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I tried this cleanser because I have horribly sensitive skin which can break out for no reason and become red and irritated by certain products. Preferably I would prefer to just use water on my face but as I am prone to getting spots this isn't really an option for me. I wanted something that would be calming on my skin and not irritate it and as I had actually used some of this at my sister's house and liked it I decided to buy myself some.
~~~~~~~~~~ Who are Dermalogica ~~~~~~~~~~
Dermalogica are a skin care company that were formed in America 25 years ago. They produce products that contain high quality ingredients tailor made to help with specific skin concerns. Through their skin mapping technique which is available at most places where Dermalogica is sold they are able to tailor make you a skin care regime based on what your skin most needs.
~~~~~~~~~~ UltraCalming cleanser ~~~~~~~~~~
The UltraCalming cleanser is part of the UltraCalming range which includes products that are especially designed for sensitive redness prone skin and promise with continued use to reduce inflammation at the deepest level of the skin and leave it looking and feeling more calm and less sensitive to triggers such as harsh weather and pollutants. It even promises to help control skin that is reactive to hormonal and emotional sensitivity.
The UltraCalming cleanser is the first part of the skin care regime and although there are several other products in the range I only have experience with this one. My bottle came in a 250ml size and is a sort of gel/cream that is gentle enough to be used either with or without water. I got it discounted as my sister works in a salon but its usual price is something like £21.
~~~~~~~~~~ My experience of using the cleanser ~~~~~~~~~~
I got this when my skin was having major issues and was flaring up all the time. My sister who works at a salon told me that it was their number one best-selling cleanser and had a high rebuy rate so I was hopeful it was going to do my skin some good especially as it was on the expensive side for something that just cleans my skin.
The cleanser itself is a sort of gel/cream hybrid and is fragrance free as you might expect in something that is designed for ultra-sensitive skin. To use the cleanser you just need to squeeze some into your hands and massage it gently into the skin. It is gentle enough to use on the eyes and lips without irritating them and can also be used to remove make-up. You then just rinse it off or else if your skin is feeling really sensitive you can just tissue it off. Personally I always wash it off as I never feel as though my skin is really clean unless water is involved.
The one thing which I wasn't too keen on was that the cleanser didn't really lather much which I just couldn't get used to. This didn't really stop it from deep cleaning my skin though. When massaging the cleanser into my skin it seemed to really pick up any grease and dirt and when I rinsed it off my skin felt so clean and fresh that I was surprised that something so gentle could leave it feeling this clean.
It also did wonders for my sensitive skin and really helped at calming down the redness and leaving it feeling less stingy and sore feeling. The redness that always goes along with my skin when it is being sensitive was also reduced and as soon as I put it on my face my skin immediately felt cooler and less burny.
It also really helped with my spots and although it didn't exactly get rid of them it seemed to clean deep down enough that my spots were definitely better than before using it. My face was also left feeling really clean and even though I suffer from greasy skin it got rid of the greasiness for a good few hours at a time and I wasn't looking greasy a couple of hours after using it.
I ran out of the cleanser just before Christmas and although I have been meaning to get some more I just haven't had the time and I can honestly say that I have noticed a huge difference in my skin in the few short weeks since I have stopped using it. My skin has started to become much more reactive and when I go out in the wind and rain my skin start to feel hot and red which wasn't happening before whilst using the cleanser. I thought the cleanser was good before but it's hard to notice just how well something is working when it's doing a good job and its only when you stop using it that you notice just how good it was.
I am definitely going to get some more of it and I am thinking of investing in some more of the UltraCalming range as the cleanser is by far and away the best cleanser I have ever used on my face and it does so much more than just clean your face it actually helps to stop it from being so sensitive which nothing else I have ever used has done before. Because of this I would give UltraCalming cleanser a full 5 out of 5 and highly recommend that everyone with sensitive skin tries this cleanser out and see if it will help them get their skin under control also.
