CAUTION: this specific dermalogica aha cleanser is far too strong for most skin types, particularly sensitve, as it contains too much combination of sodium laureth sufate, hexylene glycol and sodium hydroxide.
if you do decide to try it, use a very small amount and be absolutely sure keep it away from the delicate eye area. and do not use every day. maybe once a week, at most. it is extremely irritating and caused severe redness and swelling requiring professional medical attention and treatment.
This is a cream version of an acid based cleanser so good for dry skins. This is in my rotation of cleansers and I use this when i'm a bit dry. Its gentle but effective, washes off well and cleans well. I would recommend this however I do think its overpriced. There aren't many options for cream based glycolic cleansers on the market and i do feel this is well formulated. The only I would change is the packaging, I would prefer a squeeze tube as there is less wastage so you can get the last bits out.
It is the greatest cleanser for me! It not only cleanses, but it removed a broad dark spot from my forehead, something many specific products had not managed. I alternate every night between this and the daily microfilm ant and I am very satisfied.
This resurfaced my skin alright! (and not in a good way). I was given 4 sample sachets of this and at first I really liked it. My skin felt really clean and fresh and I thought it would be perfect for getting rid of the dull, dry Winter skin and refine my complexion for Summer. Sadly after Day 3 I had to abandon it. My skin was really irritated, dry and peeling. I think this would be great for oiler and/or less sensitive skin but sadly not for me. I can't comment on price or packing because I only had samples, but my overall rating is a 2 because this product did not suit my skin type.
Loved this product. I generally find cleansers are a bit neutral in that either they're bad or just ok, but this is amazing. In the summer I use every day but in the winter every other day. It contains active ingredients and may not suit sensitive skins, but would absolutely recommend.
this cleanser is quite high on irritants (sodium laureth sulfate is the first non-water ingredient, plus hexylene glycol and sodium hydroxide) so i recommend starting with a sample.
like many other reviewers i found it harmed my skin, and as there are plenty of other aha cleansers (with anti-irritants) i'm more than happy to bin this one ;-)
This product amazed me. I never before considered a cleanser with actives--I always felt that as long as it cleansed and didn't leave me too dry or too greasy, that was fine and I would take care of skin issues after cleansing. Wrong. The smoothness of my skin after using this is unparalled, even without my Clarisonic. It's now my HG. The only downside is that it will irritate eyes, so be careful.
I like this cleanser. It's a bit to get used to no foam. I use in conjunction with Multivitamin Thermafoliant once or twice a week and together, they offer a really great exfoliation that lasts a few days. The reason I can only give four lippies is because I'm not sure this would work well enough alone to slough off dirt at and in my pores, which tend to be stubborn anyway. But used with the Thermafoliant, the exfoliation is more than substantial. My skin ends up smooth and glowing. One of my favorite exfoliation systems. Effects are similar to Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel but I only have to do this once a week as opposed to daily.
I have mixed feelings about this cleanser because I think it is an excellent exfoliant, perfect for removing dead skin cells and giving skin a good polish, but I also think the lactic acid in it is too strong for people with sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin, so I don't use it everyday. When I did use it daily, I found it smoothed my skin but also made it red. Therefore, I think it is best if I use it once in a while (once a week or less) when I need to prevent acne, unblock pores, etc. I wouldn't purchase it again because I don't think its suitable for my skin and I don't think you should be "afraid" of what a product might do to your skin with daily use. There are other AHAs such as salicylic and glycolic acids which do the same job (exfoliates) but are a lot more gentle. I have many products containing these AHAs which can be used daily without irritation. Overall, it is quite a good product but I would only recommend this to people who don't have sensittive skin.
Very surprised at my satisfaction with this product. I'm only 24, so I don't use this for the AgeSmart aspect; please take that into consideration with my review. I use it as an exfolient. There are two suggested directions Dermalogica provides: without water and with water. My routine: I use the Special Cleansing Gel to wash the makeup off, and Bare Minerals Eye Makeup Remover (it is amazing). Then, I pat my face dry and put a little more than a pea-size of this in my hand and rub into my face for 1-2 minutes. I splash my face with warm water, rub it in a little more with my palms, then rinse. I have acne issues which this product does not instigate and irritate. It is abrasive and even a little painful to use without water at first, so that might not work too well for you. My skin texture is more like thick Italian skin, and not so much fair and thin like Irish skin. That is a weird way to describe it, but I think this product would be too abrasive for some. It smells great and does what it says. Worth the money up front - I've had the little travel one for over 2 months and use it daily. Hope this helps!