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Which Dermalogica Exfoliator is Best for Your Skin Type?



Nicole Walker

Adding a high-quality exfoliator into your skincare regime can bring about a whole heap of skin benefits. However, with varying skin types, comes a need to choose the right facial exfoliator for you.

Here’s why you should exfoliate:

Exfoliation is a vital step in any skincare routine. An exfoliator consists of a blend of chemical and physical ingredients which work to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and debris, therefore ultimately revealing softer, smoother, healthier looking skin.

Desquamation is the body’s natural exfoliation process (The shedding of old, dry skin cells so that new cells can come to the surface). In oily skin types, this process can be slowed because oil acts as a glue holding dead skin cells to the surface. This can contribute to clogged pores and consequently the build-up of breakout-causing bacteria.

Exfoliation is therefore particularly useful for oily skin types because as well as smoothing, improving skin tone and boosting skin’s receptiveness of oil-controlling ingredients, exfoliation helps rid oily skin of those tough-to-budge dulling skin cells, helping to keep skin clear and fresh.

Which exfoliator is right for me?

Dermalogica are well known for their exfoliators, gaining popularity for their ingenious formulas and high-quality ingredients. Because there is a range of bestsellers designed for a wide variety of skin types and concerns, there is an exfoliator for everyone.

Exfoliators suitable for all skin conditions:

Daily Milkfoliant

Whether you’re new to skincare or an expert we can all benefit from this legendary vegan, milk powder exfoliator. This soothing oat-based powder exfoliant gently exfoliates to reveal smoother, brighter skin and is both calming and moisture barrier restoring. Enriched with nourishing and calming Oat Bran Extract and Coconut Milk Powder which activate upon contact with water, releasing botanical extracts rich in AHA and BHA to help gently polish those pesky dead skin cells.

Key Benefits:

  • Gently polishes to reveal smoother, more illuminated skin
  • Replenishes and supports skin’s moisture barrier
  • Soothing ingredients relieve skin

Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator

Exfoliate your way to noticeable smoother and brighter skin and leave your complexion feeling totally zen with this Rice-based exfoliating powder which is gentle enough for daily use. With a dash of water Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes are released to polish skin to perfection. A Skin Brightening Complex of Phytic Acid from Rice Bran, White Tea and Liquorice help to balance uneven skin tone and get your complexion glowing. Meanwhile a super-soothing blend of Colloidal Oatmeal and Allantoin helps soothe skin.

Key Benefits:

  • Exfoliates dulling debris and evens skin tone
  • Reveals illuminated, softer skin
  • Gentle enough for daily use

Exfoliators for ageing and uneven skin tones:

Daily Superfoliant Exfoliator

This highly-active skin resurfacing, anti-pollution powder exfoliant will deliver your smoothest skin ever and fight environmental triggers known to accelerate skin ageing. Activating upon contact with water, the advanced powder forms a creamy paste releasing powerful enzymes skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids and anti-pollution technology which promise to leave skin cleansed and detoxified as well as protected with a youthful-looking glow. While activated Binchotan Charcoal purifies the skin, helping to adsorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores. Simultaneously, Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract work to shield skin against the damaging effects of pollution.

Key Benefits:

  • Resurfaces and deep cleanses for silky smooth skin
  • Absorbs environmental pollutants and helps detoxify pores
  • Helps fight pollution triggers that lead to premature skin ageing

MultiVitamin Thermafoliant

Dramatically improve mature or prematurely ageing skin with this incredible exfoliator, its skin resurfacing microgranules gently polish off dulling skin cells revealing smoother, fresher skin immediately and infuses skin with age-fighting ingredients. Additionally, controlling the internal causes that lead to skin ageing this powerful skin exfoliator uses thermal technology which activates upon contact with water to help drive nutrients and age fighting actives deeper into your skin to refine your skin’s texture.

Key Benefits:

  • Polishes away dulling skin to reveal smoother, fresher skin
  • Thermal technology ensures benefits are driven further into skin

Dehydrated skin? Here’s the exfoliator for you:

Hydro Masque Exfoliant

If you’re wanting to combat dull, dry, or dehydrated skin plus add moisture in one easy step, this multi-benefit masque exfoliant is for you. The five-minute masque will smooth and renew skin with a healthy-looking glow. It is formulated with exfoliating Bamboo for optimal hydration as well as a healthy dose of skin-loving hydrators Vitamin D, Jojoba Esters, Snow Mushroom and Amino Acids derived from Sugar Beets hydrate and help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. Also, Cucumber Extract provides a soothing, refreshing finish.

Key Benefits:

  • Exfoliates with Bamboo
  • Hydrates with Snow Mushroom
  • Delivers luminous, healthy-looking skin

The powerhouse exfoliator for breakout prone skin:

ClearStart FlashFoliant

This leave-on foaming exfoliant with Salicylic Acid helps to wipe out existing and future breakouts. Grape Extract fights marks left behind by blemishes and evens skin tone while Tangerine Peel Extract ensures a brightened complexion.

Key benefits:

  • Helps clear and prevent future breakouts
  • Provides an instant glow
  • Helps even skin tone

One more thing, don’t forget your SPF!

Lastly, Using exfoliators makes skin become vulnerable to sun damage. This is because exfoliating your skin rids the surface of dead skin cells that provide a protective barrier for the more vulnerable skin underneath. It is therefore key to use SPF daily. A great one for the face is lightweight Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF30 because it sits beautifully under makeup and is suitable for all skin types.

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