Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance – REVIEW

The Intensive Moisture Balance by Dermalogica we have now been using for years in our spa, so it’s time for a review.

Dermalogica is well known brand in the spa-industry but is losing some business with upcoming niche-brands like for instance Mudmasky. A new trend in “Spa-Land” is to have a lot of different (niche)brands instead of one or two lines of a few brands. Consumers are demanding more choice and are more and more aware of what their buying, which is very positive I believe.

“Jane Wurwand started Dermalogica back in 1983 and the brand has become a major player in skincare worldwide. The key to their succes was simple; communication. Back in the days skincare manufacturers could tell consumers anything that wanted and consumers believed it, Dermalogica changed things by being more open about their ingredients.”

Dermalogica claims that “if your skin is ultra-dry and starving, it needs ultra-rich nourishment. The Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance contains an exclusive blend ingredients to replenish and restore moisture levels in the skin, whilst preventing free radical damage to optimise skin health. Dry lines are smoothed out, and skin is left looking and feeling more comfortable and plump. Botanical extracts and vitamins help repair prematurely ageing skin, whilst antioxidants help prevent daily damage caused by free radicals. The Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance also strengthens skins ipid barrier to help prevent against further moisture loss.”

Wow! A lot of claims, let’s find out how good it is, here is an other not-sponsored review by

The packaging
The packaging of the tube is very recognizable, just simple, no glitter, no glamour. Really love the thickness and quality of the tube, it seems that Dermalogica has changed their tube-manufacturer, since they use to had thinner tubes. A great start. Definitely a first plus.

The ingredients
Like I said earlier, Dermalogica is quite open about their ingredients and they dont’t use Oil, Fragrance and Alcohol. Love the company policy. But the truth is that they use ingredients with a fragrance. Maybe it’s a bit confusing, but what they are actually saying is: “no chemical added fragrance”. Taking a closer look at the ingredients of the Intensive Moisture Balance we see nothing what is actually bad for the skin. It’s packed with lots of natural skin repairing ingredients like “Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract” and “Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice” and many more (please find the full ingredient list below). Impressed, again.

Applying process
Dermalogica did a great job making this moisturizer easy to apply. The Intensive Moisture Balance hydrates without leaving a film or residue, it sinks straight in. Doesn’t sting upon application at either. The natural smell is pleasant.

The results
Like I said earlier, we are using the Intensive Moisture Balance for years in our shop because it’s a great moisturizer. We would recommend this to anyone with dry skin. This moisturizer is top rated by on Amazon, and that has a good reason…
We and our customers are so pleased that we are rating it as “Best moisturizer of 2016” CONGRATULATIONS, we will inform Dermalogica after this post!

Yes, offcourse it has downsides as well. We have never given any product the full-5-star-rating.
1) It’s not cheap, with a price tag of $74 USD for 100ml, it’s exactly priced the same as the Mudmasky Facial Detox Mask is rated as “Best Facial Mask”. Coincidence or are the ingredients that expensive?
2) Would love to see Dermalogica leave out the Rose Extract, it’s added only for the smell we guess…

Water, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactamide MEA, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycolipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Superoxide Dismutase, Sodium PCA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool

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