* Prices may differ from that shown
I first came into contact with the Skin Prep Scrub by Dermalogica because I had a travel sized bottle in my Dermalogica Oily Skin Kit. This product is basically an exfoliant for the face that is designed to leave your skin polished and smooth. It has been created specifically for those who skin produces too much oil and it contains natural ingredients.
How does it work?
It contains tiny particles of Com Cob Meal which removes dead and dull skin from the face and reveals the healthy and radiant skin cells that are hiding underneath. The substance also draw impurities out of the skin, enable moisture to be absorbed more easily and it leaves your skin glowing with health.
The product contains plant extracts of Mallow, Ivy and Aloe Vera which are present to cool and soothe the skin. The Mallow is extremely moisturising and ensures that this moisture remains in the skin. The ivy is a substance which is commonly used to treat skin complaints so it is incredibly soothing.
The Aloe Vera helps to heal the skin, reduce the scarring and kills any bacteria which may be lurking in the skin. It also helps to balance the oil production of the skin and as it is packed with vitamins and minerals, it is highly nutritional for the skin.
The Cucumber within the product helps to firm the skin by strengthening the connective tissues. By tightening the pores, the substance helps to control oil production and it also brightens the complexion of the skin. Arnica is also present which is used to treat acne and it encourages the skin to absorb and retain moisture.
How do you use the product?
This product is to be used after cleansing and applied to damp skin. I massage a small amount of the product into my face carefully avoiding the eye and lip area. After a few minutes, I rinse the product off with a warm damp flannel and then splash my face with cold water both to ensure the product is completely off and also to tighten the pores further.
The product comes in a white tube with a grey flip top lid. It will cost around £25 for a full size tube which contains 75ml of the scrub. It can be bought from large department stores and from many online websites. If you have the time or inclination to shop around then you may find it for cheaper.
Despite its hefty price tag, you only need to use a tiny amount of this product each time so it is fairly long lasting. The exfoliating grains in the formula are the perfect consistency being hard enough to remove the dead skin cells but not so hard that they make your skin sore.
As the product contains natural ingredients with no added artificial fragrances or colouring then it is fine for use on my sensitive skin. It has a faint sweet smell that is pleasant but not over powering. It leaves my skin feeling smoother and polished afterwards but no more so than other cheaper exfoliants that I've used.
It certainly doesn't cause any new blemishes and it does clear up the oil slightly. My skin feels tight after use but not uncomfortably so. When applying make up, it glides on effortlessly and there are no dry flakes of skin left on my face that would have made my foundation look unsightly.
All in all, this is a great product that does exactly what it promises to and I will gladly continue to use the tube from my Oily Skin Set. That said, I didn't notice a massive difference to the results that I would have had from cheaper products so I wouldn't repurchase the product.
Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Corn (Zea Mays) Cob Meal, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cocamide DEA, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium-10, Titanium Dioxide; Extracts Of: Mallow (Malva Sylvestris), Ivy (Hedera Helix), Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus), Sambucus Nigra, Arnica Montana, Pellitory (Parietaria Officinalis); Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Benzophenone-4, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
have been using this product three times a week for about 18 months now, on the recommendation of my beautician. My skin has always been pretty good overall and I've never been prone to outbreaks of spots or dry/oily patches. I do have some open pores on my nose and chin areas, however, which can attract dirt and debris. I wanted something that would keep them clear, but not so harsh that it would actually 'drag' my skin around and make the problem worse. So, Jo recommended the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub. When she told me the price of £20.00 I was a bit reluctant to part with that much cash for a scrub! But I've known her for about ten years and I trust her, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. I have been nothing less than delighted with the results.
How this product works is threefold, according to Dermalogica. The Corn Cob Meal is the exfoliant. This removes the debris on the surface of my skin which can give it a 'dull' appearance. Extracts of Mallow, Ivy and Aloe Vera then soothe the skin and prevent over-stimulation. Arnica and Cucumber help keep the skin smooth and refreshed. I have to say that this description is bang on the money. The combination of the different ingredients really work together to generate great results. My skin feels soft and smooth and looks fantastic - literally glowing in a lovely, healthy way.
