Summer is coming and I decided to share my daily face skin routine for hot climate and sauna-like weather in Dubai, Singapore or Miami.
I love my skin. It`s very white and smooth. The side effect of having this type of skin – hypersensitivity and becoming oily when dehydrated. It was very difficult to find the right every day care cosmetics, which at least will not make my skin irritated, dehydrated, oily and with breakouts. I think I have tried all the possible skin care lines for problem skin, starting with those you can find on the shelves of supermarkets and pharmacies, and ending up with La Mer and La Prarie.
It was a big luck when I discovered the brand called Dermalogica one year ago. I was looking for new skin care products, preferably from professional line, which could improve my sensitive and problem skin. I have started using face wash and moisturizer firstly, and then I have changed all my face routine to this brand only.
The main features I like about Dermalogica are:
- products are produced without artificial colors and fragrances, literary all of them don’t have any smell or color – which won`t cause irritation
- cleansers are very gentle and don’t cause dehydration
- moisturizers are oil free – no greasy effect and breakouts
- creams are very light weight – no suffering in hot weather
- no super glamorous design – the bottles are white and gray, which means the most important thing is inside the bottle.
Let me tell you in details about the Dermalogica products I use.
Step 1. Cleansing mask.
Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque.
Clay mask for removing impurities and excess oil. It also contains so called phytochemicals – extracts from tea tree, lentil seed, magnolia and grape fruit to refine the surface. Thus this mask is a product 2 in 1 – clay cleanser and phyto peel.
I use it 3 times per week. It helps to maintain the skin between the visits to cosmetologist.
Step 2. Wash.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
It washes away all your make up and impurities very gently without leaving the skin feel dehydrated afterward..
Step 3. Toning.
Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist.
This is a toner in a spray. You don’t have to put it on cotton and then wipe the skin. Just spay it over the face and wait a minute to absorb. Dermalogica specialists say that spraying the toner to the skin directly is more useful than wiping with cotton, as all the useful ingredients are delivered to the skin directly, not being left on the cotton pad.
This mist is balancing, calming, hydrating, relieves irritation and redness. It can aslo be used during the day to hydrate the airconditioner-dried skin and during traveling in the aircraft. I use the mist instead of the thermal water spray, because it doesn`t leave the dry feeling afterwards.
Step 4. Moisturizing.
I`m using two moisturizers during the day.
Dermalogica Oil-Free Matte SPF 30 – in the morning for moisturizing, matifying and sun protection during the day. This lightweight oil-free cream also helps to prevent breakouts on oily skin.
Dermalogica Active Moist – in the evening or any time after washing my face. This cream is my miracle, I simply love it!!! It is oil free and so light weight, on the other hand super moisturizing. It`s an amazing relief for the oily and dehydrated skin in summer. It contains natural plant extracts from lemon, cucumber and burdock as well as silk amino acids.
Step 5. Eye care.
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm.
This eye cream is also very lightweight and well moisturizing, without leaving greasiness around the eyes. It is from the Age Smart line, which controls skin aging and increases elasticity. The cream contains vitamins A, C, and E and seaweed extracts.
I can not say that this cream does a miracle and minimizes the existing fine lines, but definitely prevents the appearance of the new ones. But I would say it is and excellent under eye cream, comparing to all the other stuff in the market, and I would not exchange it for any other.
You can buy Dermalogica products in the following locations :
- Dubai Mall Dermalogica boutique on the first floor in front of Starbucks and behind the Amouage and Clarins boutiques
- Life Pharmacy in JLT cluster V
How about the make up coverage?
During hot and humid days in Dubai face requires not only proper care, but a proper make up coverage as well. The cosmetics should be also oil free and with a good coverage for a problem skin. The products I`m using are following.
Foundation: Mac Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, # NC 15.
I have chosen this product because it`s completely oil free foundation. I think this is the most long lasting foundation I have ever used. It stays on the skin really more than 12 hours, doesn`t melt even in case you are sweating in the hot climate, but it`s not waterproof though. It doesn`t block the pores and does`n feel heavy on the face. I`m using the number NC15 from more yellowish palette, which neutralizes redness of the skin.
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Primer: Pore Minimizer. Skin Refining Matte Primer.
It refines uneven pores and bumps , makes the skin matte and smooth without drying, prepares for the make up application. You can use it just with the loose powder, without foundation.
Powder: Dior Diorskin Nude Air. Loose Powder. # 020 Light Beige.
I prefer the loose powder, because it`s easy to apply it, looks more natural.Very lightweight and easy to apply. Fixes up the foundation and mattifies the look.
Blush: Dior Diorblush Sculpt. Professional Counturing Powder Blush. #003 Beige Countour.
I use it to distinguish the cheek line, make them more volume-like. Brown under the cheek, white highlighter on the top. Looks smooth and natural.
Bronzer: Dior Diorskin Nude Air Tan Power, #003.
I use it in case my whole body is tanned and face looks more pale, applying on the cheeks, upper part of the forehead, a bit on the chin and nose. Diorskin Nude product line is general very lightweight and very pleasant to use.
I want to say special thanks to the Dior cosmetics section in Bloomingdails Dubai Mall for great service.