Having sensitive skin can mean different things to different people. Whether you experience mild, occasional flare-ups or frequent redness and discomfort, sensitivity can affect every skin type, from dry to oily, and can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, diet, cosmetic ingredients, allergies and pollution. This means that finding the cause of your sensitive skin can be as difficult as nailing jelly to a tree. Dermalogica decided to take a different approach by introducing the new Dermalogica UltraCalming Duo, aimed instead at treating the irritation and dehydration caused by sensitive skin.
The products in this unique duo were both created to hydrate and protect sensitive skin without any harsh or irritating ingredients. Formulated with plant-based ingredients, both the Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster and Dermalogica Calm Water Gel are free of gluten, parabens, artificial fragrances, and colourants. Bottom line is, they don’t contain any known irritants, making the duo the perfect solution when your skin needs a little TLC.
My favourite product in the duo is hands down the Dermalogica Calm Water Gel – I struggle with dehydration and sensitivity and I found that this super light moisturiser hydrates like a boss. It contains powerful humectants (like aloe vera, glycerin, apple extract, and two types of hyaluronic acid) as well as emollients (like Dimethicone) – which are both key when treating dry or dehydrated skin. These ingredients essentially pull moisture into the skin and make sure it stays locked in. Cactus pear extract also helps to soothe irritated skin and calm any flare-ups.
This gel-like moisturiser is great for people who loathe thick, sticky creams and I love that it leaves my skin feeling soft, fresh, and hydrated after applying. It’s ideal to wear on a hot summer’s day and it layers beautifully under makeup and sunscreen!
If you’re really struggling with sensitivity and regular flare-ups then I’d recommend investing in the Barrier Defense Booster as well. This concentrated oil booster soothes and nourishes sensitive skin while also combatting dryness. The product is mostly intended to help prevent further irritation but it will also go a long way to helping improve the texture of your skin and leave your skin looking dewy and fresh. For this oil, Dermalogica has included skin-loving ingredients like Squalane, to lock in moisture, and soothing Oat Oil to help combat sensitivity. I have been mixing into my moisturizer but you can also gently pat it straight onto your skin (about 6 drops is enough) – don’t worry, it melts into the skin within seconds of applying and doesn’t leave an oily residue.
After a few weeks of using the duo together, my skin feels soft and nourished, and I’ve definitely noticed a reduction in redness. I’m also convinced that my skin isn’t as reactive to the usual stimulants like cold weather, sweat, or rubbing as it is usually is so the products are a real winner for me. While I don’t use the Barrier Defense Booster as often as the Calm Water Gel it’s still a great product to keep on hand for those days when I really need to treat my skin.
The UltraCalming Duo is available at Dermalogica-authorized spas, salons and skin centers, and at R890 for the Calm Water Gel and R1220 for the Barrier Defense Booster.
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