New Dermalogica Ultra Calming Duo Review

Thursday, 5 Apr 2018

New launches from Dermalogica always get me excited, they are always coming out with innovative products to cater to all needs. And it is no different with the launch of the Dermalogica Ultra calming Duo, the newest additions to the Ultra Calming range, consisting of the Calm Water Gel and the Barrier Defense Booster. The Ultra Calming range was created to support and repair compromised and sensitive skins, and help reduce the the occurrence of further skin issues.

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Duo Review

I have been using these products for nearly two months, and have used it when my skin was its normal self, as well as post Dermapen and Laser treatments when my skin was sensitive, itchy and red. My skin is not overly sensitive, however it is dehydrated, which is one of the most common issues facing sensitive skin types, although dehydration can affect all skin types from dry to oily. The reason that dehydration occurs in most sensitive skins, is because the skin’s barrier is compromised. Luckily, Dermalogica has us covered with these two new launches, which will repair the barrier, as well as increase hydration, and will provide relief to the most sensitive skins.

Calming Sensitive Skin with Dermalogica

The first step to calming sensitised skin, would be the *Barrier Defense Booster (R1220), which is a light oil that can be used alone, under your moisturiser, or mixed in with you moisturiser. It soothes the skin, repairs the skin barrier, and reduces inflammation. A strong skin barrier is important to protect the skin from the harsh effects of the environment and dehydration. The Barrier Defense Booster contains Oat Oil to combat sensitivity and support healthy skin, Squalane to lock in moisture, and a Triple Defense Complex to nourish, relieve dryness and reinforce the integrity of the skin’s barrier.

To use, just press the bottom of the tube, which will dispense a drop of the oil, I use about 5 drops, and press it into my skin. This can be used before the Calm Water Gel to restore the skin’s barrier and moisture, and prevent dehydration.

Moving on to the *Calm Water Gel (R890), which is essentially a burst of hydration. It contains two forms of hyaluronic acid, and turns from a gel into a liquid on application, and you can see and feel the increase in hydration levels immediately. At the launch, they actually tested the hydration levels of someone, and the levels were much higher after applying this. Aside from the immediate hydration, it also calms the skin, and leaves it feeling silky soft and supple. This gel moisturiser is super lightweight, and feels as if you have just applied a hydrating fluid onto your skin. It feels cool and refreshing, and increases the moisture levels at different skin layers, thanks to the two forms of hyaluronic acid. The Calm Water Gel also contains Glycerin and Apple Fruit Extract to hydrate and soften the skin, as well as Cactus Pear Extract to soothe and support healthy moisture balance.

To use, squeeze a small amount (and I mean small) onto fingertips, rub together to activate, and then pat onto the skin. This can be used over the Barrier Defense Booster, or over any other serum.

Dermalogica barrier defense booster review.jpeg

You can see the texture of both products above. The Barrier Defense Booster is a very light oil that is easily absorbed, and the Calm Water Gel is a lightweight gel that melts into a hydrating liquid when applied.

Both products are quite pricey, but contain around 95 uses, which works out to about R12 for the Barrier Defense Booster and R9 for the Calm Water Gel, per use.

Calming Sensitive Skin with Dermalogica

Will you be checking out the new Ultra Calming Duo from Dermalogica?

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51 thoughts on “New Dermalogica Ultra Calming Duo Review

  1. shelley says:

    I’ve Never tried this range before!

  2. Dermalogica is my life-saving skincare brand haha! I‘ve only tried a peeling before but a cream/gel is definitely really high up on my wishlist! Xx

    1. admin says:

      It is such a wonderful brand, and has ranges for all types!

  3. Beky Morris says:

    I’ve heard so much about Dermalogica and i really need to pick up some bits to try!

    1. admin says:

      Yip, it is such a wonderful brand, definitely worth a try!

  4. Caitylis says:

    I’ve seen this brand around everywhere at the moment! It must be good. I will have to try get my hands on it!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

    1. admin says:

      It is definitely worth checking out!

