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The hairdressers that I use also has a beauty salon attached so every time I get my hair cut I'm showered with free samples of various lotions and potions that are used in the beauty salon. The main brand of product used is Dermalogica and as these are pretty pricy I've always used up the little sachets but have never been tempted to buy these products in a larger size. All this changed, however, when I was given a sachet of Dermalogica's Intensive Moisure Balance and after using up the tiny sample, I bought a 50ml tube of this wonderful moisturiser despite the rather exhorbitant price of £26.90.
I'm not really one for using expensive potions on my face and neither am I particularly brand loyal though I tend to either use Boots Protect and Perfect or good old Nivea lotion as a moisturiser. My experience with this sample, however, prompted me to push the boat out financially.
The blurb on the back of the packaging informs that this cream has been formulated for drier or prematurely aging skin. Well, as a woman who won't see her fifties again, I can live with the word 'prematurely' even if I dispute I'm aging more quickly than most. Personally, I think I'm aging rather well but I certainly want to slow the process down as much as possible and there's no getting away from the fact that my skin is much drier now than it was in my youth.
The ingredients consist of the usual long list of very complex sounding chemical compounds together with a rather shorter list of ingredients extracted from plant sources with more recognisable names such as Rosa, Ginka biloba and Aloe Vera. Dermalogica claim the moisturiser contains antioxidants which protect from damage by free radicals and that daily use of the lotion helps to strengthen the skin's lipid barrier and helps to prevent moisture loss 'while smoothing the appearance of fine lines.' Sad to say, some of my fine lines are rather deeper nowadays than they used to be and no amount of lotion is going to smooth them away!
The mixing of all these ingredients has produced quite a thin and light lotion, in my opinion far too thin to be called a cream. In fact, when I first used this lotion from my little sample sachet, I had my doubts as to whether it could moisturise more mature skin at all.
Further reading of the blurb on the packaging boasts that the moisturiser contains no artificial colouring or fragrance. With regard to fragrance, it's almost non-existent, just carrying a scent of freshness with an underlying hint of something almost minty.
Irrespective of price and ingredients, it's how the moisturiser worked that clinched it for me. Despite the light, thin consistency this lotion applies smoothly and evenly and it sinks into the skin very rapidly leaving the complexion feeling well moisturised without being at all greasy. In fact, it gives the skin a feeling of being refreshed in a zingy sort of way and though there isn't anything visible, my skin feels perked up. Although I won't pretend this leaves my skin looking youthful, it certainly feels that way. The speed with which it's absorbed into the skin is almost instant and means there's little or no delay before being able to apply foundation.
It's recommended that the lotion is used twice daily and I tend to apply it in the morning, usually under make up and again before bed and I can definitely detect a change in my skin. Before beginning to use the Intensive Moisture Balance, I tended to have slightly drier patches down each side of my nose which could occasionally become a little red and roughened and slightly itchy. Since using this lotion, I've not experienced any of those symptoms and it has certainly balanced out my skin so that all my face feels moisturised, even in the T zone.
Although there's no denying this is an expensive moisturiser, a little bit goes a long way and I only use the tiniest dots of lotion on forehead, cheeks, nose and chin which is plenty to ensure my face is well moisturised.
Overall, I find Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance to be even more effective than my usual Protect and Perfect, which I no longer use, and good old Nivea has now been relegated to arms and legs only.
This is an excellent moisturiser which definitely lives up to the claims of the manufacturer and is worth every penny.
After several strong recommendations I decided to buy a Dermalogica facial skin are set earlier this year. After some shopping around I found the cheapest place to buy this was on Amazon, and I paid £25 including postage for a set which included this product, a cleanser and a scrub. Dermalogica is a famously good skin care range and I really hoped I wouldn't be disappointed.
Price and availability:
I have found amazon a really good price to buy Dermalogica. I have never seen it in shops like Boots, or supermarkets, but I have seen it in some large department stores. As with most things there are plenty of Internet sites which it can be purchased on. Just be careful you don't get caught out by the stage. For a 75ml tube of Intensive Moisture Balance a good price is about £14.
The moisturising cream comes in a tube a bit like a toothpaste tube. The plastic is thicker and of much better quality. The tube stands on its flat end. A screw on and off lid (which is nice and secure so won't empty itself all over your other toiletries) gives way to a small hole which you can squeeze the product out of. You only need a tiny bit of product so it's a good idea to quickly master the art of only squeezing a small amount out so that you don't waste any.
The moisturising cream itself is a white medium consistency cream. It is cool to the touch. It feels really soothing on the skin. I apply a bit to my dry areas before bed, after washing, exfoliating and toning. I don't apply all over my face just to the problem areas. If I applied it all it would result in quite greasy areas.
This cream is very effective. It makes my skin soft, moisturised and flake free. It really glows after use which is always nice to see when you wake up in the morning. As long as I use it in the right areas it doesn't add any grease or black heads to my face.
I really like this cream. It feels like such a treat to my face. My skin feels good and healthy after use. I know the price is high but it makes this product more of a treat to use.
Dermalogica is one of the best skincare ranges around today, in almost all salons I have been to they either use dermalogica products professionally themselves and/or reccomend it for people prone to sensative skin as well as dry or oily/acneic skin conditions. I first discovered this professional range when I was going through a period of ver bad acne but found almost everything hurt my sensative skin too much to use in the long run.
It literally got rid of my acne, improved the scarring left by it and left my so smooth and healthy i wonder why i ever stopped using it for awhile. The intensive moisture balance is a daily moisturiser (can be used at night as well) and is reccomended for those with drier or prematurely aging skin, although it just as great for those with dry/combination skin like mine. While I have previously used the active moist I'vv recently found i need more moisture for my skin - i guess thats what aging does to you. It contains no artificial frangrance or colour so great for sensative skin types as well.
with pro vitamin a, e and c it provides a rich cocktails of antioxidants to protect the skin from daily assualts of thei environment and sun damage and leave it smooth and fresh. It is a very rich moisturiser but even though i can suffer the odd oily t-zone catastrophe this moisturiser doesn't leave skin oily at all and the smoothness and soothing quality of it last all day long. It has a medium weight texture and almost melts onto the skin and takes about 2 minutes to fully absorb. It has very gentle, light fragrance. Moisturiser applied to slightly damp skin (either from a facial spritzer or water) adds extra hydration to the skin and i was reccomended to do so my facialist. While being heavier than the light moisturisers i am used it didn't leave my t-zone oily as some other heavier creams always do.
I first heard of this when I went for a facial at a local ayurvedic salon. While they are known for their fabulous herbal face packs I was surpirsed to find they used and reccomended dermalogica products too. I left the salon feeling amazing after my facial and was given a small sample pot of the moisturiser to use by the facialist. Other products she used on my face were, aveda's botanic kinetics cream cleanser, aveda botanic kinetics firming toner, dermalogica daily microfoliant (i HAVE to buy this soon) and dermalogica intensive moisture balance. If you can afford it I would reccomend all these products but if like me you are bit more budget concious then opt at least for the moisturiser as that is probably the most important step in skin care routine. I use lush cleansers (as they are also natural and good for sensative skins + cheap) but always invest in a good moisturiser.
I have yet to buy this as I am still using the sample pot given me, but as soon as it runs out i am buying this for sure, it retails at £23 for 50ml's and £34 for 100ml's if like my other dermalogica moisturiser it lasts for 6 months for 50ml's then its well worth the hefty price tag.