The Skincare Blog

  • Want to know more about PreCleanse Balm?

    Love wearing make-up, but hate the daily battle to remove it?
    With the trend towards smudge proof, long-stay and waterproof make-up, our skins are dirtier than ever. Throw sunscreens, environmental pollutants our natural oils and dead skin cells into the mix and we’re facing quite the arduous cleanse. Not only is it time taxing to get our skin clean on a daily basis, but if we’re not thoroughly cleansing, then we may end up with congestion and breakouts, and at worse, skin sensitivity and accelerated ageing.
    No more heavy-duty cleansing!
    Welcome to step zero and Dermalogica’s latest product innovation, PreCleanse Balm: the secret to effortless cleansing and healthy skin. 
    A balm-to-oil version of Dermalogica’s top selling oil cleanser PreCleanse oil, the new PreCleanse Balm is your saviour to simple, yet effective cleansing. Designed to break through the layers of long-stay and waterproof make-up, excess oils, sunscreens and pollutants, this ultra-hydrating balm melts away all traces of product build up, without disturbing the skins protective barrier. Simply leaving behind zero make-up or residue with zero irritation.
    How does a balm clean my skin?
    The benefit of using a plant based oil or balm to melt away the coating of makeup, dirt, and SPF is like using a magnet, as the oils in the cleanser bind to oil soluble debris on the skin. When you then add water, the cleanser turns milky as they emulsify, lifting the trapped debris and rinsing it away.
    So what comes after step zero?

    After you’ve removed the build-up lining your skin, you’re then ready to move onto a second cleanse that will be able to clean the skin’s surface and within the pores. The result? Super healthy, clean skin. We recommend your second Dermalogica cleanser be suited to your own individual skin type, challenges and consistency preferences. Choose from the refreshing, foaming wash Special Cleansing Gel, the super gentle UltraCalming® Cleanserthe creamy, nourishing Essential Cleansing Solution, the oil absorbing Dermal ClayCleanser, the retexturing Skin Resurfacing Cleanser or the medicated, acne controlling Clearing Skin Wash.

    PreCleanse Balm PreCleanse Balm

    • Key ingredients in NEW PreCleanse Balm include:
      Natural Biolipid Complex - locks in hydration and reinforces the skin’s barrier 
    • Apricot Kernel Oil - nourishes skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth
    • Invigorating blend of essential oils - refreshes the senses and revitalizes the skin
    The new PreCleanse Balm is ideal for all skin conditions, especially normal to dry. It’s safe for
    use around the eye area, so good news for our make-up lovers! We cannot wait to get our hands on this new product. If you feel the same then get your hands on our awesome Pre Launch Offer - Available for pre-order now!! 
  • NEW! PreCleanse Balm is here!

    Introducing NEW! PreCleanse Balm.

    The dirt: Did you know that the average person only spends 20 seconds cleansing their skin? That’s not enough to get off all the make-up, sunscreen, excess sebum and environmental pollutants that build up throughout the day. Plus, today’s formulas are designed to stay on the skin for longer wear, so it takes more than a single surfactant or soap-based cleanser to get everything off.

    NEW PreCleanse Balm cuts through the build-up in just one application, setting the state for your healthiest-looking skin ever.

    A water-activated formula that transforms from a balm to an oil, PreCleanse Balm is an innovative take on Dermalogica’s iconic, top-selling PreCleanse Oil. Ideal for normal to dry skin types, PreCleanse Balm features a Natural Biolipid Complex that locks in hydration and reinforces the skin barrier while Apricot Kernel Oil helps nourish the skin – AND it comes with a double-sided, ergonomically-designed mitt for enhanced cleansing and exfoliation!

    PreCleanse Balm can remove almost anything, including waterproof mascara, long-wear foundation, sunscreen, lipstick, eyelash glue, hair removal wax, costume make-up and chewing gum in hair!

    NEW PreCleanse Balm is “step zero” in Dermalogica’s Double Cleanse technique, the Dermalogica Skin Therapist’s go-to method for achieving ultra-clean, healthy skin.

    We have an exciting launch deal coming soon so keep your eyes peeled!

    Your Cleanest Skin Yet! Take it all off with New PreCleanse Balm!

