I’m delving deeper into the world of Dermalogica and I’m not gonna lie, I bloody love it.
Since getting pregnant, my skin has been a bit of a state. No matter what I do, there’s been one problem area around my nose and chin that is just persisting. The use of Dermalogica products has massively helped, thank God. Their products have been the only thing that’s helped. Admittedly, I still have a couple areas where there’s still some ‘work’ to do on them. But, they’re so much better than they were before.
My skin sucks. What doesn’t help is the changing weather. I always suffer badly with dry skin at this time of the year but with that, having sensitive skin and being pregnant… My hormones and skin are fully raging and trying to destroy me. God, I sound fit right now don’t I? Plus, in addition to all this – from the crying, tissue blowing etc, certain areas of my face are suffering.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to work out what the best skincare routine is for me whilst being pregnant.
Especially since there are so many things you have to consider whilst pregnant. Like I thought skincare was skincare but even in pregnancy, apparently there are products/ingredients that are just massive no nos. Who would’ve thought? Thankfully, Dermalogica are experts in skincare so I had no worries cross my mind when a package arrived at work containing their products.
I was super excited to start trying them all to see if these products would become part of my staple pregnancy skincare routine.
Especially since nothing I tried before was helping my skin and I wanted to keep my face looking tip top during pregnancy. I mean, my body is going to be wrecked for Baby Holden so I should be able to keep my face looking alright, right?
Once again, as in my previous Dermalogica post – they are cruelty free. Some of these products are also vegan friendly and gluten free. This is one reason why I adore Dermalogica because they really cater for a huge audience.
Dermalogica are just babes aren’t they? There’s no two ways about it.
The Precleanse* is something else. Honestly. Barring how damn good it smells (which I could easily smell all day if I had half the chance), this is one of the best products I’ve ever used for cleansing. It’s a deep cleansing oil designed to ‘melt away’ all impurities – including makeup, oil, suncream and other things that are collected on your skin throughout the day.
When they say it ‘melts away’, they mean it. I don’t think I’ve ever felt something quite like it on my skin. It’s difficult to explain but its almost as if you can feel the makeup, crap and whatever else coming away from your face, like melting butter in your hands. A little bit of product goes a really long way too. Just one pump will easily do my whole face and neck, once I’ve worked it into my skin, I’ll then wet my hands a little bit and in light circles, work it in. Works absolute miracles AND it doesn’t hurt your eyes at all, winner winner! The Precleanse comes in at £38.50.
After using Precleanse, I move onto the Special Cleansing Gel*
Now, the Precleanse combined with the Special Cleansing Gel is without a doubt, the best combo I’ve ever tried and I do believe it’s made a significant difference to my skin during this pregnancy because there’s no harmful chemicals or anything like that in them. Plus, Dermalogica know their stuff.
The cleansing gel is another product where a little goes a long way. I just do one small squeeze onto my hand and gently massage onto my face to create a wet lather. It’s literally so easy to use. It doesn’t sting or anything like some cleansers I’ve tried (although I’m thinking my sensitive skin couldn’t cope with them). There’s no scent to the gel either.
The Special Cleansing Gel is super ideal because it’s suitable for all skin types – whether your skin is oily, dry, sensitive etc. It’s a product for all which I love. It doesn’t dry out your skin or leave it feeling like there’s a weird ‘film’/layer on your skin when you use it like some cleansers. My skin feels so light, fresh and clean. I’ve also noticed that the general texture of my skin is so much better when I’ve used Special Cleansing Gel and Precleanse as a combo. The redness in my problem areas seem to go down a considerable amount too after using them both. The Special Cleansing Gel is £32.00 but in my opinion, worth every penny.
I was eager to try the Daily Resurfacer*, having not come across it before.
This is probably one of the more pricier products that Dermalogica have to offer at £68.00. You only get 35 ‘sachets’ so it is definitely a luxury product. It reminds me of a finger puppet, funnily enough. The idea behind the Daily Resurfacer is that it’s a daily leave on exfoliant to brighten and tone your skin. It’s also supposed to reduce signs of aging and fine lines.
I didn’t actually realise this at the time but the Daily Resurfacer can help with scarring. It wasn’t until I was chatting on Twitter about Dermalogica that they popped up and very kindly let us all know! So if you have scarring, it might be worth you looking into this.