I tend to use the scrub in the mornings. I wet my face with lukewarm water, squeeze a pea sized amount into the palm of one hand and then with my finger, apply to my face. I then use both hands to work the scrub over my face, using small circular movements, avoiding my eye area from the cheekbones upwards and below the eye sockets. I 'scrub' for around forty seconds before rinsing off with cool water and patting my face dry with a towel. I then continue with my normal skin preparation.
The scrub does not feel particularly rough on my face, unlike other scrubs I have used in the past. The small grains are enveloped in a paste, which feels cool and soothing, very invigorating in fact. Dermalogica only use healthy ingredients in their products and I do actually feel like I am putting some goodness onto my face with this scrub. My skin is certainly happy with it; my pores are clear since I began using it and my skin looks so much healthier and brighter.
The initial outlay of around £20.00 is expensive for 75ml. But because I use it only three times a week a tube lasts me around 9 months!
A few facts about the company that I think are worthy of note: Dermalogica does not use chemicals or artificial substances in its range; ingredients come from eco safe sources and are packaged in recyclable, contamination-deterrent containers; the company does not use animal products nor does it test on animals - something which is very important to me; it is an ethical business that puts a lot back into the community by way of The Dermalogica Foundation, which provides charitable donations to local , "grass roots" organisations, focusing primarily on those schemes that benefit women and children in need with medical care, shelter, food and clothing.
Dermalogica only sells through authorised locations such as beauty salons and skin therapists.
Also on CIAO.
I quite enjoy the Dermalogica range, I have used their clay face wash on and off for a couple of years, interchanging it with other brands. I must admit that I do find their products way too expensive and this is the offputting part for me, as I am on a really tight budget at the moment.
What is this?
A skin prep scrub is a bit like a cleanser, only more intense. You can use it every day, though perhaps a handful of times a week would be effective. The scrub is designed to exfoliate the skin deep down, removing all that nasty outer layer and shedding dead skin skins. This will help reveal brighter and younger skin and leave the face looking more radiant.
I have had pretty good success with the scrub. I like my scrubs to be abrasive. I love to feel the granules on my skin really doing their job and this does just that. The natural grains really work into the dirt on the face and you can feel them doing their job. The face will feel like you are massaging a lot o grit over your chops, so make sure you use enough water to soften the blow.
I found the process can be quite severe for sensitive skin, so it is wise to follow with a toner and moisturiser, as this will aid the recovery of the skin. The results are good though. Skin feels very clean and revived and the gritty texture works deep down into those pores to keep them clean and unclogged.
Suitable for men and women, men might also be interested in the Lab Series equivalent, which also delivers great results and is ever so slightly cheaper. This product by Dermalogica is recommended, if not pricey at the fifteen to twenty pound mark.
Dermologica as a brand is very expensive so you expect good things to happen from their products! The Dermalogica skin prep scrub has a creamy feel to it with lots of little bits of corn cob meal in it. It does not have a nasty smell, nor is it over perfumed which can irritate sensitive skin. It also lasts quite a long time as you don't need much of it and also if you stick to using it two or three times per week.
The downside for me was that the scrub is said to be suitable for all skin types but I found that if I was having a spotty day, the scrub would just rip the tops of the spots off leaving them feeling sore and exposed to infection, so would not advise spotty people to use this! It also made the sensitive areas of my skin quite dry after use. I also did not see any improvement on black heads. My advice would be to use Dermalogica's exfoliating cream if you have spot prone or sesitive skin, it takes longer as it is more like a mask but it does not contain anything that will scrub the skin.
Facial scrubs aren't usually part of my skincare routine as I've never found them to have much of a positive effect on my skin. I probably wouldn't have used this one if it hadn't been a free sample sent by a relative in the US.
It looks pretty much the same as any other facial scrub, although the granules feel a lot harsher on the skin than their appearance would suggest. I found that this irritated my skin, which rather defeated the whole idea of the scrub helping to improve it!
As I have already mentioned, the scrub started to irritate my skin after using it a handful of times and I quickly noticed that my skin was starting to look a little bit sore in the more sensitive areas. This was rather disappointing as I did feel that the scrub was actually having some positive effect on the oilier areas of my combination skin and seemed to be starting to clear up existing spots and blemishes. Due to the slight irritation, I stopped using the scrub at this point, but it would probably suit people with less sensitive skin absolutely fine, especially if your skin is oily all over. I am giving it three stars on the whole rather than four for the fact that it irritated the m ore sensitive parts of my face.
