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Dermalogica New Launches

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Last week I was invited to the Dermalogica Head Office for an exclusive preview of their innovative new products by Dr. Diana Howard (Vice President of Global Education and Research and Development at Dermalogica) and once again they did not disappoint.

“As a leading ingredient innovator for the skin care industry, researcher, educator, author and lecturer, Diana Howard, Ph.D., has been instrumental to the success of Dermalogica as the preferred brand of skin care professionals worldwide.”

So, what can you expect from Dermalogica in the next few months?

1. OVERNIGHT RETINOL REPAIR

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I have been looking for a new anti aging night cream for a while now so this product couldn’t have come at a better time. I have been using it for a week now and absolutely love the feel of my skin. I will post a full review in the next few weeks but in the meantime here is a rundown of what Overnight Retinol Repair is all about!

Drawing on one of the most powerful ingredients recommended by medical professionals to radically treat the signs of aging, Dermalogica® introduces new Overnight Retinol Repair. Overnight Retinol Repair accelerates skin renewal, reverses the signs of photo-aging, improves skin tone, and increases skin firmness. This is the first-ever retinol treatment to offer a unique customization option, allowing users to enjoy the benefits of a retinoid while experiencing maximum comfort and efficacy.

Key to the formula is 0.5% retinol, pure Vitamin A, which has been demonstrated to reverse both the signs of intrinsic aging (genetics) as well as extrinsic aging (environmental). Studies have shown that retinol significantly restores the structural integrity of the skin, accelerating cell turnover and renewal, stimulating collagen production, improving epidermal thickness, and increasing elastin biosynthesis. The retinol molecule on its own, however, is chemically unstable, degrading with exposure to sunlight and air, so Dermalogica® utilizes microencapsulation technology to retain stability, maintaining concentration levels. The microencapsulation technology used in Overnight Retinol Repair also allows for a controlled-release delivery system which enables the active retinol to penetrate deeply into the skin for optimum results.

As part of Dermalogica’s AGE Smart line – categorized by products containing scientifically-advanced ingredients proven to dramatically treat the biochemical reactions (aging triggers) before they start – Overnight Retinol Repair draws on several additional active ingredients that work together to reduce the appearance of aging skin:

Peptides
o Peptide Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (PT-5) to boost collagen formation, treat wrinkles, and firm skin
o A unique tripeptide to stimulate hyaluronic acid and collagen synthesis, for smoother skin and reduction of wrinkle-depth
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized Vitamin C) to support collagen synthesis and offer antioxidant protection in combating free radicals
• A unique bioenergized Copper (Cu++) Amino Acid Complex, clinically proven to help reduce visible wrinkles and increase collagen and elastin production
• Ceramides and polysaccharides to help restore the skin’s barrier properties and increase moisture within the skin to soften lines
Natural botanicals Lavender and Licorice Root to help calm and soothe irritated skin

While the benefits of using retinol on the skin are numerous, skin irritation can be a common side effect, with some individuals experiencing itching, burning, redness, and peeling. To minimize this “retinoid reaction,” Dermalogica® recommends pre-conditioning the skin, starting with small concentrations of retinol application so skin can build up natural retinoid receptors and a tolerance to the ingredient over time. Taking this recommendation one step further, Dermalogica® includes a new Buffer Cream with Overnight Retinol Repair, allowing users to control the concentration of retinol being applied to skin, and further helping them adjust to the active ingredient.

Size: 15ml tube of Beuufer Cream, 30ml Tube of Overnight Retinol Repair
RSP: R1350
Application: During initial use, Dermalogica® recommends starting with a mix of one part Overnight Retinol Repair to three parts Buffer Cream, and gradually inversing the ratios as skin acclimates to the treatment. Once a tolerance has been built, each individual can take a personalized approach, depending on skin’s comfort level, type, and condition.

2. CHARCOAL RESCUE MASQUE

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Dermalogica’s new Charcoal Rescue Masque detoxifies, brightens, and invigorates all skin conditions, with ingredients that draw out excess oil and impurities, refine pores, calm redness, and improve skin texture and smoothness. With the power to address skin aging, dullness, breakouts, and sensitivity, this heroic skin saviour is ideal for anyone looking for a healthy, vibrant, and balanced glow.
Sluggish skin is increasingly common in the modern age. Environmental pollutants combine daily with natural sebum secretions to form a waxy coating on the skin, dulling the skin’s appearance and contributing to inflammation and congestion. Research conducted at The International Dermal Institute reflects that most women only spend about 20 seconds washing their face – not nearly enough to penetrate debris. Charcoal Rescue Masque significantly enhances cleansing, helping remove build-up and stimulate cellular turnover, making it a go-to for healthy, glowing skin.