  • We answer your questions about Daily Microfoliant vs Daily Superfoliant

    We have been asked many questions in relation to Daily Microfoliant and Daily Superfoliant…

    • Is Daily Superfoliant a replacement for Daily Microfoliant?
    • Is Daily Superfoliant better than Daily Microfoliant?
    • Which one should I use??

    So we hope to set the record straight when it comes to these two great products.

    Daily Microfoliant is a multi-award winning product and one of the most globally in-demand in the Dermalogica range. This rice-based enzyme powder microfoliates the skin and is renowned for its smoothing and brightening capabilities.

    It is gentle enough to use everyday and works to remove dulling surface debris to reveal brighter, smoother skin while stimulating cell renewal for improved suppleness. It helps balance uneven pigmentation for a more even complexion.

    So, when Dermalogica launched Daily Superfoliant, many people thought “Yeah! An even BETTER version of Daily Microfoliant!” Whilst it may seem similar with Dermalogica's innovative powder technology, the two products in fact have very different uses, ingredients and key benefits.

    Daily Superfoliant has become extremely popular, it is a versatile product that people have fallen in love with since its launch. It is much courser in consistency than Daily Microfoliant. It exfoliates skin to help prevent premature signs of ageing due to environmental pollutants and acts as more of a resurfacer than it’s skin polishing and brightening counterpart.

    Here’s a breakdown of the key benefits of both these products and how they are actually best used when complementing each other.

    Daily Microfoliant Daily Microfoliant






    Daily Microfoliant

    • Daily Microfoliant is renowned for its smoothing and brightening properties
    • The pH of Daily Microfoliant is slightly acidic which helps tighten and minimise the appearance of pores
    • The lower pH of Daily Microfoliant contains more skin brightening actives such as Phytic Acid, as well as skin-soothing Oatmeal.

    Daily Superfoliant

    Daily Superfoliant


    Daily Superfoliant

    • Daily Superfoliant resurfaces skin to help prevent premature signs of pollution-induced skin ageing.
    • The pH of Daily Superfoliant is slightly Alkaline, promoting temporary opening of pores to help cleanse and remove pollutants.
    • Daily Superfoliant contains higher levels of more skin-resurfacing enzymes, alpha-hydroxy acids and anti-pollution ingredients.

    We recommend that used over alternate days or even morning and night, these two products work wonderfully and most efficiently together!

    To harness the key properties of both these products, we have a Foliant-Duo Gift Set for a limited time! Every purchase over $120 will receive a Trial size duo containing Daily Microfoliant and Daily Superfoliant. While stocks last, so hurry!

    Check out our clip on why Superfoliant is right for your skin.

  • Grab your FREE Daily Duo Valued at $24

  • Facial Oils - 5 Benefits of this Beauty Game-changer

    Most of us will remember our teenage years, desperately seeking out "Oil-Free" skincare, having had it ingrained is us to avoid anything with oil otherwise we will suffer from breakouts. Yes, some oils will clog the skin, but the right oils will actually clear breakouts and leave the skin deeply nourished, hydrated and repaired.

    The beauty world has been using oils for thousands of years for their many beauty benefits with Cleopatra said to have used Almond Oil on her skin. It's only recently that oils have had a resurgence as people recognise their many skin and health benefits.

    Beth Bialko, Global Education Developer for Dermalogica says Facial Oils work for every skin type,  "they can dramatically strengthen, hydrate, and shield the skin while promoting a healthy, smooth, dewy finish."

    As long as you use plant-based oils instead of synthetic or petroleum based ones, you can actually treat skin concerns such as dryness, ageing, uneven tone, sensitivity and acne without causing new concerns such as breakouts.

    Here are 5 benefits to using facial oils:

    1. They can reduce signs of premature ageing.

    The causes of premature ageing such as too much exposure to UV rays, naturally occurring laugh and frown lines and uneven skin tone can be reduced with oils that contain antioxidants, which aim to reduce further ageing and re-hydrating dry, lacklustre skin.

    2. They're good for dry skin.

    This cool weather can really dehydrate the skin. Oils are the ideal antidote to dry, flaky skin and rough, rosy cheeks — and they can be layered underneath your everyday moisturiser for extra hydration or used alone.

