In my previous post about struggling with adult acne, I talked about transitioning from heavy prescriptions to seeking help from an esthetician. After a recommendation from a friend, I decided to book my first facial in almost a decade at the Dermalogica flagship store. I have to say, the Dermalogica facial experience surpassed my expectations.
The Journey Begins…
When I arrived, I was greeted by Sara, my esthetician, who explained each step of the facial process to me. As this was my first visit in years, I opted for the special 60-minute facial to address my specific skin concerns.
One of my concerns was the possibility of breakouts while transitioning off my medications. I wanted Sara to thoroughly address any issues that might arise during this process.
The Ultimate Facial Experience
Sara used a variety of products and techniques to achieve stunning results. Here are the steps she followed and the corresponding products used:
- Soothing Additive
- Precleanse (recently added to my routine)
- Clearing Skin Wash
- Exfoliation (enzymes & lactic acid)
- Micro/Hydradermabrasion (with precleanse)
- Scaling Fluid (for extractions)
- Extractions using Ultrasonic Blade
- Post X Solution
- Niacinamide (hyaluronic acid + colloidal hydrating mask)
- Blue LED Light
- High Frequency
- Intensive Moisture Balance + Pure Light SPF 50
- Multivitamin Power Firm
- Antioxidant Hydrating Mist
Though I might not understand all the technical jargon, one thing I found fascinating was the use of LED lights during the facial. In my case, the blue LED light was used to target and kill acne-causing bacteria. How cool is that?
In the past, facials were often uncomfortable and occasionally painful experiences, involving the extraction of blackheads and other impurities. However, with the micro/hydradermabrasion and high-frequency treatments, my experience was pain-free and left no marks on my face. It was truly amazing.
The Journey Continues…
Impressed with the facial experience, I eagerly sought Sara’s advice on products to incorporate into my skincare routine. She recommended a small selection of products that I could sample for about five days to determine which ones worked best for me.
The recommended products were:
- Special Cleansing Gel (face wash)
- Daily Microexfoliant (gentle daily exfoliant)
- Active Moist (sensitive skin moisturizer)
- Pure Light SPF 50 (sunscreen)
- Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum (sensitive eye serum)
I tried each of the recommended products and found them all to be of high quality. However, I already had a face wash and a daily sunscreen that I was satisfied with. Nonetheless, I would consider incorporating them into my routine when I run out of my current products.
The product that stood out to me was the Daily Microexfoliant. It reminded me of the powder soap I used as a child, and I became obsessed with it. Not only did it bring back nostalgia, but it also left my skin feeling incredibly smooth.
Sara also sent me a few additional items to sample as part of the ambassador program. These included the Precleanse, Phyto Replenish Oil, a bottle of the Daily Microexfoliant, and a tube of Hydrablur Primer. While I enjoyed using these products, I did face a minor setback.
The Importance of Sensitive Skin Care
After a few days of using the additional products, I noticed my neck becoming slightly itchy. Remembering advice from my former dermatologist, I started applying a gentle moisturizer to my neck before using any products on my face. This simple trick helped alleviate the itchiness and keep my sensitive skin in check.
I also adjusted my usage of the Replenish Oil, using it less frequently and mixing it with the Active Moist as recommended on the bottle. This lighter application method worked well for my sensitive skin, ensuring I could continue using all the products without any irritation.
It’s worth noting that everyone’s skin is different, and it’s important to ease into new skincare regimens. What works for one person may not work for another.
Conclusion: Happy Skin, Happy Me!
Since my dermalogica facial and incorporating their products into my routine, my skin has become noticeably smoother, and breakouts haven’t worsened as I transitioned off medications. It’s truly incredible.
I’m excited to share that I’ve already scheduled my second facial for next week. Dermalogica has become a game-changer for my skincare journey, and I can’t wait to see further improvements.
Remember, taking care of your skin is an ongoing process, and finding the right products and routines for your unique needs is essential. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help and explore exciting new options like Dermalogica.
So, treat yourself to a luxurious facial experience and discover the wonders of Dermalogica for yourself!