Spring/Summer Morning Skincare Routine (featuring Dermalogica)

These products are the current staples in my morning routine. I recently incorporated the serum (so I only have a first impression of that so far), and some mornings I add in a self-tan product and/or an eye product.

The Active Clay Cleanser is a clay-based cleanser featuring prebiotics, bioflavonoids, tea tree oil, glycerin, and aloe. It helps to balance out excess oil while cleansing and leaves skin feeling refreshed and calm. It is not stripping at all to skin; it feels like a typical hydrating gel/cream cleanser with the added benefit of the oil-control ingredients. Love it for the warmer months when my face tends to get sweaty and oily.

Multi-Active Toner is the perfect lightweight layer of hydration to prep skin after cleansing. It delivers natural moisturizing factors to the skin to boost up hydration and soothes skin with Arnica, Balm Mint, and Lavender. Coming in at 8.4 oz, you can expect the full size bottle to last awhile. The spray can be a bit messy and forceful, but I get around this (somewhat) by spraying in half-pumps instead of pressing down all the way.

Smart Response Serum is officially being released on June 3rd here in the US. Being the freak that I am, I took advantage of a pre-release Dermalogica offered during their official announcement of the product. It boasts next-generation technology which activates the ingredients in the formula only when it senses the skin’s need to utilize them, and that intrigued me enough to purchase it. The actives featured are Oligosaccharides from Beta Glucan (which target dehydration), Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour (which targets dark spots), Japanese Cornelia Cherry (which targets redness), and Mannose-6-Phosphate (which targets fine lines and wrinkles). Other ingredients include Glycerin, Niacinamide, and Hyaluronic Acid. It is on the thicker side of the serum segment, verging on a lightweight lotion texture. It spreads easily and immediately hydrates and slightly smooths the surface of the skin. I find that I prefer to skip moisturizer when wearing this and go straight to SPF. I have used this for three days now, so my only thoughts at this point are that it is a pleasure to use and it keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day.

Lastly, Prisma Protect has been a staple SPF in my routine since I first discovered it. It is a light-to-medium weight formula that provides a beautiful satin sheen to skin without being overtly glowy or shiny. It smells like citrus candy when first applied (dissipates quickly, though). It utilizes traditional chemical filters, so there is no trace of white cast or grittiness. It feels smooth and luxurious to apply and hydrates and moisturizes without feeling heavy, greasy, or irritating to skin. It does look a bit shiny when first applied, but when it has set up on skin for several minutes it looks and feels amazing. It is not water or sweat resistant, so if I am going to be outdoors or working up a sweat then I make sure to reapply periodically. I have reapplied using a number of other sunscreens and they have all set up smoothly and without pilling. Love. Period.

Dermalogica has been a brand that has consistently delivered and been a pleasure to use, and I always look forward to my routine when their products are in the mix.

Links:

Cleanser: Active Clay Cleanser, Prebiotic Cleanser, Charcoal Face Wash For Oily Skin | Dermalogica®

Toner: Multi-Active Toner, Hydrating Spray Toner | Dermalogica®

Serum: Smart Response Serum | Dermalogica®

SPF: Prisma Protect SPF30, SPF Face Moisturizer | Dermalogica®

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance

What it is: A moisturizing treatment for face/neck/decollete

What it does: Deeply hydrates and fortifies the skin

Star ingredients: Barrier repairing lipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Echinacea, Centella Asiatica, Chlorella Algea complex, Ceramides

Review:

This is at the forefront of my favorite moisturizing products ever. I’m on my second supersize tube of it and have yet to come across another product that is in the same league as this cream in terms of performance. It does exactly what it says in the name: it intensely moisturizes and balances the skin, and it does so without shouting “Hi, I’m on your face!” It effortlessly blends into the skin and leaves it feeling like, well, skin. Calm and comforted, hydrated and healthy.

This is exceptional for me during the colder winter months (I live in Michigan) and for the havoc that wearing a mask for long periods of time wreaks on the skin. I can wear this during the day or in the evening, although I generally save it for evening use as my morning routine works well for me without it. It gives me the needed extra oomph in restoring my skin after the day’s activities and keeps it hydrated and protected throughout the night. It does not have any discernible scent to it, just smells like product (does that even make any sense?). It is lightweight and smooth and glides on like a lipid-rich lotion, and a pea-size amount goes a long way. My first 3.4 oz version lasted me almost nine months with regular nighttime use.

This is a product that knows its purpose and delivers, straight and to the point. And for a time and a season such as this current one, that is exactly what I need and what I think a lot of others need, too. Highly recommend. For a lighter moisturizer option, Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream is also perfection, though more suited for the summertime for me.

Purchase: Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance | Ulta Beauty