Now that I’m officially done with esthetician school (eeee!) I can break into my stash of Dermalogica products that I was using to practice treatments on fellow classmates. Since day one of school Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming cleanser is one of my favorite products for my skin. The gel cleanser has a cloudy appearance and emulsifies slightly with the use of water. Despite having fairly sensitized skin (meaning I get red and irritated easily) the fragrance doesn’t bother my skin and I do find the routine of massaging this cleanser in extremely calming.
This cleanser is part of Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming product line, meant to be calming, anti-inflammatory, cooling, and all around great for sensitive skin. Unfortunately, my experience with the Ultra Calming line leads me to believe that it’s not great for sensitive skin as much as sensitized skin. All of the products contain a strong dose of lavender extract along with many other botanical extracts, which can be very irritating for those with sensitive skin.
As a refresher, sensitive is much different than sensitized. Sensitive is a skin type, meaning that it cannot be changed easily, and is caused by genetics. Sensitized is a skin condition, which is a result of treatments, touch, temperature, new products, increased sun exposure, etc. I get sensitized skin symptoms (redness) fairly easily so I love this cleanser to help calm my skin down at the end of the day. Personally, post-workout is my absolute favorite time to use this cleanser. I massage it in after an hour-long stint at the gym and I notice a significant difference in how long my skin stays red post-workout.
Like I mentioned previously, there is a lotttt of lavender extracts in the Ultra Calming cleanser (and all of the other Ultra Calming products) so if your skin is reactive to extracts I would avoid this cleanser. Additionally, $38 for a cleanser is pricey in my opinion so unless you’re crazy into what lavender does for your skin, I’d recommend seeking out a cheaper option.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Butylene Glycol , Pentylene Glycol , Hydroxyphenyl , ropamidobenzoic Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Fumaria Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Fumaric Acid, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Panthenol, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, rosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Disodium EDTA