As with Dermalogica products in general, this isn't exactly the cheapest facial scrub on the market. Having looked around on a few sites, the best deal I found was still £21.75 from Amazon.
This is a fairly gentle physical exfoliator, however, not as gentle as some. Therefore if you have very oily skin ( I would recommend AHA based products ) or very sensitive skin ( I would recommend a very gentle natural exfoliator such as Elemis papaya enzyme peel. ) If you really do enjoy the results of a physical exfoliator then both Gatineau and Liz Earle do very gentle and effective versions. This Dermalogica skin prep is NOT at all abrasive, but there are more gentle versions of physical exfoliators out there for skin types that need a bit of extra tlc. However, if you REALLY love Dermalogica, for a more gentle version of this scrub you can mix a little with your cleanser !! (However, Dermalogica do make a daily exfoliant which is gentle enough for every day use and so you may prefer that version instead. )
*Who is this for ?*
The official tag line is that it will suit any skin type, however, I would probably recommend this for more dry, normal and combination skin types and would recommend alternatives for the more extreme sensitive or oilier skin types.
If you're already using quite powerful AHA based exfoliators (glycolic based for example ) I would avoid the use of ANY other exfoliation products and skin care with exfoliating ingredients in them.
*How to use*
I would always recommend that if you're going to exfoliate using an intensive serum or mask afterwards to reap the full effects of removing the dead skin cells. Your skin is now at an optimum condition to use those serums etc to their maximum effect and you will find that you will receive the best out of both products by using them in tendem.
Cleanse and tone first and apply to the face and neck ( avoiding the eye area. )
You can use this in numerous ways. As already noted you can use this as a gentler version by adding this to your normal cleanser. Or you can apply directly as it is and after gently applying in circular motions around the face you simply rinse if off with water. Or for an extreme skin prep, you can leave on your skin for about 10 minutes after you have applied and then rinse.
I would use this two or three of times a week ( depending on whether you use any other exfoliation products or skin care with certain exfoliating ingredients in them. ) Follow with an intensive serum or mask to suit your skin type.
*Why does this work ? *
It contains the likes of Natural corn cob meal and extracts of many different botanicals to polish away dead skin cells and to soothe and brighten the skin. It also contains Citric Acid ( which is used for it's anti-oxidant and skin brightening properties, ) and Tocopheryl Acetate ( i.e a form of Vitamin E which is also has anti-oxidant properties along with it being known for its moisturisation values. )
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Corn(Zea Mays) Cob Meal, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cocamide DEA, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium-10, Titanium Dioxide, Extracts Of: Mallow(Malva Sylvestris), Ivy(Hedera Helix), Cucumber(Cucumis Sativus), Sambucus Nigra, Arnica Montana, Pellitory(Parietaria Officinalis); Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Benzophenone-4, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
I love this face scrub, it smells nice and natural and it feels like it works, your face feels smoother after using it and it helps clear up problem skin also. here is what is written on the back;
A skin polishing exfoliant with natural grains that leaves the skin with a smooth, healthy looking finnish. finely granulated corn cob meal gently removes dulling surface debris, alloing for improved absorption of moisturizing treatments. comforting botanical extracts of mallow, ivy and cucumber plus soothing aloe vera help to prevent over stimulating the skin. not recomended for users of medically prescribed exfoliation products. contains no artificial fragrance or colour.
the scrub is a yellowy/ corn colour and is quite 'scrubby', other exfoliators i have used have had much smaller and therefore milder particles . i like this product though as it feels like it is working more when you can feel the scratching of the particles on your skin. it is great for sensitive skin as i havent reacted at all to it and i have extremely sensitive skin.
A skin-polishing scrub exfoliant with natural grains that leaves the skin with a smooth, healthy finish / Finely-granulated Corn Cob Meal gently removes dulling surface debris, allowing for improved absorption of moisturising treatments / Comforting botanical extracts of Mallow, Ivy and Cucumber plus soothing Aloe Vera help to prevent over-stimulation of the skin / Benefits Removes clogging surface debris, allowing for optimum treatment absorption /