The UltraCalming cleanser has a surprisingly lot of ingredients for something so gentle and non-irritating but so long as they work it's fine by me. The full ingredient list is:
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Fumaria Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Fumaric Acid, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Cetyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Panthenol, Aminomethyl Propanol.
Not one for me
I never really use the brand Dermalogica for their products because I always find them expensive. I don't mind to buy expensive products as long as they are good. The Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser is just one that didn't really work for me, especially not when you look at how much it had cost me.
I had bought one of the large bottles of 250 ml which had set me back for around 25 pounds. It meant to be great for the sensitive skin and smoothing for the skin. This cleaner is suitable for the face and the area around the eyes. On the back of the product it's stated that it cleanses your skin pollutants from the environment and that it has an exclusive anti-ozone complex. Further they use lavender in the product as well as echinacea and raspberry extract. The cleaner must have a calming effect on your skin.
You need to apply this on you face and neck with your fingertips and need to gently massage it and then rinse it with warm water or a tissue.
It is a cleaner that is easy to apply and also easy to rinse. The smell is fairly neutral; I could smell the lavender which isn't strong at all. Personally I noticed little difference after cleaning with this stuff compared to water alone. I didn't think my skin felt suddenly much cleaner and smoother. It might have felt a bit better but not really worth the price for me. Normally with another cleanser I can see my skin clearing up and becoming healthier looking, but after a week of use it just didn't really work for me. The only think I did notice is that it didn't irritate my skin after using it which is always a plus point. I do believe it cleanses my skin but I would have liked to see some improvement and some difference to my skin. Two stars for me.
This cleanser was recommended to me when I complained to the girl that does my facials about my rosacea prone skin. I fell for what I thought was hype and forked out the £23 for a 250ml pump action bottle. It has the typical Dermalogica plain packaging, which I quite like.
The cleanser itself is a very light lotion and I was unconvinced about whether it would be effective at cleaning my skin. I applied it in little circular motions and then I remove it with cotton pads, but you could wash it off. I found that my skin felt nice and clean after using it and it didn't cause my rosacea to flair up. In fact since I started using this cleanser I haven't had one single flair up, which is fantastic. I also have had hardly any spots, which is another problem I have with my skin. So it must be cleaning my skin well.
I found this cleanser effective for removing my make-up too, both my foundation and my eye-makeup. It was gentle enough to use around my eyes, so what a wodnerful multi-purpose product. Having said that if you want a harsh cleanser to dry out every single one of your pores, then this isn't the product for you. It really is just designed for sensitive and dry skin.
The only problem that have with the cleanser is that it is too expensive. I find it so soothing that I think I maybe use more than I need to and so the 250ml bottle doesn't last much longer than 3 weeks, so it's a lot of money to be forking out every month for a cleanser.
I have sensitive and spot prone skin so I need to be careful what I use on it. I am a big fan of Dermalogica because their ingredients are mostly natural and their products are gentle on my skin.
The UltraCalming range has been developed for sensitive skin in order to reduce inflammation, redness and inflammation of the skin. It deals with all of the triggers that can cause sensitivity in the skin and promises to help ease the symptoms. My first purchase from the line was the UltraCalming Cleanser.
What does the product do?
This product has been designed to cleanse skin that is sensitive using a gentle formula that has been PH balanced. It is gentle enough to be used on both the face and the eye area and promises not to irritate the skin or to strip its natural moisture.
How does it work?
The product contains ingredients that are activated beneath the surface of the skin and prevent any triggers from causing redness, inflammation or soreness. It also contains ingredients that form a barrier on the skin to prevent irritants from entering the skin in the first place. Soothing ingredients likes Raspberries are included for this purpose to cool and soothe the skin and prevents irritations from happening in the first place.
Lavender is another calming ingredient in the product which helps to promote healing of the skin and reduce any inflammation. As it is an antibacterial and antiseptic substance, it helps to kill bacteria on the skin and also helps to prevent infections.
