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I have been a fan of Dermalogica products for quite some time after receiving some of their samples but I tried to resist purchasing them and managed to put it off for a while. I have combination skin and I struggle to find the right balance in products to still have moisture in my skin but yet preventing it from appearing too oily, however Dermalogica products seemed to promise to help me achieve this.
** DERMALOGICA **
Dermalogica were founded in 1986 in Los Angeles and they have since become an international brand that are recognised for their innovative skin care products. They have highlighted the importance of properly understanding your skin through the use of a Face Mapping skin analysis which is available from Dermalogica health experts. The process involves looking at your skin and examining each zone in turn, then finding the perfect products to match you.
Their product ranges tend to focus on a particular skin type such as age smart, ultracalming, day light defense and even a shaving range that is suitable for men. Aside from this, their products can be located by type such as cleanser and exfoliator which are designed for more general purposes so you do not find yourself restricted to one particular range. Personally, I think the flexibility element here is great.
** ACTIVE MOIST **
As you may have guessed, this product is a moisturiser that is part of the Dermalogica range. It is recommended for skin with excess oil production as it is lightweight and oil free, making it suitable for daily use to protect your skin. It promises to soothe the skin as it contains botanical extracts with no artificial colour or fragrance.
In addition, it contains silk amino acids as part of a unique combination of plant extracts that work to help 'smooth and improve' the skin's texture. The natural ingredients of lemon, cucumber and burdock help to refine the skin, so there is nothing too harsh in there that should cause a bad reaction.
I purchased the 50ml variant although it is available in a 100ml too. The packaging is somewhat plain, as it comes in a white tube with dark grey lettering. As it sits with the lid on the bottom, it is ideal for making sure you squeeze every last bit of product from it! Although the packaging is simple, it is quite effective and still manages to look very elegant and expensive. The writing on the product includes the brand name which is quite eye catching as it has been printed vertically, 'active moist' just to the left of it and the product size in the bottom left hand corner. The back of the product contains some brief product information, directions for use and its shelf life which is 24 months. The dark grey lid is easy screwed off with a little twist to reveal a small sized hole which the product is dispensed from.
Dermalogica suggest that it should be applied after cleansing and toning, over the face and throat with light, upward motions. Similarly, it should be used twice daily in both the morning and at night time.
** USING THE PRODUCT **
At the time of purchasing Active Moist, I also purchased a cleanser, exfoliator and toner to go with it as I thought they would compliment each other nicely. So, unsurprisingly I used this at the end of a 'beauty session' as the final step. It is easy to remove the lid even with slightly damp hands and the product is dispensed very easily by giving the tube a little squeeze. I have found I literally need an amount the size of a pea to cover my whole face.
As the moisturiser is very light weight, it spreads across the face really easily and allows you to get away with using less product. I tend to apply it as advised by Dermalogica with 'light, upward strokes' and I have found this works really well for me. The product feels like it is absorbed into my skin really quickly and avoids that horrible feeling of having an extra greasy layer of skin although I assume this is because it is quite thick in consistency.
The product feels like it has been absorbed within 30 seconds to one minute and then I can start to see the results. As Dermalogica use natural ingredients, there is no nasty or artificial smell to it, in fact there is very little scent at all which makes me feel like I am putting a high quality product on my face and not something that is going to clog up my skin.
** THE RESULTS **
The results were what I was expecting, although largely seemed to exceed my expectations I suppose. Within around a minute my skin was left feeling really soft and smooth. Not only that, but sometimes my skin can look a little patchy when I have no make up on. It isn't very obvious but something I am aware of, however this really seemed to even out my skin tone and made it look really clear.
After using the moisturiser, my skin was left glowing, not oily but just healthy. Even my oilier areas such as my T zone did not look oily which I have found with other products. I could really tell the difference in my skin as before use, it can tend to look a little dull and this really seems to bring it back to life.
