In February I was invited to Harvey Nichols in Leeds for a moment of calm and an introduction to the new Dermalogica ultracalming range; targeted skincare for sensitive skin. As sensitivity is something that can affect every skin type, it was great to be one of the first to trial the products and to hear all about how the range which is designed to not only reduce skin irritation and sensitivity, but prevent it from occurring in the first place. Super skincare fan or not, who wouldn’t love a facial and being pampered during their lunch hour?
Of course I’d never be able to tell you how effective the products are without trialling them properly, so here’s what I thought after using some of the ultracalming range every day for 8 weeks….
Dermalogica Ultracalming Calm Water Gel
£44.50 for 50ml
The clue is in the name really…. the Dermalogica ultracalming calm water gel is a lightweight gel moisturiser which turns into a water like consistency when applied to the skin. It is designed to be easily absorbed and super hydrating for both dry and sensitive skin. That said, please do not be put off by this product if you wouldn’t consider yourself to have dry skin. I have quite oily skin and I am forever battling shine issues but I found this moisturiser to be super refreshing and great for keeping my shine at bay.
You may or may not know that oily skin does not necessarily mean hydrated skin. Having oily skin can mean that your skin is dehydrated and producing more oil to try and combat the issue – so like me – the Dermalogica ultracalming range may actually be perfect for you.
The key ingredients of the Dermalogica Ultracalming calm water gel are:
- Hyaluronic acid which is perfect for locking moisture into the skin.
- Apple fruit extract and Glycerin hydrate which combats dryness and helps leave the skin super soft and luminous.
- Cactus Pear extract which calms any sensitivity and also helps maintain the skins moisture levels.
The full ingredients list is as follows in case any of you have any specific allergies:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Stearyl Heptanoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sea Salt, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearyl Caprylate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium Phosphate, Linalool and Limonene which naturally occur in the Lavender essential oil used within the formula.
Overall I thought the moisturiser was perfect for the warmer months or periods where your skin is most susceptible to being sensitive and irritated. I tend to use richer cream based moisturisers so this was definitely different to the products I would normally go for, but I did find that it was actually really effective. I loved that it was so lightweight and easily absorbed and would definitely take this product on holiday with me when I go to warmer climates. Despite using it for the past couple of months, you only need to use a pea sized amount so I have barely made a dent in the tube. So whilst £44.50 may sound a little pricey, I have no doubt that it will be one of those products that lasts forever and actually represents really good value for money in the long term.
Dermalogica Ultracalming Barrier Defence Booster
£69.50 for 30ml
Out of the two Dermalogica Ultracalming products I tried the barrier defence booster was definitely my favourite…
It is a rich concentrated oil that you apply directly to the skin after cleansing to help sooth and nourish, and restore balance and moisture to your skin. You only need 3 – 4 drops of this product for a generous application to the whole of your face, so again whilst for a teeny sized product it does appear to carry site a hefty price tag, it is one of those products that will last a long time. Additionally I only applied the Dermalogica Ultracalming barrier defence booster on an evening because it has such a rich formula that it sits on the skin quite a long time before being full absorbed. For me it was more appropriate to just apply it in an evening when the skin repairs itself and I wasn’t in a rush to get out the door.
The great thing is that its super rich formula is packed with natural oils which not only battle dehydration and irritation once they have occurred, but also help prevent them occurring in the first place. *Fist pump* to not suffering further problems.
The full ingredients list is again as follows:
Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Squalane, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil Phytosterol Esters, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Oil, Hexyldecanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Brassica Campestris Sterols, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Stearic Acid, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Lavandula Spica (Lavender) Flower Oil, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil and again Linalool and Limonene which naturally occur in the Lavender essential oil in the formula.
Overall I loved the barrier defence booster. It is probably not something I would have necessarily picked up, being an oily skin sufferer and not necessarily considering myself to benefit from skincare actively targeted towards sensitive and irritated skin types, however I really loved using it. It was super easy to use and very effective.
Once major plus point for me is that 30ml is a travel friendly size and this product is perfect for use on flights (particularly long haul) to help combat the effects of the air conditioning and lock that moisture in.
Both of the above products from the Dermalogica Ultracalming range are vegan and cruelty free. They are also free from gluten, parabens, artificial fragrances and colours.
I appreciate that £44.50 and £69.50 are quite hefty price tags for you to pay without knowing whether these products are going to work for you, especially if you would not consider yourself to have sensitive or irritated skin. I would therefore recommend that you go and speak to one of the lovely team at Dermalogica and have a skincare assessment if you have any concerns before you commit to buying. When I met with them they carried out a skincare assessment and tailored a personal skincare prescription for me based upon my skin type and concerns, which included their charcoal rescue face mask and overnight clearing gel. I will of course be reviewing these products separately very soon, but in the meantime don’t be afraid to visit the Dermalogica counter and ask for a demonstration of these products yourself.
Alternatively, if you are keen to try these products yourself after my review you can click these links to order them directly from Dermalogica:
if you do, don’t forget to drop me a message or comment below to let me know how you get on!
Jessica KG ♡
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