It also contains Coneflower which is also known as Echinacea. This ingredient prevents inflammation of the skin and is believed to have healing properties. Cucumber is present because of its ability to cool and soothe the skin. It also helps to cleanse the skin in a gentle way and reduces the puffiness of tired eyes.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be smoothed onto the face and neck using your fingers with gentle motions. It can then either be washed away with water or smoothed away using cotton pads. You can then apply your moisturiser and make up in the normal way.
Packaging and Price
As with all of Dermalogica's products, this packaging is kept simple to reflect the purity of what's inside. The bottle is white other than some grey writing down the size and the purple UltraCalming strip. You can buy a larger pump bottle or a smaller amount in a normal bottle.
The product is not cheap and the large 500ml pump bottle will cost you around £45 while the smaller 250ml bottle that I have bought was around £25. The product can be bought from you local Dermalogica store or from a variety of online websites so if you shop around, then you may find it for cheaper.
My skin is not as sensitive as this product warrants but it is still a good product for my skin. The product contains no artificial colouring or fragrances and is incredibly gentle, even on the eyes. As it can be wiped away without having to be rinsed with water, it is even good for those whose skin is irritated by water.
The only aversion I have to that theory however, is that the product contains water. After reading the ingredients, I saw that the product also contains more harsh ingredients such as Lemon and Ginger so it isn't as gentle as the description on their website suggests so it may still irritate extremely sensitive skins.
The product itself is a cream that almost has a gel consistency. It glides onto the face effortlessly without dragging my skin and feels silky smooth on contact. This product is really cool and soothing on the skin. It doesn't cause any discomfort on my skin whilst I am massaging in the product or any itchiness.
It does a great job of cleansing my skin and even removes all traces of my make up. It isn't really strong enough to get rid of all of my eye make but it removes the majority of it. The product freshens my face and does manage to leave me feeling clean for most of the day. The product has never caused any spots, blackheads or imperfections to form on my skin and it has never caused any dryness or flakiness of the skin.
It is a handy product to use when you fancy cleansing your skin on the go as you can wipe it away without rinsing it away with water. This is fine for convenience but I would never choose to use this product in that way daily as my skin feels cleaner when all the product has been rinsed away.
All in all, this product is a really gentle cleanser that soothes the skin and removes impurities and make up from the face. It is completely gentle on my face but if your skin is extremely sensitive, you should maybe try a sample first because of the lemon and ginger. It leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and fresh, and my only complaint is that it doesn't remove all of my eye make up and of course, the price.
It costs loadsamoney
I am not one to spend loads of money on cosmetics or beauty products, so when I tell you that a bottle of this cleanser costs around £18 for a 250ml bottle, you may come to the conclusion that I probably didn't pay for it myself. And you would be right. I in fact received a small 50ml bottle of this free with a subscription to a magazine. A nice bonus, and a great way to try out some products that I would otherwise consider to be prohibitively expensive!
Dermalogica was established in Los Angeles 25 years ago and the company is "dedicated to delivering skin health results through education, innovation, and professional recommendation, not through advertising, frilly packaging, promises of miracle cures, or overblown hype". The range uses natural ingredients and is apparently the most recommended brand by skincare professionals.
The face cleanser is a "concentrated, soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance". It also contains no artificial fragrance or colour.
The packaging is, as per the company's statement, definitely no frills. The bottle is white with dark grey writing - and that's it. It's very simple and quite classic looking, and it certainly reflects the company's ethos. The gel itself is completely clear and not as thick as I had expected - it is just a nice gel-like consistency. Although it is unfragranced, I can detect a very faint scent which I think may be the lavender that is in the product - however, it isn't overpowering at all and generally there is no discernible smell to the cleanser.
Applying a very small amount of this to my skin is a very pleasant experience. It lathers up nicely into a rich, creamy foam and feels silky smooth and quite delightful! It's very gentle and soft to the touch. The gel washes off very easily and leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth. After drying my face, my skin feels silky soft and doesn't have that same tight feeling that I get sometimes after cleansing my face. I think this is probably the softest I have felt my skin after cleansing so that is a good endorsement of the product. It also cleans skin thoroughly, removing all traces of make-up. However, visibly it doesn't leave my skin looking any different - there is no glow or anything to my skin which I would kind of expect from something this expensive!