    3. They really protect your skin.

    Oils can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and other moisturising goodness in, while keeping toxins and other common irritants out. Some oils, such as Overnight Repair Serum also help to fortify and strengthen our skin's barrier function.

    4. They're the perfect primer for makeup.

    Oils are absorbed quickly by the skin, carefully hydrating and creating a perfect canvas for makeup application. The more hydrated your skin, the better your make up will look, without any dry, flaky patches. Phyto Replenish Oil will leave the skin with a youthful glow when applied under makeup or gently warmed in the hands and pressed gently onto the skin.

    5. They're anti-inflammatory and can reduce break outs.

    Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe irritated skin. Oil cleansers like PreCleanse also allow for deeper cleansing on the skin, the beneficial oil attracting the pore-clogging, bad oil and allowing for deep cleansing of the skin which will enable other medicated products to be properly absorbed.


  • Pregnancy Skin Care Our Top 4 Answers

    There’s no denying that Pregnancy is a mixed bag. There’s pure happiness and joy, then there’s dealing with raging hormones and emotions, not to mention the bodily changes you go through that can be both good, bad and simply uncomfortable! The body goes through many changes during pregnancy and the skin is no exception.

    Skin changes occur in about 90% of pregnant women in one form or another; while some women have ‘that pregnancy glow’, pigmentation, acne and sensitivity are some of the most common skin concerns that flare up during pregnancy. Mums-to-be need to know what products, ingredients and technologies are safe to use while expecting to keep their skin in optimum condition and help alleviate some of the conditions they might experience.

    There are many opinions between doctors and different studies with varying information, so it’s imperative that you consult with your GP prior to the use of skin care products and receiving treatments. Here are three of the most common questions related to skincare during pregnancy.

    1. Can I use Salicylic Acid?

    This Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is an excellent exfoliant and can be used to treat acne and resurface skin. In high concentrations it is considered a risk during pregnancy and should be avoided, especially in professional resurfacing and peels. Small percentages used in skin care (for example less than 2% in a wash off Cleanser) are considered safe.

    2. What about Aromatherapy? 

    It’s recommended to avoid using most essential oils during the first and second trimester as they can enter into the bloodstream and when used in high doses can cause foetal damage. Commonly used oils to avoid include; Peppermint, Basil, Cedar Wood, Celery Seed, Nutmeg, Citronella, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Marjoram, Rose, Melissa, Juniper Berry, Myrrh, Cypress, Parsley and Rosemary.

    However the use of some oils are safe and aid in stress reduction, relief of back pain and swollen ankles. Using very small quantities is essential, a drop will suffice in a carrier oil. Oils that are safe to use include Mandarin, Geranium, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ylang Ylang, Cypress and Frankincense.

    3. Can I have technology used when I have a skin treatment?

    In the treatment room there are lots of options your therapist has to deliver great results. Some of these advanced tools (known as electrical modalities in the industry) is not recommended, these may be referred to by your therapist as Galvanic, High Frequency, Microcurrent, Ultrasonic, Microdermabrasion and Laser. Best practice says to avoid any of these.

    4. Is Vitamin A (Retinol) safe to use? 

    Many doctors recommend pregnant women should avoid or screen all products containing Vitamin A (retinol) and its derivatives such as Isotretinoin, Retinoic Acid and Oral Retinoids. High doses of Vitamin A can, in extreme cases, be a possible cause of birth defects so as a general rule it’s best to avoid these products unless advised otherwise by your GP.

    With the right products and professional skin treatments it is possible to achieve your skincare goals throughout your pregnancy and in the months afterwards.  Here are some all time fave Dermalogica products to nourish and hydrate your skin during pregnancy:

    UltraCalming Range - Soothe and calm sensitive skin and reduce redness or inflammation

    Daily Microfoliant - Brighten, gently exfoliate and illuminate skin and balance uneven skin pigmentation

    Skin Hydrating Masque - A refreshing, moisturising masque that restores critical moisture to dry, stressed skin

    If your looking for further advice come in and see us for a free face mapping consultation, call us 1300 828 131 or complete our online skin consultation.
  • Why Should I Wear SPF in Winter?

