This month, Dermalogica added two new products to their Ultra Calming range. Say hello to the Ultra Calming Duo.
I love autumn, but my skin isn’t a fan of transition seasons. It plays up in peculiar ways; congested and oily one day and red and dry the next. Enter this duo; developed to be use together in order to take the guesswork out why your skin is sensitive. They tackle both the irritation and dehydration that is often associated with sensitivity. Of course, you can wear then alone, but together they make a skin calming solution for all skin types.
First up is the Barrier Defense Booster (R1220)
What they say: Concentrated oil booster soothes, nourishes and moisturizes to restore balance to sensitive skin. Triple Defense Complex nourishes the skin, relieves dryness and reinforces barrier integrity against future irritation. Squalane locks in moisture while soothing Oat Oil helps combat sensitivity and support healthy-looking skin. Use prior to, or mix with, your moisturizer for UltraCalming™ benefits.
What I say: Oooh, if you like oils, you’re going to love this one. And if you don’t love them, this will be the one to turn you. Just a few drops of this will make such a difference to your skin!
It absorbs almost instantly, leaving the skin looking dewy rather than oily, and while I usually wear it under the Calm Water Gel, it plays well under all of my other skincare, so you don’t have to worry about it pilling.
After a few weeks of use, my skin was noticeably more supple and far less red and angry, even when exposed to the freezing south easter.
I’d say that this is the one you should invest in if you only have budget for one of the duo.
Calm Water Gel (R890)
What they say: Weightless water-gel moisturizer hydrates dry, sensitive skin. Refreshing gel formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid upon application, forming a weightless barrier against environmental assault. Dual Hyaluronic Acid technology works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture. Apple Fruit Extract and Glycerin hydrate and soften while defending skin against dryness. Cactus Pear Extract helps soothe sensitivity and imparts water-binding properties to help support healthy moisture balance.
What I say: The white gel ‘bursts’ into a watery liquid one applied to the skin and feels like pure hyaluronic acid (although there are a host of other hydrating actives in the formula). It calms the skin immediately and cools and irritated areas within a few minutes.
This, too hydrates without oiliness and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. Interestingly for a hydrating formula, it did a fabulous job at evening out my skin hydration levels. So no only were my dry areas far more hydrated, the areas that were prone to oiliness some days were dramatically less so.
This one its own is also good, but I think it would be better suited for combination to oily skins, as I felt my skin really benefitted from the Barrier Defense Booster, so I would always use it under the Calm Water Gel.
The Ultra Calming Duo is available now Dermalogica stockists as well as online here.