Special Cleansing Gel – Are You Using This Dermalogica Cleanser Correctly?
Special Cleansing Gel
Special Cleansing Gel is dermalogica’s most popular cleanser
Special cleansing gel is a fabulous product and if you use it already you know how great it makes your skin feel from using it. It’s soap-free and ph balanced to the skin (so it won’t strip your protective acid mantle layer off!) This dermalogica cleanser is highly concentrated and there is a secret way on how to use it effectively.
After reading many posts on other blogs on peoples experience with this cleanser, it saddens me to see that most people don’t use this fabulous product correctly and have inaccurate views on what this actual product will do for their skin.
What’s in Special Cleansing Gel?
This gel based cleanser really foams up well and it’s because of the naturally foaming ingredient quillaja saponaria, this is what makes your skin feel really clean by washing away impurities and excess oils on the skin without stripping or drying. The cleanser is formulated in a balm mint base, this botanical extract is fantastic for wound healing but it is also anti-bacterial and purifies and soothes the skin.
Lavender extract is also used to calm and purify the skin and assist in the cleansing action. These key ingredients cleanse away toxins and debris without over drying leaving a super clean finish.
The Right Way to Use This Dermalogica Cleanser
Special cleansing gel is fine to use daily, morning and night it’s suitable for combination skin conditions. But you need to use it in the right way otherwise you run the risk of over-drying your skin. The cleanser is super concentrated so less is more! You only need to use a five cent piece size to clean your face. The secret is to squeeze the correct amount of cleanser into damp hands and then add water, this cleanser loves water, the more the merrier, you should whisk the gel in your hands with water until it becomes nice and foamy and bubbly, sort of like whisking egg white for a meringue, getting that lovely froth like consistency, it should not look like a gel any more but more resemble “foam”, this is to reactivate the concentrate and to ensure it cleanses your skin.
Do not use special cleansing gel neat on your face without doing this step, this is where the majority of people who say it dries their skin out are doing wrong. If you skin feels tight and dry after cleansing, you have not foamed it up enough, or used too much product or you would be better to use a gel-cream combined cleanser such as ultra-calming cleanser.
All dermalogica cleansers cater for dehydration on the skin as they are ph balanced to the skin’s acid mantle protection layer which is responsible for protecting the skin from invasion of bacteria. With all cleansing routines your first step should be using precleanse to remove excess dirt, sebum, sunscreens and make up and then finish your cleanse with special cleansing gel. In-effective cleansing will lead to breakouts and dull looking skin.
Did you know you can boost special cleansing gel’s effectiveness by mixing in skin prep scrub to give you a exfoliation and cleanse in one, and you can also get a dual-action cleanse by using the exfoliating facial brush to cleanse with.
Why Just Using a Cleanser it Not Going to Be Sufficient at Removing Your Breakouts
Cleansers are cleansers, their job is to remove dirt off the skin, when people are concerned with breakouts they think, they need to use a better cleanser, in a way, yes they do, but one of the main causes of breakouts is from dead skin cell build up, this means that exfoliation is your most important step. Just using a cleanser is not going to be enough to give you positive results with your acne.
Some people are lucky and do, maybe because they were not cleansing properly to begin with, but I can assure you that if you think just buying a cleanser is going to get rid of your breakouts, then think again, they won’t. As a bare minimum you need to use a cleanser, exfoliant and oil-free moisturiser to get clearing of breakouts, I am not going to go into this now, as I wanted to talk to you about special cleansing gel, but in future articles, I will go into this.
Agree? Disagree? Tell me your experiences of using this dermalogica cleanser or any tips that you have with this product, I would love to hear your views, please comment below. Show me Your ALIVE!!!