The smoothness of my skin creates a great base for make up to be applied and as the moisturiser hydrates all areas of my face, I am not left with any little lines around areas such as my nose that my foundation will not apply to properly which is a re-occurring problem for me.
** PRICING AND AVAILABILITY **
Dermalogica, unlike a lot of other brands, is not widely available on the high street as you might expect. You can locate your nearest stockist using the store locator on the Dermalogica website although I have found that most of the ones local to me are in really small, niche salons that I would not otherwise have come across.
If you know what products you want though, it is relatively easy to come across them on the internet. I purchased mine from www.pure-beauty.co.uk and as I spent over £75, I got free next day delivery included too and 7 Dermalogica samples of my choice. The 50ml version of this, which I purchased, cost me £22.10 although the website states that the RRP is £28.50, so that is quite a good saving. The 100ml tube is £31.65 with an RRP of £41.00.
If you have the time, it might be worth shopping around online. It seems that there are a number of sample products available on websites such as eBay which you are likely to be able to purchase quite cheaply in comparison.
** SUMMARY **
I did have my doubts about this product, purely based on the price as I would not pay out all that money on a moisturiser normally however I am glad that I managed to convince myself. I cannot imagine that I will use up the product before the 24 month shelf life as even with daily use, the tube seems to remain completely full.
I feel this has really enhanced my beauty regime and with daily use, has improved my self confidence without any make up as my skin appears much smoother and so much more even. Knowing that it feels great too is just a bonus!
I think this moisturiser deserves 5/5 Dooyoo stars as you can really tell it is well made and of really high quality. I wouldn't think twice about buying it again! For more information you can visit www.dermalogica.com/uk.
After writing a rather negative review on an expensive cosmetic product I thought I would balance it out with a positive one on a product that costs a whopping £28.99 for a 100ml bottle and in some places I have seen it priced at over the £30 mark. You can buy a smaller 50ml one however at around the £20 mark you pay a higher price per ml.
This is a super moisturiser from Dermalogica, it is very effective at re-hydrating my skin after a long day at work. It is also made from natural products as it is part of the Dermalogica range and contains such things as Cucumber and lavender as well as silk amino acids and these help to sooth and calm down the skin and leave it looking healthy and refreshed.
The packaging is pretty functional, a white tube with a black lid on which it stands when not in use. There is black lettering running the length of the tube. The cream itself is very rich and has no artificial fragrances in it and it has a slight smell which is very natural and fresh. I apply it after washing my face and while the skin is still damp, this is the recommended method from Dermalogica, I also use a scrub and cleanser before application as well.
You only need to apply a little to your finger as it provides excellent coveridge and absorbs into my skin really easily. It does not leave my skin feeling greasy as there are no artificial oils in it and thus after use my skin feels very smooth and refreshed and it looks great as well.
The only negative to this product is the price however because you need to use such a small amount with each application I find that it does last a long time and therefore when I consider the results I think it is excellent value for money and is certainly a product I would recommend for those with either dry or normal skin types. Given that it has no oils in it I guess it would also be ok for those with greasy skin as well but you might want to check first with a cosmetics adviser first.
For my Birthday I was given a range of Dermalogica products and amongst them was Dermalogica Active Moist, this is a product that is a great moisturiser that I used after using the Dermalogica daily microfoliant.
The Active Moist is a great product that rehydrates your skin after a hard working day against the elements, it helps to soften your skin whilst also helping to nourish and protect it throughout the day.
This cream is easy to apply and it is great as there are no oils in it, which means that your skin does not feel or look greasy afterwards, which so many moisturisers have done to my skin over the years.
Active Moist has silk amino acids in to help smooth and improve skin texture, whilst also having natural botanical astringents of Lemon, Ivy, Watercress and Burdock to help refine the skin. It also has soothing extracts of Lavender, Mallow and Cucumber to provide deep hydration. As like all Dermalogica products there are no artificial colours or fragrances so they are great for people with all skin types.
