Great Skincare Regime – Preparing the Skin

It is never a simple case of using skincare products in any order, they are designed to be used in a specific way in order to maximise the benefits to you and your skin. In this article we will discuss the preparatory elements of the skincare regime. These are the products that clean and prepare your skin for the nourishing and restoring products that follow. The preparatory elements are:

  1. Cleansers
  2. Exfoliants

They each treat the skin in a different way and are designed to be used in the order shown.

Cleanser1. Cleansers and Pre-cleansers

The cleanser is always the first step in any skincare regime although it can now be divided into a 2 step element itself. With the arrival of products such as Dermalogica Precleanse that have been designed for all skin types to help remove debris and sebum before your skin specific cleanser.

Your cleanser will then be able to clean and prepare your skin with ingredients that are tailored specifically to your skin type and if used following a pre-cleanser your cleanser will be even more effective.

Below are a list of skin specific Dermalogica Cleansers:

Exfoliator2. Exfoliants

Exfoliants are used in order to remove the dead skin that is always the top most layer. The purpose behind using an exfoliant is really two fold.

Firstly an exfoliant will help remove dead skin that can cause blocked pores leading to breakout outs or can leave your skin looking dull. they will help to reveal the newer and brighter skin beneath as well as encouraging skin cell renewal.

Secondly through the action they provide they allow the products that follow – the nourishing and reparative products – to penetrate deeper and provide greater benefits.

Below are a list of skin specific Dermalogica Exfoliants:

We will cover masques on their own in the next article and then follow with the nourishing elements of a Great Skincare Regime.

The 7 Pillars of a Great Skincare Regime

Knowing what to use on your skin, how often it should be used and in what order is a bit of a mystery. It would seem to be a deep secret that only a few know but no-one seems to know it all. It’s a bit like the recipe for Lea and Perrins: divided by 4 people, each know what has to be included on their part and how much – but no-one knows it all.

So we’re going to try to shed some light on the secret even though it will be in broad strokes. We will attempt to use the most common name for the product type in order that it can benefit everyone.

Cleanser1. Cleanser

The Cleanser is always the first step in any skincare routine, removing debris, oils and environmental pollutants that have built up throughout the day.

A cleanser is critical for all Skincare Regimes and most, if not all should be used morning and evening.

Exfoliator2. Exfoliator

The exfoliator is used to remove any dead skin cells and encourage skin cell renewal. They also help to reveal the younger skin layers below which are often brighter and firmer.

An exfoliator should be used once or twice weekly in general although there are now many daily exfoliators available.

Masque3. Masque or Mask

The masque is an intensive treatment that is designed to be left on the face for a much longer period of time. This time varies due to the ingredients in the masque and the purpose of the masque which could be to deeply nourish dry skin or intensively treat oily skin.

A masque should be used once or twice weekly generally.

Toner4. Toner

The toner is used to re-introduce water to the skin. Dehydrated skin types are often lacking in water and require a toner to begin the process of nourishing the skin after the preparing products used before such as the cleanser and exfoliator.

A toner should usually be used morning and evening.

Serum5. Serum

Serums are highly concentrated products that can be used to target specific areas of concern or can be used to enhance the power and benefits of your moisturiser by mixing them together.

A serum should usually be used morning and evening.

Eyecare6. Eye Care

Eye creams are designed specifically to be used around the delicate eye area and are used to target concerns such as dark circles, fine lines and dryness.

An eye cream should be used morning and evening in most cases.

Mousturiser7. Moisturiser

Moisturisers are the final step in your skincare routine and are one of the key elements of any skincare routine along with a cleanser. They are the final step in the nourishing elements of your routine.

A moisturiser should be used both morning and evening.

In future articles we will further explore the two sides of a skincare routine and how the 7 elements work together and why it is important that they are used in this order.

Authorised Dermalogica Stockists

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We are proud to sell Dermalogica Products from our Beauty Salon in Lichfield and from our Dermalogica Store at Pure Beauty Online. We have been using Dermalogica Professionally in our Salon since 2005 and we have been selling online since 2007. We are confident in our product knowledge and in our three Fully Trained Dermalogica Beauty Therapists. If you visit us in Lichfield, or at Pure Beauty Online, you can rest assured that you will receive a great service with appropriate recommendations and Genuine Dermalogica Products backed by the Dermalogica 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

There are many other Dermalogica sites out there aside from our own, and whilst we would encourage you to buy from us, we would also encourage you to buy from them – as long as they are authorised. They will be as knowledgeable as we are and will have the same level of commitment to their staff’s training and to their customers.

