It is a common belief to sufferers of oily skin that this is something that has to be lived with, an ailment that no mattifying, purifying or clarifying astringent can tame. However, after trying Dermaologica products, I am
amazed to say that I have been saved. To all the cynics, I am not at all new to the world of beauty products, having tried and tested everything on offer, from supermarket bargain basics to the upper echelon of prestige cosmeceuticals.
For those of you who don't face the on-going crisis of "shiny face," the best thing about the Dermalogica skin care range is that it caters to a multitude of skin types - dry, combination, sensitive, so everyone can give it a go. Also, with Dermalogica acne and ageing are catered for with specialist products such as Dermalogica mediabac clearing: concealing spot treatment and the Dermalogica Age Smart range.
While I have been known to wear the credit card a little thin when buying beauty products, Dermaologica products are affordable, making it simple to stock up on a few in one go.
With a gigantic range, there is something for everyone, but for those with that insufferable "shiny face syndrome", I have a few favourites in the Dermaologica skin care department, which I may share, just maybe
My Top 5
Tip- Remember that skin care should always be tailored to your own needs, don't be afraid to mix products and brands (always check first with active ingredients). An affordable cleanser like Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution could be the perfect compliment your 0 moisturiser, dare to experiment!
One of my beauty regime staples is the cleanser and Dermalogica beauty uses a multi-step cleansing system. Not every product has to be used, it all depends on personal preference, but you can't go wrong with a quick Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse before applying the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (for those of you who with slightly-oily to combination skin, just skip to the Special Cleansing Gel). For those using the dual system to clarify, pure skin never felt so good.
Not everyone is a fan of toners, warned off by tales of burning sensations and increased breakouts. However, the Dermalogica Multi-active toner is the opposite, containing refreshing Lavender, Basil Mint, Arnica, Cucumber and Aloe to give your skin a energizing lift, on those early mornings. In form as a spritz, Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner, focuses on hydration rather than the stripping effect toners have become synonymous with.
In the sub-tropical Australian environment, sun care should be considered top priority, no matter if you have olive skin that doesn't visibly burn, and especially if your skin is the porcelain type that turns into to tomato after twenty minutes in the sun. Sun damage builds up from exposure to the sun over the years and preventative measures need to be taken before this happens.
Not a fan of heavy sunscreens, I prefer to use Dermalogica sun: water block solar spray, which is light and easy to apply, but most importantly provides a sun protection factor of 30+. For those with extra shine, Dermalogica Sun: Oil Free matte block (SPF 20+) can also be used.
Tip- Always apply sunscreen approximately 15-20 minutes before sun exposure. This helps to prepare skin for the sun by giving it time to absorb the sunscreen.
One of the biggest mistakes about oily skin is to dry it out. In order to keep oiliness down, maintaining balanced skin is essential and using moisturiser after cleansing and scrubbing is a vital method in achieving this. Dermalogica active moist is good at maintaining this balance without adding more shine.
Exfoliants & Scrubs
My ULTIMATE staple is the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub, which is incredibly smoothing and purifying. Oily skin is terrible in that it can make skin feel unclean and dirty, but the corn cob meal used as a scrubbing agent works like a charm in removing all the impurities that cause this feeling. Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub is a must for those who dream of perfectly polished skin.
Tip- While directions listed on beauty products may limit the use of scrubs and exfoliates to once a week or every 2-3 days, listen to your skin. Stripping the skin bare is not a good idea, but for sufferers of extremely clogged pores and excessive sebum production, a few more scrubs here and there can prove vital to keep skin clear. Just don't forget to moisturize straight after! Cleansing is the key, but drying out is a sin!