Dermalogica is one of those low profile beauty brands that both intrigues and perplexes me. While you see their products dotted all over the best of beauty lists, they can be elusive to find and frankly I know little to nothing about them. What I did know is that those who love them are life long devoted fans so when I was invited to experience one of their personalized skincare treatments*, I waltzed into their office bare faced and ready to learn.
THIS IS NOT A FACIAL, IT IS A SKINCARE TREATMENT.
I think it’s important to start off by reiterating that at Dermalogica, you get skin treatments, not facials. The defining point being that facials has a somewhat frivolous undertone while skin treatments are for the health and well being of your skin. This idea of treating your skin so you can have the best skin of your life is the foundation behind The International Dermal Institute, the company that has produced Dermalogica products for over 25 years. In 1986, Jane Wurwand founded not only the institute but also began to promote the idea about skin health through research, innovation and later professional products. I was also surprised to learn that to this day, Dermalogica is a privately owned company something rare for a brand that has permeated the beauty market world wide in over 80 countries.
The Dermal Institutes Vancouver office is mainly an education center which offers Dermalogica workshops for those in the industry looking to step up their knowledge. But since there were no classes that day, the office was quite and calm as I sat sipping tea from my owl mug and filling out the most extensive skin questionnaire I have ever done and for good reason.
When I met with my skin therapist Cory (who also happens to be a brand educator), he explained that each skin treatment session is tailored to the current situation of my skin. This may change from month to month depending on diet, stress as well as internal and external issues that can reflect on the appearance of the skin.
Knowing a little bit more about my skin, Cory then performed a Face Mapping Skin Analysis
which by the way included some serious looking headgear with a magnifier. This was developed by Dermalogica to separate the face into various zones that can be examined in detail in order to identify the current state of my skin.
Cory chose the Active Resurface 35 Treatment for me which focuses on exfoliating the skin and rehydrating the skin which will help with cell turnover and fading spots (he found a few tiny dark spots my cheek!). The treatment is customizable to each person’s skin condition and it’s done with a cocktail of different products which is meant to work synergetically for best results. Don’t be alarmed by the amount of products you’re about to see below, he often mixed multiple products to be applied in one go and certain products were only applied in a small area.
- Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover
- Essential Cleansing Solution
- Skin Resurfacing Cleanser
- MultiVitamin Thermafoliant
- UltraCalming Complex
- MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque
- UltraCalming Mist
- UltraCalming Serum Concentrate
- MultiVitamin Power Firm
- PowerBright TRx C-12 Pure Bright Serum
- Ultracalming Ultra Sensitive Tint
- MediBac Clearing Mattifier
- Skin Perfect Primer
Visit Dermalogica’s website to find out more about any of these products.
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This is my face just 10 minutes after my treatment; smooth, soft and not a single trace of redness. Can you believe I just had the equivalent of a peel but there’s no sensitivity or any kind of inflammation? Frankly I was blown away by this alone. Cory put my skin through a multi-step deep cleansing, a thorough exfoliation, then hydrated my skin with calming masks, treated my skin with vitamin loaded and brightening serums then sealed it all in with SPF and a face primer.
What I really loved about the whole experience (those than stroking my face non stop for the next 3 days) was the fact that Cory talked me through every single product, what made it work and how they worked in conjunction with other products in the Dermalogica range so that you can address more than one skin concern at a time in a power combo! Post treatment, he sat me down to talk in more detail about the key products used such as the exfoliants and serums. I walked out of the
office not only having just had a great skin treatment but more importantly, feeling more knowledgeable about my own skin and how to take it where I want it to go. Armed with a few Dermalogica products* to try out, you’ll definitely be hearing about them again in the following weeks.
Dermalogica fan or have been curious about their products?