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I have the weirdest skin it can be fine for months and able to tolerate anything that I put on it but then all of a sudden for no reason at all it can become sensitive and reactive and I have to be really careful with what products that I use.
I was recommended using the Dermalogica range for my skin as supposedly it would help to stop it from being so sensitive and reactive.
I bought myself the cleanser, facial mist and the gentle booster to use. I fell in love with the cleanser and the the mist but wasn’t so impressed with the booster.
I like to use a serum before a moisturiser and in essence that is what this booster is. It is a concentrated formula available in different formulations to help with specific skin problems. The gentle booster is for sensitive skin to help calm it and reduce irritation whilst giving it a shot of extra moisture.
It comes in a little tube and is really expensive so I expected big things from this little tube. It cost me £45 so I was really expecting this to be good.
You just use this booster like you would a serum by applying a few drops to your skin before your main moisturiser. It is oil free and formulated without any artificial fragrances or colours so it shouldn’t irritate even the most sensitive of skins.
This really disappointed me as it was just so average and not at all as good as I expected it to be. The cleanser and mist are fabulous for sensitive skin and really help with calming it down but I didn’t think that this did anything at all to calm my skin down or take away redness or help with irritation. It did leave my skin feeling soft and moisturised but I can get that from any serum and I used this specifically for sensitivity.
Whereas the mist and cleanser both helped instantly to make my skin cooler and less sensitive this didn’t do anything straight away. I had hoped it was working deep down to help the sensitivity but even after using it for a while it didn’t seem to do anything.
I was recommended to try the Dermalogica skin care products by the girl in my local beauty salon who informed me that they were the best products for my sensitive rosacia skin. Although I was happy to buy the usual things that I would use in my daily routine such as cleanser and moisturiser I wasn't so happy to buy extras such as the soothing booster but the girl convinced me that it would revolutionise the way I took care of my skin. Obviously from my lower score it didn't.
The soothing booster comes in a small tube that only contains 30ml of product. It was also very expensive at £35. Although the little tube is tiny you only need a couple of drops of the product as it is a concentrated serum.
Dermalogica do a few different boosters which target different complaints and the soothing booster is supposed to help skin that is easily irritated protecting it from the elements and soothing it when it is feeling sensitive.
I was told to apply it to my skin after cleansing and let it soak in before applying other products just like a normal serum.
Although it is oil free I found that it left my skin feeling greasy and it also left a noticeable sheen on my face that I really didn't like. When wearing it I would have to blot my skin throughout the day to get it looking matt and less shiny. Once I quit using the booster I didn't have this problem again so I am convinced it was caused by it.
As for how soothing it was again I have to question that because I didn't notice my skin being any less reactive after using it. In fact I found the soothing spray also by dermalogica to be much more effective in making sure my skin was calm and under control than the booster.
It contains red raspberry extract that is used to soothe and calm skin and calendula and chamomile which are supposed to instantly reduce any irritation. Honey is the ingredient that they use to moisturise the skin.
I like the fact that Dermalogica used high quality ingredients and don't rely on made made things in their products but I did find that the booster was over priced especially in comparison to some of their other products.
I really wasn't keen on the feeling this booster left on my skin but I did try to persevere for a few weeks before giving up and donating it to my sister who liked it a lot better than I did.
If it was cheaper I would say definately try it and see how you feel about it because there is no doubt that it is full of quality ingredients but at the price they charge there is no way I could recommend it personally.
I went through a period of time when skin just went bonkers. Now, I'll admit that I'm a skincare junkie and it is possible to confuse your skin if you're not sure about what ingredients you are using and how you're incorporating them alongside other skin care products. However, for no reason ( I kid you not ) my skin went bonkers. My tried and trusted Elemis Bliss capsules and Lavendar mask didn't work so I turned to this and it did a great job. Now I'll admit that I went back to basics with mu skincare routine for a bit which would have also helped but I knew from the pretty quick results that this was doing something.
*Who is it for ? *
This is for anyone who has irritated or angry skin. It could be that you have sensitive skin or that you oily skin, the skin type doesn't matter as you're main issue is with calming and restoring so this will work on any skin type that needs some extra tlc. However, some skins may just be irritated by certain ingredients and so simply omitting certain products from your skincare routine will also help.
*How to use *
You can slot this booster into any skincare routine under a moisturiser after cleansing and toning. If you're using lots of different products on the skin, cut back to the bare minimum and allow your skin to get back to basics and repair itself. This is even gentle enough to use around the eye area if needed.
*Why it works*
It contains the likes of Red Raspberry Extract ( which soothes aggravated skin, ) Honey ( which helps to repair and hydrate the skin, ) Extracts of Calendula, Chamomile and Cornflower ( to instantly reduce irritation and soothe the skin, ) and Seaweed Extract, Vitamin C and Protein Peptides ( to help tighten, brighten, portect and condition the skin. )
Raspberry(Rubus Idaeus)Extract, Butylene Glycol, Water (Aqua), Honey (Mel), Extracts Of Calendula Officinalis, Chamomile, (Anthemis Nobilis), Linden (Tilla Cordata), Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus), Matricaria (Chamomilla Recutita), Hypericum Perforatum); Propylene Glycol, Benzophenone-4, Tetrasodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
I bought this very expensive product in order to soothe the mild irritations on my normal skin. This product nor only did not soothe the skin, but even caused a great deal of irritation which took me 2 days to get rid of by using an over the counter soothing cream.
I do not recommend this product to anyone as it is not only a big waste of money but also a bottled irritation liquid.
This is an oil-free watery serum that comes in a 30ml container. it is fragrance-free and contains botanical ingredients that work rapidly to sooth irritated/ allergic skin. it contains raspberry, honey and other herbs to calm skin. You apply a couple of drops after cleansing and before moisturising. it is not greasy, and dries very quickly / absorbes quickly upon application.it works quite well, but I find that the soothing protection spray is more effective, and slightly cheaper. if you buy the spray you won't need this, as the spray works very well on its own.