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Editor’s note: I’m excited to once again be part of the #DermTribe for 2019. I’ll be bringing you news and my reviews of products being released this year.
It’s almost two years since I started exclusively using dermalogica products on my face and can I just say that my skin has never looked better (#humblebrag).
I’ve always been a huge believer in creating a skincare routine and keeping to it. By keeping to it, I mean being consistent with a twice-daily cleanse and moisturising routine – and making sure that sunscreen is part of the morning routine.
What I’ve learned is that you need to pivot and adapt with that routine as you age and as you are exposed to different environmental factors.
The biggest change I’ve had to pivot and change in response to has been the oh-so-fabulous peri-menopausal years. And yes, I’m smack bang in them. Are you? SO. MUCH. FUN.
One of the major impacts of peri menopause for me has been dry skin, specifically dry, flakey skin on my forehead. The rest of my facial skin would tick the dry box as well but it’s manageable, not flakey and prone to irritation from dryness like my forehead.
It’s incredibly frustrating and exacerbated by sweat – just a teeny issue when you live in Queensland, it’s the height of summer and you like to exercise. HAH.
(Ok, so yes, I’m sorry, I’m now one of THOSE people who found exercise later in life and now it’s a non-negotiable.)
So, what to do with the dry skin? I had no issues in January when in Japan skiing. Despite, negative temperatures and cold winds on my face, the combination of using these products (plus dermalogica protection 50 sport SPF50), kept my skin in check.
On my return to the heat and humidity, it was another story. The dryness and irritation returned within days. I was far from impressed.
Without re-location to a colder climate on the cards, I was a very happy woman indeed when the skin god planets aligned and I was asked to trial a re-formulated moisturiser and a new cleanser from dermalogica – both specifically aimed at targeting dry skin.
dermalogica intensive moisture cleanser
Cleansers have a very obvious job to do when it comes to our skincare routine but not all cleansers suit all skin types. Dry skin needs a cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin’s lipid barrier because a strong lipid barrier is essential for hydrated skin.
dermalogica intensive moisture cleanser is an emollient, lipid-rich formula that feels soothing on the skin as it cleanses. It features dermalogica’s BioReplenish Complex™, phytoactives from coconut and murumuru seed butter for a smoother feel on the skin after cleansing and extracts of citrus, palmarosa and jasmine to refresh a tired skin.
dermalogica intensive moisture balance
With the skin cleansed and prepped with the intensive moisture cleanser, it is in the best position for a moisturiser that will continue the lipid-balancing work the cleanser started.
dermalogica intensive moisture balance is a re-formulated dermalogica fave. It also features BioReplenish Complex™, which includes key barrier lipids to help a dry skin barrier recover and become more resilient. A prebiotic Chlorella Algae complex helps rebalance the skin’s natural microbiome for healthy-looking skin. Hyaluronic Acid, combined with Echinacea, Centella Asiatica and Aloe Vera, lock in hydration.
My current skincare routine
I’ve changed up my routine to include these two products, while still using actives and keeping my skin protected with a spf product.
Morning: I use the intensive moisture cleanser, tone with ultracalming mist, then apply biolumin-C serum, intensive moisture balance, dynamic skin recovery spf50 and multivitamin powerfirm for around the eyes.
Night: I remove makeup with precleanse balm, then cleanse with the intensive moisture cleanser, tone with ultracalming mist, apply overnight retinol repair 1 (I avoid my forehead when it’s flakey), intensive moisture balance and eye reversal eye complex.
I’ve been using this new combination for two weeks and I’m so stoked to have had balance restored to my dry skin – particularly the skin on my forehead. I felt the difference in texture of the skin on my forehead after just one day.
I’ve also started applying the moisturiser to my forehead as almost a preventative measure before a run and that’s making a huge difference to how my skin feels that day.
I’m not sure how long my dry skin situation will be a thing (maybe you have experienced similar and are out the other side?) but I am sure that I’ll continue with these products to help keep the dryness and flakiness I’ve experienced in check.
For me, smooth, hydrated skin is the daily goal. Yes, I’ll apply makeup but I’ve long since learned that makeup only goes so far to mask your underlying skin health.
Targeted products, plus plenty of water and food that nourishes are key to supporting your skin to glow.
When stocking up on my skincare products, I buy direct from dermalogica australia. There is a $15 discount on your first order and with every order you earn points towards bonus samples. For travel, I can always buy smaller sizes of my fave products. And for the bathroom, I can buy larger sizes in some products.
As a special offer for Styling You readers, if you buy either intensive moisture balance or intensive moisture cleanser, you’ll receive a free deluxe travel size Daily Microfoliant (valued at $22.50). Shop via this link: www.dermalogica.com.au and enter the code INTENSIVE at checkout.
Dermalogica has 3 prize packs of the large size intensive moisture duo to giveaway to three Styling You readers. Each prize is valued at $216. To enter, leave an answer to the following question in the comments’ section below:
Do you suffer from dry skin? How much does your face need the intensive moisture duo right now?
Entries open on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5am (AEST) and close on Friday, February 22, 2019 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.