What is a good Skin Care Regime?

It is very important to ensure that you have a good Skin Care Regime at home. This can involve many different types of products and can take a good deal of time to do. The benefits though are innumerable and can help keep your skin in the best possible condition. A full Skincare Regime would be the ideal but elements can be chosen to create your own At Home Skincare Regime.

1. Cleanser
Cleansing is the critical first step in a successful Skincare Regime. Thorough cleansing removes impurities, make-up, bacteria that cause breakouts and excess sebum (oil produced by the skin). It prepares the skin for the products that follow and allows the next steps in the regime to work to the best of their ability.

The Cleanser should be used morning and evening.

2. Exfoliant
Exfoliating enables your skin to function at it’s best and I would encourage exfoliation as part of your weekly routine. A suitable exfoliant will remove dead surface skin cells, stimulate skin cell turnover (therefore brightening and smoothing the skin), soften impacted comedones (blackheads) as well as evening out and lightening pigmentation and skin tone. There are two types of exfoliant:-

  1. Physical (granular in texture) – this will work on the surface layers of the skin.
  2. Chemical (smooth texture) – this will work through to the deeper layers of the skin giving a more intense and sophisticated result.

Any product used after exfoliation will work more efficiently and effectively.

The Exfoliant should be used morning or evening daily/2 to 3 times weekly dependant upon the product.

3. Masque
A masque is designed to benefit certain skin problems or to generally improve the skin as a whole. A masque will either deep cleanse, purify, refine, nourish, hydrate, stimulate or prevent ageing or produce a combination of these benefits. After using a masque you should notice a substantial difference in the look and feel of your skin and this should continue over several days.

The Masque should be used at least once a week but will depend upon your skin type and the product you are using.

4. Toner
Toners are designed to be spritzed directly onto the skin and they are designed to refresh, rebalance the skin’s PH level after cleansing, rehydrate and form a protective layer over the skin. You will tone either after cleansing, exfoliating or applying a masque. Our toners can also be used throughout the day, even over make-up, to refresh and rehydrate and are extremely beneficial on a long haul flight to keep skin well hydrated and protected.

The Toner should be should be used morning and evening.

5. Booster
Boosters, or Serums, are designed to allow quick and efficient penetration of the product into the skin. The ingredients are very potent and some are highly active to give immediate results. The booster is designed to give your skin vital ingredients which cannot be used in our moisturisers to give such dramatic results.

The Booster can be used morning and evening before moisturising. Most boosters are beneficial around the eyes so, if suitable, apply before eye cream.

6. Eye Cream
It is really important to always use a specific eye cream as the skin around your eyes is very delicate and must be treated separately. If you use your normal moisturiser around the eye area over along period of time you can severely damage the delicate skin. There are several different products you can choose from to benefit this area depending on the concern. The product should always be applied with the ring finger from the inner eye working outwards (to drain the toxins which cause puffiness, dark circles and such concerns to the nearest lymph node behind the ear). Try to gently press rather than rub.

The Eye Cream should be used morning and evening after the Booster but before the Moisturiser.

7. Moisturiser
Everyone, whatever your skin type, must always moisturise. If you have a dry or dehydrated skin this will nourish, hydrate and protect the skin, whilst if you have a more oily or problematic skin it will rebalance and control the sebum production and reduce inflammation. Certain moisturisers are also age preventative.

The Moisturiser should be used morning and evening.

Dermalogica Price Increase April 2009

Unfortunately Dermalogica have recently increased all of their prices on the full retail range. Their Recommended Retail Price actually increased in January but their cost price to authorised suppliers such as ourselves didn’t happen until 1st April 2009. The main reason behind the increase is to do with exchange rate between the pound(£) and the dollar ($) but there are other factors too.

Although we are the first of the major Dermalogica Retailers to increase our prices in line with the cost increase from Dermalogica, the others will have to follow eventually or go out of business. We feel it is very unfortunate that we have had to increase our prices, but the reasons for doing so are many, and providing the level of service and support that our customers expect from us, along with Free First Class Recorded Delivery in the UK, has cost implications that we have to cover. The increase from Dermalogica has been substantial, and although we considered absorbing the cost, it would have meant the end of our business. This would result in less competition in the market place and eventually exponentially higher prices for all consumers in the future.

We hope all of our customers understand the reasons why we have had to increase our prices and that you all continue to support us in the future.

Why you can’t buy Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash on the Net

We are afraid the Dermalogica have requested that all Authorised Retailers such as ourselves, no longer sell Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash on the Internet. They have stated the following:

“Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash cannot be sold or made available on-line. This will include all formulations of Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash from Samples to retail sizes to availability in Skin Kits. A direct consultation including Face Mapping skin analysis and recommendation by a qualified skin therapist who has attended training for the mediBac category is imperative to ensure a need is clearly diagnosed.

This follows from the fact that many users of Dermalogica Antibac Skin Wash, which was discontinued last year, switched to the new Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash without prescription from a trained Skincare Specialist, and although the majority were okay with the product, a small number of people did receive an adverse reaction.

Have you ever had problems opening Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser?