Summing up ...
Overall this is a lovely cleanser and I like using it. A little goes a long way which helps justify the high price, and it leaves skin feeling very soft after use. However, as cleansers go it is hardly a miracle product - other cleansers leave my skin feeling clean, soft and smooth and don't come with such a hefty price tag. So although it's lovely and I enjoy using it - and it is probably one of the best cleansers I've used - there is just no way I would purchase it - for me it is simply way too expensive for a cleanser - even a very good one like this! And I think the price would be a barrier to many people, so two stars off for the price tag.
By far and away my favourite Dermalogica product has to the their ultra calming cleanser. I first got this quite awhile ago from my local beauty salon and was so impressed that as soon as I had finished the bottle I had to go and get another one.
It came in a large 250ml bottle that had a pump action dispenser and cost me in the region of £20. I was a bit shocked about how much it cost but because it was such a large bottle I knew it would last me longer than so many other smaller bottles which are usually in the region of £8 or £9 anyway so would probably work out cheaper in the long run.
Using the cleanser is an absolute joy and so incredibly soothing especially for my rocasia prone skin. All you need to do is apply some to your face in circular motions and then either rinse it off or use some cotton wool to remove the excess.
Using the cleanser for the first time took me some time to get used to it as it doesn't foam or lather and instead is exactly like a light lotion. I was convinced it wasn't going to leave my skin feeling clean enough but I soon found this wasn't a problem.
My skin was left feeling really clean but there was no dryness or irritation. I find that it removes all but the most hard wearing of make-up first go but occassionaly I sometimes have to go over my eyes again to remove my masacara.
That is another thing which I like about the cleanser is that I can use it on my eyes as well as face as it is so gentle.
The cleanser is designed to combat enviromental stress upon the skin and is especially good for those of us with sensitive redness prone skin as it contains ingredients such as Lavender, Echinacea and Raspberry extracts which are known for being claming and anti-inflamatory to the skin.
After using my skin is left feeling so soft and smooth and it leaves it in excellent condition for applying make-up as there are no little dry patches that my foundation will cake to.
I absolutely love Dermalogica utra calming cleanser but I have read on some forums that Dermalogica have recently changed the formulation of the cleanser and this worries me as the original is so good that I am suspicious as to whether the new one will be able to do such a good job.
My bottle is nearly empty so I will be buying it to see and hoping that the changes are only minor as why mess with such a fantastic product.
To begin, just a little bit of background on Dermalogica and how/why I started buying their products. Please note this information is also on my review of Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant:
**Dermalogica is a company that was founded in 1986 by skin therapist Jane Wurwand, with the belief that everyone's skin is different and should be treated accordingly. The website www.dermalogica.com states that the products do not contain 'cheap chemicals like Mineral Oil, Lanolin, S.D. Alcohol, artificial fragrances and colours'.
I was always reluctant to buy Dermalogica products because of the price, however a beauty therapist recommended the range to me - I went for a facial and she told me that she thought I had rosacea. She used several Dermalogica products on my face and I could see the difference when I went home.
Dermalogica have several ranges of products, all made specially for certain skin concerns, such as sensitivity/redness (my problem!); acne and breakouts; and uneven skin tone.**
Ultracalming Cleanser, according to Dermalogica's website, 'helps combat skin sensitivity caused by exposure to pollution, harsh climate, stress, hormonal imbalance, irritating cosmetic products and other environmental influences. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour.'
The cleanser comes in a plain white bottle with a grey lid and grey Dermalogica logo (250ml), or a large white bottle with pump-action lid (500ml). The product itself is a white cream, which is neither too watery nor too thick (at the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, I will say it's 'just right'!) You squeeze/pump some onto your fingertips (I find about the size of a 50p piece is sufficient) and apply to your skin.
