Professional-grade skincare brand, Dermalogica, was co-founded in 1986 by Jane Wurwand – a globally respected professional skin therapist. Combining her industry expertise and knowledge, Wurwand embarked on a journey to formulate a range of outstanding modern skincare, that omitted common irritants present in many brands. As a result of excluding harmful substances such as alcohols, parabens and artificial fragrances from products, the world-renowned skin therapist successfully formulated a range of products suitable for every skin type.
Under Wurwand’s leadership, Dermalogica has delivered exceptional healthy skin through education and training for over 30 years. The brand has since won over 300 awards and is widely used in over 100 countries by more than 100,000 skin therapists. As a result of its success, Dermalogica is now universally recognised as the number one choice of skin care for professionals.
Dermalogica believes that beauty is subjective and can be marginalising. The brand considers skin physiological documentation of an individual’s history, embodying their characteristics and self. Dermalogica believes the skin, as a result, should be honoured, and treated as a temple. Instead of focussing on attaining idealised beauty, the brand concentrates on skin health, helping individuals achieve radiant and healthy skin that glows. Jane Wurwand discovered that the secret to fulfilling this goal was to accept all skin types as distinct and require highly exclusive and customised regimens, to boost dynamic skin recovery and promote a healthy, radiant complexion. By excluding skin irritants from product formulas, Wurwand utilised her knowledge and expertise to create personalised skincare solutions that work in synergy with the user, serving to positively shape the way they feel about their skin. This gave birth to a range of best-in-class education, services, and products suitable for every skin type including dry, oily, sensitive, acne-prone, and ageing skin. Rather than presenting temporary cosmetic solutions, Dermalogica combines high-quality ingredients to offer more permanent remedies designed to achieve optimum skin health.
The most crucial step to building the perfect skincare regime is to first establish your skin type. This can be achieved by using the face mapping tool available on Dermalogica’s website and will help you select the most effective products for your skin.
To achieve radiant skin that glows, your daily ritual should include intensive cleansing, regular exfoliation, and moisturising products that hydrate and protect. However, with countless options available, choosing the best products for you can be an overwhelming and challenging process. Here at Millie’s Beauty, we know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to perfecting skincare and that’s why we love Dermalogica. Whether you’re looking to control acne breakouts, unify hyperpigmentation or reduce signs of ageing, Dermalogica has a range of skin-saving products catering to you. Follow our dermatologist-backed advice to help you find the skincare essentials your toiletry pouch craves.
Sebum refers to the oily and waxy substance secreted by your skin’s sebaceous glands. It is essential for supporting skin health as it shields the skin from harmful bacteria whilst providing hydration. The overproduction of sebum, however, can result in oily skin, leading to congested pores, and acne breakouts. Oily skin is generally rooted in genetics, however, can be exacerbated by lifestyle choices such as cosmetic usage, consuming diets high in dairy, refined carbohydrates, salts and sugar and excessive alcohol consumption. Environmental factors such as air pollution can also play a significant role in the overproduction of sebum.
Emerging in the form of papules, pustules, blackheads and whiteheads, acne occurs when the skin’s pores become infected with oil, bacteria, and dead skin. This means those with naturally oily skin are more prone to acne breakouts.
Acne is primarily associated with hormonal fluctuations experienced during adolescence, however, is also commonly found in adults. Research shows 85% of people aged 18-24 have suffered from acne, with a further 70% experiencing the condition in their late 20s. The study also revealed that acne affects 20-30% of adults aged between 20 and 40 and is predominantly found in women. The sebaceous glands are particularly responsive to hormonal imbalances as stress, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, have been identified as major acne triggers. Breakouts surrounding the mouth, jaw and neck areas are often tell-tale signs of this.
The cell turnover rate of teenage skin is much higher than mature skin and can heal at a faster speed. Therefore, acne-fighting products must be formulated to troubleshoot excess oil, bacteria and regulate inflammation. Medicating adult acne, however, can be challenging due to sensitivity, dehydration and hyperpigmentation issues commonly found in adulthood. Luckily, at Millie’s Beauty, we stock a wide range of Dermalogica’s oil-free matte-finish products. Designed to cleanse excess oil, our Dermalogica range nourishes the skin whilst restoring lost hydration, ensuring to leave it balanced and fortified. Read on to find out you can achieve clear, velvety-smooth skin with some of our Dermalogica best sellers.