What dismays us all is the selling of Dermalogica Products not only by other salons who are not authorised and not trained as we are, but by large online retailers who know and care nothing at all about the products and simply offer them to make money. They should be avoided at all costs in order to protect you, protect your skin and to protect small online retailers such as we are who provide a level of service and knowledge that the largest online stores could not hope to match.

Have a look at this list of Authorised Online Dermalogica Stockist which can be found on the Dermalogica UK website for list of preferred online suppliers and the list of those to avoid.

Changing Seasons and Our Skin Part 3 – Moisturisers

A moisturiser is one of the two most important elements in everyone’s skincare regime. Your moisturiser is beneficial in the following ways:

  • Hydrate and Nourish your skin – even oily skin types
  • Repair and Protect
  • Replenish essential elements

Moisturisers are critical to your daily skincare regime and are always the final step in your routine.

When the weather changes one of the most common elements to look at changing will be your moisturiser. Due to the effects of the cold and the wind, combined with the drying nature of central heating, a richer moisturiser maybe needed either once or even twice a day until the milder weather comes again in the new year.

Dermalogica Moisturisers

Dermalogica have a great range of moisturisers and we are able to make recommendations for alternatives when the weather turns and you feel you could use that little bit extra.

Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion

Oil Control Lotion is designed for those with the oiliest of skin types and whilst it would be rare for this group to suffer, a great alternative would be Active Moist. It is still a moisturiser for oily skin but it is a little richer and would be useful as a next step.

Dermalogica Active Moist

Active Moist is one of Dermalogica’s top 10 products and certainly number 2 only to Skin Smoothing Cream in the moisturiser rankings. It is designed for use by normal/oily skin types and it will be people with this skin type and normal/dry skin types (see Skin Smoothing Cream) which will be more likely to make a change when the weather turns. The logical next step would indeed be the Skin Smoothing Cream and many of our customers make this change as the weather deteriorates.

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

Skin Smoothing Cream is Dermalogica’s best selling product by far. As mentioned previously it is designed for normal/dry skin types and people in this category will tend to need to change more than any other and move to a richer cream such as the Intensive Moisture Balance or Super Rich Repair.

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance

Intensive Moisture Balance is the richest of the main line moisturisers. It designed for very dry skin and is an ideal night cream when combined with Skin Smoothing Cream. If you are using the Intensive Moisture Balance and the weather is affecting your skin the last resort would be the Super Rich Repair which is the richest moisturiser that Dermalogica produce.

Dermalogica Super Rich Repair

Super Rich Repair is a good as it gets in terms of rich moisturisers. It is part of the AGE Smart Range of products and is vacuum sealed due to the nature of the ingredients and how they need to be stored before application to your skin.

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50

Dynamic Skin Recovery is again a part of the AGE Smart Range and works brilliantly in conjunction with the Super Rich Repair as a morning moisturiser.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair

UltraCalming Barrier Repair is a unique product and could be considered as an additional layer for anyone suffering with the weather. Barrier Repair is a moisturiser designed primarily for sensitive skin types but works in conjunction with all of the other moisturisers but especially Skin Smoothing Cream. For people who spend a lot of time outdoors during the cold weather the Barrier Repair and Skin Smoothing Cream combination is very much a winner. Simply apply Barrier Repair after cleansing and then follow with the Skin Smoothing Cream.

You can Buy your Dermalogica Moisturisers from Pure Beauty Online now.

Facebook Give-Away of Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum

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This week’s Dermalogica Special Offer on Pure Beauty is on Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum which we are offering for £46.20 – which is 20% off.

Dermalogica Overnight Repair SerumThe Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum is part of their AGE Smart Range range which designed to deal with the signs of ageing and drier skin types. The Overnight Repair Serum is a wonderful product that you apply of an evening, before moisturising (or even instead of!) which is applied to your face and throat using fingertips and gently pressing into your skin focusing on areas that concern you.

Benefits of Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum

  • It works together with your body’s circadian rhythms to help nourish your skin whilst enhancing skin renewal and cell recovery.
  • It’s formulation as a serum enables the beneficial ingredients to be delivered much quicker resulting in a more effective performance.
  • It increases the strength and therefore appearance of your skin.
  • It boosts your skin’s luminosity while you are asleep.