To apply the cream add a small amount to your finger I then dot it around and then with my finger tips I then gently massage it into and around my face and as there are no oils in the cream this means that the lotion quickly absorbs into my skin.
Dermalogica also recommends that you apply this over a damp face and that you can also use it with the multi active toner and you could also mix it with a concentrated booster for additional results.
This great tube of Active Moist comes in two different sizes there is the 50ml or 100ml, if this is a product that you use regularly then it is more cost effective to purchase the 100ml as this costs around £30, whilst the 50ml costs around £20. This is quite expensive for a mosituriser but I only apply this to my face and you require a minimal amount so it works out reasonably priced in the end. My 50ml bottle is now running low after almost 4 months of daily use.
If you do not want to purchase large bottles of the Dermalogica range to try, then there are gift sets that have smaller bottles in at a great price for the set so you can try the products for a few weeks to make your own decision and then purchase larger bottles that you perfer.
The only disadvantage is that this brand is one of the higher ends of brand of the market and there are not widely available on the high street, so you need to go to department shops or shop around online, but to get the best price there are sometime high postal charges.
Overall a product that is definitely worth trying, but it is also a little costly on a budget in these times so it is understandable if you opted for a cheaper alternative from the high street.
I have and always have had oily skin which has given me a constant battle against acne on my face and neck. In the past I have used many different treatments for oily skin and Dermalogica have provided me with many of them. I use Dermalogica as part of a daily regime and Dermalogica Active Moist is a moisturiser designed specifically for my skin type.
The packaging is typically Dermalogica, and has the branding clearly stated down the front. This gives the product a slightly clinical look, although the product itself is certainly not like this at all. i think the way Dermalogica package their products is very clean and gives a very professional finish.
The 50ml tube does go a long way as I don't use a great deal of it each time and I only use it on my face and neck. The tube lasts me a number of months, anywhere between 4 and 6 months and so paying around £22 for the 50ml is reasonably good value. As I have oily skin I don't find myself needing a great deal of the product, although saying that I do ensure my skin is clear before application.
The moisturiser has a soft fragrance to it, quite a clean scent. Dermalogica products don't generally have strong or harsh scents. A small amount goes a long way, and I apply the moisturiser onto my fingertips before working it over my face and neck. After just a few minutes it has soaked in and as it has a lightweight feel to it I barely notice it after a short while. The moisturiser is for daily use and i apply is each day. It lasts the entire day if I apply it in the morning.
As Dermalogica Active Moist is lightweight it is great for oily skin and isn't designed for use on dry skin. Although the initial pricetag may seem a little steep I do think it is worth it. Whether you are male or female this product will keep your face moisturised all day long and as it doesn't have a feminine 'flowery' scent it is suitable for all.
Active Moist by Dermalogica. The name alone was enough for me to want to try it. Just in case you haven't read any of my reviews I don't pay full price for any of the Dermalogica range as I have a wonderful friend that gets me a very nice discount. Still it's an expensive range although I don't always buy the product again but some I do.
This is specifically designed for people with oily skin, of which I am not one. However any one can use this as it will only benefit your skin rather than harm it. It's highly hydrating complex are absorbed deep down to give a very intense moisture level to your skin. It plumps it up reducing any fine lines you may have and also never leaves your skin looking shiny like other moisturises do. I have never found that to be a problem with any Dermalogica product. My skin just sucks it in so there is no greasy residue, as there is never any greasy ingredients. This is a light thin lotion that has as always only the best natural ingredients, such as watercress, lavender, lemon and sage. Lavender is well known for its healing, antibacterial properties. While the fruit acids work as a very gentle and light peel while at the same time their vitamins penetrate the skin. Using sage leaves on acne is nothing new it's been an old wives remedy for generations dew to it's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oils.
This is packaged in the usual understated Dermalogica way. Just a White tube with the familiar grey headline print with matching grey lid. This is also one of the products that's designed to be stood on it's head (lid).