Key Ingredients:

Activated Binchotan (aka Japanese Ubame Oak) Charcoal is a key ingredient used to draw out excess sebum, toxins, and other impurities. It has the ability to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so that the body doesn’t reabsorb them. Common charcoal is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum. “Activated charcoal” is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine and in skincare. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals.

Additional ingredients include:
5% Sulfur promotes cellular turnover for dramatically brighter skin; renowned for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties when treating acne, sulfur is also ideal for calming rosacea, eczema, and sebaceous dermatitis
Volcanic ash, hot spring, marine silt (mud), and Bamboo stem extract are physical exfoliants that leave skin smooth and revitalized
Phytic acid, lactic acid, and mandelic acid are chemical exfoliants that accelerate cellular turnover, increasing collagen production and brightening skin
Niacinamide reduces redness and inflammation
Chilean Wild Mint clarifies skin and helps refine pores

Size: 75ml Tube
RSP: TBC
Application: Cleanse skin, then apply generously to face and throat, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 7-10 minutes, then lightly massage with wet hands. Rinse thoroughly, and follow with prescribed Dermalogica® moisturizer. Apply up to four times per week whenever skin needs rescuing.

*Please note that CHARCOAL RESCUE MASQUE will only be available in Dermalogica stores from April 2016

3. HYDRABLUR PRIMER

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Fusing powerful skin treatment technology with the most elegant aesthetic primer chemistry available today, Dermalogica® introduces new HydraBlurTM Primer. The multi-tasking, hydrating product optimises skin health, offers a dramatic “blurring” effect, and transforms skin into an even surface, creating a flawless canvas for makeup application or a naturally radiant, makeup-free appearance.

The lightweight, non-greasy formula is ideal for all skin conditions, particularly dry or dehydrated skin. Intense, sustained-release moisturisation locks in ideal hydration levels and controls Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL); this helps maintain critical moisture balance, leaving skin looking and feeling hydrated throughout the day, as well as helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unique, microencapsulated color technology releases bursts of colour upon application to provide light coverage and balance all skin tones while enhancing radiance. HydraBlurTM Primer reduces the appearance of pores without drying the skin and mattifies against an oily shine, providing a silky, luminous finish.

Key Ingredients:
H2ORelease™ Complex of Sodium Hyaluronate, Algin and Trehalose optimizes hydration levels to maintain skin flexibility and smoothness, and helps provide sustained, intense moisturisation lasting throughout the day
Abyssinian Seed Oil smooths skin texture and tone by creating a non-occlusive film that helps maintain critical moisture balance, without clogging pores
Mattifiers reduce oily sheen and disguise the appearance of fine, dry lines and imperfections to create an even canvas with a soft-focus or blurred effect
Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract reduces pore visibility and size
Wu-Zhu-Yu (Evodia Rutaecarpa) Fruit Extract enhances skin radiance by boosting microcirculation
Micro-encapsulated tint releases upon application to provide neutral coverage

Size: 22ml Tube
RSP: TBC
Application: First cleans skin, then apply preferred moisturiser and SPF and following with primer application. You can place your foundation over the primer.

*Please note that HydraBlurTM Primer will only be available in Dermalogica stores from early 2016

I will post reviews of the Charcoal Rescue Masque and Overnight Retinol Repair in the next few weeks.

5 days until the launch of Dermalogica's BioSurface Peel

If you are a Dermalogica Junkie, you will be as excited as I am about the launch of Dermalogica’s first peel – The BioSurface Peel launching in Dermalogica stockists on the 1st September – only 5 days left to wait!

Dermalogica BioSurface Peel

Dermalogica BioSurface Peel

A few weeks ago I attended the press launch of the BioSurface Peel at the Dermalogica Head Office. Sonette, the Comunications Manager from Dermalogica who is also an expert on peels, gave us a very informative and educating talk on the new peel. A chemical peel is different to normal exfoliation in that it has much deeper penetration, you will get visible peeling, stimulation of the skin cells in much deeper layers of the skin and a short treatment time. In short, a chemical peel is a much more aggressive way of treating the skin, the results are also longer lasting.

