The sound that came out of my mouth yesterday morning when I plied open the thirteenth box of my calendar can only be described as a squeal. Dermalogica is a brand I’ve heard much about in the blogging community and when on shoots the makeup artists often use and rave about them. Th UltraCalming range is all about serious relief for sensitized skin and it couldn’t have come at a better time. My face has been enraged as of late. Winter is not my friend. It’s blotchy, red and dehydrated, feeling like whatever I put on it is going to anger it more. It makes wearing foundation impossible. This means that I will be able to give the calming properties a good solid test. The range contains no artificial fragrance or colours. Obviously it will take time to see if it makes any real difference to my skin. This will be more of a first impression and I will do a more in-depth review at a later date.
UltraCalming Serum Concentrate. This smells fresh, light and strongly of citrus. It made the swatch on my hand feel super smooth and the morning after there was a noticeable difference on that patch of skin compared to the rest of my hands. It was less dry, hydrated and the redness had gone. On my face it created a nice, smooth surface. It was primed, ready for foundation and although it was not as bad as usual, mine still managed to cling to the dry bits. This product is quite expensive, retailing at £51.30 for 50ml. I will be using my sample as if it was liquid gold.
UltraCalming Mist. No distinct smell apart from a slight note of alcohol, which panicked me at first but no irritation occurred. It acts as a toner, locking in hydration and priming skin. It felt nourishing and refreshing to spritz this little bottle on my face. After a while my face felt tighter, although this is usually the case with toner-like products and my skin. £27.50 for 177ml.
UltraCalming Cleanser. Again no distinct smell. Removed my makeup nicely, although would need more help with waterproof mascara. Face felt well nourished and smooth. Didn’t aggravate my eczema in anyway. £26.40 for 250ml.
I’m happy that after using these samples my face wasn’t angered and I didn’t have to go out looking like a tomato, which is often the case with similar products. First impression is that it does calm the skin as it proclaims and certainly doesn’t make it any worse. Along with these three, the pack contained the UltraCalming Relief Masque but unfortunately I ran out of time to test that. As I said it’s difficult to predict whether these will make a difference to my skin in the long run without trialing them. For the next few weeks I will put them to the test, seeing if they make my skin calmer, hydrated and well soothed as the range boasts.