The main problem I have with using various cosmetic products on my skin is that the minute I put them on, my face starts to sting and I can tell that some of the ingredients are irritating me. Because Dermalogica doesn't contain any rubbish that could affect your skin, this cleanser doesn't sting or irritate my face whatsoever. When I first used it, it was such a novelty to me to apply it and then feel... nothing. I was so used to feeling that telltale tingling that let me know that I really needed to rinse the product off ASAP.
Instead the cleanser feels cold and refreshing against your skin. It removes foundation or just general dirt, and it will also take your eye make-up off. Again, it does not sting your eyes and even stubborn eyeliner and mascara is removed. You can take the cleanser off using Dermalogica's Sponge Cloth, with water, or with cotton wool or plain old toilet roll. No matter how you remove it, your face will feel clean and refreshed afterwards.
I always follow up my cleansing by using the Daily Microfoliant. It has helped my skin since developing rosacea, and quite honestly it's a godsend.
The price is around £19 for 250ml or £33 for 500ml. Pricey, yes. But worth it. Like all Dermalogica products, it is worth every penny and lasts for a long time.
Thanks for reading.
I have been using dermalogica skin care for 4 years and have found the Ultracalming cleanser perfect for my skin
All Dermalogica products come in the branded grey box with the plastic bottle inside. The Ultra Calming Cleanser comes in two sizes the 8.4oz which comes with a flick lid or the 250ml which comes in the pump form which I prefer as it is easier to use. What I like about the packageing is it is unisex so could be brought as a present for a male or female.
The driections of how to use the cleanser are on the box and are also printed on the bottle. You only need a small amount roughly the size of a pea, mix it in wet hands and then massage onto the skin for one minute before rinsing off. I prefer to use sponges to remove the cleanser as it is quite creamy so can be hard to wash of with your hands.
I have very sensative skin and seem to react to anything which I apply to my face. This cleanser does not contain any alcohol or fragrance so it is very gentle and seems to suit my skin well. I fond with the pump bottle it lasts me 8 months and I use it daily morning and night. The cleanser is so gentle it can also be used on the eyes to remoe eye make up. My skin feels very soft after use and it does not seem to dry the skin out like many cleansers do. In my opinion this product is number one for sensative skin.
This is a good every-day product from Dermalogica.
The brand specialises in tailored products for your skin which are effective and give good results.
This cleanser is a white lotion which you apply to your face and then can either remove with water or with cotton wool.
This is called Ultracalming and this product is great at removing makeup and general dirt without irritating the skin or creating any kind of reaction.
I often use this to remove make-up and it cleans off mascara and other eye-makeup with no issues.
I have no worries with using this around the eye area, I've never had a problem and certainly no irritation as you may get with other soap based products.
They recommend you use this product as part of your day and night routine and I like the way this cleanses really well but is also gentle.
However this is not a cheap product and could I honestly say this is worth all the extra money...I'm not sure. Perhaps if my skin was more sensitive and other brands irritated it - however my skin manages fine with cheaper brands and I'm not sure this product is worth spending the extra money on.
However Dermalogica is an excellent brand and this is a very good product.
I use this religiously morning and evening. I have sensitive combination skin sometimes prone to redness and this makes my skin soft and more even. Yes it is more expensive than buying cleanser from a supermarket, but your skin is so important I definitely think it's worth paying the extra and it's a big bottle so lasts probably 2 - 3 months. It also feels really nice so rather than dreading my before-bed routine I actually enjoy it. I follow this with a dermalogica toner (don't think it matters as much which kind) and then the dermalogica redness relief moisturiser, and doing this makes me feel that I'm doing treating my skin well. It feels like quite a natural product which doesn't leave any stinging like some face care does and the smell is pretty neutral (not flowery or strong in any way) so you can't really go wrong with that. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, although if you are unsure of your skin type it could be a really worthwhile exercise having a facial at a dermalogica salon first and getting their advice.