    If there’s one thing you should read today and remember forever it’s this…

    UV levels are not related to heat.

    That’s pretty simple, hey?

    It’s a wide misconception that we only need to apply sunscreen when the sun is out or when it is hot. Sun damage is not just waiting to happen when you are lying on the beach on a tropical getaway. It’s the silent danger that is present year round and we need to be more vigilant when it comes to applying our SPF year round.

    It’s a worrying fact that only about 20% of Australian’s are wearing an SPF product in Winter according to a survey by Canstar Cannex. Depending on where you live in Australia, the requirement changes so it’s important that you educate yourself on the daily UV levels where you are. The Cancer Council’s SunSmart App is available on the App Store and shows a localised daily UV rating. As a minimum, anything above UV 3 requires sun protection but the best skincare advice is to make a life-long commitment to applying your sunscreen everyday.

    It’s also important to remember that SPF products have an expiry date printed on the bottle. If your sunscreen has expired, toss it! It means the SPF is no longer active and you will not be protected from the Sun.

    So how does this affect my Dermalogica products?

    Well, winter is a great time to add some more nourishing products to your daily skincare routine. Dynamic Skin Recovery provides intense moisture and anti-ageing properties at the same time as an SPF.

    And for those of you who love Active Moist, Skin Smoothing Cream and Intensive Moisture Balance you can very simply boost them (or any Dermalogica moisturiser!) to include SPF by mixing in Solar Defense Booster SPF50.

    Dermalogica also includes SPF across moisturisers for Acne Prone Skin and Sensitive Skin as well as in their Primers and Tinted Moisturisers and Eye Cream. Not to mention their specific Sunscreens. Your skin is well and truely protected!

    So next time it’s raining and cold outside, don’t forget your jumper, scarf…and Dermalogica Sunscreen or SPF Moisturiser!

  • Get The Look Without The Needles

    Lip enhancements and anti-wrinkle injections have have been the buzz-words on everybody’s lips lately. Well, for those of us who want the look but not the price tag or painful injections we have the answer!

    Dermalogica’s NEW Nightly Lip Treatment will volumise and hydrate the delicate skin on the lips for a noticeably plumper pout.

    Now, let’s spare a moment to think about our lips….

    We often apply lip balm and lipstick but face masques, moisturisers and suncreams are all designed to avoid the lip area leaving our lips looking and feeling dehydrated and lacklustre.

    Our lips are in constant use - we use them all the time to talk, drink, eat, convey expression and to laugh and kiss! The lips themselves consists of 3-5 layers of skin compared to up to 16 layers on the rest of the body. It’s an incredibly thin area of skin. Tie this in with the fact that there are no sebaceous glands to help renew barrier lipids and no melanin, so therefore, no protection from UV. If you also think the only thing to even remotely add moisture to the lip area is our saliva, which is actually a dehydrator. It’s no surprise then that the lip area ages quickly.

    As we age the fat storage in our face changes, it disappears from our face and moves to our middle! We see folds starting to appear and lines and wrinkles forming due not only to the movement of fat cells, but also collagen and elastin breakdown.

    This nightly lip treatment is not just a superficial cream for the lip area, the ingredients are powerful workhorses literally working on those fat cells in the perioral region to bring about a change and help to increase volume.

    This rich cream works with the skin’s natural circadian rhythm to (biological clock) to reduce the appearance of lip ageing.

    Key Benefits:

    • Reduces the appearance of feather lines & wrinkles.
    • Helps restore volume on and around the lips.
    • Hydrates to improve skin elasticity and restore barrier function against visible signs of ageing.

    Let’s take a closer look at some of the key ingredients in Nightly Lip Treatment:

    Sesame seed extract Sesame Seed Extract

    Sesame Seed Extract- this ingredient contains a chemical called Sesamin that is able to activate the process where the cells decide to become fat cells. This ingredient literally stimulates the stem cells to make your adipocytes or fat cells bigger.

    Indian Gentian Extract Indian Gentian Extract

    Indian Gentian Extract - improves your lips’ ability to plump and create lustrous, full lips and helps reduce skin fragility and reduce wrinkles and feather lines around the lips.