Dermalogica currently has 3 levels of exfoliation, with the BioSurface Peel being the 4th
•1st Level: Skin Prep Scrub | Daily Microfoliant | Daily Resurfacer | MultiVitamin Thermofoliant (these are your exfoliators you use at home)
•2nd Level: Skin Exfoliation System
•3rd Level: MultiVitamin Power Exfoliation | Exfoliant Accelerator 35 (Professional treatments only)

Dermalogica launches their first chemical peel - The BioSurface Peel

Dermalogica launches their first chemical peel – The BioSurface Peel

Taken from the Press Release:

“Professional skin care therapists now have a new level of service to offer clients in the form of BioSurface™ Peel, Dermalogica’s first-ever chemical peel, exclusively formulated for use in skin care centres and spas around the world.

This revolutionary four-step exfoliant system is the first range of products to be introduced within Professional Expert Strength, a new line of professional products only available to licensed skin care therapists. BioSurface™ Peel addresses a diverse array of conditions that include reducing skin roughness and the appearance of fine lines as well as helping to treat hyperpigmentation, pseudofolliculitis (razor bumps), and acneic inflammation. This new procedure offers the many benefits of traditional chemical peels, but with little to no post-peel redness or downtime—a huge advantage for consumers.

“Today’s woman is time-deprived, but still cares greatly about her skin health and wants results,” comments Diana Howard, VP of Research and Development and Global Education for Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute. “Since Dermalogica launched more than 25 years ago, its mission has always been to set the industry standard and provide its tribe of professional skin care therapists with the most cutting edge products and treatments so they are best equipped to meet the demands of today’s consumers. The new BioSurface™ Peel will provide consumers with the results they desire without any recovery downtime.”

A peel with no downtime or post peel redness, is that not fantastic?

How can your skin benefit from a peel or a course of peels?
• Dramatically reduces skin roughness
• Minimise fine lines
•Reduce acne breakouts
•Fade epidermal pigmentation (pigmentation in the epidermis/first layer of the skin)

Please note that pre and post peel care is very important. If you are not currently a Dermalogica user I suggest you visit a Dermalogica Skin Care Centre and ask them to prescribe the best products to prime your skin. Post peel your therapist will advise homecare depending on what concern you are addressing. Sun protection is vital after a peel.

I am going for a peel next week and will write another post guiding through the process and what each step is all about.

In connection with the Bio Surface Peel, Dermalogica have launched the #getnaked campaign – because “great skin has nothing to hide”. Such a great campaign as we all know how much we try to hide our skin when we feel it is less than perfect.

Dermalogica's #getnaked campaign

Dermalogica’s #getnaked campaign

Watch the behind the scenes video of Dermalogica’s #getnaked campaign here

Dermalogica Launches New Concept Stores

I was recently invited to the launch of Dermalogica’s new concept store in Rosebank Mall. I had first heard about Dermalogica’s concept stores when I had my salon many years ago and was wondering when they would find there way to South Africa.

“Dermalogica Concept Spaces redefine the future of skin care through a branded experience, and the convergence of skin care expertise with results driven product.”

Dermalogica’s Concept Store is all about educating the consumer about their skin and about the products. It is not an ordinary skin care centre in that the only treatments available are Dermalogica Facials, FaceMapping and MicroZone Treatments. This store gives the consumers a chance to play with the product, and as the tester stand says “dive right in” – I mean, who wouldn’t want to sit all day and play with those products?

Dermalogica Rosebank Store Front | Product Pool | MicroZone Space

Dermalogica Rosebank Store Front | Product Pool | MicroZone Space

At Dermalogica Rosebank you will also find a Skin Bar which is an interactive place for FaceMapping to take place, you may also sit here and play with and get to know the products with the help of the Dermalogica Skin Care Experts on Hand. FaceMapping is complimentary at the Concept Stores and is used to divide the skin into 14 zones to correctly prescribe your best treatment and home care routine.

MicroZone Treatment Space | Skin Bar

MicroZone Treatment Space | Skin Bar

A MicroZone treatment is a 20 minute facial target at one particular zone or skin concern designed to receive target, localised results. It is great if you are short of time, as a top up in-between your normal treatments or if you are on a budget and want the benefit of a skin care treatment, while purchasing products. The Microzone Treatment is R280.00 and takes 20 minutes. I love that the space is ‘open’ as it draws the public in and gets them to question what is happening, and thereby educating them about skincare.

You can also have any Dermalogica Treatment at the Concept Store. The treatment room is completely sound proofed so you cannot hear any of the noise from the store. You also have your choice of soothing music and light colours.