My beautician recommended the Dermologica products to me as part of my wedding day preparation. I have also heard from many other brides that this range is considered one of the best out in the market. I have sensitive skin which reacts to hot wax and the sun (causing sore botches) but I know other people's skin may be more sensitive and although this cleanser is part of the Dermologica's range for sensitive skin, I have heard from others trying this cleanser that this product is still not "calming" enough. However, for me, this cleanser is so much better than the bog standard from Boots etc.
The scent is very mild, almost unnoticeable and very slightly lemony. It's not billed as having any "natural ingredients" but I can honestly say I can't smell anything artificial in this cleanser.
The cream is very velvety to the touch and once on the face, a little goes a very long way. A 5p sized blob on the tip of the finger and applied straight onto the face can cover the whole surface area of the face.
You can simply wipe this off if water is too harsh for your skin (but I haven't tried this so cannot tell you if it leaves a residue or not) or wash the cleanser off the face with a little water. The range recommends that you follow up with the rest of the products - i.e., cream exfoliant, soothing spray, barrier repair. Out of the rest of the range, the barrier repair really compliments the work of the cleanser and provides that extra smooth finish to the skin.
I have bought a 500ml bottle from eBay for £30, which actually is a very good price. I've had this bottle for about 4 months now and can see that I have at least another 75% left, so it should take me to the end of this year and the possibly mid-2010.
My skin has been left feeling soft and hydrated ever since using this cleanser but do follow-up with the rest of the range. Highly recommended!
I first tried this product when I received a number of small tester sachets. To be honest, I do not generally do the whole cleanse, tone & moisturise programme - and tend to buy the cheapest make-up remover and moisturiser from Boots. But having turned 30, and seeing a few wrinkles appearing here and there, I thought I would be good and take better care of my skin.
So, samples in hand, I still took off my make-up with Boots' cheapest, but then I used a damp cotton pad and cleansed my face with the Dermalogica Cleanser. Its amazing how much muck was still on my face that the Boots stuff left behind!
The Cleanser is creamy, but doesnt foam up when you wash it off with warm water. It doesnt have a fragrance at all, and is suitable for even very sensitive skin. I suffer from generally dry skin, and found that this cleanser did not dry my skin out at all.
After about two weeks of faithfully using the cleanser morning and evening, I noticed a definite improvement in my skin. It felt softer, smoother, and fresher, and no spots to be seen!
So I finally went ahead and bought the 500ml bottle for Euro30, and am still delighted with it.
I would recommend it to anyone, and say it's absolutely worth spending the money on this product.
I have had this bottle about 2 months, and only have about a fifth of it used.
(Review also on Ciao)
this is a thickish cream-gel cleanser, and it is very effective at removing make up -even eye make-up and mascara. i used it for a short time, when my skin was highly reactive / allergic, and it was actually recommended by my doctor. The only problem is that it is quite difficult to remove, so you often resort to washing it off with warm water, as opposed to wiping with a cotton pad. Very nice product overall, and really does work to calm redness etc. Most suited to very dry skins / very sensitive skins.
My skin type is combination with sensitive cheeks and nose that go red when eating chilli, drinking alchohol, and using products that are not good for me.
This cleanser is very soothing, fragrance free, fairly good cleansing power but does not foam, so sometimes I just cleanse twice to make sure it is super clean.
It has helped the redness on my face, it does not itch or sting, or pull my face taught. Even though this cleanser is supposed to be for senstive skin, I believe it is good for most skin conditions except extremely oily. It kind of has the texture and feel of Cetaphil, but has many other ingredients that seem to really help calm redness.
I have tried many product ranges, such as Dr Hauschka, Clarins, Aveda, Nu Skin, Avon, Lancome, Jurlique, L'Occitane, Shiseido, Decleor, Darphin and this one has been the best so far.
When I went to see my Beauty Therapist (the person that got me on to Dermalogica), she told me that although I had congestion in my skin that my face was dehydrated which made the redness worse. I didn't realise this, so hopefully for those out there that read this with the same problem, it might help.