Newest Review: ... cheeks, nose and chin which is plenty to ensure my face is well moisturised. Overall, I find Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balanc... more
Gives more mature skin an extra zing
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance
Member Name: ladybracknell
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance
Advantages: Lives up to most of its claims and a little bit goes a long way
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.
Summary: A moisturiser which actually does what it claims