Dermalogica Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30+ Sunscreen: Review

Dermalogica Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30+ Sunscreen: Review


When I attended a Dermalogica event in Melbourne almost 2 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see a purely physical sunscreen developed for sensitive skin in their range- and even more pleasantly surprised to see that it contained a decent combined percentage of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for everyday wear. I’ve been using this off and on for about 2 years now, and I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for me to review this.

Dermalogica Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30+ (what a mouthful!) uses 9% Zinc Oxide and 7% Titanium Dioxide. For everyday wear (not sports or intensive UV exposure situations) this provides a reasonably good UVA and UVB cover, excellent photostability and safety profile. I would like to see most of the 16% as Zinc Oxide (it is the gold standard, is more photostable than Titanium Dioxide, and interestingly has less of a white cast) but I’m probably nit picking here. A good heavy duty sunscreen for sports I like to use when running is the Invisible Zinc 50+ 4Hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen (swatched below)

The Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield sunscreen has a light fluid texture, which is quite easy to spread and sits well under makeup. There is a slight shininess after application, but once foundation is applied this is hardly noticable. There is a moderate amount of white cast on my light-medium skin, but again once foundation is applied this is not noticable. Overall a fairly elegant physical sunscreen formulation that works well as an everyday sunscreen.

My sensitive skin appreciates the fact that this uses no artificial fragrances or colours- the light scent comes from lavender and eucalyptus essential oils.

Availability: , Adore Beauty and Dermalogica counters in selected department stores and salons.

price: $62 AUD

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Posted by on Apr 1st, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare, Sunscreen | 1 comment


Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Review

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Review

Hi all,

I’ve been testing a couple of Dermalogica exfoliants in the past few months. Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant works better on my dry skin than their clay based Skin Prep Scrub, so this is the one that I tested for the longest.

Dermalogica says…

This powerful, self-heating skin polisher combines physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture, promote skin firmness, and enhance penetration of age-fighting vitamins into skin. Antioxidants help suppress the formation of collagen-degrading MMPs, brighten skin tone, defend against damaging free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species) and help promote skin firmness. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Review

The Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant is a self-heating physical and chemical exfoliant (primary physical exfoliating properties) with some anti-aging actives thrown in.

It has good physical exfoliating action, with the perfect particle size and density to  effectively polish skin surface. The product is thick and creamy- with the consistency (and appearance) of creamed honey, which works well in a scrub. The Thermafoliant leaves my skin polished and soft, but you do need to follow with a moisturiser. 

The thermal reaction on contact with the skin gives this product a bit of a ‘wow factor’, and makes you feel like you’re in a day spa. Yes- it is gimmicky, but I like it!

The anti-aging actives in this product include retinol and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, both of which I quite like in my night time skin routine. The short contact time of a cleansing product does tend to limit the effectiveness of those actives, but I suppose it’s still something (also I do like to leave this on as sort of a treatment mask for a few minutes to increase absorption time).

The chemical exfoliating properties of this scrub is uncertain. There are some AHAs (lactic acid) and BHAs (salicylic acid) in the formula, but these are neutralised by the high concentration of alkaline Sodium Bicarbonate. It’s difficult to get around this pH issue, given that the sodium bicarbonate is responsible for the heat on contact with the skin.

This is why I would consider this as primarily a physical exfoliant- but a decent one. 


Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Ingredients:

PEG-6, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Oxide, C20-40 Pareth-10, Silica, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Lactic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Medica (Lemon) Peel Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil

note: this product was provided by PR for consideration. See editorial policy in PR tab for more info.

Posted by on Feb 5th, 2014 in Skincare | 32comments

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Travel/Gift Sets: Kosmea Summer Essentials and Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Gift Set




Kosmea launched their limited edition Summer Essentials collection earlier in November this year. It contains five of their best selling products selected to provide all round skincare: cleansing, hydrating, revitalising, and anti aging in travel friendly sizes.

The collection includes:

• Clarifying Facial Wash 20mL

• Hydrating Rosewater Mist 25mL

• Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil 10mL

• Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost 10mL

• Replenishing Moisture Cream 20mL

The Clarifying Facial Wash, Kosmea Rose Hip Oil, and Replenishing Moisture cream are amongst my favourite skin care products and have been reviewed previously on this blog. The only thing that I can fault about this set is the fact that I took about 4 days to polish off the little 20mL bottle of Replenishing Moisture Cream- whereas the bottles of oils will last several months each, which makes it a bit difficult logistically if you are using this as a travel pack. For travel, I think it would make more sense to only have one type of oil serum, and double the size of moisturiser.

All in all- a great selection of products, at a pretty awesome price. 

Price: Valued at $74.75, RRP $29.95

Availability: Terry White Chemists, selected pharmacies, David Jones, and selected health food stores.




There are 3 Dermalogical Limited Edition Sets 2013- one for skin prone to dryness (The Skin Smoothing Cream Gift Set, $71) , one for oily skin (the Active Moist Gift Set $67.50), and one for prematurely aging skin (Super Rich Repair Gift Set, $110) .

My skin falls into the first category so that’s the one I trialled. The Skin Smoothing Cream Gift Set contains a travel size PreCleanse and Special Cleansing Gel, as well as a full sized Skin Smoothing Cream.

I’ve been wanting to try the Dermalogica PreCleanse for some time now, because I’m always on the look out for good oil based, non sulphate, cleansers. I quite like it- it’s light, smells pretty, and does a decent job of cleansing without stripping the skin. Although PreCleanse is meant to be used with the Special Cleansing Gel, my skin prefers to use it on it’s own since I prefer a sulphate free cleansing regime.

The skin smoothing cream is very rich and emollient- great for keeping flakey skin at bay, I’m especially fond of using this around my nose in cold weather.

RRP $71 incl. GST

note: these products were sent by PR for consideration. See my editiorial policy in the PR tab for more info.

Posted by on Dec 1st, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 237comments

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