I use this just like a standard moisturiser. After cleansing my skin, and toning to close the pores, I then apply it to my face by simply squeezing a little on to my fingertips. I the rub all my fingertips together using both of my hands and apply it to my face. I use up and outward strokes to encourage natural lymphatic drainage and stimulate circulation.
It's very easily absorbed and has a nice soft smell.
The results are soft silky skin. This is one of the products I have continued to buy after getting my discount. It isn't the largest of tubs but you really don't need too much of it, a little goes a long way.
I also found that it gave good results after the first use, but it's one of the few products that Dermalogica do that needs a bit of time to see it's full effect. For me it took around two weeks to really see a difference.
This can be purchased online at : amazon.co.uk for £20.99 + shipping
Active Moist is a product that has specifically been created for people like me whose skin produces too much oil. Oily skin can be a real pain. It can look greasy pretty soon after it has been washed, often has enlarged pores and frequently leads to spots and blackheads forming. On the plus, apparently us ladies with oily skin will look younger for longer as our skin very rarely has the opportunity to become dehydrated.
What does it do?
The product itself is a moisturiser for the face that is free from oil and finds that happy place somewhere between hydrating the skin and preventing the production of excess oils. It's a light lotion that is packed full of natural ingredients and does not contain any artificial fragrances or colouring so it will be gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin. It is suitable for use on both men and women.
How does it work?
Active Moist contains Silk Amino Acids which improve the skins texture leaving it feeling soft and silky. It is able to sink deeply into the skin and binds moisture in deeply which prevents the skin from becoming dry and aging before its time. The feeling of velvet that Active Moist leaves your skin with is because of this substance.
A whole host of ingredients are included in this lotion in order to act as astringents, tightening the pores and reducing the amount of oil that is being let loose. Lemon helps to dry out acne and detoxifies the skin. Ivy helps to tighten the skin which keeps it looking youthful while Watercress tones the skin and leaves it feeling smoother. Burdock helps to heal the skin and improves the appearance of many skin conditions.
Lavender is included because of its anti bacterial and soothing qualities. It stimulates the growth of healthy new skin cells and helps to keep the skin looking younger by given it a gentle moisturisation. The Mallow which is present is equally soothing and helps to heal the skin while reducing any puffiness. The Cucumber within the lotion is cooling on the skin and softens the face. Grape is included because it is packed full of vitamins and minerals which nourish the skin.
Sage fights against spot causing bacteria and calms inflamed blemishes and the Arnica Montana Flower serves the same purpose while also speeding up the healing process on any blemishes that you may already have.
How do you use it?
The product is designed to be used after cleansing, toning and exfoliating and is to be applied to the face using gentle, upward strokes. The only difference is that this product is to be applied to damp skin. I tried doing this and it didn't really work for me because once I had applied the product, I had the urge to dry my face which would have wiped it back off again. Because of this, I choose to apply to clean, dry skin and although this may mean that I don't get the full benefit of the product, I think that I get more of a benefit than if I was to wipe it back off.
Packaging and price
The packaging as always with this brand is plain and boring. This is because Dermalogica claims that what is inside the tube and bottles is good enough to sell itself without fancy packaging or advertising. Active Moist is in a plain white tube with some grey writing across it and a grey lid to access the contents.
I bought mine from the Lookfantastic website for £21 and for my money I got 50ml of Active Moist. It is usually much more expensive and perhaps can also be found for even cheaper. It is available from many different websites so it's a good idea to shop around for this one to ensure that you are going to get a good deal.
This product really does manage to give my skin enough moisture without causing any shine or greasiness on my already difficult skin. Some products for oily skin dry out my dry areas such as my forehead and nose even more but this doesn't do that.
The consistency of Active Moist is perfect. It is incredibly light and is absorbed easily into my skin. Some moisturisers can enhance that horrible feeling of greasiness on my skin but this one doesn't actually feel like I'm wearing a moisturiser, but it still gives all the positive effects of one.
