Monday, 11 November 2013

Dermalogica Oily Skin Kit - The Review

I’ve been using this kit for almost 5 weeks now so I figured it was about time to do a not so little write up about it – you might want to go put the kettle on and grab a biscuit, this is going to be a long one!


What’s in the box?

  • Dermal Clay Cleanser (50ml)
  • Skin Prep Scrub (22ml)
  • Multi-Active Toner (50ml)
  • Oil Control Lotion (22ml)
  • Total Eye Care (4ml)
  • Skin Refining Masque (sample sachet)
  • Pre Cleanse (sample sachet)

The kit boasts a balanced regime to purify and treat by targeting congestion and getting rid of excess oils as well as providing lightweight, matte hydration. They do recommend you see a Dermalogica specialist for a free face mapping skin analysis. Though this kit was a gift, I had seen a Dermalogica representative some weeks ago and we agreed that this would be the kit for me. It retails for around £20 - £25 which I actually think is a pretty decent price tag as you’re getting a full skin care system which, if used properly will last well over a month if not longer.

Just a note – they recommend you use the ‘cleanse, tone, moisturise’ system twice a day, but I’m a bit of a beauty rebel so I only actually use the cleanser and toner once a day (evening) and the oil control lotion twice a day. I find using it all twice a day is just too much for my skin and it goes into overdrive with oil production and acne! Products specifically designed for oily skin tend to be really drying too, so I always use sparingly!

Dermal Clay Cleanser

This is probably one of my favourite products in the kit – and it’s absolutely perfect for this time of year! It contains Kaolin and Green clay, perfect for absorbing excess oils. They’ve also thrown in Sambucus and Ivy, which cleans deep into the pores, and Lemon, which not only acts as an astringent but is an awesome decongestant. Try using this in a steamy hot shower – you skin will feel as though it’s been blasted clean and it also really helps to decongest your sinuses and chest – perfect for winter!

I’m a big fan of clay products for oily skin, they clean deep down into the pores and clean up all the excess oils. After using this, my skin feels really fresh and clean, especially when used after a workout! It is not great at removing make up so I’d suggest taking that off separately before using this!  

Skin Prep Scrub

I’ve been using my St Ives Apricot scrub for so long that I was really weary of trying this product. My face isn’t a big fan of scrubs (as much as I love them). I usually end up with breakouts and excessive redness if the scrub is too harsh. In the past I have tried the Dermalogica Thermal Scrub and my face really didn’t like that at all! It was with some trepidation that I tried this scrub – and I was really surprised by the results!

The scrub is made up of tiny little grains that feel amazing on the skin. Though you can feel them in that grainy scrub like way, they don’t feel rough or irritating, it’s actually quite soothing. I’ve been using this 1 – 2 times a week and afterwards my skin feels rejuvenated and refreshed. It doesn’t feel as soft as after using my trusty St Ives scrub though. What I really like about the prep scrub is that my skin doesn’t go super shiny afterwards, it stays really matte!

Multi Active Toner

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of toner – I haven’t regularly used one for a couple of years now and it was one of the best changes to my beauty regime I ever made. I find that toners send my skin into a ‘pump out excess oil like crazy’ demon. Though they’re great for removing excess dirt, I’ve always been under the impression that if my face ash is good enough then there shouldn’t be any dirt left behind to move! As it was part of the kit I was willing to give it a go – sparingly!

It comes in a pump bottle and you’re suppose to spritz it on straight after cleansing whilst your skin is still a little damp. It’s designed to give critical hydration and soothe the skin. I did spritz for a few days but my eye lids became really itchy and irritated so I took to spraying it on a cotton pad and gently wiping it over my t-zone and neck. My skin doesn’t actually feel any different after using this and the cotton pad always comes back clean so I know there’s no excess dirt on the skin (brownie points for the cleanser!). There have been days where I have skipped this step in the program and my skin hasn’t changed at all. It’s definatly the product I am least likely to re-purchase.

Oil Control Lotion

THIS hands down is the best product in the kit and I will be repurchasing it in the future! It’s a really watery ‘gel’ that you put on your t-zone and chin after cleansing but before moisturiser. It feels and acts much like a primer, creating a barrier between products and helping to control oil production throughout the day. It really has made a massive, visible difference to my skin since day one. My t-zone stays matte for most of the day and I have had reduced breakouts – the ones I seem to get now are generally stress/hormone related and nothing else – hurrah!

I really thought using this twice a day would dry out my skin but it hasn’t – as long as I keep to the T-zone and chin! Once it’s applied I just let it soak in for a minute or two then go over with my regular day/evening moisturiser. Voila! My skin has been loving this routine, I’m even finding it working better than my trusty Body Shop Clarifying Night Treatment. 

Total Eye Cream

What I love about this is that it’s spf 15 – but that’s where the love stops. For something in an oil control kit I couldn’t believe how oily this was on my skin! I’ve experimented with various amounts of product but every time I get the same result! My eye area looks really shiny and greasy, especially the under eye area. I don’t mind using it as a night eye cream but it is designed for day wear. It doesn’t blend well with my Rimmel Wake me Up concealer either. 

I did think this would have some concealer magic about it because the cream is flesh coloured, much like a tinted moisturiser – but no, nothing, no difference what so ever on the skin. This is probably the product I’m most disappointed in but I‘ve read similar comments online too. Shame.

I’ve yet to try the two sample sachets, they are on my to-pamper list so I’ll update this review once I get to them!

In all I have been impressed with the majority of the kit. I’ve wanted to have a full Dermalogica experience forever and I’m so glad I finally got a chance to try out some of their products and see if the hype was really all it’s cracked up to be! Out of everything in the kit, my gold star would go to the oil control lotion and a big thumbs down goes to the total eye cream. I’ll be looking into repurchasing the oil control lotion and the dermal clay cleanser. I do think using this all together has dried out my skin a little, but it’s November now and my skin usually starts getting pretty dry anyways – but I would really consider trying out the whole system again in the summer, when my skin is much more oilier and out of control – I think that would certainly put this kit through it’s paces!

Have you tried any of the Dermalogica kits before? Thoughts?


  1. I really want to try some of their products too, thanks for the review, I wasn't sure if I should get this set but I think I will give it a shot :)


    1. Thanks for stopping by! They're well worth trying out! With Christmas around the corner you could always add it to your Christmas list! Be sure to get the right set for your skin type!

      Sarah :)

  2. I haven't really heard or tried these products yet. My skin isn't oily, but I would like to try some of these, especially the deep cleansers. XxxX

    1. Dermalogica have a few different kits for different skint types! I'd suggest heading down to your local supplier and asking for a face mapping consultation - these are free! They'll be able to tell you what kit best suits your skin type, you'll see better results from using the right products!

      Sarah :)