Free Give-Away if you Like Our Facebook Page

We currently have 1653 (15/10/2014) Likes on our Pure Beauty Online Facebook Page and as soon as we reach 1750 Page Likes we will choose someone from random from everyone that likes our page and they will receive a Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum from free!


Free Dermalogica Pick ‘n’ Mix Cover Tint or Sheer Tint

We currently have a fantastic Free Gift with Purchase Offer for our Pure Beauty Online customers.

When you spend £60.00 or over on any Dermalogica Products (not Decleor we are afraid – sorry!) then we will send you a Free Pick ‘n’ Mix Dermalogica Sheer Tint or Cover Tint.

Dermalogica Sheer Tints and Cover Tints are the tinted facial product range that come in 2 weights and 3 shades:

  • Dermalogica Sheer Tints are a lighter coverage moisturiser that are available in Light, Medium and Dark and whilst providing a light coverage and colour wash they also contain SPF20.
  • Dermalogica Cover Tints are a more medium coverage foundation that are also available in Light, Medium and Dark and will provide a slightly heavier coverage and colour wash and they also contain SPF30.

The 3 colours are as follows:

Sheer and Cover Tint Light Shade

Sheer and Cover Tint Light Shade

Sheer and Cover Tint Medium Shade

Sheer and Cover Tint Medium Shade

Sheer and Cover Tint Dark Shade

Sheer and Cover Tint Dark Shade


  • We will only be able to send one FREE Pick ‘n’ Mix Dermalogica Cover Tint or Sheer Tint per order.
  • The value of the Dermalogica Products on qualifying orders must be over £60.00. Postage cannot be included.
  • The offer is exclusive to Dermalogica Products. The value of any other products will not be counted in the £60.00 total required to be spent on Dermalogica Products for the offer.
  • The FREE Pick ‘n’ Mix Dermalogica Cover Tint or Sheer Tint will not appear in your basket but will be added when we pick and process your order.
  • The choice of product and shade which is added to your order is completely at random and we are afraid that we will not be able to take requests from customers for specific products.
  • Each of the FREE Pick ‘n’ Mix Dermalogica Cover Tint or Sheer Tint have a short expiry date which does not affect their application or colour and should not affect your skin in any way, although as with all new products that you introduce to your skin, we always recommend Patch Testing first. The Expiry Dates are only there due to the SPF content in the product and are fine to use but please note that the SPF protection should not be taken into consideration.

Order your Dermalogica from Pure Beauty Online Today for your Free Gift with Purchase

Changing Seasons and Our Skin Part 2 – Cleansers

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A key element in each and every Skincare Routine is your Cleanser which is designed to prepare your skin for the products that follow. Cleansers do this by:

  • Removing debris that has naturally built up throughout the day
  • Removing environmental pollutants
  • Removing makeup
  • Rebalancing oilier skin types
  • Hydrating drier skin types

Cleansers are such a critical element in your daily Skincare Routine because the products that are designed to follow them cannot work to their best without them. For example, it is simply not worth applying a Moisturiser without Cleansing first.

Most people who experience a change in their skin as the weather deteriorates will not need to change their Cleanser but for those who are affected by the colder, windier days they should consider looking at alternative Cleansers as a first step.

Dermalogica Cleansers

Dermalogica have a great range of daily and treatment Cleansers all of which we can recommend alternatives for if you find that you many want to look at changing your cleanser as the weather changes.

Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser

The Dermal Clay Cleanser is an ideal cleanser for very oily skin types. An alternative would be to choose the Special Cleansing Gel which is suitable for normal (oily and dry) skin types.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

The Special Cleansing Gel is ideal for most normal skin types – both slight oily or slightly dry. An alternative would be the Essential Cleansing Solution which is suitable for dry skin types. The UltraCalming Cleanser may also be suitable for some under these circumstances.

Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution

The Essential Cleansing Solution is suited to dry skin types being a creamy cleanser. An alternative maybe the UltraCalming Cleanser which could help ease any sensitivity created by the weather changes.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser

The UltraCalming Cleanser is suitable for sensitive skin types and doesn’t even require water to be used to remove it. An alternative maybe the Essential Cleansing Solution due to it’s richer and creamier texture.

You can Buy your Dermalogica Cleansers from Pure Beauty Online now.