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(I’m excited to be a part of the #DermTribe for 2018. I’ll be bringing you skincare tips and new product information. In this post I’m introducing you to two new products that work as an insurance policy against sensitive skin flare ups. Read on to find out more about the Dermalogica UltraCalm Duo)
Whenever I have a facial and I’m asked whether I’m happy with my skin. The answer is a resounding YES.
I AM happy with it. I’m 50 and I feel very grateful that I’ve made it this far with skin that has good texture and generally behaves itself.
Sure, there are some days when it takes a bit of work to get my glow happening but, mostly, I’m happy.
If you pushed me on the question of skin happiness, I would say my only gripe is that there is rarely any traceable rhyme or reason as to why one day my skin might be all about the glow; the next it’s red and very unhappy.
I keep hoping that with every advancing year that this Jekyll and Hyde situation will settle down but, alas, random sensitivity appears just as consistently as do the pimples.
As an aside, why does no-one tell you when you’re a teenager or in your early 20s that you’ll still be battling breakouts in your 40s and 50s? What is it with that?
As for the random bouts of sensitivity? That makes more sense. There are so many more variables at play here, from the genetics we bring to the skin game, to the levels of pollution where we live, to product allergies, to stress and our diet.
It’s almost impossible for any of us to NOT wear the brunt of some of those variables on our skin. It might be something that you tackle daily or, like me, it’s something that arrives out of the blue and has you mentally trying to work out exactly what might have caused the irritation and redness.
That’s why I was very excited to try the new Dermalogica UltraCalming duo, two new products that are designed to soothe sensitive skin in two easy steps.
I’ve been a long-time fan of Dermalogica and last year I introduced you to its Overnight Retinol Repair 1%. That product, as well as a range of products from the range, has been a part of my nightly skincare ever since and my skin has thanked me for it.
My daily skincare routine
What I love about using Dermalogica is that your skincare routine can be simply and easily targeted to your specific skin needs. AND the products work. I’ve also found that each product lasts a long time. In those eight months, I’ve only had to re-stock the big players once. Here’s what my daily skincare routine has looked like since May last year:
What was missing from my daily and weekly routine?
Last month, I was invited into Pure Indulgence Wintergarden (Brisbane CBD) so that a Dermalogica-trained skin therapist could take a look at my skin during a bespoke Dermalogica Proskin 60 treatment. Apart from being ridiculously relaxing, it was super effective in addressing the specific needs of my skin at that time.
What was found lacking was hydration, so it was recommended that I continue what I’ve been using/doing but also:
- Gently nourish and exfoliate once a week using using a combination of the multivitamin recovery mask mixed with the multivitamin thermafoliant. Apply to the skin, gently rubbing, rinse off after 20 minutes.
- Apply super rich repair after the overnight retinol repair for maximum hydration at night.
- Use multivitamin power firm as my morning eye treatment.
- Support my skin through extra hydration and protection during the day using the new Dermalogica UltraCalming duo.
About Dermalogica UltraCalming duo
Dermalogica has always offered very good options for people with sensitive skin. I’ve reached for a number of these products over the years when my skin has become irritated.
At the first sign of sensitivity, I’ll switch cleansers to the ultracalming cleanser and apply the barrier repair for instant relief. And I’ll use redness relief primer SPF15 to balance out my skin tone, while also providing comfort.
Now, instead of reacting to irritations or flare ups, I’m being more proactive by adding the Dermalogica UltraCalming duo to my morning routine.
After cleansing and toning, I’ll work a few drops of barrier defense booster into my face and neck. Then I’ll apply calm water gel before applying dynamic skin recovery SPF50.
Both products in the duo utilise botanical extracts.
The barrier defense booster is a concentrated oil booster that is incredibly soothing on contact. Its aim is to nourish and restore the balance in our skin. It’s when our skin gets unbalanced, thanks to dehydration from internal and external factors, that we’re more prone to sensitivities. It doesn’t make your face feel oily, just hydrated and supple.
The calm water gel is a magical, weightless, water-gel moisturiser with a unique formula that has an immediate effect on the skin. It feels like being enveloped in a silky fabric. Through dual hyaluronic acid technology (developed at the International Dermal Institute), it works two ways – to form a shield against any environmental problems, so great for the everyday but particularly useful for in-flight travel and any extremes in climate. And it also works to hydrate the skin on application, locking in moisture in different layers in the skin.
Used together, I’ve noticed a massive difference in my skin after adding this “insurance policy” against redness, dehydration and irritation to my routine. My skin has had fewer random reactions and this combination has worked so well to keep my dry and easily reactive skin hydrated, supple and dewy.
It makes sense, really, if I don’t treat the hydration issues of my skin, I’ll never escape from random reactions and sensitivities. If my skin is not hydrated on all layers, it’s out of balance and can’t retain any water or oil for normal function, let alone providing me with a glow factor.
Want to dry the UltraCalming Duo for yourself? Dermalogica has a special offer for Styling You readers. Enter BESTSKIN10 at checkout to receive 10% off these new products. Offer applies until March 31, 2018. Shop HERE.
Dermalogica has 3 UltraCalming Duo gift packs to giveaway to three Styling You readers. Each prize is valued at $168.To enter, leave an answer to the following question in the comments’s section below:
What would your skin say to you if you started using the Dermalogica UltraCalm Duo as part of your daily routine?
Entries open on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5am (AEST) and close on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winners of the “answer the question” competition will be judged on originality and creativity. The winners will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.