Allergic reactions, everyday stresses and stressors, pollution, diet, a lack of sleep - all these things can contribute to skin that doesn't look its best. Add to that sun exposure and changing weather conditions and it won't come as a surprise that many of us struggle with our skin. When I say "struggle" I don't necessarily mean acne or breakouts, but anything from an excess of oil to dry flaky skin to red and irritated skin. The two products that I'm talking about today are specially formulated to address red, irritated, and sensitive skin.
Dermalogica UltraCalming Duo*
Sensitivity means something different to each of us: to me it means angry, red, dry and flaky skin. I have to admit, I haven't had a flare-up in a long time, but my skin keeps on being too red for my liking and no matter what I do, it doesn't go away. This is where Dermalogica's new UltraCalming Duo comes in. No matter what your level of sensitivity, these products will soothe your skin by treating the irritation and dehydration that causes your sensitivity. Both products contain a blend of botanical extracts together with Dermalogica's innovative technology. These two products can be used on their own or layered to achieve maximum benefit.
Barrier Defense Booster
The Barrier Defense Booster can be seen as the first step. It's a concentrated oil booster that soothes and nourishes the skin to restore balance. I love the packaging: the grey part on the bottom is a "button" that you lightly press (when holding the bottle upside down) to release a drop of oil at a time. The product is eye-wateringly expensive, but this way you can at least control how much you dispense at a time. I've been using this for about a week and I'm really enjoying it. Is it better than my other oils? I don't know. Does it make my skin less red and less irritated? Yes. I don't know if it's the oil or the combination of products, but my skin is definitely looking more hydrated and less red. You can purchase this for R1,220 (30 ml bottle) at all Dermalogica stockists.
Calm Water Gel
The Calm Water Gel can be seen as the second step and is a water-gel moisturiser that hydrates dry and sensitive skin. The texture is that of a normal gel moisturiser (think of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost for instance), but as soon as it comes into contact with your skin, it changes into an almost water-like consistency. It is very cool and the result of this is that you need much less product to cover your entire face. I know, many times when bloggers/brands say "you only need a little bit" it is to rationalise the price, but in this case you REALLY only need a little bit. The spreadability is incredible and the texture is luxurious without being sticky or tacky. It sinks into the skin beautifully. Of the two products I have to say that this one is my favourite. Both products also have the distinct "herby" Dermalogica smell. You can buy this for R890 (50 ml bottle) at Dermalogica stockists.
I know these products are pricey, and I'm not saying you should rush out and buy them both, but if you have the money and you do struggle with redness and sensitivity, these products might just be what you've been looking for.
Until next time!