About Face: Dermalogica, Precleanse

Above: Dermalogica Precleanse and Dermalogica Precleanse wipes
Above: Dermalogica Precleanse and Dermalogica Precleanse wipes

When you’re asked: what does being clean feel like, does your brain automatically hear that squeaky, rubbing-tissue-across-a-window noise, like the one they always show in Windex commercials? The association makes sense, like how the scent of lemons might also come to mind. That is, of course, unless we’re talking about the skin on your face.

Properly washing your face does not mean scrubbing it until it squeaks. Sure, you want to eliminate the day’s dirt, sweat and grime, but it’s important to remember that your skin needs its protective barrier of oils, too. These oils help shield your face from the weather, environment and even, premature aging. Which is why washing with oil-based cleansers makes such good sense.

That’s right, vegetable-oil-based cleansers like the nut, olive, apricot and citrus blend found in Dermalogica Precleanse are ideal at removing hard to get rid of sunscreen, face paint from football games and dirt and debris—all without stripping your skin from it’s natural lipid barrier. First, they’re ultra gentle and non-comedogenic, making them safe to use on the most sensitive skin. Not to mention they won’t irritate or cause breakouts on acneic skin. Second, their oily, yet non-greasy-feeling formulation cuts through the gook, wiping it away, leaving only the good behind. And, one dime-sized squirt will cover your entire face.

Plus, and the reason Dermalogica’s product is so aptly named, when you’re done you can use your regular cleanser afterwards. Why? Because now that your oil-based facial product has done the heavy lifting, your regular cleanser can do its real job (you know, the one featured on the label) without getting bogged down.

Dermalogica Precleanse comes in 150 ml for $52.50 and in a package of 20 wipes for $27 and both are available online at www.dermalogica.ca and at spas across Canada.

Adriana Ermter

Adriana Ermter

Adriana is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines has hosted beauty videos for fashionmagazine.com, as well as contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and chatelaine.com, Flare and flare.com, Huffington Post Canada, National Post, AmongMen.com, thekit.ca, iVillage.ca and thewhaleandtherose.com. She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.

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