    Shea Butter Shea Butter

    Shea Butter - increases hydration and improves skin elasticity while restoring barrier function against visible signs of ageing.

    Volumising Massage and Application Technique

    With these powerful ingredients used with Dermalogica’s Advanced Volumising Technology and application technique you will start to see great changes in your lip area and finally put those lips lines to bed!

    Want to try it risk free? Take our 28 Day Lip Challenge! Simply use Nightly Lip Treatment 28 nights and if you aren’t blown away by the results, return it for a full product refund.

  • Q&A: How My Skin Changes With The Seasons

    Have you noticed when it gets cooler that suddenly your moisturiser doesn’t feel like it’s doing enough? Or that a weekly hydrating masque is now working best if applied 2-3 times a week?

    You’re not imagining it! The weather plays such a huge role in our skin and skincare routine. What works for your skin in Summer will need an extra boost in Winter.

    To learn more about how the seasons affect our skin we asked Jodi Ayre - Dermalogica Senior International Training Specialist, Asia, Australia and NZ to answer some questions on a recent Facebook Q&A Session. Here’s how it all went down - you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know about your skin!

    Q: Are there specific products in my routine I should be changing or should I have a different set of products for each season?

    A: Changes in seasons often present a different set of skin concerns. As we move into winter we typically need a bit more nourishment and barrier protection than in the summer. You may like to layer up with with a serum to boost your skin nourishment, or consider stepping up your cleanser and moisturiser to a creamier consistency. Being able to recognise changes in your skin is always the key to knowing how we can help you with your skin throughout the seasons.

    Q: What are some great things I can add to my diet to help boost hydration and skin health?

    A: We know that a healthy, well balanced diet is going to really support you with achieving your ultimate skin health. Of course the first way to boost hydration is by committing to drinking more water. To power up your skin hydration levels you may also like to include the essential fatty acid food groups, for example our omega 3's and 6's like salmon, nuts, green leafy vegetables. Consuming these types of foods may support with locking in the hydration in the outer layers of the skin. In addition to all that water you are now going to be drinking we highly recommend applying topical hydration solutions. Check our Skin Hydrating Booster or Multi Active Toner!

    Q: Should I still exfoliate through the colder months?

    A: Great question! The answer is going to be found in the condition of your own skin! For some customers, cooler weather of the winter months can heighten sensitivity. So if this you, look for some great daily options to buff and polish such as our fantastic heroes - Daily Microfoliant or Daily Superfoliant. With that said, for most of our customers, winter is the perfect time to power up exfoliation - both at home and with professional treatments. I love the warming, stimulating effects of MultiVitamin Thermafoliant in the winter time for home use, and booking myself in for the ultimate in professional exfoliation - a course of BioSurface Peel treatments!

    Q: I tend to breakout if I use a heavier moisturiser during winter, but my skin tends to be dry – why is this and how can I avoid breaking out but adding moisture at the same time? 

    A: If you love your summer moisturiser because of its light weight consistency, you don't necessarily have to go to a heavier weight moisturiser just because it's winter. Instead we can look to savvy ingredient technologies that nourish and replenish but without adding any excess weight to your skin. Try layering a super light weight, concentrated booster or serum under your favourite moisturiser during the winter months to power up your skin softness and suppleness. A couple of our favourites include Phyto Replenish Oil or UltraCalming Serum Concentrate. Also - don't forget to include exfoliation in your homecare routine to help keep your skin clear of breakouts.

    Q: Do I need to use SPF in winter?

    A: Yes! Sun protection is key to achieving optimum skin health and is personally one of the things I am passionate about. Please... repeat after me... "I promise to protect my skin from daylight exposure 365 days a year". The term SPF refers to the sun protection factor against UVB exposure - the painful burning sun rays that are certainly more aggressive in summer but is also possible during winter. With that said, anytime (ie summer AND winter) there is daylight there is also the presence of the invisible and harmful skin ageing rays caused by UVA radiation. All of our Dermalogica daylight defense solutions provide you with broad spectrum sun protection - both UVA and UVB protection. If you are concerned with fine lines or deeper lines, loss of skin tone and firmness, age spots or patches of hyperpigmentation, even acne, breakouts or sensitivity, regardless of your skin concern, please add into your homecare routine daily daylight defense all year round to help achieve your skin goals and optimum skin health.