My skin stays look fresh and clean for longer, from the minute it has been applied. It hasn't caused any redness, discomfort or blemishes on my sensitive and spot prone skin. I do still get the occasional blemish but I don't think any product would be able to completely kick my skin into shape. Nevertheless, my skin feels soft and much smoother than before.
My make up can be applied easily over the top and it has no negative effect on how my foundation looks on my face. It simply helps it to last longer because the foundation doesn't slide straight off again.
My only criticism is that the size of the bottle for the price is a bit unfair. This is a product that I want to use night and day but if I did that, then this would only last two minutes so I try and space out my usage to make it last longer.
I now compare all of the moisturisers for oily skin that I find to Simple's Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser because I think that this product also does a good job and it is very cheap. Active Moist feels fresher and much lighter on my skin and manages to prevent any dryness, whereas Simple does cause a little dryness. Active Moist is also packed full of natural goodness which you can feel nourishing your skin.
All in all, apart from the price and the amount that you get for it, this is a faultless little product that perfectly finds the balance between moisturising and preventing oily skin in a natural way, leaving your skin clear, soft and smooth.
This "lightweight, oil-free lotions" is "recommended for skin with excess oil production". As I tend to prefer thick creams, when I first bought it I didn't give it much of a chance, however having had it sitting in my cupboard for ages I have recently started to use this and have wondered why I didn't use it more before. It glides on really nicely, and whilst it is very light it isn't at all greasy and is still very effective at moisturising my skin. It is extremely comfortable to wear and even has a fairly pleasant smell, plus it seems to be suitable for fairly sensitive skin. Another good thing about it is the packaging; the tube means that you keep the contents nice and fresch (rather than exposing it to the air and your fingers everytime you use it), the cream comes out easily (almost too easily sometimes) as it is quite liquidy and can easily be stored with the cap end down (as well as helping it come out easily when new this means it is easy to get all the lotion out when nearing the end of the tube. It seems to last a long time too, so whilst I feel it is expensive (at over £20 for 100ml) it works out quite good value. The only criticism I would have of it though is that it does not contain SPF, so if you want to protect your skin from the sun you will have to use something else containing SPF.
Since working within the Beauty Industry I have come in to contact with many different brands of products to use on the face. I have found Dermalogica to be the best on the market.
Active Moist is fantastic for young to middle aged skin as it contains active ingredients that will help the most oiliest of skins, it also contains lavender oil with will help soothe sore/irritated, spot prone or problem areas. It should always be applied at the end of a facial routine to make sure it works at its best. The Active Moist moisturiser is very light and doesn't make your skin feel like its suffocating, you can apply the moisturiser right before you apply make up and it will not make the make up slide off your face like some other moisturisers do. You can also add a little to your foundation to make a moisturising foundation (it will also make your foundation go further!) Active moist works well with Dermalogica's 'Ultra Calming Cleanser' followed by 'Multi Active Toner' which then should be followed by 'Daily Microfoliant' (although once a week I would use 'Skin Prep Scrub' as this just helps get rid of dead skin cells) and then the Active Moist to finish.
Dermalogica isn't widely available to the public and very few salons sell it due to it being for professional use only. This is just generally so people don't over use it on the skin and should be used in very small amounts. Many Beauty Therapist have been trained in Dermalogica and for best effect, contact a consultant to do 'Skin Mapping' for you, this will ensure you are using the right products on the correct part of the face.
I am someone who has suffered with oily skin since since the start of my teens and unfortunately still suffer now! I was not very knowledgable on skin care products and used to just use an average face wash and a very thick moisturiser which just made my oily skin worse! At the end of my tether, I then came online and searched for something that would finally match my skin type and found Dermalogica Active Moist.
For what seems like quite a small tube (the 50ml one), you do get a lot of product and one tube can last me upto 6 months! However, this might be due to the fact that I do only need a small amount whereas someone with slightly dryer skin may need to use more as I find I use a lot more on my neck which is quite dry in comparison to my face! As well as this, the price is very reasonable considering how long a tube can last. I bought a 50ml bottle for £22.50, although it does seem that this can be bought even cheaper if you search around!
