I've definitely had my fair share of issues with my skin, I didn't experience too many breakouts until my late teens when I got terrible acne and I can tell you 17 years later I still struggle! Pregnancies & hormones, suffering from auto immune disease and never really finding my holy grail skin care all attributed to my struggle.
Skin care is something I have always been interested in, and I have tried it all. From spending thousands on high end medicated regimes to going all natural - but I have never had a whole lots of success.
A few months back I was lucky enough to be asked by Dermalogica to exclusively try their products to see if they could finally end my search. I booked in to see Gemma at Bare in Belmont, who took me through the best products for my skin and treated me to the most amazing Ion Active facial.
From Bare on why they use Dermalogica:
"We only stock one skincare brand for a reason. We believe Dermalogica is the most effective, results based professional skin care range on the market. And because our skin therapists can focus their energy on a single skincare line – they know the products inside and out. All of our therapists performing skin treatments are certified as Dermalogica Specialists or Experts."
A bit about the facial itself:
"The IonActive treatment uses thermal activity and facial massage to deeply penetrate key ingredients into the skin. Still encompassing the Dermalogica standard of double cleanse and exfoliation the client is then able to select their area of concern from the following list to achieve super glowing and healthy looking skin. Skin heaven.
For my skin I had a few issues I needed to tackle. Not only adult acne but also signs of ageing as I get closer to 40.... eeek!
Step 1: My routine begins with removing my makeup, and the Pre Cleanse Balm is the first step in my double cleanse routine. This balm-oil product offers a deep cleanse, removing makeup with ease and leaving the skin soft and clean.
Step 2: Here's the double cleanse bit. I use the Special Cleansing Gel to remove any traces of makeup that may have been missed with the Pre-Cleanse Balm. This gel removes impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. It has a calming effect on the skin and doesn't leave my face feeling dry or my skin itchy like a lot of cleansers I have used in the past.
Step 3: Daily Micro Foliant is a rice based powder which actives upon contact with water. It releases powerful ingredients to reduce pore size and brighten the skin. It's gentle enough to use daily which for me is great as I have always been a huge fan of exfoliation and really notice a change in my skin when I do use it daily.
Step 4: Active Moist oil free lightweight moisturiser doesn't break me out! 99% of moisturisers I have used have caused severe break outs, as it seems I cannot use anything with an oil base. It's light enough to wear under makeup, and leaves my skin feeling fresh.
Step 5: Skin Hydrating Booster. I use this at night instead of my Active Moist, but it can also be mixed with your daily moisturiser for an extra boost of moisture. It is a water based product that increases hydration levels and helps reduce fine lines (YES PLEASE!) It absorbs instantly which I love as I hate that greasy feel of most intense hydrating products.
Step 6: Lastly I add a little of the Oil free Matte Sunscreen which we all know is a must when it comes to preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Now that I am pregnant again I also get a lot of pigmentation in my face so I've been ensuring I wear this one daily to prevent this!
So here is my face makeup free and clear after using this range exclusively for 2 months. This past year I also worked a lot on gut health and diet and this certainly helps too. I believe the right mix of skin care and inner health has been the answer for me, and I'm so grateful that I was finally able to sort out my skin!
If you want to experience your own Dermalogica facial and get products specific to your skin type, then I highly recommend seeing Gemma at Bare. You can book here http://www.barewaxing.co.nz/online-bookings/
To check out all the amazing products Dermalogica has to offer you can find them here http://www.dermalogica.co.nz/
NZ based hair and makeup artist, Mum, wife, beauty blogger, & advocate for self acceptance & empowering women.