Dermalogica Double Cleanse Duo Review

January 19, 2018

Double cleansing

When it comes to skin care, we want our regimens to be effective. Careful cleansing is essential  not only for ridding your face of residual make up and grime, but also preparing your skin to make the very most of your serum and moisturiser.  I love Double Cleansing every evening (if I’m wearing makeup or sunscreen) to make sure there are no traces of makeup or dirt on my face. 

If you’re not familiar with the double cleansing trend, it is a technique recently popularized by Korean beauty bloggers. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like; you wash your skin not just once, but twice. The first part of the process is to use a cleansing oil or balm (oil-based cleanser) to break down makeup. Then, follow that with a water-based cleanser such as a foam or gel to deep clean the pores.

double cleanser

The Dermalogica Double Cleanse Duo work together to thoroughly remove impurities, calm and purify without stripping or drying out skin. The duo consists of the Dermalogica Pre Cleanse balm and Special Cleansing Gel. Whilst you can buy both of these products separately as full sized items. For a limited time Dermalogica have brought out a Travel Kit of the Double Cleanse Duo. 

Dermalogica Pre Cleanse Balm

dermalogica pre cleanse balm
cleansing balm
cleansing mitt
deep cleansing
deep clean skin

What it is:
A deep-cleansing balm-to-oil cleanser that melts into the skin and gently removes excess oil, sunscreen, makeup and pollutants from the skin.
Comes with an all-in-one soft touch, double-sided cleansing mitt to assist the PreCleanse Balm in offering a gentle yet effective cleanse.

What it does:

  • 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.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Laureth-4, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ozokerite, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Behenate, Tribehenin, Stearyl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phospholipids, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Glycol Distearate, Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate, Tocopherol, Glycolipids, Eucalyptus Staigeriana Branch/Leaf Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linalool, Citral, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.

What I think:
I am honestly so impressed by how well this product works -silky smooth formula of the pre cleanse balm is revolutionary! Dermalogica have gone one step further and included a cleansing mitt to increase the effectiveness of the balm for deeper pore cleansing. I can literally buff away the debris of makeup and grime on my face, whilst feels luxurious and spa like. The balm also emulsifies with water so there is no worry of leaving product on the skin. It washes off easily with a face cloth or warm water. My skin felt clean and makeup free after use, and prepped for the cleanser. The smell is pleasant (again smells quite spa like) but not too strong.

Unlike most other balms, it comes in a tube rather than a pot. This is so much more hygienic and easier to use. It also makes it a lot more travel friendly too, which is a plus. 
Overall, I would definitely recommend this balm and I will be keeping it in my skin care routine for the foreseeable future

Dermalogica Special Gel Cleanser

cleansing gel
double cleansing gel
deep clean skin care

What it is:
This soap-free, foaming gel cleanser with a 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 for a super-clean surface. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.

What it does:

  •   Washes away impurities without stripping or drying.
  •   Calming agents help soothe and purify skin.

Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate,
Malic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Charcoal Powder, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Maltodextrin, Silica, Magnesium Oxide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sapindus Trifoliatus Fruit Extract, Niacinamide, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Zingiber Of cinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Pod Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Of cinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Of cinalis (Sage) Oil, Subtilisin, Lipase, Papain, Lactic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Xanthan Gum, Water/Aqua/Eau, Coconut Acid, Calcium Lactate, Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Cetrimonium Chloride, Limonene, Linalool.

What I think:
I have tried many many other cleansers by other brands, but none have done for my skin what Dermalogica does! This cleanser leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean, without drying. I used this gel right after using the pre cleansing balm. It smells very nice and it's gentle enough for my sensitive skin. Typically I have combination skin but in the winter it becomes dry and more sensitive. My face was pretty clean after using the balm, but this made my skin feel great and ready for my moisturiser and fresh makeup. 


*These products were sent to me complimentary from Dermalogica under preen me VIP program for testing purposes. Opinions are my own – honest & unbiased!

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  1. I've heard great things about dermalogica but have never tried it out myself - you might have tempted me!! xx

  2. I've not seen this brand before. It looks really nice, Clean crisp packaging and I do love lavender and mint.


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