The Skincare Blog

  • Why Vitamin-C should be in every Australian's bathroom

    Vitamin C is considered a powerhouse when it comes to taking on and slowing down accelerated skin ageing. Not only is it an incredible antioxidant, but it also firms, and brightens the skin, for a more youthful appearance.

    We know that genetically our skin ages, but what surprises a lot of people is how much of our life style contributes to ageing. UV, pollution, stress, lack of sleep and diet are the catalyst for three biological processes that lead to the formation of early fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. The reason Vitamin C is hailed as one of the most powerful ingredients in mother nature’s pharmacy is because it’s been scientifically proven to tackle these biological processes.

    BioLumin-C by dermalogica BioLumin-C by dermalogica

    Vitamin C is essential for us in Australia as it protects against UV damage by neutralising free radicals and has been shown to reduce UV-induced sunburn by 60% when applied to the skin. Why is this important?  UV-induced sun damage is responsible for 80% of the structural changes associated with skin ageing. Sunscreen does help protect us, but only 55% of the free radicals are blocked by regular use.


    The biological processes

    One of the major biological processes that leads to premature ageing is free radical damage. Free radicals can damage skin cell structures, causing wrinkles over time and compromising the skin’s ability to repair itself. Another biological process is Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs). MMPs are a group of enzymes activated by UV exposure and/or inflammation that cause the breakdown of our collagen and prevent new collagen being formed. The third biological process is the reaction of sugar with our skin’s proteins like collagen, known as Advanced Glycation End products. This process happens naturally, but a diet high in sugar will exacerbate it.

    Vitamin C, Almost perfect

    Whilst Vitamin C is a phenomenal ingredient, it does come with some formulation caveats. From a chemistry perceptive, Vitamin C is volatile to work with. It’s unstable and therefore easily broken down when exposed to air, light or heat. You may have experienced your Vitamin C serum turn a yellowish brown, this is evidence of oxidation which degrades the serum’s potency. The reality is your Vitamin C serum could become inactive before its even been used. The other challenge is targeted delivery; Vitamin C needs to travel to the lower layers of the skin to unlock its true potential and deliver the significant anti-ageing results.


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    BioLumin-C Serum

    Dermalogica’s new BioLumin-C Serum from AGEsmart represents a new generation in Vitamin C formulation. This revolutionary serum combines an ultra-stable Vitamin C complex with advanced bio-technology to deliver the natural power of Vitamin C where it’s needed most. Plus, BioLumin-C Serum goes beyond reversing and reducing skin ageing, it also boosts the skin’s own defences so it can protect itself better against the age accelerating biological processes.


    Key ingredients in BioLumin-C Serum include:

    • Vitamin C Complex - a synergy of two forms of ultra-stable Vitamin C powered up with collagen stimulating Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5.
    • Lactic Acid – this Alpha Hydroxy Acid exfoliates dull, dead skin cells from skin’s outermost layers, allowing the Vitamin C Complex to delve deeper into the skin.
    • Sophora Japonica Flower and Chia Seed Oil – potent antioxidants that defend against free radical damage.

    This hydrating, non-sticky serum sinks beautifully into the skin to brighten, firm and defend. To use, dispense a few drops from the dropper and smooth onto clean skin after spritzing with your hydrating toner. Antioxidant Hydramist complements BioLumin-C Serum perfectly as it creates a hydrating, antioxidant shield over skin to help reduce fine dryness lines and prevent the signs of ageing. Follow with your moisturiser, remembering to use a SPF in the daytime to protect against skin damaging UV rays.

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    BioLumen-C Ingredients BioLumen-C provides more Vitamin C where it counts.

    Try Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 for a broad spectrum, high level of protection with added peptides and age fighting botanicals, the perfect Australian UV fighting companion.


    Be one of the first to experience this amazing new product with our pre-launch offer available now here together in our Defend, Protect, Restore Pre-Sale Offer.

