Which Dermalogica Range Is Right For Me?

Chances are you’ve already heard of Dermalogica, but with hundreds of products in their line-up, it can be hard to know where to start. Founded in 1986 by skin therapist Jane Wurwand, Dermalogica provides professional grade skincare products with options for everyone, no matter what your skin type or concern. 

From the skin brightening Powerbright TRX range to the breakout busting Clear Start collection, read on to figure out which Dermalogica products will be best for you. 

Daily Skin Health

What does it do? 

Dermalogica’s mantra is ‘healthy skin first’, which means taking a back-to-basics approach to building a skincare routine. The Daily Skin Health range comprises essentials like cleansers, masks, exfoliants, moisturisers, and SPFs, designed to work for all skin types. The brand recommends starting by building your routine here then adding products from the other ranges based on your skin concerns. 

Who is it for? 

Specific products may be more suited to certain skin types, but there are plenty of options, so no matter what your lifestyle, background, or environment, there will be a product for you. 

Beauty editor’s pick: Special Cleansing Gel

“Foaming cleanses have a bad rep in the skincare world, but this one is soap-free, which means it doesn’t have the potential to cause irritation or dry skin out. I love how gentle this cleanser is, it’s the perfect follow-up to PreCleanse in a double cleansing routine because it leaves skin feeling fresh but comfortable.” 

Age Smart

What does it do? 

Skin shows signs of aging due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors which affect its structure and function. Exposure to daylight (aka photoaging) contributes to 80-99% of the visible signs of aging we notice, like wrinkles, thinning skin, and loss of elasticity. The Age Smart products work to control the triggers that cause aging, keeping skin firmer and smoother for longer. 

Who is it for? 

If you’ve spotted early signs of skin aging like loose skin, wrinkles, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone, or you’re keen to be proactive and prevent them, then Age Smart is the range for you. 

Beauty editor’s pick: Biolumin-C Serum 

“I might not have spotted any major signs of aging just yet, but I know that using antioxidants like vitamin C is one of the best ways to protect and boost skin health for long-term benefits. Unlike vitamin C serums I’ve tried in the past, this hasn’t caused any irritation to my skin. Instead, it leaves my skin feeling calm and looking radiant.” 

Ultracalming

What does it do? 

Designed with sensitive skin in mind, the Ultracalming range helps to comfort and soothe skin that frequently experiences flare-ups and reactions. These products work to instantly reduce redness, burning, and irritation while restoring skin’s protective moisture barrier to defend against future flare-ups. The range is free from common irritants like artificial fragrance, mineral oil, and SD alcohol. 

Who is it for? 

Anyone who experiences sensitivity, from mild occasional flare-ups through to constant redness and discomfort. Common signs include tightness, blotchiness, flaking, and small rash-like bumps. 

Beauty editor’s pick: Ultracalming Serum Concentrate 

“This has become my instant go-to on days when my skin is feeling sensitive – sometimes I can get a bit of redness and irritation if I’ve overexfoliated or I’ve introduced a new retinol to my routine. It’s instantly soothing, and thanks to the inclusion of squalane (an oil which my skin loves), it feels incredibly nourishing as well.” 

Active Clearing

What does it do? 

This multitasking range works double duty to simultaneously clear breakouts and reduce visible signs of skin aging. As adults often have a combination of other skin concerns as well as acne, this makes treatment more complex than treatment of teenage acne. The Active Clearing products utilise ingredients like salicylic acid, retinol, niacinamide, and mandelic acid to treat a multitude of concerns, including breakouts, inflammation, pigmentation, and texture. 

Who is it for? 

Those who experience adult acne. Acne isn’t just for teenagers and it can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or skin type. Adult acne can be triggered by stress, hormones, and genetics, as well as lifestyle and environmental factors. 

Beauty editor’s pick: Retinol Clearing Oil 

“As someone who has experienced acne throughout their teens and into their twenties, this range has been a lifesaver. I particularly love the Retinol Clearing Oil because it contains two of my favourite ingredients, retinol and salicylic acid. It’s actually really rare to find a product that contains both, and they’re not the kind of ingredients you should experiment with layering yourself, so this product is a real gamechanger if you’re still suffering with acne but also noticing those early signs of aging.” 

Powerbright TRX

What does it do? 

The Powerbright TRX products are formulated for treating dark spots and pigmentation. Dark spots are caused by an overproduction of melanin, which is triggered by things like UV exposure, pollution, hormones, inflammation, and free radicals. The range utilises hardworking ingredients like niacinamide and amino acids to fade dark spots, even skin tone, and protect skin from future damage. 

Who is it for? 

People who experience dark spots and pigmentation, or who want to prevent it from appearing as they age. 

Beauty editor’s pick: Pure Light SPF50 

“SPF has always been a daily essential in my skincare routine, but I love that this formula offers something extra, too. As well as shielding skin from UV rays, it helps to combat oxidative stress caused by pollution, and unlike many SPFs the formula is light and non-greasy. Plus, it doesn’t cause problems for my breakout-prone skin which is always a bonus.” 

Clear Start

What does it do? 

Acne is a super common skin issue, and most people are likely to experience it in their youth when changes in hormone levels impact oil production and increase the likelihood of breakouts. The Clear Start products are formulated with potent breakout-fighting ingredients like AHAs and BHAs that help to keep pores clear, reduce oiliness, and treat spots. 

Who is it for? 

If you’re in your teens or early twenties, this range has been formulated specifically with you in mind. 

Beauty editor’s pick: Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster 

“I actually look forward to using this spot treatment because it’s such a treat for skin. It’s cooling and soothing on application – perfect for calming those sore, angry blemishes that lurk beneath the skin. It works incredibly fast, often stopping early-stage breakouts before they’ve even come to a head, and because it’s invisible, I can apply it any time, even under or over makeup.”