The moisturiser itself is lightweight with a lovely clean smell, as is the case with all Dermalogica products and a small amount on your fingertips can spread across practically your whole face. After about 5 minutes when it has all soaked in, my face feels incredibly smooth, especially when I have used it after using the Dermalogica Daily Microexfoliant (which I also think is a must!) As well as having inital smooth skin, it really does last all day and if you then apply make up after using the moisturiser, you should also see a difference in how smoothly you can apply your make up too!
If there are any downsides to Active Moist, it would probably be that if you get small patches of dry skin (which we all do now and then), Active Moist probably won't help as it is lightweight and more suitable to oily skin which doesn't require anything more. This can be annoying when you do get the odd dry patch that doesn't seem to improve no matter how much you apply but other than this, Dermalogica Active Moist is a must for anyone with oily skin and I think it would be very hard to find anything that works better!
dermalogica active moist is recommended for skin prone to oiliness and is a lightweight lotion which provides daily moisture protection to combat surface dehydration. It contains silk amino acids, and natural botanicals of lemon, cucumber and burdock with no artificial colour or fragrance.
It comes in a slim white tube - i do hate pot moisturisers they seem so unhygienic so this was great in that respect and it really lasts for ages despite the steep prices dermalogica products do work out to be quite economical over a long period. Always get your skin mapped by a dermalogica professional before purchasing to avoid all that trial and error when you start using a new regime.
I would say this moisturiser is lovely, light and easily absorbed when used with a full regime of dermalogica cleansers and toners and scrubs. When I first bought this i used it along side my old cleansers and found it left my skin feeling a little sticky (eww) and shiny. However once I started using it after special cleansing gel and antioxidant hydramist i found it absorbed fast and left a hyrdated yet matte finish - perfect as a make up base as another reviewer commented and great as a lightweight night moisturiser. When my skin was particularly oily this helped combat my oil while leaving it really soft and the fine lines i had from dehydration were not there after about 1 week of using this product.
I find most foundations leave my skin feeling dry and irritated by the end of the day
and have tried many rich moisturisers to combat this with no luck, yet this light lotion
really really hydrates skin and i had no creases or dry patches on my face at the end of the day at all. it just left it soo refreshed... my 50ml tube has lasted me 6 months (although i have used a few other moisturisers in addition to this) so it pretty good valuve for money I think.. also works great over the dermalogica boosters - i was using skin hydrating booster around my nose and forehead.
I would definetly reccomend this product, while it is mainly for those with oily skin if you are fairly young and skin is dehydrated like mine you might like this as well.
ooooh i almost forgot - the smell!! While I have to admit I really dont like the smell of most of the derm. products i have used (botanicals can be just as strong smelling and irritating as fragrances by the way) i really love the smell of this lotion. It has a sweet lemon-y scent and is quite earthy - a little like aveda's shampure shampoo (i havent used that shampoo in a year but i remember it smelling similar). It is a little strong but won't last all day just when you apply it. :-)
Active Moist is one of Dermalogica's most popular products and I think it is deserving of its popularity. This moisturiser is very light and when applied to the skin is absorbed quickly without leaving a greasy sheen. I have been using this cream for several months now alongside the cleanser and toner and have found my skin is much clearer. This may be because this moisturiser is not greasy and so when I put make up on after it does not keep the grease in. Instead the make up stays put all day and I use much less.
As I have quite dry skin, I will occasionally use a thicker cream at night, but Active Moist is perfect as a day cream. The moisturiser is particularly good for skin as it contains Lemon, Ivy, Watercress and Burdock which help refine the skin and Lavender, Mallow and Cucumber which help provide deep-hydration. The cream locks in moisture while allowing the skin to breathe rather than blocking pores and therefore sebaceous oils.