  • Thinking Flowers This Mother's Day? Think Again...

    Mother's Day is fast approaching and while you may be thinking those $12 flowers from Harris Farm are going to cut it, believe us...they won't! Treat Mum to something special with a gift that will last way longer than flowers will....skincare! Not only will it make Mum feel fabulous but she will reap the benefits this age fighting trio makes to her skin.

    Don't miss this limited edition pack that we know will knock her fluffy socks off!

    We have selected the very best Age Smart products valued at $276.00 for only $175.00. 

    Pack contains:



    Dynamic Skin Recovery Our Number One Selling Anti-Ageing Moisturiser with SPF

    Dynamic Skin Recovery Full Size (50ml)

    Encourage firmness, elasticity, and hydration while helping to defend against the primary causes of skin ageing with this medium-weight, emollient daily moisturiser with SPF50.

    Provides critical protection from daylight exposure, yet blends smoothly into skin to create a perfected finish.

    Super Rich Repair Deeply Nourishing and Hydrating

    Super Rich Repair Full Size (50ml)

    A super-concentrated, heavyweight cream that combats chronically dry, dehydrated and prematurely-ageing skin conditions while it repairs and protects.

    As the richest Dermalogica Moisturiser, it soothes, hydrates and replenishes even the thirstiest skin while acting as a protective salve to fight extreme cold and dry environmental conditions.

    Age Reversal Eye Complex Reverse signs of ageing around the eyes

    Age Reversal Eye Complex Trial Size (5ml)

    Reverse multiple signs of skin ageing around the delicate eye area with this advanced Retinol treatment. State-of-the-art microsphere technology optimises bioavailability of Retinol into the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines while microencapsulated Niacinamide and Ash Tree Bark Extract maintain hydration and reduce visible dark circles.


    Save 36% on this Limited Edition Age Smart Trio Pack, Shop Now 





  • UV Confusion - Do You Know When You Need Sun Protection?

    One of the biggest myths about Sun Protection is that we only need it when it's a hot, sunny day. In fact, the worst of the UV rays are still active on a cloudy day!

    The Sydney Morning Herald recently published an article stating that new Cancer Council research shows an astonishing 92 per cent of Australians do not know they need to start protecting themselves from the sun's harsh rays when the UV level reaches three or above.

    Despite widespread awareness that ultraviolet radiation causes skin cancer, most Australians didn't know they must start "slipping on protective clothing, slopping on sunscreen, slapping on a hat, seeking shade and sliding on sunglasses" when the UV level hit 3, which at present occurs about 10.30am.

    UV radiation is a known carcinogen and the sun's UV rays are thought to account for 95 per cent of melanoma cases in Australia. Nearly 2000 Australians are expected to die from melanoma this year. A frightening statistic.

    The long-running National Sun Protection Survey worryingly showed the public's understanding of UV levels has stagnated, with 93 per cent in 2013-14 not knowing when sun protection was required.

    The latest survey also showed 24 per cent incorrectly thought they could judge their sunburn risk by the temperature, while 23 per cent mistakenly cited conditions such as cloud cover, wind conditions or humidity.

    Only 39 per cent correctly said UV rays was the only way to determine their risk of sunburn. While UV rays can be reduced by some types of clouds, it can bounce off others, giving the skin a "double dose".

    UV rays can't be seen or felt so Australians are being encouraged to check the daily UV Index charts published by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) or Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

    According to a BOM spokesperson, "On any day the greatest amount of UV reaches the Earth around midday when the sun is at its highest point. When the sun is low in the sky, solar energy must travel a greater distance through the atmosphere and more UV is scattered and absorbed. This applies to UVA and UVB at the Earth's surface."

    Our skin is our largest organ, we need to protect it so make sure you check the links above or download the Free SunSmart App on your phone for daily UV updates.

    Dermalogica have a UV Product for every skin type - see them here.

  • Dermalogica Luxe Travel Kit

    Grab your Free Dermalogica Luxe Travel Pack today!