Other Dermalogica concept stores:

Dermalogica on Wembley (Cape Town) and Dermalogica V&A Waterfront

Thank You to Dermalogica for a great morning, and for the MicroZone Treatment and the Dynamic Skin Recovery, I will be posting a review on both shortly!

Decadent Treats and Coffee/Hot Chocolate Bar

Decadent Treats and Coffee/Hot Chocolate Bar

PS: If you are looking at getting started on Dermalogica and have no idea where to start, or just want to trial the products, this kit is perfect for you. Priced at R690.00, containing 4 of Dermalogica’s cult products, you can’t go wrong. This kit is also great for traveling.

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{Product Review} Dermalogica's Daily Resurfacer

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I received Dermalogica’s Daily Resurfacer just under 2 weeks ago to test and although I usually like to trial a product for at least 4 weeks before I will write I review on it, I can already see such a marked improvement in my skin that I thought why wait!

I was sceptical about this exfoliator at first because I prefer a more mechanical scrub (apricot kernel, microbeads, rice grains) and Daily Resurfacer falls into the chemical exfoliation bracket due to the Alpha and Beta hydroxy acids it contain but after the first use I found that the pre-soaked ‘sponge’ applicator acted as a slight mechanical scrub so it was a win, win!

Daily Resurfacer is gentle enough to be used daily on your skin, and I used it as part of my nightly cleansing routine. I didn’t feel any tingling at all during the time I have been using it and my skin is already much brighter and smoother. I did however read (last night only) that for best results you can use this in conjunction with Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant. They recommend used the Microfoliant in the morning and the Resurfacer at Night. As I am always on the quest for brighter, glowing skin I will try this an update this post in 2 weeks!

I gave this product 4/5 purely for the cost – if you are on a budget this product only last 35 applications -so just over a month.

Daily Resurfacer is a leave on exfoliator containing hydroxy acids to smooth the skin and Dermalogica’s brightening complex to help even skin tone it also contains hyaluronic acid to help skin retain water and plump up fine lines.

I have really enjoyed this exfoliator so much that I am going to continue to use it on my skin – I have actually just had someone comment on how good my skin is looking.

Key ingredients

Salicylic Acid: resurfaces and stimulates natural exfoliation. Apple Fruit and Sugar Cane: extracts that stimulate cell renewal and cell turnover while gently sloughing surface cells.

Hyaluronic Acid and GAGs: glycosaminoglycans that hold up to 1,000 times their weight in water help to hydrate skin.

Zostera (Seagrass or Eelgrass): contains polysaccharides (sugars) that form a hydration net over skin’s surface that cushions and protects

Dermalogica also have the following great exfoliators in their range:
•Skin Prep Scrub
•Daily Microfoliant
•Gentle Cream Exfoliant
•Multivitamin Thermafoliant
•Exfoliating Face Brush

Product Class: Exfoliator
Size: 35/tin
RSP: R850
Application: After cleansing pat skin dry. Tear open pouch and remove applicator, place over index finger and apply in a circular motion over the face. There is enough product on the pre-soaked applicator that you can go all the way down your neck and onto your décolletage. Wait to dry. Spray your toner, use a booster if necessary, and then moisturise.

{Product Review} Emergency Spot Fix & PreCleanse Wipes

PreCleanse Wipes

Dermalogica have brought out their incredible precleanse in a biodegradable wipe. Perfect for when you are on the go, especially great to keep in your gym bag or to pack when travelling.

I have been using precleanse for years now, it is the only way my skin really feels clean. i wear a lot of product on my face everyday (sunscreen, primer, foundation, powder) and just using a face wash never makes my face feel clean, nor does it get rid of the build up of product on my skin from a long day. have I must admit, when I first tried the precleanse wipes I was very sceptical. I used them (in bed) after a night out and while the wipe was convenient enough and stopped me from falling asleep at the basin I missed the silky feeling of the actual oil and I couldn’t see how often I would really have the need for them. Fast forward a few weeks and I ended up packing them when I recently went down to visit my parents. Any mom who goes on ‘holiday’ alone with a toddler would know that you barely have time to shower let alone stick to your usual skin care routine. The precleanse wipes were my saviour. I could walk around holding Bella while cleansing my face. What a win. I ended up loving the wipes, and I found them especially great in removing my thick lashings of mascara. (Any thoughts on bringing out eye make up removal pads?!) Dermalogica claim that precleanse “melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build up on skin throughout the day. Add water to transform this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion that easily rinses debris from the skin’s surface, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.” and they honestly lived up to their claim, as I said earlier, my skin has never felt cleaner since adding precleanse to my routine.