Active Moist is quite expensive, as with other products in the Dermalogica range and a 50ml bottle retails at £24.10, but then again I think sometimes you need to pay for quality. However I am a bit of a bargain hunter and have managed to find it at £16.98 at www.jerseybeautycompnay.co.uk. The amount of stress your skin goes through and how much of an asset it is to your appearance and self-confidence, I think paying a little extra for a premium brand is ultimately value for money.
Active Moist has received many accolades and was votes InStyle magazine's Best Beauty Buy, an award I think it deserves.
I used to be a fan of the Dermalogica range before discovering Lab Series, which I think has the edge. As someone with neither oily nor dry skin, I need a moisturiser which can be used everyday and keeps skin in good condition.
What is this product:
This is a very lightweight, oil-free moisturizer designed to combat against moisture loss in the face. It contains extracts of Burdock, Sage and Cucumber to calm and hydrate the skin. I bought a 50ml tube and it cost me about £20, though prices vary if you shop around online.
Comes in a small smart white plastic tube with a screw-top lid.
How to apply:
A small squeeze from the plastic tube and the liquid comes out with ease. It is a little runny, but a small blob can be achieved and worked into the face. It rubs in well, no horrid smell and is a quick and painfree process.
I didn't really see any instant results, but after using it for a few weeks I did see that my skin was looking fresher and seemed to develop less dry spots. The tone seemed more even as well and I felt happy about how it was looking and more radiant.
It does work and is quite light and won't clog up the pores, but the price is a setback. A tube might last a couple of months, but it is too dear for my liking. That said, it is a trusty brand and stick with it and you will see results.
Dermalogica Active Moist looks pretty much like any other moisturiser on the market... it's a white and it's a cream... however - this moisturiser is a little bit different to most. Active Moist ensures that your skin stays moisturised all day by creating an invisible barrier on your skin, so the moisture is locked in. Added to that, it's oil free (so fine to use if you have oily skin) and fragrance-free (so suitable for most sensitive skins too). On reading that the moisturiser created a barrier on your skin to keep it moisturised all day, I imagined that on using it I'd experience greasy feeling skin for the rest of the day - but I was wrong. As I mentioned earlier - the moisturiser itself looks typically like any other moisturiser, however as soon as you apply it to your face you can feel that it's kind of, well, lightweight?! It rubs into the skin really easily and feels as though it is being absorbed, as opposed to some cheaper moisturisers that feel like you are just spreading them about on your face. I also find that you only need a small amount to cover your entire face - this is beneficial as it means it lasts much longer than other moisturisers I have tried, including Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturiser. The product is advertised as containing 'Silk Proteins' and 'extracts of Burdock, Sage and Cucumber', which are supposed to calm and hydrate the skin. These aren't the only ingredients however - as with most cosmetics there is a huge list of ingredients written in latin on the back of the packet, however those nice people at Dermalogica have provided English translations for most of them in brackets... I was suprised to see that as well as those natural ingredients listed, it also contains extracts of lavender, mallow, ivy, watercress, lemon and grape. For this reason, although it is marketed as fragrance free, the product does have a subtle smell from the natural ingredients
contained within (this is opposed to a synthetic fragrance that they could have added). Active moist is definitely suited to normal / oily skin conditions - it's likely that those with dry skin may find this isn't strong enough to nourish their skin as much as required. Dermalogica products are only available from selected registered salons - they cannot be bought on the high street or in a supermarket. They are also typically more expensive than high street brands such as Nivea, though are in line with brands such as Clinique. Unfortunately I don't have an exact price for Active Moist as I am fortunate enough to have been given numerous sample sachets from the salon I visit. If you are interested in trying Active Moist for yourself, or any other Dermalogica product, I would strongly advise that you ask for a sample (or samples) of the product first before committing yourself to a fairly expensive purchase. I've already made my mind up that when I've used up all my sample sachets I will be purchasing a bottle of Active Moist for myself! Definitely a 5* rating from me! For more information on Dermalogica products see www.dermalogica.com