    This amazing pack contains 4 Dermalogica powerhouse products together with bespoke cosmetic bag. Valued at $100, it's yours FREE with any order $125+. But hurry as stocks are very limited.

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    Daily Superfoliant - 13g

    Smooth away skin-ageing pollution with Dermalogica’s new Daily Superfoliant. This highly active powder resurfacer leaves skin ultra-smooth, while combatting the environmental pollution triggers known to cause brown spots, ne lines, and uneven skin tone.

    PreCleanse Balm - 15ml

    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 that is ideal for normal to dry skin types.

    Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 - 7ml

    Our #1 Selling SPF Moisturiser! Encourage firmness, elasticity, and hydration while helping to defend against the primary causes of skin ageing with this medium-weight, emollient daily moisturiser with SPF50.

    Stress Positive EyeLift - 6ml

    The Stress Positive Eye Lift firms the skin to help generate a lifting effect alongside visibly de-puffing the under-eye area. This eye treatment helps restore the skin barrier integrity, brightens the appearance of dark under-eye circles and works with the skin's natural microbiome


  • Eggcellent Easter Offers!

    What's better than Chocolate at Easter? Great Skincare Offers!



    Easter Offer #1 

    Add a Meet Dermalogica Kit for only $15, valued at $87!

    Add a Meet Dermalogica Kit for only $15 Add a Meet Dermalogica Kit for only $15

    Spend $89, add Meet Dermalogica Kit to your order for only $15.00!! A complete regimen of Dermalogica's most popular products.

    Meet Dermalogica kit contains:

    • Special Cleansing Gel 50ml

    This soap-free, foaming gel removes impurities without stripping the skin's natural barrier, making it ideal for even stubborn eye make-up.

    • Daily Microfoliant 13g

    Polish away dead skin cells with this water-activated, rice-based enzyme powder that is gentle enough for daily use.

    • Skin Smoothing Cream 22ml

    Improve skin texture and tone, while restoring critical moisture, with our most popular medium weight moisturiser.

    • MultiVitamin Power Firm 5ml

    Combat visible lines around the eye area with this powerful firming complex of vitamins, protective silicones and Red Seaweed Extract. Value $87.00 | $15.00


    Get your Free Stress Positive Eye Lift 6ml Get your Free Stress Positive Eye Lift 6ml

    Easter Offer #2

    Have You Tried Sound Sleep Cocoon?

    Buy NEW Sound Sleep Cocoon and Receive a FREE Stress Positive Eye Lift Trial Size 6ml

    This new, night gel-cream harnesses the power of nature with science to promote sound sleep and healthy, radiant skin.

    Value $135.00 | $96.00



    Try Calm Water Gel for FREE! Try Calm Water Gel for FREE!







    Easter Offer #3

    Try NEW Calm Water Gel for FREE

    Buy any product in the UltraCalming range* and receive a FREE Calm Water Gel Trial Size 10ml.

    Night gel-cream promotes sound sleep and healthy, radiant skin.

    Value $21.00 | FREE

    *excludes travel sizes

    Shop Easter Deals Now

  • FREE Calm Water Gel Trial

    Special Offer! FREE Calm Water Gel Trial Size - while stocks last!

    Calm Water Gel Calm Water Gel

    Calm Water Gel is the new Hero Product in the UltraCalming Range. This refreshing gel formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid once it touches your skin, forming a weightless barrier against triggers of environmental sensitivity.

    Cutting edge Dual Hyaluronic Acid technology works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture and ingredients like Apple Fruit Extract and Glycerin hydrate and soften while defending against dryness.

    Cactus Pear Extract helps soothe sensitivity and imparts water-binding properties to help support healthy moisture balance while cooling Aloe Vera Leaf Juice hydrates skin to help relieve irritation from dryness.

    If you suffer from redness, skin tightness, flaky skin or itching and irritation, this is your new skincare staple.

