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I was given a mixture of different products from the Dermalogica range as a gift and it was not until I looked into replacing the items that I liked that I realised how expensive the items in this range are. I always knew the Dermalogica was not just a high street brand it was a more luxurious range that was in department stores, but I never appreciated the cost of each item.
If these items were not a gift they would probably not be something that I would stop and purchase due to the price tags, but now I know which products I like I buy them again and again, if you shop around and purchase them online there are some shops that also give free samples of other products in the range so you get to try other products without having to spend money hoping that the product will work for you.
Skincare dermalogica intensive moisture masque was another product that I was given as a gift, it is for drier or prematurely aging skin, I am not that old but I thought that I should look after my skin and try and use it regularly so that my skin stays soft and try to help with the aging process.
This is a great masque that you apply generously over you face and neck once you have cleaned it, you then allow the masque to set for approximately ten minutes and you then rinse the masque off with warm water, Dermalogica does have a sponge cloth on the market but I do not think you have to pay a lot of money when you can use you hands of a flannel. I try and use this one or twice a week, but it really depends on when I have time to spare and am not in a rush.
In looking on the Dermalogica website this masque is a creamy, nutrients with a dose of essential fatty acids and moisture binding honey which restores lost moisture to help smooth fine and dry lines.
I have found that this masque helps to great deal revatalise my skin and you can notice the difference from before and after. Especially in the cold winter months I find that my skin is a lot drier that usual and this is a great pick me up as it keeps the moisture in my skin. As for the fine lines I cannot comment as I am not that old so those fines lines are yet to appear, although I hope as I age the masque works a trick.
I have over three quarters of the tube left and that is after four months of using it weekly, although in these cold months I think I may have to start increasing the usage to twice a week. I have looked around and this product retails at around £26 and although a little amount goes a long way I am not too sure if I can spend that money on a face masque when I already use a lot of the products in the Dermalogica skincare range. I may however purchase this again in a few years once I need to worry about those fine lines appearing.
Anyone who has previously read my Dermalogica reviews will know that the products I tend to try are the ones my Mum has bought and therefore not chosen by me. However, she now buys her Dermalogica products online at www.purebeauty.co.uk where it's much cheaper and they also let you choose which samples you want popping in with your order. This is a great opportunity for me to try the products I'm interested in as appose to just trying them because they're free and I was happy to receive ten different samples with my Mum's last order. The product I couldn't wait to try was Dermalogica's Intensive Moisture Masque which comes in a 75ml tube and usually costs £36, however it's £27.10 on purebeauty which is a really good saving. If anyone is interested in trying Dermalogica products you can have up to 5 samples sent first class without having to place an order which I think is a really good idea.
Now I'm not a fan of Dermalogica's packaging as I think it's very masculine, however most of their products are unisex so I can understand their thinking. The packaging is mostly white with blue text and a blue flip top lid, the tube sits upside down on the lid which is usually a good idea as you don't get your product stuck at the bottle of the tube.
To use I simply apply the product all over my face and leave it to set for ten minutes as suggested, it starts to set quite quickly though, probably after a couple of minutes but I did stick with it to feel the full benefits. It was only when applying the face mask that I noticed the subtle scent of the product, it's very gentle and soft although I can't quite put my finger on what the scent is. When I came to wash off the mask it was really quite difficult and took a little bit of effort, it hadn't set hard but I needed a flannel and plenty of warm water to get rid of it all.
After use I was pleased to feel my skin was feeling really soft and moisturised, it also looked really bright and fresh. The mask contains evening primrose oil to restore suppleness and softness, it's meant to be good for helping with the appearance of wrinkles however being 19 I can't comment on this. The mask also contains honey to restore moisture, it definitely does its job, I don't suffer from dry skin but occasionally my cheeks can feel just a little bit dry and this is combated, I'd say after the first use.
I can't argue that Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Masque isn't expensive, it is, ridiculously so, but I think this is a lovely treat and I was very impressed with the effects it has on my skin. My sample only gave me a couple of uses, which I used over two weeks so I can't comments on long term use but I'd say used once a week as a treat this would last for a good six months. I didn't feel like I needed to moisturise at all for a few days after as my skin felt so soft, very expensive but I would still consider buying it as a treat.