Product Class: Cleanser
RSP: R250
Quantity: 20 pre moistened wipes

Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix

Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix forms part of Dermalogica’s newly re-launched Clear Start Range. Clear Start has been created to treat younger, breakout prone skin and educate teens on the importance of looking after their skin.

I had been gifted Emergency Spot Fix from Dermalogica’s Clear Start range after attending their #teensupreme event (see event photos here: #teensupreme) and it couldn’t have been at a better time. My skin has really been acting up the last few weeks, and it completely flared up from the stress of my recent ‘holiday’. Emergency Spot Fix cleared my breakouts within 2 days and I am sure if I had applied it more frequently they would have been clear overnight. Another thing I loved about Emergency Spot Fix was that it didn’t leave a white residue on my skin after it dried like most spot treatments do and I didn’t get the tingle that comes with other spot treatments.

Emergency Spot Fix contains 5% Benzoyl Peroxide as the active ingredient. Benzoyl Peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne causing bacteria in the pores by increasing skin turnover. It is also antimicrobial. It is also formulated with 7 botanicals including Licorice Root Extract (known to fight inflammation and soothe skin irritation) ; Lavender Extract (calming & soothing) ; Tea Tree Oil (antibacterial) and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract/Green Tea Extract (antibacterial and an antioxidant)

Product Class: Treatment
Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide
RSP: R200
Quantity: 10ml

{Product Review} Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes & Emergency Spot Fix

dermalogica precleanse

Dermalogica have brought out their incredible precleanse in a biodegradable wipe. Perfect for when you are on the go, especially great to keep in your gym bag or to pack when travelling.

I have been using precleanse for years now, it is the only way my skin really feels clean. i wear a lot of product on my face everyday (sunscreen, primer, foundation, powder) and just using a face wash never makes my face feel clean, nor does it get rid of the build up of product on my skin from a long day. have I must admit, when I first tried the precleanse wipes I was very sceptical. I used them (in bed) after a night out and while the wipe was convenient enough and stopped me from falling asleep at the basin I missed the silky feeling of the actual oil and I couldn’t see how often I would really have the need for them. Fast forward a few weeks and I ended up packing them when I recently went down to visit my parents. Any mom who goes on ‘holiday’ alone with a toddler would know that you barely have time to shower let alone stick to your usual skin care routine. The precleanse wipes were my saviour. I could walk around holding Bella while cleansing my face. What a win. I ended up loving the wipes, and I found them especially great in removing my thick lashings of mascara. (Any thoughts on bringing out eye make up removal pads?!) Dermalogica claim that precleanse “melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build up on skin throughout the day. Add water to transform this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion that easily rinses debris from the skin’s surface, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.” and they honestly lived up to their claim, as I said earlier, my skin has never felt cleaner since adding precleanse to my routine.

Product Class: Cleanser
RSP: R250
Size: 20 pre moistened wipes
Application: Wipe over face and eyes to lift any surface oil and dirt. Concentrate on areas of congestion. Rinse off with luke warm water and follow with your cleanser.

Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix

Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix forms part of Dermalogica’s newly re-launched Clear Start Range. Clear Start has been created to treat younger, breakout prone skin and educate teens on the importance of looking after their skin.

I had been gifted Emergency Spot Fix from Dermalogica’s Clear Start range after attending their #teensupreme event (see event photos here: #teensupreme) and it couldn’t have been at a better time. My skin has really been acting up the last few weeks, and it completely flared up from the stress of my recent ‘holiday’. Emergency Spot Fix cleared my breakouts within 2 days and I am sure if I had applied it more frequently they would have been clear overnight. Another thing I loved about Emergency Spot Fix was that it didn’t leave a white residue on my skin after it dried like most spot treatments do and I didn’t get the tingle that comes with other spot treatments.

Emergency Spot Fix contains 5% Benzoyl Peroxide as the active ingredient. Benzoyl Peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne causing bacteria in the pores by increasing skin turnover. It is also antimicrobial. It is also formulated with 7 botanicals including Licorice Root Extract (known to fight inflammation and soothe skin irritation) ; Lavender Extract (calming & soothing) ; Tea Tree Oil (antibacterial) and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract/Green Tea Extract (antibacterial and an antioxidant)

Product Class: Treatment
Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide
RSP: R200
Quantity: 10ml
Application: Before moisturising apply to affected area. Can be applied every 6 hours.

I gave both these products 5 stars as I think they produced fantastic results and will definitely be re-purchasing them.