Androgen hormones, also referred to as male hormones, develop during puberty, often triggering acne in teenagers. Their emergence may diminish a teen’s self-esteem and cause anxiety. However, by implementing a corrective cleansing, toning, and moisturising regimen, inflammation will reduce, excess oil will be regulated, and bacteria will be destroyed. Teenagers should also ensure they are drinking out plenty of water. For teenage skin, we recommend Dermalogica’s Clearing Fizz Mask and Breakout Clearing Booster from its Clear Start range. Containing salicylic acid and botanicals, the active fizzing formula unclogs the pores, eradicating determined blackheads and preventing future breakouts. Its sulphur content dries out the skin, helping to eliminate bacteria and blackheads while the kaolin clay works to reduce excess oil and shine, extracting pollutants and targeting breakout redness. This is balanced out by the apples extract which will leave skin feeling refreshed and velvety-smooth.
For adults, we strongly recommend the Dermalogica Medibac Clearing Skin Wash. Containing salicylic acid, this gentle foaming cleanser breaks down pollutants and dissolves excess oil, whilst encouraging natural exfoliation to clear congested pores. Its soothing notes of antiseptic tea tree oil and mint balm will soften and refresh the skin.
If you’re looking for a mask that calms irritation with soothing ingredients such as menthol and botanical extracts, we recommend the Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque. Working to remove excess oil, dead skin and debris, the mask cleanses the skin and reinforces follicles, promoting skin health by preventing future breakouts.
The lightweight Dermalogica Active Moist oil-free lotion balances and moisturises the skin via aloe vera, silk amino acids and soothing lavender, arnica and cucumber extracts to improve the skin’s texture. The powerful formula also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin, protecting the skin against radical free damage by strengthening its barrier.
Sensitive skin refers to skin that is susceptible to inflammation and arises when the skin’s natural barrier weakens, and nerve endings become irritated. The skin’s barrier is responsible for shielding against pollutants and irritants. When damaged, toxic substances can trickle into the skin’s layers, causing unpleasant sensations and adverse reactions. Vital hydration is also able to escape through the impaired barrier, which may result in dry skin. While most people have at some point experienced an allergic reaction to cosmetics and other products, those who persistently suffer from adverse reactions are identified as having sensitive skin.
Common symptoms associated with sensitive skin include redness, dryness, flushing, itchiness, scaling, peeling and bumps. Proper skin care management, in addition to topical treatments, can severely improve sensitive skin issues. To repair and control sensitive skin, you should avoid products containing harsh chemicals, artificial and natural fragrances. Instead, focus on actively treating inflammation and strengthening the skin’s barrier using hypoallergenic products. This can be achieved by incorporating a sulphate-free cleanser, gentle exfoliator, calming mist and a light hydrating moisturiser into your daily skin care ritual. Keep reading to discover Dermalogica’s excellent UltraCalming range – a collection formulated specifically for sensitive skin types.
Combining a skin brightening complex of rice enzyme powder, salicylic acid, and grapefruit extracts, the best-selling Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant eradicates dead skin cells and debris, leaving you with a brighter, smoother, and plumper complexion. Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types, this best seller’s exclusive formulation softens and refreshes the skin.
Replenishing and locking in lost hydration post-cleanse is key for achieving healthy skin that radiates shine. We recommend Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Mist - a quick-absorbing facial spritz containing oat and anti-inflammatory botanicals that soothe and hydrate the skin. This lightweight mist calms redness and irritation, reducing the appearance of flare-ups.
Those suffering from sensitive skin should top off their personalised regimen with a lightweight moisturiser. Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Water Gel is a weightless moisturiser that immediately soothes and hydrates dry, sensitive skin. Its hyaluronic acid content locks in moisture, transforming even the most parched skin into smooth, velvety soft skin.
Sensitive skin also gives rise to genetic disorders such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, contact dermatitis and other allergies. For rosacea, we highly recommend Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser. This pH-balanced gentle cleanser uses sophisticated peptide technology to cool and calm the skin’s redness and heat, via a soothing combination of echinacea, raspberry and lavender. The cleanser’s anti-inflammatory properties render it suitable for even the most hypersensitive skin.
For those suffering from sensitive skin, we strongly recommend patch testing any new skin care products on a small hidden area, to prevent severe allergic reactions.