Where skincare products are concerned, I'm the first to admit that I don't apply as much TLC as I perhaps should to my face and its surrounding areas - I'm male after all, so perhaps I can be forgiven for a lack of passion for the countless creams and lotions of this world. However, last year I was given some of Demalogica's Intensive Moisture Masque, and vowed to give it a thorough trial - not only for the sake of my skin's future happiness, but also for the sake of a thorough dooyoo review. In terms of the cost, the 75ml tube is available to purchase for £34.40 from mankind.co.uk - to be honest, it's not a price I would normally pay for a product of this nature, although I have seen even pricier masques from rival companies in the region of £75 - £100! The cheapest price that I've seen the Dermalogica product sold for online is £26 from dailygrooming.co.uk, whereas the current amazon price is £42.
In theory, how will the Intensive Moisture Masque help my skin?
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Described as a "creamy, moisture-replenishing masque that provides vital nourishment for ultra-dry skin", Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Masque contains vitamin E to restore skin's softness and suppleness, Vitamins A and C to alleviate fine lines and visible dryness, plus a variety of natural essences to bind moisture to the skin. It all sounds very impressive on paper, but how effective is the product in practice?
Containing no artificial fragrances or colour, the product arrives in a white plastic tube with an easy-opening grey lid. The tube is designed to be stored top-down, i.e. standing upright on its cap, and to date I haven't encountered any leakage issues. To use, you simply need to apply the product to cleansed skin - it's primarily designed for face and neck use, (although it could potentially be used on other areas), and the advised quantity is a "generous" amount. Once it's evenly spread over your boat-race, simply sit back and relax for ten minutes or so - after this time you can remove the product with warm water. The instructions advise that the masque can be used either once or twice a week, even though I have read other people's accounts where they claim to use the cream every other day.
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Rather than slavishly listing the entire ingredients, i'll simply note that the product contains no artificial fragrances or colour, and there are a number of natural essences used in the product's make-up including Honey, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, Safflower Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Orange Flower to name just a few. I always prefer to see these naturally derived creams, rather than the ones which utilise an excess of chemicals in their production - therefore Demalogica should perhaps be applauded for using natural ingredients where possible.
The masque in use - does it work?
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The first thing I noticed about the product was the fact that it is runnier than I anticipated - it's quite easy to squirt too much out of the tube, so a gentle touch is advised when using the masque for the first time. That said, it actually feels quite rich whilst on the face, and it adheres to the skin easily. There's no real aroma to speak of, just a mild emollient smell which is a little reminiscent of E45 - it's actually quite pleasant. Once on, the masque feels cool and soothing, and after a couple of minutes you can sense the skin tightening as the cream dries - it's a nice feeling which is fairly relaxing. Washing off the product is a little more troublesome than you may imagine - it's probably best to do it in the bath with a flannel or one of those fancy lady cloth thingies (yes, that's the technical word for them).
After use, i've found that my skin feels soft and moisturised - there's also a smoother appearance which is visibly noticeable. In terms of the wrinkle-reducing claims... well, I don't think I had any to begin with (perhaps some very fine lines around the eyes), and these don't seem to appear much different to be honest. Where the product is especially good is when I use it the day after I've had sunburn - it really helps to sooth the skin, and feels like it's repairing damage (although whether it is or not is another matter). Similarly, I do occasionally get a few tiny patches of dry skin on my face, and this definitely helps to rid me of them.
Final Word - any good?
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Overall, I have to admit that Dermalogica's Intensive Moisture Masqueis an excellent skincare product; it's easy to use, works well, and uses a number of natural ingredients its production - however... there's one significant downside, and that's the price. I wouldn't personally be able to justify spending around £30 on a facial product, no matter how good it is - perhaps if it cost ten pounds less then I might be swayed, but for the time being, I can't see myself investing in another tube. Nevertheless, with or without the price-tag, I'm happy to give this decent masque a through recommendation - for more information see www.dermalogica.com
I'll hold my hands up to being a skincare junkie and my bathroom shelves in the current economic climate are probably most shameful. However, I'll admit to being quite fickle as I can't help but buy and test new products that I haven't tried before all the time. Having said that, there's a few favourites that I have on my shelves that I return to because I know and trust them to work when my skin needs it and this is one of them when my skin is suffering from the elements and needs a moisturising boost.
