Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel & More! – Review

For the past few months I have been trying out the Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Balm, Special Cleansing Gel and Skin Smoothing Cream. I have condensed my thoughts on each of the products below!

Pre-Cleanse Balm


  • Removes excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, make-up and pollutants.
  • Dissolves buildup without compromising the skin barrier or clogging pores.
  • Smoothes, calms and nourishes the skin.

My Thoughts

I have never been a big fan of cleaning balms, largely because they are mostly oil based and they make my skin feel quite disgusting when I’m using them. Although it does remove my makeup quite well, I have oily skin therefore I feel as though whenever I use this it breaks me out into small pimples across my t-zone. If you have normal/dry skin you might find find that this works well for you but for me with combination acne prone skin it’s a definite no-no.

Overall Rating: 1/5

Special Cleansing Gel


“Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. Calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts soothe the skin, while natural Quillaja Saponaria gently foams away toxins and debris.”

My Thoughts

When I first started using this I thought it was going to break me out as I’ve never had pleasant experiences with gel cleansers. However this was a game changer, my skin has always been irritated and I was yet to find a product that would help soothe and reduce the redness but still cleanse my skin efficiently. This special cleansing gel removes all traces of makeup and soothes and moisturises the skin. I love that it is fragrance free and you only need to a small pea sized amount so the bottle will last you forever!

Overall Rating: 5/5

Skin Smoothing Cream


  • Smooths fine lines and promotes elasticity.
  • Shields against dehydration and pollution.
  • Antioxidants help fight skin-aging free radicals

My Thoughts

Having combination skin it has always been a struggle to find a moisturiser that will hydrate my skin but not leave it looking greasy and getting oily by midday. This moisturiser is the perfect balance, it is thick enough to provide your skin with moisture but doesn’t leave it looking or feeling greasy. When I use it under makeup it applies amazingly and my skin doesn’t start to get oily until the evening! If you have combination skin then I would highly recommend trying this out.

Overall Rating: 5/5


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