When the skin is unable to produce enough natural oil and moisture due to under-active sebaceous glands, it becomes dry and dehydrated and can flake, peel, scale, crack, bleed and exude red or ashy tones. Individuals suffering from skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and contact dermatitis may also experience flushing, itchiness and irritation. Whilst dry skin can be weather-induced, its roots tend to lie in genetics as some gene mutations hinder the body’s ability to produce a sufficient level of filaggrin – a key protein in firming and hydrating the skin barrier.
As dry, cracked skin is susceptible to bacteria exposure, it is important to ensure the skin barrier remains replenished and hydrated. Frequently moisturise using products that omit harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances, whilst working to retain the skin’s natural oil. Cleansing and moisturising with nourishing and hydrating products both day and night are essential for achieving a rejuvenated complexion. We recommend applying serums, moisturisers, and eye creams with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid – a hydrating molecule naturally produced by the body with moisturising and brightening powers.
Packed with skin-rebuilding vitamins and antioxidants, Dermalogica’s Intensive Moisture Balance is an excellent remedy for parched skin. Its firming formula moisturises the skin whilst supporting circulation and healthy dermal function, transforming red, dehydrated and damaged skin into radiant, velvety-smooth skin.
Ageing is an inevitable process that develops when fluctuations in the dermis’s structure occur, resulting in decreased elasticity, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and sagging. Whilst it is a natural process, premature ageing can be catalysed by environmental factors and lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet and sun exposure.
Accounting for one-third of the body’s protein composition, collagen plays a pivotal role in maintaining moisture balance. After turning 20, the body’s ability to generate collagen reduces, producing 1% less each year. As a result, fibres that support the skin’s structure begin to thin and sag, leaving the face looking dull and dry. Adjusting lifestyle habits such as increasing the intake of amino acids, Vitamin C and copper, can increase collagen production. When coupled with deeply nourishing skin care, this can accelerate, leaving you with a plump, rejuvenated complexion.
Prioritising skin health, Dermalogica embraces the ageing process, formulating products that contain hero ingredients to make you look and feel your best. The brand’s Powerbright C-12 Pure Bright Serum contains Vitamin A (medically known as retinol), hyaluronic acid and melanin controlling peptides, improving elasticity, hydration and reducing the appearance of fine lines. This is the perfect serum for those looking to even and brighten their complexion.
Retinol is a key ingredient in products aiming to target ageing skin as it has been clinically proven to reverse extrinsic ageing by improving elasticity, increasing moisture and smoothing out wrinkles. Whilst wrinkles and fine lines are part of the parcel in the ageing process, premature signs of ageing such as hyperpigmentation, deep lines and dryness can occur ahead of their time. Retinol is, therefore, vital in targeting delicate areas more prone to ageing.
Fine lines around the eyes often develop early as this is the body’s thinnest skin. They often occur as a result of dehydrated skin, however, can be significantly reduced and even eradicated with suitable treatment. Formulated specifically for the under-eye, Dermalogica’s Age Smart MultiVitamin Power Firm Eye Cream contains vitamins that strengthen the skin by targeting dehydrated, dark puffy circles, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Incorporating this into your daily skincare routine can help you bring back your youthful complexion.
Hyperpigmentation and age spots are often inflammation in the skin from acne scarring and more commonly, sun exposure. Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 protects against UV ray damage and uses retinol and lactic acid to combat signs of ageing, whilst leaving you with smooth and radiant skin. Formulated without harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances, this lightweight moisturiser prevents moisture loss, cools inflammation, fights discolouration and evens out skin tone using botanical brighteners.
Where to buy Dermalogica?
We currently stock a wide range of Dermalogica products here at Millie’s Beauty. Check out our page to browse our full range.
Is Dermalogica cruelty-free?
Dermalogica has been certified as cruelty-free by both PETA and Leaping Bunny. The leading skincare brand also offers a wide range of vegan products that do not contain animal-derived ingredients. Please note that the Sheer Tint SPF20M, Skin Perfect Primer SPF30 and Multivitamin Power Serum are not vegan.
Do Dermalogica products contain parabens?
Dermalogica was born out of a desire to create modern skincare that excludes common irritants present in many brands. The brand’s products have, therefore, phased out artificial fragrances, parabens, lanolin, alcohol and microplastics.