    For a short time, we're offering you a FREE Calm Water Gel trial size when you purchase any full size UltraCalming product. 

    Shop UltraCalming Range Now

  • Your Number 1 Anti-Wrinkle Essential; Sunscreen!

    Protect against wrinkles and sun spots with SPF Protect against wrinkles and sun spots with SPF

    We’re all aware of the importance of sunscreen, especially when you live somewhere like Australia, but along with protecting against skin cancer, sunscreen is your go-to, number one, age fighter. UV rays are the biggest cause of lines and wrinkles, so it’s a no brainer that protecting against these harmful rays is your best shot at preventing against accelerated skin ageing.

    So, what exactly is an SPF?

    Sun protection factor (SPF) or sunscreen protects the skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer. A broad-spectrum sunscreen however, protects from UVA rays as well as UVB, and it’s the UVA rays you really need to worry about where skin ageing is concerned. Being the longest rays in the spectrum, UVA rays penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin, causing damage to our collagen and elastin and like UVB rays, UVA rays are also linked to skin cancer. UVA is the culprit for much of our visible skin ageing; from wrinkles, sagging skin to uneven skin tone and sun spots.

    In terms of your options, there are two different types of sunscreen: either a chemical or physical sunscreen. Both are equally effective, they just work differently. For example, a chemical sunscreen absorbs UV light, whilst a physical sunscreen mainly reflects it. Think of a chemical sunscreen like sponges, mopping up the UV radiation, and a physical sunscreen like a mirror, bouncing UV straight back off the skin. It really comes down to personal preference with which type you choose to use. However, those with more sensitive skins tend to prefer a physical sunscreen as they seem to tolerate the physical UV screening agents over the chemical ones.

    What should I look for in my sunscreen?

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    Good sunscreens today are more than a cream with an SPF factor; they are advanced treatment products that enhance the appearance and quality of the skin. A good sunscreen should always be broad spectrum, contain antioxidants to fight free radical damage, and be free from artificial fragrance. Also look out for sunscreens that are ‘non-comedogenic’, which essentially means they won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. If you’re an oiler skin then you should definitely look for a guaranteed ‘non-comedogenic’ sunscreen, and ideally one that’s oil-free.

    Board SPF protection features in multiple Dermalogica's products, from primers to moisturisers, along with standalone sunscreens, making it easy to incorporate sun protection into your regimen.

    Protection, Protection, Protection

    As sunscreen is fundamental to skin health, you need to be diligent with your application. It’s a common misconception that sunscreen products are designed for use solely in the hotter months. However, given UVA rays are present at the same intensity all year round, sunscreen needs to be a daily habit.

    It’s recommended applying sun screen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors, as this allows adequate time for the product to penetrate the surface of the skin. In terms of how much, Australia’s Cancer Council advise using half a teaspoon for the face and neck – including the ears and the back of the neck. For the (average) body, we need about a golf ball size amount of product or at least six teaspoonfuls. And don’t forget to reapply! Sunscreen only protects for a limited time, so slip, slop and slap it back on regularly and every two hours if your outdoors.


  • New! Sound Sleep Cocoon

    Looking to purchase Sound Sleep Cocoon? - Click Here

    There’s a serious stigma about sleep. In today’s increasingly interconnected, always-on world we view sleep as a period of idleness or lost productivity, and we try to get by on as little as possible. Most of us don’t realise that the hours we spend asleep are actually among our most constructive: While we sleep the brain recharges and cellular repair ramps up, and the benefits are huge. Certain areas of your brain work their hardest during sleep, and skin is best able to repair and regenerate itself at night. How’s that for productivity?

    Now, knowing how beneficial sleep is, consider this alarming statistic: sleep problems affect health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population. Just a few nights of missed sleep lead to dull skin and fine lines, and continued sleep insufficiency can result in hypertension, diabetes and a host of other issues.

