Skincare often feels really complicated, and it is also unpredictable. You can swatch an eyeshadow at a store or look at it online and have a pretty good idea if you’re going to like it or not. Skincare is nothing like that. I have definitely bought massive containers–sometimes expensive–of product that was just not right for my skin. That’s why I love sets like the Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit* that contain small amounts of each product in a skincare line, enough for a few weeks (at least) so that you can figure out if a product was meant for you.
The Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit comes with two small samples in packets along with 5 deluxe-sized testers of the essential steps in the skincare routine (cleanser/scrub/toner/moisturizer/eye cream). How long these products last depends on if you’re using them twice a day and how much product you use, but I think you can probably get at least a month out of it as you don’t need a ton of any of the products. Some products, like the scrub and eye cream, would last much longer. A set like this is also perfect for travel.
The Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit begins with a PreCleanse (sample), which comes in a packet with enough for a couple uses, although the format makes it difficult to store. This is basically a cleansing oil, and the scent and consistency is nice and it does a good job removing makeup, and is intended more for oily skin. It’s clearly indicated in the name though– this is for precleansing, and you still need to follow up with a normal cleanser afterwards.
Special Cleansing Gel (1.7 oz) also has a scent and it is a pretty liquidy gel that lathers up well on the skin. I do find it drying and it is probably best suited for those more on the oily side rather than the normal end of combination. It is probably not a product. I can’t see myself repurchasing it, because at least right now it is too harsh for my skin.
Skin Prep Scrub (0.75 oz) is actually pretty scrubby, but the kind of scrub that just feels good on your skin! This is not a product I would recommend using every day, but I think as a once or twice a week scrub, it is absolutely perfect. Depending on how harsh you want the scrub to be, you can massage it more deeply into your skin. After I use it my skin feels so much smoother and cleaner, definite love.
Skin Refining Masque (sample) is the second packet contained in the Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit, and again, is only enough for a couple uses although you don’t need to use it everytime you cleanse. However, I really liked it when I tried it. It is a very thin mask you rinse off, but I really felt like it mattified my skin and I bet it would be great if you had even oilier skin than I do. I am definitely interested in testing out a larger size of the Skin Refining Masque.
It’s hard to decide what my favourite item in the Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit is, but I am pretty in love with the Multi-Active Toner (1.7 oz). This definitely has a scent to it (although there is no artificial fragrance in it), but it is one I find soothing and relaxing. I also love that it comes in a spray bottle, so you don’t have to apply it with a cotton pad. After using such a harsh toner previously, my skin definitely appreciated the change. The Multi-Active Toner also works well to refresh my skin, and I find it very soothing so I sometimes just spritz some on even when I’m not cleansing my face. Out of all the minis in the Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit, I am definitely finishing up the Multi-Active Toner the quickest.
The moisturizer in the set is called Active Moist (0.75 oz) and it has a gel-like consistency that shouldn’t overwhelm oily skin and absorbs pretty easily. There’s no greasy residue, so as long as you have a few minutes for your skin to totally dry it should be easy to apply makeup on top. There’s a very slight scent to it, but it’s nothing I notice after applying. It feels nice and it’s definitely one I can see myself reaching for during hot summer months.
The final step in the Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit routine is Total Eye Care (0.1 oz), which actually a peachy tint to it, although once it is applied you don’t notice any colour or have to worry about a skintone match, although it is intended to minimize the appearance of dark circles and may help with that minimally. It is pretty light weight and also contains a chemical-free SPF 15, which isn’t enough on its own but helps protect against future sun damage. I don’t have a ton of eye cream experience, but I have liked it so far.
Dermalogica is more expensive than my usual skincare, although I have splurged on skincare in the past and would again. Good skin is really the most important part of a beauty routine, and it’s something I neglect more than I should. A lot of the products I own are too harsh for my combination skin, and that’s one of the reasons I love the Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit. Overall, I really enjoyed the products in this kit, and there are quite a few I am really interested in trying more of. I love the ability to properly sample skincare before I buy full sizes and Dermalogica also has many other products I’m interested in, such as the Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque and the Overnight Clearing Gel. I will definitely continue to use the Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit as much as I can and you can look for my very final opinions in a future empties post.
Do you have a skincare routine? Have you ever tried any products from Dermalogica before?