*Who is this for ? *
I would say teenage years onwards and as it's been formulated especially for drier skin types you don't necessarily need to have visible signs of aging for this mask to have a positive effect on the skin. Therefore anyone with dry skin that needs a boost would respond well to this mask.
However, if you're skin is becoming drier and drier as you mature and you are seeing those signs of aging on the skin, then this mask is a god send !! I personally have combination skin which is prone to breakouts, however, there are times throughout the year when my skin suffers from cold weather, central heating and air conditioning more than other times and I use this about once a week during those months to keep my skin in tip-top condition. If you have oily skin however you probably won't like this mask as it's very rich on the skin and so in your case I would wait until the visible signs of aging on your skin has become your prime target, as opposed to targeting skin balancing and/or other issues associated with having oily skin. ( If you have oily skin and it IS suffering from dehydration and/or needs a moisturisation boost then I would recommend Dermalogica's hydrating mask instead as it's a gel based mask and will suit your skin much better.)
Overall, this mask is for anyone who has either dry skin and/or are showing any visible signs of aging on the skin OR other skin types when their skins needs a maximum moisturisation boost.
*How to use*
I would always apply any mask after cleansing, toning and exfoliating and in that order. In order to exfoliate effectively you need clean skin and in order for the mask to penetrate effectively you need an exfoliated skin.
If you want a super boost to your masks I would apply a serum or oil depending on the product. Some ingredients and products work better in tandem than others but I tend to use my favourites that I use during my daily skincare routines.
Apply the mask ( I tend to use the mask brushes that are shaped like fans because the product goes on easier, it's less messy and the product seems to go further ) in a generous layer over the face and neck ( and if your budget can stretch to it I would always try and take my skincare down to my decolletage too. )
If it sinks in almost immediately then your skin needs more and I would apply more over the top.
Leave for aproximately 15 minutes or until the whole lot has sunk in and then rinse. ( For drier skins leaving this mask on over night would give your skin an extra boost. ) With any mask I tend to use a muslin cloth to remove as some masks can leave a 'film' like feeling on the skin if you try and remove with water alone. So soak the muslin cloth in warm water ( not hot as hot water is not good for the skin ) and then rinse the muslin cloth out. For those with no muslin cloths, flannels and the like are fine too.
Once you have removed the mask I would always apply a serum/oil/moisturiser and continue with your usual skin care routine. I would use this mask as when required, but I use A skincare mask at least 3-4 times a week. So, if you have a drier skin type you would want to use this more often than someone with more of a combination skin type for example who would probably use other masks that deal with other issues their combination skin has more often.
*Why this product works *
Now if you look at the ingredients you may be confused as to why this mask contains Titanium Dioxide, since it's traditionally an ingredient that is found in suncreams. However, in a mask such as this it acts as a brightener and mask thickener.
It also contains Safflower Oil ( which is a very highly moisturising oil that is deeply soothing for very dry skin types, ) Evening Primrose oil ( which is used for it's enriching and rejuvenating properties,) Ginkgo Biloba Extract ( which is known for its rejuventating properties and it's ability to increase circulation and prevent capillary fragility, ) Tocopheryl Acetate ( i.e a form of Vitamin E ( which is known for it's anti-oxidant and moisturising properties, ) Retinyl Palmitate ( i.e a form Vitamin A which is used for it's moisturising, gentle exfoliation and anti-aging properties, ) Orange Flower Oil ( is thought to have toning and hydrating properties, ) Corn Oils ( which is a popular ingredient for skincare products targeting dry and/or damaged tired skin ) and Honey ( used for its moisturising properties. )
Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius) Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Squalance, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis) Oil, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Flower Oil, Corn (Zea Mays) Oils, Honey (Mel), Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA.