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This blog post contains gifted products.

I’m always on the lookout for new skincare and until now, I’d never tried any products from Dermalogica so I was really excited when they got in touch to send me some to try out!

I have to admit I loved everything about them except the cost – they have quite high price points per product which is more than I would normally pay for my skincare but I’m always keen to try new things so went in with an open mind. 


The precleanse is a cleansing oil, which quite literally melts the makeup off your face in the first part of a two stage cleansing routine. One pump is enough which you apply directly to dry skin and and it even removes waterproof mascara and lipstick. Then just rinse off with warm water. I love the scent of this and can see this fitting into my evening skincare routine as the first step although I have to admit, it’s more expensive than I would normally pay for a cleansing oil. This product is one of Dermalogica’s top selling products and  Precleanse costs £38.50 for 150ml but a cheaper alternative that I’ve been using is the L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Cleansing Oil which is only £7.99.

Special Cleansing Gel

To follow the precleanse, the Special Cleansing Gel is the second stage of a two stage cleansing routine which removes any traces of the oil and makeup. It’s a gentle foaming cleanser which soothes and purify the skin without stripping away any of your natural moisture. Again, one pump is enough which you lather across your skin with moist hands and rinse off with warm water. The Special Cleansing Gel costs £32 for 250ml so again it’s a slightly higher price point, especially if you were to buy both the Precleanse and Special Cleansing Gel together as part of a two step routine but its worth pointing out that you can get smaller versions of these (which are obviously a fair bit cheaper) so you can try them out to see how you get on with them. I think that the sizes I’ve got will last me for quite a while so that makes the cost a bit easier to stomach. 

Daily Microfoliant

The Daily Microfoliant is definitely my favourite product out of all of the Dermalogica products that I’ve tried; I’ve never seen anything like it before! The Daily Microfoliant  is an exfoliating powder, which you pour into wet hands to form a paste which you then massage across your skin to gently remove dead skin cells which leaves the skin looking brighter and smoother. The powder itself is a rice exfoliant and when it’s mixed with water it releases Papain, Salicylic Acid (one of my faves) and Rice Enzymes.

I’ve been using this straight after the Special Cleansing Gel in my skincare routine. If I was going to purchase any of these products (full disclaimer: I was sent all of these products by Dermalogica) then it would definitely be the Daily Microfoliant, as soon as I’ve got over the shock of the price point! The Daily Microfoliant costs £49.50 for 75g (smaller sizes are also available thank goodness).

Skin Smoothing Cream

To follow up, I’ve been using the Skin Soothing Cream which is a medium weight moisturiser to balance combination dry skin which is my skin type. Its not too rich and leaves the skin feeling soft and glowy and my makeup goes on like a dream after using it. The only disappointment with this product is that it doesn’t contain an SPF so you need to apply an SPF after your moisturiser when using this.  The Skin Soothing Cream costs £36 for 50ml.

Skinperfect Primer

Finally, Dermalogica also sent me their Skinperfect Primer which does contain SPF 30 (yay) and this gives a really lovely glowy base for makeup. The primer itself contains silicones which helps to create the smooth surface for foundation. I really love that it comes with a tube dispenser which you attach onto the end of the tube and it helps to squeeze out every ounce of product which let’s face it, is needed when you ‘re paying this much for a primer! The Skinperfect Primer costs £44.50 for 22ml. 

As you can probably guess, the cost of the products is what I’ve struggled to come to terms with but the only area I felt let Dermalogica down is the packaging. For a mid – high price point I’d expect glass bottles and a little more of a luxury feel but the plastic packaging makes it feel a little more ‘average’.

Have you tried Dermalogica products before?

These products were gifted to me by Dermalogica.

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