    Q: I currently use skin hydrating masque and try to apply it at least once a week. I do tend to feel more dry as the temperatures drop. During the cooler months would you suggest increasing this to twice a week? I also use Super Rich Repair at nighttime.

    A: Yes you could certainly step up how often you use your Skin Hydrating Masque to twice a week and Super Rich Repair is definitely a favourite at night time for those cold winter months. If you're still feeling a little tight, be sure to add in some exfoliation at home, to help to enhance the hydration and skin nourishment of your following products. At Dermalogica we love to multi-masque - that is patchwork different masques onto different areas of the face. Check out our MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque as a great way to personalise your masque routine at home.

    Q: I have drier skin in Winter but I'm still breaking out. Can dry skin cause breakouts too? Why?

    A: Unfortunately this is true. You would think that with no oil in the skin (a dry skin) that you would be free from breakouts, but it's not the case. Without oil our skin has trouble holding onto water, and without water our skin can't function effectively. This means that our skin has trouble naturally shedding itself and maintaining a clear skin. These flakey dead skin cells that can't shed then build up and clog your skin pores and lead to bumps in your skin and then lead to breakouts. Throughout the winter months it is important to find the right exfoliant that suits your skin to help buff off these congesting dead skin cells. At home add in our new Daily Superfoliant to your routine to help smooth, clear and protect the skin. Also, winter is the perfect time to book in and experience one of our amazing supercharged professional expert strength treatments, either the BioSurface Peel or the IonActive System. Boosting your skin hydration and replenishing your lost oils will also help you to keep your skin clear of breakouts caused by dryness.

    Q: What skin care ingredients I should look out for now that we're heading into Winter?

    A: To offset the winter blues for your skin most skin types and conditions will benefit from slightly shifting your routine to one that is more nourishing and protective. Plant based phyto oils and silicones are my favourite to help create invisible shields to protect our skin against dehydration and surface skin challenges – check out Phyto Replenish Oil, Barrier Repair or any of our amazing primers for example! Vitamins A, C, E and Panthenol (B5) are certainly favourites, along with supercharged peptide technologies are perfect to rejuvenate, replenish and stimulate a sluggish, tired skin during the winter months. If you don’t currently have a night time treatment in place, winter is the perfect time to introduce your skin to extra nourishment and stimulation, so check out our Overnight Retinol Repair or Overnight Repair Serum and see which you suits you best.

  • Peel off Charcoal Masques - Are they good for my skin?


    Social media seems to be awash with the latest skincare craze of peel off masks - specifically Charcoal peel-off masks. We wanted to find out the benefits of the charcoal peel-off masques and if they are safe for our skin.



    What is a Peel-Off Masque?

    Generally applied as a liquid or gel which then sets as a rubbery coating on your skin allowing you to "peel off" your skin.


    Why is it so good?

    There is something satisfying about seeing dead skin cells and what it has pulled out of your pores or maybe its because some of them hurt so good when you peel them off? Masques high in antioxidants can also add to the benefits of a great skincare routine.


    What the expert says:

    Senior educator for Dermalogica Dennille Ludenau Senior educator for Dermalogica Dennille Ludenau

    Sticky Charcoal peel off masks can lead to possible skin inflammation due to the pulling action on the skin, this skin trauma can lead to acceleration in the ageing process which of course no one wants.

    At Dermalogica we use two charcoal formulations, both Daily Superfoliant and Charcoal Rescue Masque provide not only skin purification but also skin brightening and exfoliation benefits to provide a clearer, brighter, smoother skin.

    Both formulas allow for an easy removal therefore eliminating the pulling action on the skin that leads to possible skin inflammation."




    Daily Superfoliant - resurfacing, anti-pollution powder exfoliant! Daily Superfoliant - resurfacing, anti-pollution powder exfoliant! The safer peel off masque alternative

    Charcoal Rescue Masque - the wash off charcoal alternative Charcoal Rescue Masque - the wash off charcoal alternative





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