    Understanding the importance of active sleep and addressing chronic sleep insufficiency can seem daunting – but Dermalogica’s new Sound Sleep Cocoon is an excellent place to start. This nighttime gel-cream harnesses the power of nature with science to promote sound sleep and healthy, radiant skin. It features active ingredients that transform skin overnight by optimising nighttime skin recovery and soothing motion-activated essential oils to promote restful sleep.

    Key Benefits 

    Your Circadian rhythm and your skin Your Circadian rhythm and your skin.

    • Reduces signs of skin fatigue and restores vitality

    • Visibly increases radiance by morning

    • Softens and hydrates skin

    • Improves and brightens skin tone

    • Promotes deep, restful sleep for healthier-looking skin

    Simply use as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine.

    Circadian rhythms and your skin

    Sound Sleep Cocoon is formulated to be used at night, to work with the body’s natural circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are distinct periods of biological activity that occur when we’re awake and when we’re asleep, controlled by the way the body’s biological clock responds to light and dark.

    Why a night gel-cream?

    Skin is nocturnal: Because the skin is in repair mode and blood flow increases at night, it's best able to absorb active ingredients while we sleep. The skin also experiences more Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) at night – so a gel-cream formula also replenishes crucial hydration, complementing the body’s natural fluctuations. By promoting restful sleep with motion-activated encapsulated essential oils and targeting signs of skin fatigue with active ingredients, Sound Sleep Cocoon helps you make the most of your sleep.

    Key Ingredients

    Australia's own Kakadu Plum Extract is a key ingredient in Dermalogica's Sound Sleep Cocoon Australia's own Kakadu Plum Extract is a key ingredient in Dermalogica's Sound Sleep Cocoon

    Albizia Julibrissin Bark (Persian Silk Tree) Extract

    Persian Silk Tree Extract (nicknamed the “night sleeper” because its leaves open in sunlight and close at night) provides overnight antioxidant protection and fights free radicals. It reduces signs of fatigue such as skin slackening while brightening and plumping tired skin. It also helps to fight Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs), which can contribute to wrinkles, loss of elasticity, irritation and ageing.

    Evodia Rutaecarpa (Fruits of Wu-Zhu-Yu) Fruit Extract

    Used widely in traditional Chinese medicine, Wu-Zu-Yu promotes a more refined, even skin texture. It also aids in illuminating dull skin, visibly increasing skin’s radiance by morning.

    Kakadu Plum Extract

    Native to northern Australia, Kakadu Plum is a potent form of Vitamin C – and a powerful weapon against free radical-induced skin damage and premature ageing. It’s noted for its unique combination of hydrophilic (water-soluble) and lipophilic (oil-soluble) antioxidants, which are highly bio-available to the skin and deliver comprehensive antioxidant protection while improving luminosity and skin tone.

    Tamarindus Indicia (Tamarind Seed) Extract

    This naturally occurring polysaccharide has a chemical structure similar to hyaluronic acid. It reduces transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and helps protect skin’s barrier function, promoting the skin’s natural hydration process while increasing smoothness and softness

    Motion-Activated Essential Oils

    Lavandin Oil is encapsulated in motion-activated biodegradable polymeric microcapsules that allow it to be released throughout the night as you toss and turn – promoting deep, restful sleep. Additional calming essential oils soothe the senses to encourage sound sleep for healthier-looking skin.

  • Opposites Attract or Better Together?

    CupidIt’s the age old adage, do opposites attract or are two of the same, better together?

    Both of these statements couldn’t be more true when it comes to skincare.

    There are products that work their magic tenfold when used with another product with similar properties, others are miracle workers when paired up with a completely opposite product, working together to complement each other.

    We’ve come up with our favourite ‘Opposites Attract’ and ‘Better Together’ pairs for you this Valentine’s Day.

    Now you can find your Perfect Pair… purchase any two full size products and get the ever popular Retinol Power Couple valued at $43.50 as your free gift - see below for details!

