“ Brand: Dermalogica / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes, „
In a recent review I mentioned that just over a week ago I finished a product testing trial on Dermalogica products and in doing that test I was asked to use them for 4 weeks on a daily basis and record my thoughts, views, skin changes and a few other things to watch for alongside this. The first product I tested was called the Facial Brush and this product is called Dermalogica - Intensive Moisture Balance.
Again, when it comes to using products on my face I am always quite careful as to what I do and do not agree to test because I do have really sensitive skin especially on my face in which it reacts quite badly to certain ingredients. One of the things I really like about Dermalogica is that you can use their website or visit one of their stands to undergo a process called 'speed mapping' in which you answer a series of questions about you skin, these questions range from choosing your primary concern - that is whether your skin is oily, dry and so on and then choosing the areas on your face for example where those issues are and then working your way through the questioning to find the right products for your skin. I did this before getting my testing package, so I knew already that the products I was sent should be safe to use.
What I have found is that when it comes to using Dermalogica products I have been always ended up in a much better condition after using something than it was before I started, but I'm just too tight fisted to part with the money to buy the products out of my own pocket most of the time, when then again if I am sent full sized products to test, why buy them.
So having used two products together to exfoliate my skin and remove dirt, grime and other nasty little skin irritants, I am left with an intensive moisturiser which is designed to deal with the dry skin and this product is marketed by the following statement:
"Give your ultra dry starving skin some serious nourishment and vital moisture. Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance will also prevent free radical damage to help optimise your skin's health leaving it soft and supple".
So being exactly what I needed right now, along with the exfoliating, I was quite looking forward to seeing what the results would be like. It is designed to be used by people who have combination and dry skin rather than someone with over oily skin, but again it really does depend on your skin type. The product itself arrived in a 100ml white tube which was in keeping with the Dermalogica branding. If you have never seen anything from within this brand it uses the white with silver colouring, so in this case the plastic tube was pure white with silver lettering telling you what the product was and the flip top lid is also silver. The box it arrived in was silver with white lettering also, a complete reversal of what you find colour wise when you remove the tube from the box.
The flip top lid was easy to remove and replace when using and you really only need to squeeze the tube very lightly to get a big enough sized blob of the moisturising cream onto the palm of your hand. The cream is white in colour and is quite thick in texture, much more so than your high street brand moisturising creams.
My directions of usage for this cream came in the form of a briefing sheet and it said that after I have cleansed and toned my skin, which I do on a daily basis, apply the cream over the face and throat using light upwards massaging strokes and allow to fully soak in. I was also asked to use this cream twice a day, before going to bed and after showering. So nothing out of the ordinary for me with my skincare regime in any case. As this cream states it will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and firm to the touch I was quite surprised that after using it for the very first time that my skin did feel very soft and smooth and given the cream was quite thick I expected to find a greasy feel to my skin because I assumed it would take a while to sink in, but I was wrong, it didn't, the cream melts into your skin almost immediately and it leaves behind a soft floral like fragrance which comes from its ingredients and it is a very pleasant aroma. As for my skin feeling much firmer, well it certainly didn't feel like that after the first application, but towards the end of my testing period there was a notable change to my skin around my eyes in which the skin did feel slightly tighter.
Onto the ingredients, with this product Dermalogica use Vitamin A, C and E which help sooth and smooth the skin and their job is to reduce visible lines and signs of premature aging whilst helping to protect the skin from everyday damage ensuring the skin is looked after. Ginkgo Bilbao is used to help increase circulation and it also helps to rejuvenate the skin. Wild Yam is also an ingredients and definitely not one I have come across before, yet upon reading about it I find that it is said to posses' anti-aging properties giving it the ability to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Grape Seed oil helps to soften, soothe, nourish and moisturise the skin and working alongside the Yam it also has anti-aging properties. Finally there is coneflower, again something I haven't come across before and on further reading I find it is soothing to the skin. So with all of those ingredients, plus many more I haven't mentioned, you would be hoping for the softest, moisturised skin.
So how did it do? I have to admit and I am holding my hands up very high, that I loved this moisturising cream. Everything from its texture, the slight fragrance to how it left my skin feeling was brilliant and I couldn't rate it high enough in my report back. I do have lovely soft skin and it will be down to the fact I use a good exfoliating cream, brush and cleanse and tone my skin and I do all of that because I feel I have too to ensure I don't end up looking like Freddie Kruger's sister. To purchase this product it would cost you anywhere between £24 and £50 depending on where you shop and knowing what I know now having tried and tested it, I would happily purchase it for that price and highly recommend it.