  5. I’ve heard such great things about this brand recently so now it’s on my radar. These products sounds great as well. x

    Ann-Marie |

    1. admin says:

      They are so great for sensitive and dehydrated skins!

  6. Mel says:

    They sound lovely, I keep meaning to explore this brand.

  7. Lauren says:

    I have never seen these before but I love the sound of the calm water gel. That sounds right up my street! X

    1. admin says:

      They have just launched, and they are amazing!

  8. This sounds lovely. I’m currently using a cream to help with acne that makes my skin soooo dry, this sounds perfect!

    Corrie | Corrie Arnold

    1. admin says:

      This would be great, as it is for sensitive skin and won’t interfere with the cream, and will soothe and hydrate

  9. Adrienne says:

    My skin is crying out for something like the calm water gel right now – thanks for the heads up x

    1. admin says:

      It is so so great, so light but hydrating

  10. Cole says:

    The calm water gel sounds amazing!

    1. admin says:

      It feels so amazing on the skin!

  11. These products definitely sound amazing to use! And I love dermatologica especially cause it’s an irish brand x

    1. admin says:

      They do some seriously good skincare!

  12. Rosie says:

    I love your photo set up!! I will never not be a skincare addict so this is just another one to go in my to buy list!

    1. admin says:

      Thanks so much Rosie!

  13. Lady Writes says:

    There’s a few products I want to try from Dermalogica right now and I’m adding these to the list x

    1. admin says:

      These are definitely worth it!

  14. I haven’t tried anything by Dermalogica in such a long time, I might have to try some things out soon!

    Danielle xx

  15. Gemma says:

    I’m dying to try some products from this brand! I still haven’t used anything from them x

    1. admin says:

      I think you can do a face mapping in store, and they will recommend products for you

  16. Emma says:

    I haven’t used anything from this brand for years – I’ll have to revisit I think!

  17. Kelly-Anne says:

    I must admit I have used a couple of items from Dermatologica and they pretty much know a thing or two about skins conditions. I’ll have to try these I think.

  18. Sarah says:

    Great post lovely, love the sound of these products! I’ve always heard such great things from that brand

  19. Maisie says:

    I’ve never tried anything from dermalogica but always hear so many good things about them, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for their bits and bobs! x

  20. Alice Spake says:

    I love Dermalogica. Haven’t tried these products before, my skin is really dry at the moment. xx

    1. admin says:

      The Calm Water Gel would work so well for that!

  21. candice says:

    I actually never tried their products before.

    Candice |

    1. admin says:

      You should definitely try and get a few samples Candice

  22. I’m a huge fan of Dermalogica and also look forward to new products too! These sound amazing x

    1. admin says:

      They are so great for sensitive, dehydrated skin, and perfect since we are entering winter!

  23. Erin says:

    I need to try Dermalogica soon, I still cannot believe I haven’t yet – it all looks incredible!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. admin says:

      They have some amazing products for all skin types!

  24. Heather Nixon says:

    I’ve tried samples of these products and loved them x

    1. admin says:

      They are amazing, perfect for winter too!

  25. Beautylymin says:

    I really love the sound of both of these products! I used to use some products from this line and they were ideal for my skin! xx


    1. admin says:

      These are so soothing and hydrating, great for all types I think!

  26. R Fourie says:

    Great products but oh my …. the budget 🙁

    1. admin says:

      They are worth it for sure Reonette, but try and get a sample first

  27. Waydee Pregnolato says:

    Woow amazing review… with me ageing .. I NEED to get me these PRODUCTS… I ONLY heard GREAT reviews on it… 😍😍❤❤ ty 🙏🙏

    1. admin says:

      These are amazing products, especially for dehydrated, sensitive skins!

  28. I’ve been seeing these new products doing the internet rounds. The Calm Water Gel really grabbed my attention, but it’s just out of my budget. Perhaps I can throw it onto a birthday wishlist, or splurge at some point!

    1. admin says:

      Yes to a Birthday Wishlist for sure! Try also get a sample at a local Dermalogica and see how it goes. It feels amazing on the skin.

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