the lipids which act like a glue between the cells. Once the barrier is impaired, pollutants and irritants can easily get the layers of skin underneath causing sensitivity and redness. This is why dry skin leads to sensitivity, redness and dry flaky patches where the dead cells shed.

Dehydrated skin is where your skin lacks water. This can be a result of dry skin areas - when the lipid barrier is impaired, it not only means bad stuff can get in but that water can seep out. This a process called transepidermal water loss. The result is that the deeper layers of skin are left dehydrated. Dehydrated skin can be confused with ageing skin. That’s because it often results in fine lines and wrinkles, or in ageing skin, deepening lines. Think about what happens when you leave a grape in the sun. It shrivels as the water is evaporated. It becomes a raisin eventually. Now the result may not be as obvious in your skin (thankfully!) but your skin may start to have silvery fine lines, a rough texture and start to look dull and hollow. This is because as you lose moisture, you also lose plumpness and skin health. Give our blog a read on combatting dry and dehydrated skin here:

Victoria recommends:

Cleanser: Precleanse Balm, Intensive Moisture Cleanser

Exfoliator: Daily Microfoliant

Toner: Multi-Active Toner

Moisturiser: Intensive Moisture Balance (AM), Super Rich Repair (PM)

Targeted Treatment: Phyto Replenish Oil

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Dermalogica for Mature Skin

Skincare products specially formulated for ageing skin are increasingly popular. Why is this? As your skin ages the skin’s structure changes and this can cause changes to how your skin looks. So how can you best take care of your ageing skin? As we age, our skin changes naturally. We embrace those natural skin changes. But we also want to keep our skin healthy at every age. Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process, as we enter our 40s and 50s. But deepening lines and wrinkles, dullness, dryness, age spots and signs of premature ageing don’t have to be! They are actually often signs that your skin’s structure is becoming less compact and needs some extra help. Find out here how free radical effect your skin:

Victoria recommends:

Cleanser: Precleanse Balm, Skin Resurfacing Cleanser

Exfoliator: Daily Superfoliant

Toner: Antioxidant Hydra Mist

Moisturiser: Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, Intensive Moisture Balance (PM)

Targeted Treatments: BioLumin-C Serum (AM), Overnight Retinol Repair or Overnight Repair Serum (PM), Phyto-Nature Firming Serum (AM & PM)