From time to time some of our customers call or email us because of the problems they experience trying to open the Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser. This is not due to anything that our customers are doing wrong, it is simply a problem that originates when the product is manufactured. The following procedure will help correct the issue:

  1. Hold the bottle and tighten the grey/silver collar near the top of the bottle as much as you can by turning the collar clock wise. Do not hold pump head at the top when you are turning otherwise it may break. Do not over tighten and break the collar.
  2. Still holding the bottle turn the pump head clockwise until the pump clicks open.

This should solve the problem but if you need further assistance either post a reply or email us at shop@pure-beauty.co.uk.

Dermalogica Products and Pregnant Mothers

We have been asked many times which products are safe to use during pregnancy or if you are trying to get pregnant. This is a very difficult area for us because we are Beauty Therapists and Skin Care Specialists and not medical practitioners. Never the less, we are never happy when we can’t answer our customers questions or concerns so we requested clarification from Dermalogica. They kindly sent us a very detailed email which we have included below.

Please remember that you should always consult fully with your G. P. when trying to become pregnant, or if you are pregnant, and using or changing skin care products.

Pregnancy Advice from the International Dermal Institute

Dermalogica® is a professional skin therapy line that is researched by The International Dermal Institute®. As a post graduate training facility The International Dermal Institute® has extensive resource to clinical and technical data regarding ingredients. Dermalogica® always strives to remain at the forefront of product development and use high quality ingredients that will promote optimum skin health.

Most of the Dermalogica® products are safe to use whilst pregnant. We would recommend that you avoid having professional body treatments that include Dermalogica® Enzymatic Sea Mud Pack and Dermalogica® Energising Oil – Professional Strength. Both of these body products have a detoxifying effect on the body and detoxification is not recommended for pregnant mothers as it can cause dehydration and may increase the toxic load in the mother’s blood, which will also pass through to the baby.

At Dermalogica® we suggest the use of our aromatherapy oils Soothing Additive, Clearing Additive, Revitalising Additive, Stress Relief Professional Strength Oil and the retail Stress Relief Treatment Oil should be avoided during pregnancy as a precautionary measure. Any skin therapist with an advanced knowledge of aromatherapy will be able to advise you more specifically. Further, based on your personal health circumstances your General Practitioner or Obstetrician may advise you to avoid using any essential oil formula and as such one might make the personal decision to not use these products.

Although most Dermalogica® products are safe to use in pregnancy, there are a few containing specific active agents such as salicylic acid, lactic acid and retinol that come into question when the client or user is pregnant.

At present no studies have been carried out on salicylic acid and lactic acid and its effects on pregnant women. Some medical practitioner’s deem salicylic acid safe when used in a cleanser as it is being washed off of the skin. However the use of salicylic acid during pregnancy is only a concern for highly active, leave on treatment products.

For this reason we advise to avoid experiencing treatments using Dermalogica® professional exfoliants; Exfoliant Accelerator 35, Multi Vitamin Power Exfoliant and Skin Exfoliant System. Further we suggest pregnant clients may wish to avoid the use of Clearing Mattifier and Overnight Clearing Gel every day over an extended period as these have a concentration of 2% salicylic acid and are left to penetrate into the skin. However, the treatment of the odd breakout with Concealing Spot Treatment and Special Clearing Booster is fine as it is unlikely to be applied morning and night for an extended period of time. Wash off products such as Clearing Skin Wash or lower concentration toners and moisturisers like Skin Purifying Wipes and Oil Control should not pose great concern and could be incorporated into a routine if an individual was faced with acne during pregnancy.

When considering the use of either salicylic acid or lactic acid we would always recommend one follows the advice given by their midwife or GP.

Vitamin A derivatives have varying strengths and can have an effect on the body when ingested during pregnancy. Due to the fact that there is a high concentration of Retinyl Palmitate within Dermalogica® Multivitamin Power Concentrate and this product is designed to penetrate deeply into the skin, at Dermalogica® we suggest you consult your General Practitioners or Obstetrician as to whether this product is suitable for topical use. At this stage our research indicates that there are no other Dermalogica® products containing Vitamin A derivatives which need to be avoided.

Once again, based on personal health circumstances or advice given by General Practitioners or Obstetrician, one may make the personal decision to avoid topical application of some of these Vitamin A derivatives during pregnancy. The list of Dermalogica® professional and retail products that contain either Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate can be found below:

  • Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment
  • Body Therapy Hydro Pack
  • Clean Bar
  • Colloidal Masque Base
  • Solar Defence Wipes
  • Intensive Eye Repair
  • Intensive Moisture Masque
  • Intensive Moisture Balance
  • Overnight Clearing Gel
  • Multivitamin Power Concentrate
  • Multivitamin Power Exfoliant
  • Multivitamin Power Firm
  • Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque
  • Multivitamin Thermafoliant
  • Post Extraction Solution
  • Power Rich
  • Powerfoliant
  • Silk Finish Conditioner
  • Skin Hydrating Masque
  • Skin Renewal Booster
  • Skin Smoothing Cream
  • Solar Defence Booster SPF 30
  • Treatment Foundation (All Shades)
  • Ultra Sensitive Face Block SPF 25
  • Waterblock Solar Spray SPF 30


Education Product Information

International Dermal Institute®

(Published 06/01/2009) | (Updated 09/12/2009)