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First came across this product as a sample. Was suffering really annoying waves of spotty breakouts at the time due to typical summer combination of sun-cream and sweat, I know attractive right? Decided to give a clay-based cleanser a try as I figured that clay would at least soak up some of the oil and stop me dazzling passer-by with the shine from my forehead. It worked a treat. I like to treat it as a bit of a mask and let it dry on my skin for about five minutes before washing it off with a muslin cloth. The instructions don't tell you to do this but I feel like my skin is cleaned more effectively the longer I leave it on. I have no scientific proof for this but I find it more psychologically satisfying, what can I say. After using it my skin feels refreshed and revived and my pores do look cleaner and slightly smaller. Overall my skin looks less congested and yes, the oil issue is solved. The cleanser seems to have a mattifying effect without stripping the skin completely and I am left with a smoother, more even complexion. I still have the odd spotty flare-up, no cleanser will ever eliminate that but this product comes pretty close to fixing most of my problems, especially in the summer months when I'm piling the sun cream on. It also lasts for ages, I've had the current bottle for just under a year and am only just coming to the end of it. That's after using it every night and I haven't been stingy with the amount I put on either.
I switched from Origins Get Down Deep-Pore Clay Cleanser to Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser just last year because I was on holiday and couldn't get my hands onto any Origins products, but it worked so well I haven't any reason to switch back to Origins.
For both of the cleansers, one can use it as a standard face-wash (apply, massage, wash away) or you could leave it on a little longer, essentially for the clay to dry and 'suck up oils & impurities'. The biggest difference I found of this clay-based cleanser over the similar one offered by Origins is the drying effect of the Origins one, while this might be of advantage to some, it was too harsh on mine (no fault of Origins, it just doesn't suit my skin type); it should also be pointed out that the dermalogica one smells much milder and not as 'chemical' than the Origins one, but that is just my personal preference.
As for the ingredients, this cleanser contains 'Bentonite and Kaolin clays absorb excess oil; Astringent extracts of Sambucus, Ivy and Lemon remove excess oils and refine the skin's texture; and Menthol, Sage, Cucumber and Milk Proteins help calm the skin' One might like it with less or no menthol for it could cause irritation for people with very-sensitive skins, but it certainly gives a very refreshingly 'tingly' feel a tired face could find delightful.
Overall, I would say if you find yourself to have really quite oily skin, go for the Origins one for speedy fix, but be careful of its drying effects. Dermalogica could be a milder alternative that works equally well, and I have seen some very good deals offered by 'one of the UK most popular Dermalogica stockists' (am I allowed to give the name of the store? Google it and you shall find them ;)
I've tried many regimes over the years as I suffer with oily skin and breakouts as a consequence of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) I also have sensitive skin which makes me worry about spending cash on new products. However, with Dermalogica I needn't have worried. I managed to find some on the internet and purhcased some trial sizes. I'm very impressed, it's gentle so no irritation. Smells wonderful so I feel totally refreshed each time I wash my face and it doesn't leave my skin dry or taut in the same way that some products so. I can feel the difference already! In the space of just a few says I can already see an improvement, breakouts are looking a lot less angry and I seem to be clearing a little. Yes, it is expensive, but definately worth a try. I love the way you can puchase products of different sizes - ideal for travelling!
Generally speaking, I don't use clay cleansers or clay face masks any more as my past experiences of them have been less than impressive. This particular one was sent by a relative in the US who swears by Dermalogica and its effects so I was intrigued to see if it really worked seeing as Dermalogica is one of the more expensive skincare brands.
This isn't your typical cleanser as it is clay-based. To use, you simply wet your face and massage the cleanser into your skin, paying special attention to oily and spot-prone areas. The general idea is that the clay will soak up excess oil so that spots are less likely to develop. Having suffered from problem skin since I was in my early teens, I loved the idea of using this on a regular basis in the hope that it did a good job of sorting things out. The cleanser itself is a white shade and at first glance, it bears more resemblance to a cream-based cleanser as it is quite runny. Once I started massaging it into my skin though, the clay properties became more apparent. Although it was easy to massage, the thin consistency made it seem as though it was disappearing into my skin and I kept having to use another dollop to make sure that there was enough to massage. The smell is quite medicated, which I didn't expect.
After using it for the first time, I was quite impressed with its effects as it seemed to soak up a good lot of excess oil and took away the shiny complexion that I often end up sporting midway through the day. After a few uses though, I started to notice the shiny sheen returning and it seemed to lose its effectiveness with regular usage. I expected it to have some effect at closing my pores, but it didn't seem to. Although my skin is oily and spot-prone, it can be quite sensitive and this cleanser seemed to be a bit too searching at times as it left my skin feeling quite dry and tight sometimes.
This certainly isn't the cheapest cleanser on the market as one of the cheapest that I've found is £20.14 on Amazon. For what it does, I don't think that the price tag is entirely justified as it didn't seem to live up to the claims as far as my skin was concerned.
