From experience, the most high end facialists in the country all use Dermalogica products while working their magic on their clients’ skin. From Beverly Hills to San Fran to New York City, every esthetician worth mentioning employs a cadre of Dermalogica products-from cleansers to aromatherapy to eye cream in his/her custom facials. There has to be a reason behind this business decision that allows these professionals to charge in excess of $200 a treatment. It must simply be that Dermalogica produces the best results. While us commoners may scrimp on Groupon.com to find a basement bargain in the beauty service industry, it is doubtful that the Kardashian sisters share the same budgetary constraints. Fortunately for us, one need not possess the kind of disposable income that allows one to patronize the most sought after facialists in order to take full advantage of the range of products Dermalogica offers. Thanks to modern technology these mid-priced items are only a mouse click away.
Dermalogica firmly believes that skin care is not just a pampering or glamorous part of our everyday routine, but is essential to maintaining the skin’s natural beauty and overall health. Moreover, Dermalogica sets themselves aside from their competitors by taking risks with changes and new innovations. In 1986, Jane Wurwand, founder of Dermalogica, astonished the skin care trade by launching a product line that refused to use the common ingredients that were researched and proven to cause numerous skin issues. Ingredients such as artificial colors, synthetic fragrance, S.D alcohol, lanolin and mineral oil, although commonly used in skin care products because of their low cost, were left out of all Dermalogica products. Such displays of ethics are rare indeed.
Some celebrity favorites that have earned as much press as their famous patrons include:
Dermal Clay Cleanser-$33
The Dermal Clay Cleanser is a skin-perfecting formula that provides deep-cleansing to oily, congested skin. Water-soluble Kaolin and Green clays combine with purifying extracts to remove excess oils and refine the skin’s texture. Anti-inflammatory cucumber and healing sage soothe irritation, while refreshing menthol revitalizes even the most tired skin.
Recommended Use: Pump a small amount of cleanser into the palm of the hand. Apply to dampened face and throat and massage with damp fingertips in light, upward strokes. Concentrate on any areas of oily congestion and impurities. Rinse off with warm water and repeat for professional cleansing results.
MultiVitamin Power Firm -$52
From the AGE Smart line, Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Firm banishes lines around the eyes and mouth while firming and softening. Further, this powerful formula contains vitamins A, C and E to increase elasticity while neutralizing free radicals. Red seaweed extract firms the skin, smoothing away fine lines for a more youthful appearance. Organic silicones prevent moisture loss and strengthen skin while green tea leaf extract provides exceptional antioxidant protection. Developed for use around the eyes and mouth, this gentle formula restores a youthful tone and texture, and leaves skin soft and comfortable.
Recommended Use: Smooth around eyes and mouth, concentrating on areas of visible aging.
Sheer Moisture SPF 15 -$35.70
The Dermalogica Sheer Moisture SPF 15 possesses all of the benefits of Sheer Moisture SPF 15, plus natural Iron Oxide to provide a sheer wash of color. Moreover this lightweight, oil-free cream is formulated to provide the ideal combination of moisture to combat dehydration, antioxidants to protect against free radical damage, and UV protection. Natural Zinc Oxide minerals protect against sunlight and make skin radiant, while extracts from Olives and Walnut Seed provide antioxidant protection and improve skin texture.
Recommended Use: Squeeze a small amount onto fingertips, apply over entire face and neck if desired.
While some A-listers spend more on one skin care treatment than we do on our rent and car payment combined, we at least have access to the products that result in their magazine grade looks. The Dermalogica line is available at: www.amazon.com, www.dermstore,com, and www.dermaskincare.com.