Dermalogica Training Day in College

A few weeks back the lovely Emma from Dermalogica came into College to train us in how to use Dermalogica products. I was super excited as I love Dermalogica products, and getting to know how to use them effectively was great. I'm going to tell you a little about Dermalogica and who they are first before we look at the training I received. Jane Wurwand set it up back in 1986, Jane is a skin therapist who recognised that body and skin education was not continued. Dermalogica doesn't use common beauty ingredients. You won't find mineral oil or lanolin in any Dermalogica products. The Dermal Institute is responsible for the training of new skin therapists. They have redefined professional excellence and offer skin therapists the opportunity to progress to the highest level possible. Instead of teaching "beauty school" to beauticians they teach skin health to skin therapists. 

When we entered the room it was all set up with products, ranging from cleansers, toners, exfoliators, peeling masks, clay masks, eye creams, and moisturisers. They products themselves look very classy. Dermalogica is the first skincare line to meet the demands of the professional skin therapist as the products were created by a skin therapist for skin therapists. What I love about the Dermalogica products is that they don't contain any ingredients which harm the skin. Emma introduced us to the products one by one, we got an explanation of what they do, how they work and what's in them to make them work the way they do. Next up we had a model enter the room where Emma did a full consultation to see what products to use for the facial.

It was great to see the full range of products in working order and to see how professional Emma was. I'm not going to go into detail about all of the products but I will mention one or two which I love. Following the consultation where we found out all about the client's practices at home and her habits, Emma moved onto a cleanse. Emma used a cleanser specific to the complaints the client had with her skin. She did a double cleanse which is essential. If this is the only tip you take from this post it is essential to do a double cleanse, a single cleanse will not rid the skin of all bacteria and makeup. You need to do a double cleanse to effectively clean the skin. Emma then went on to use an exfoliator, these can be enzymatic or mechanical or a combination of both. Enzymatic is where it contains fruit acids which remove the dead skin cells from the skin. Mechanical is where the product contains beads or grains that need to be massaged into the skin to physically remove the dead skin cells. After this Emma went onto a massage then tone. And last but not least after the tone came the moisturiser. 

The main products from the range that I want are :

Precleanse: Oil based product which melts away makeup and impurities. Applied to a dry face, massaged over and then removed with hot water and sponges.

Skin Prep Scrub: A skin polishing scrub that removes dull surface cells and leaves the skin smooth and soft. Main ingredient is natural corn cob meal which gives a gentle exfoliation, combined with soothing Aloe Vera and Vitamin C to stimulate cell renewal.

Daily Microfoliant : Rice based enzyme powder that gently microfoliates dull debris to reveal visibly brighter and smoother skin. 

Barrier Repair : Waterless moisturiser that melts fently into the sensitive skin. Silicone and Oat Kernel oil reinforce the protective barrier of the skin and protect the skin from environmental damage. 

Below are some more pics from the day.

Another essential lesson we learned is that it is so important to know what you are using on your skin. If the products you are using are too harsh it can cause premature ageing and damage to the skin. Excessive use of incorrect products can cause fine line and wrinkles, dryness and dehydration. We first tested the ph of the skin, we the compared the ph of soap and the ph of Cif. I was utterly astounded to see that the soap was the same ph as cif, I mean in all honesty, would you really use cif on your face? No! Exactly, this is why it is so important to know what's in the products. Soap is extremely stripping and damages the skin. Dermalogica products all came out very very close to the ph of the skin meaning they will not disrupt the natural ph of the skin. It really was an eye opener. 

I loved the training and cannot wait to go to The Dermal Institute in Dublin to complete some more training.

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