I first bought this product about four years ago when it was recommended to me by a friend as I was suffering from breakouts. It cost 16 pounds at the time off a discount website. I bought the 250ml container which lasted well over 6 months using it twice a day.
Although expensive, dermalogica products are really good; they leave my face feeling clean and soft.
Dermal clay cleanser is described as a skin perfecting formula designed to provide deep cleansing to oily congested skins. It contains kaolin, green clays, ivy, lemon, cucumber, sage and menthol. These ingredients are combined to provide deep cleaning whilst soothing and refreshing the skin. Dermalogica products are all non pore blocking and do not contain artificial fragrance or colour.
I find that this product balances my skin and does leave it refreshed although a little dry due to the clays so a good mosituriser is needed. I apply it in the shower to my wet face and when rubbed in it seems to tingle on your skin which is really refreshing especially first thing in the morning!
After using it for about two weeks it did seem to calm my skin down, although it did not really help the more inflamed acne I had on my chin area.
This can also be used as a face mask because of the clays; just leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
Great skin care. This cleanser is not like the other cleansers out there like Ponds, it is very very very good. I mean i have been only using it for a week, but im very happy with it. Firstly, the price of the cleanser is quite reasonable compared to other brands. It works like a charm. No more oily skin, i swear.... it removes all teh dry and ols skin and leaves a beautiful glow behind. Not just that, i gets rid of skin oiliness without making the skin dry. It is an absolute great product and everyone should try it, no gender differences..... Highly Recommended
I was previously using another brand but didn't quite like it. So after looking around, I decided to look at Dermalogica products. I always do research before purchasing anything so instead of trying out the whole range at full-sized bottles, I decided to try out the starter kit. The starter kit includes a 2 fl oz. Dermal Clay Cleanser, 2 fl oz. Multi Active Toner, 0.75 fl oz. Oil Control Lotion and a 0.75 fl oz. Skin Prep Scrub. Regarding the Dermal Clay Cleanser: Directions (as per on bottle): Apply to face and throat, massaging with light upward strokes. Concentrate on oily areas. Rinse with warm water and repeat. (Easy enough) My Face: I have oily skin and breakouts happen every week! First Impressions: Cleanser is white in colour and has quite an okay smell to it. Upon putting it on my face, I can really feel it washing away the oil. To me, you have to use quite a substantial amount to feel it working but maybe that's just me. I didn't repeat as it seems quite a waste of cleanser to do so and I only have a small amount to work with! After washing it off, your face feels instantly cool and you feel quite radiant. I have only used this product for less than a week. If all goes well, I'll definitely buy a bigger bottle! Dislikes: It is quite expensive (I bought starter kit at SGD$72; about 25£). 237ml cost SGD$59.80 and 473ml cost SGD$91.
I always seem to be writing opinions on this site about skin care products and how they help me in my war against having crappy skin. And lo! this is another one. Since stress at work and having a dreadful cold made my skin look sad and unhappy I decided now was the time to pull out the big guns. I went for a facial. Not just any facical, no, this was a dermalogica facial with loads of happy dermalogica products specially produced by the dermalogical institute (ooooo). This is probably just a fancy way of saying expensive skin care company. Now part of the whole facial is that they look at your skin and recommend a number of products that you can buy that will make your skin happier. I'd read very good things about it in the discussion board Handbag.com and thought it was worth a shot. Dermalogic products claim to be non-comedogenic and contain no occlusive mineral oil or lanolin, no irritating artificial colors or fragrance, and no drying S.D. alcohol or formaldehyde. They also do not test on animals. I have oily/combination skin with the more than occasional spot and loads of nasty looking pores so they gave me 'Dermal Clay Cleanser'. This is meant according to the blurb to : Super-absorbent Kaolin and Green Clays wick away excess oil and impurities to deep-cleanse the skin and refine its texture. Exhilarating, astringent extracts of Menthol and Watercress help to control excess oil. Oily/congested skin conditions. Which sounded fairly good to me. I was wary though as I tried a clay cleanser made by Origins and found that although it was good, it made my skin feel quite tight. I would only use it on occasions to get the grime out. This product is much better. For one, it's white and doesn't taste horrible (not that I eat it, but I always seem to end up getting some on my lips). It also isn't incredibly messy as some clay cleansers are. Tha bathroom sink wasn't covered in streaks of m
ud like muck. A little also seems to go a long way. I only needed something the size of a 5p. piece to get a good wash going. Best of all was the menthol component. My skin suddenly felt like it was chewing a piece of airwaves gum or a Halls menthalyptus, it was marvelous!! All cool and nice and like the muck inside it was being worked out. The odd thing is, I don't normally like the smell of menthol, but because this was very subtle I felt only the cooling sensation and not the stink of Vicks Vapo Rub. The texture of the face wash is slightly gritty, but not overly so. It left me feeling fresh and clean and not dry at all. Very very good! And best of all: my nose is no longer all clumpy with blackheads, they are actually starting to go. I haven't been using this product that long, but I'm finally beginning to feel my hope return.
Deep cleanses and purifies oily, congested skin /