Dermalogica at home facials- choosing the right products for your skin

“When Dermalogica meets skin, skin health is redefined. Dermalogica is the number one choice of skin care professionals and consumers worldwide. Why? Because for over 30 years, we’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. Instead of teaching ‘beauty school’ to ‘beauticians’, we teach skin health to skin therapists, offering the most challenging and rewarding postgraduate skin and body therapy curriculum in the world.”


Before starting facials at school we had a training session at the Dermalogica headquarters here in Melbourne where we got a detailed introduction on all the professional and retail products Dermalogica has to offer. It was really important that we paid extra attention to this session, as there is no better way to learn about the products than trained Dermalogica professionals themselves.

To start the session, we learnt about the different skin types and skin conditions, and what the difference is between the 2.
A skin type is genetically determined, and measured by the amount of oil your skin produces. This can make the skin normal, combination, dry, oily, acne, or sensitive. An individual can manage their skin type, but it can not be changed.
A skin condition is the external condition of the skin that can be corrected by use of professional products to target that concern. It can also be influenced by internal factors such as hormones, stress, and lifestyle choices such as smoking and drug use. These conditions include dehydration, sensitivity, ageing, pigmentation, congestion and breakouts. After reading this, which skin type are you and what is your main skin concern?


When chosing a cleanser, you want something that’s going to help balance out any skin conditions and help to neutralise your skin type. Dermalogica has numerous cleansing options to suit all skin types, including a eye makeup remover, a precleanse, and normal cleansing solutions.

PreCleanse is one of the most popular products with Dermalogica. This oil based solution is designes to manually melt off makeup before going in with your prescribed cleanser. It helps to allow the cleanser to work into the layers of the skin, without just removing the top of the makeup and not actually doing its job of cleansing deep into the skin. It also contains natural fatty acids which help to nourish the skin and plump out any fine lines.

Dermalogica then also has Dermal day cleanser for oily skin, Special Cleansing gel (my favourite) for all skin conditions, in particular combination skin, Essential cleansing solution for dry or dehydrated skin, Clearing skin wash for breakout prone skin, Ultracalming cleanser for sensitive skin, and Skin resurfacing cleanser for mature or prematurely aging skin. It is so important to use a cleanser to remove the excess dirt and grime that your skin has gathered overnight and from the day.


Exfoliating your skin is the next step you should be doing after cleansing. This removes the dead skin cells that are sitting on top of the skin. Exfoliation will also help to reduce breakouts as its helping to remove the dirt and excess oils that block pores. In the Dermalogica range, they offer both physical exfoliators and chemical exfoliators. Physical exfoliators, as the name suggests, works by physically circulating the product on dampened skin to physically move the dirt off the skin. Chemical exfoliators however, work by applying lightly to the skin, and then having a chemical reaction with the dead skin to then make it rinse off with the water. Using a chemical exfoliator is great for anybody with breakouts as it wont puncture the breakout and cause further infection, especially if the breakout is a pustule.


Dermalogica is famous for their multi-masking revolution. Multi-masking is designed to apply 2 or more masks to the face in different areas to help regulate specific skin concerns. The most popular form of multi-masking is to apply a sebum (oil) reducing mask over the T zone to reduce oil production, and a hydration mask on the remainder of the face. This helps to balance out the whole face to try and gain normal skin. Dermalogica have three different masks on the market available, skin hydrating mask, skin refining mask for oily skin, sebum clearing mask for breakout prone skin, and multivitamin power recovery mask for mature or prematurely aging skin.


Toners are something that get overlooked a lot when it comes to skin care. When choosing a toner, you want to make sure they don’t contain a drop of alcohol as alcohol should never go on the skin as it strips it of the nutrients you need. The Multi-active toner by Dermalogica helps to hydrate the skin after the previous steps and rebalance the PH level. It can also be used to hydrate during the day and to set/refresh makeup.


Ahh, the Dermalogica moisturisers are soooo incredible!!! There is 7 different products for different skin types to chose from, so you are guaranteed to have your hydration levels fixed with these! My personal favourite is active moist. Active moist contains hyaluronic acid, which holds 100 times its weight in water to hydrate the skin! It smells so refreshing on the skin and absorb so quickly! I hear a lot of people these days say ‘oh but i have oily skin, I don’t need to moisturise my face cause it will make it more oily.’ In fact, moisturising your face and giving it the nutrients that it needs through a good quality moisturiser will actually reduce the sebum oil production and cause less oil due to the skin realising it doesn’t need the extra protection.

Dermalogica have so many other incredible products but this is my go to regime. If you have any questions about Dermalogica or are in need of help with your skin, please Instagram direct me @alimay_beauty. I seriously love these products and wouldn’t promote anything I didnt’ believe was worth our hard earned money and wasn’t good for the skin, being the largest organ of the body!

Thanks for reading lovelies and ill see you soon!


Ali xxxxx


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