    *Excludes Travel Size and Clear Start products.

    Better Together

    GLO Valentines DSR SRR

    Dynamic Skin Recovery + Super Rich Repair - Team up the powerful anti-ageing properties of a daytime and nighttime moisturiser for best results. Dynamic Skin Recovery will encourage firmness, elasticity, and hydration while helping to defend against the primary causes of skin ageing while providing a strong SPF50. Super Rich Repair combats chronically dry, dehydrated and prematurely-ageing skin conditions while it repairs and protects.

    Skin Hydrating Masque + Phyto Replenish Oil - Hydrate and glow with these deeply hydrating and nourishing products. Perfect after a summer of fun and all the sun, wind, water and partying that come with it!

    Calm Water Gel + Barrier Repair Booster - This New UltraCalming Duo targets the concerns felt by sensitive skin with breakthrough sensitivity relief that comforts, soothes and protects against future flare-ups. 

    Sebum Clearing Masque + Breakout Control - Clear and prevent future breakouts with this perfectly complemented, antibacterial pair aimed to soothe and clear breakout-prone skin.

    Opposites Attract

    Charcoal Rescue Masque HydraBlur Primer Charcoal Rescue Masque HydraBlur Primer

    Solar Defense Booster SPF50 + Power Bright C-12 Serum - Protecting and Repairing is the name of the game. SPF protects your skin from the sun, adding a powerful boost to your favourite moisturiser while C-12 Serum helps to correct the damage and pigmentation caused by sun exposure while brightening and evening skintone.

    Charcoal Rescue Masque + Hydrablur Primer - Deeply detoxify, brighten and invigorate your skin the goodness of powerful activated charcoal. For a perfect finish, prime with HydraBlur Primer - the ideal multi-tasking primer for all skin conditions, particularly dry or dehydrated skin. This lightweight, non-greasy formula powerfully hydrates and transforms skin into an even surface with a dramatic “blurring” effect.

    Find Your Perfect Pair! Purchase any two full size products and get the ever popular Retinol Power Couple valued at $43.50 as your free gift!

    While stocks last.  

  • NEW! UltraCalming Duo

    Powerfully Soothing for Sensitive Skin: NEW UltraCalming Duo

    Sensitive skin means something different to everyone. Some interpret it as mild, occasional flare ups, while others have redness and discomfort so intense they may find it hard to leave the house. Sensitivity affects every skin type, from dry to oily – and causes vary from genetics to triggers like stress, diet, cosmetic ingredients, allergies and pollution.

    With so many variables, what causes your sensitive skin can be tough to pinpoint – and even tougher to avoid. Dermalogica’s new UltraCalming Duo takes the guesswork out of the equation by treating the top three concerns of everyone who has sensitive skin: redness, irritation and dehydration.

    Both products combine the best of nature’s botanical extracts with innovation from The International Dermal Institute to powerfully soothe skin sensitivity. Whether you have mild sensitivity or super sensitive skin, the UltraCalming Duo is your ultimate skincare solution.

    These products can be layered for maximum results, or used separately to address a specific concern. Best of all, they help to defend against future flare-ups – so your skin looks and feels healthier continuously.

    Soothe Sensitive Skin in Just Two Easy Steps...


    Barrier Defense Booster Barrier Defense Booster

    Step One: Barrier Defense Booster - This concentrated oil booster soothes and nourishes to restore balance to sensitive skin.

    Calm Water Gel Calm Water Gel

    Step Two: Calm Water Gel - This weightless water-gel moisturiser hydrates dry, sensitive skin. The unique formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid upon application, forming a weightless barrier to help protect skin against environmental assault. Dual Hyaluronic Acid technology works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture.


    What people are saying about Calm Water Gel "This product really blew me away"  /   "Exactly what you've been looking for."  -  /   "It feels cool upon application — soothing irritated patches — and leaves skin extremely moisturised." -



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