I’ve had my tube of Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer for awhile now, and for most of that time I’ve used it occasionally when I needed an extra layer of coverage for under my eyes or to conceal redness around my nose. I liked it a lot, but it probably wouldn’t have made it into my deserted island makeup bag (AKA the bag of makeup essentials that I’m inexplicably bringing to a deserted island with me, along with Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things and a pile of White Stripes CDs).
Then, last week, something weird happened: the sun came out in Portland. I wasn’t expecting this to happen for another 4 months, so I didn’t have any sunscreen on hand. Since my Dermalogica Primer has SPF 30, I started using more of it, spreading a thin layer all over my skin before I applied my makeup. Within 24 hours of slathering my face with primer, the following things happened… Keep reading »
I have experienced a few transformations in my life that have been so dramatic I wish I had taken before and after pictures. One of those times was when I went to Super Cuts for a trim and the stylist gave me a pixie cut with a rat tail. Another was when I bought my first professionally fitted bra. And the third was when I started using Dermalogica skincare.
It all started one day when my friend Katie and I went out for drinks. She was telling a story when I realized that even under the harsh fluorescent lights of the bar her face looked dewy and flawless. “Oh my god,” I blurted out. “How do you have such perfect skin?!” Keep reading »
Annet King knows all there is to know about skin. As the Director of Global Education at The International Dermal Institute (Dermalogica’s prestigious post-graduate school), it’s her job. King was kind enough to allow us to hit her with a barrage of questions, and gave us some solid advice when it comes to dealing with our own problem skin. If you’re a complexion fanatic, read on and prepare to get schooled.
The Frisky: Is it ever OK to do a home extraction (i.e., pop a zit), and if so what is the best procedure?
Annet King: Popping an inflamed pus filled pimple is not advised as it can lead to secondary infection and scarring … but we know people are likely to do it! It’s better to treat with a topical application of a pimple product and let the lesion dry up and heal. Blackheads are non-inflamed so won’t cause scarring if done correctly. I suggest prepping the skin by cleansing and then exfoliating as this will help the pimple or blackhead to come out more easily. Also if you have showered or have a facial steamer at home, it does help soften the skin and make this skin more pliable (but it doesn’t really open pores like people think). A hot moist washcloth could also be held on the area.
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OK, so I know I’m really late to the party (actually, I once insisted I wouldn’t even show up), but yesterday I found myself at the movie theater, gobbling popcorn, absolutely transfixed by a movie made for teenagers. Taylor Lautner’s insane abs and hokey Harlequin-esque romance moments aside, I couldn’t help but notice how great of a job “New Moon” makeup designer Norma Hill-Patton did, making Bella look fresh as a daisy and natural-looking and, alternatively, the vampires appear as gorgeous and other-worldly as possible. Apparently, creating the illusion of perfect skin is the vital starting point. “Vampires don’t perspire, don’t grow facial hair, don’t get lines and certainly don’t get blemishes, so all the actors required a lot of makeup on their faces for long periods of time,” Hill-Patton explained, via a press release for Dermalogica, the brand of skincare used on set. In the old days, pancake makeup would’ve done the trick. But this is the era of hi-def, people. Here’s how to steal some on-set looks for real life. Keep reading »
Getting skin, “clean, clear, and under control” can be more than a little complicated. To simplify the process, one of our fave skin care brands, Dermalogica, has launched a line called Clean Start. The eight product range is appropriate for all skin types, but targeted specifically at teens to rid skin of blackheads, pimples, and other impurities. The line doesn’t rely on peppy commercials or packaging to get it’s point across, just quality ingredients and attention to detail — like a backwards spraying skin toner which can be spritzed on your face or your back. Best of all, the products contain no artificial colors, fragrances, or allergens. You can buy the cleansing gels, toners, and moisturizers separately. [$16 - $36, Clean Start] Keep reading »