Whilst I really like the Daily Resurfacer and I do find that it’s helped make my skin look glowy and more even. I don’t think it’s something I’ll be able to freely purchase because of the price tag that comes with it. It would be something that I desperately need or if my skin was badly scarred or if my fine lines and wrinkles were of a major concern.
The Skin Smoothing Cream* has recently been redeveloped with a new and improved formula!
This claims to be the new and improved version of Dermalogica’s best selling moisturiser. I’ve thankfully got both so I can do a little comparison of the two. The most obvious difference is the consistency of the formula. One is noticeably thicker and not as smooth in appearance the other – obviously is thinner. This definitely makes a difference in the way they’re applied too I found. The thicker smoothing cream took a lot more working in. It felt ‘heavier’ on my face to start off with whereas with the new formula, I felt almost instant hydration. My face also didn’t feel as ‘heavy’ or left feeling oily as it did with the old formula. So in terms of formula – the new one definitely wins.
With the new formula, it has a ‘hydramesh technology’ which sounds fancy asf right? This means that the skin is ‘infused’ with 48 hours of hydration and helps protect against environmental stress. This has been ideal for me due to my work environment. Maybe not so much now I’m on maternity leave but during the pregnancy and work, it’s been a godsend. It’s definitely one that I would continue using regardless of being at work or not. Purely because of general environmental factors and how great it makes my skin feel after use.
The Skin Smoothing Cream is really easy to use and follow. After toning, just apply this to your face and in ‘upward strokes’. It’s really that simple. The Skin Smoothing Cream is available for £37.00.
For a velvety smooth appearance, look no further than the Barrier Repair*.
This has been a godsend recently. With my skin being all over the place, it’s made a massive difference in my problem areas. I’ve been using this product to focus on the sore, dry and red patches as opposed to all my face. This is primarily because my sore, dry and red patches are of course damaged and need more attention than the rest of my face. I’m pleased to say that this was clearing the problem areas up nicely but since the passing of my Dad, my skin has flared up really badly again so it’s back to tackling it!
The Barrier Repair is so velvety – the consistency reminds me of a face primer (just to give you all an idea).
It’s a waterless moisturiser that Dermalogica recommend you use after toning to help save your skin against ‘environmental and internal triggers’ that cause your skin stress. So in my case… My work place, my hormones and grieving which have all had a significant impact on my skin.
I would definitely say that this is one of the few products that made a difference to my nose area (which is grim asf right now) but stupid old me stopped all skincare after my Dad died because of how numb and empty I felt inside. Which, in hindsight – wasn’t a good thing to do because now my skin is suffering again after clearing up so nicely but skincare just wasn’t a priority of mine. However, the Barrier Repair is definitely a product I would purchase in general because of how great it’s been to my skin. Plus, it helps to restore your skin with oat and botanical actives to stop inflammatory triggers without causing you oodles of pain. It’s a win, win product to be honest. The Barrier Repair comes in at £41.00.
Finally, we have the Super Sensitive Shield SPF30*.
This is probably the product that I have used the least, purely because I’m a bit of a dope and stupidly think that suncream should only be worn in summer (yes, I know. Bad Katie). So this hasn’t had much use from me as of yet. This would be ideal though because it’s part of the Dermalogica Ultra Calming range. The same as the Barrier Repair – it contains oat and botanical actives. I imagine this and Barrier Repair would be a great combination. According to the Dermalogica website, the sunscreen is ideal for sensitised, reactive and recently resurfaced skin. Once the sun comes out a little bit more in the UK, I will definitely be putting this to the test and especially with my upcoming holiday to Portugal in June! If you are interested in this product though, it comes in at £44.50.
All in all, these products have been amazing for my skin. They’ve definitely become a staple part of my pregnancy skincare routine.
I’ve been as honest as possible because my skin still isn’t perfect but I just want to reiterate that it’s not due to the products that my skin has taken a turn for the worst again. It is down to stress, the fact that I’m grieving and that I stopped doing my skincare routine because I’m grieving. It’s a vicious cycle. However, that being said – when I started writing this post, my skin was almost back to its perfect state (lol big headed much?) so these products did make a significant improvement to my skin that’s for sure. It’s just a case of getting myself ‘back’ there. If that makes sense?
So, I plan to do an updated post to this in a couple months. Once my hormones have died down a bit and everything else. But, as I said – the products have genuinely helped and I do love them, it’s just been bad timing with everything else that’s gone on.
Products marked with * are PR samples/gifted items