If you follow my Instagram stories, then you probably know I am obsessed with Dermalogica products. They actually are one of the first skincare brands I ever used. My mom used them, so naturally I would use whatever was in her bathroom and that’s when I was introduced to the brand. Since then, it has been a staple in my beauty cabinet. Because I truly believe in the products I use. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites and how I use each one. To start, I’m going to review the Precleanse. Do you personally use Dermalogica? If so, which are your favorites? Are there any you are curious about? Let’s talk about it! Leave a comment below.
Dermalogica Precleanse Review
My honest review: I started using the Dermalogica Precleanse a little over two months ago and I wish I could give a better review of “these are the pro’s and these are the cons.” While I’m sure this product has cons for some skin types (I can’t think of what type), this product agrees SO well with mine. I love that this product hydrates my skin and is so gentle. Now that you know how much I love it, I’ll go into detail.
This precleanse is exactly what it sounds like. It is an oil based product that melts through oil and oil-based debris that collects on skin throughout the day.
Key Ingredient 1: Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides
Caprylic Triglycerides is derived from coconut oil and glycerin. It is considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient. It is included in cosmetics due to its mix of fatty acids that skin can use to replenish its surface and resist moisture loss.
Key Ingredient 2: Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil fades face wrinkles. It is filled with anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and antioxidants which prevent the skin from damage by free radicals.
Key Ingredient 3: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
According to L’Oreal Paris, Helianthus Annus Seed Oil is great for acting as an antioxidant and being moisturizing. The linoleic acid present in sunflower oil works to reinforce the skin barrier. This helps to reduce moisture loss from the skin surface, thus improving overall hydration. Additionally, the Vitamin E in sunflower seed oil also provides antioxidant advantages that allow it to neutralize free-radicals that are present in the environment.
Key Ingredient 4: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil
Orange oil is a natural astringent with powerful antibacterial and toning properties. It is also used for its uplifting citrus aroma and natural source of the antioxidant vitamin C.
Key Ingredient 5: Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil
Grapefruit Peel oil has natural astringent properties and it is also useful for acne and oily skin. It helps tone and firm skin as well as reduces cellulite and fat by detoxifying skin and increasing circulation. It also can help reduce itching from skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Key Ingredient 6: Borago Officinalis Seed Oil
Borago Oil is a natural oil that not only restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin but can also provide relief to people who suffer from chronic skin disorders such as eczema and atopic dermatitis.
Key Ingredient 7: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Not only does lavender smell SO good, Lavandula Angustifolia is good for so much too. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is also added to chamomile to treat eczema.
Key Ingredient 8: Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Rosemary extract has a calming effect on skin, which may be useful for mitigating several common skin issues. Rosmarinic acid is an antioxidant, as is caffeic acid, another naturally occurring component of rosemary.
Key Ingredient 9: Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract
According to many resources, like CenterChem.com, Tomato Extract has earned it’s place in the cosmetic industry. Purifying to the skin, Tomato Extract helps balance the balance the pH of the skin and regulate sebum. Tomato contains Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent collagen deterioration.
Key Ingredient #10: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil
Rice Bran Oil is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants. The combination of the two speeds up wound healing and sunburns, increases cellular regeneration, smooths the skin texture, and acts as the perfect moisturizer. Rice Bran oil is non-comedogenic and will not clog your pores
Price, Quality and Packaging
Dermalogica Precleanse is 5.1oz bottle that is sold for $45. Dermalogica products are definitely priced on the higher side but I do think it is worth it. A little bit of this product goes a long way (I use 2 pumps if I’m wearing a lot of make up), and the bottle lasts a while. I haven’t run out of my precleanse yet and I am going on three months. The packaging is simple and does the job. The colors are neutral which is the nice and the shape of the bottle works. They definitely stick true to themselves and haven’t tried to jump on any beauty packaging trends.
Why Use A Precleanse?
I never really believed in using a precleanse until this year. I guess I technically “pre cleansed” by using make up wipes before washing my face but never formally use something else before applying my cleanser. What I learned is that pre-cleansers are different from regular face cleansers and they do matter. Pre-cleansers are able to remove oil-based impurities which your face wash otherwise would not be able to. They work by first attracting the oil-based contaminant away from the skin. Then, the contaminant becomes trapped as the pre-cleanser surrounds it. When water is applied they rinse off carrying the oily impurities with them. With stubborn pollutants gone, regular cleansers are given the ability to thoroughly cleanse and wash any excess impurities. By pre-cleansing, skin is the cleanest it can be which allows for maximum absorption of other products.
How To Use Dermalogica Precleanse
I don’t know if I use the Dermalogica precleanse the way you are “supposed to” but this is the way I use and is best for me. Everyday that I wear sunscreen, mascara, or any make up / moisturizer that requires washing to get off, which is everyday, I use this precleanse. I used to think it would add time to my getting ready for bed process but it actually has shortened it.
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Cleansing Step 1:
I use 1-2 pumps of the cleanse in my DRY hands (this part is important) and I massage it through my eyes, face and neck. Once I have done that I simply rinse it off with water. It is shocking to me every time that all of my make up is removed in one wash.
Cleansing Step 2:
Cleansing Step 3: