Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque – Nourishment for Lacklustre Skin

I confess Dermalogica is not a brand I am that familiar with or have used much. I don’t honestly know why that is, as they take a ‘skin health’ approach to skincare - a stance that chimes enormously with me. I guess the label has just never really cropped up on my radar.

Well, that may be, but a few weeks ago I was contacted on behalf of Pure Beauty, an authorised UK Dermalogica stockist, and invited to sample a product from the Dermalogica range. Needless to say, I’m now much more au-fait with this US brand, created in 1986 by skin therapist Jane Wurwand, who interestingly trained in the UK.

Choosing just one product from the line-up was quite a task, but the range is helpfully divided into different treatment systems. For example, there’s UltraCalming for sensitized skin, Clear Start for teen, MediBac for adult acne and Age Smart for, well, I’m sure that one speaks for itself.

As someone with dry and occasionally (though less so recently) dehydrated skin, I was keen to pick something from the Age Smart range. I settled on a mask, the Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. I liked the heavyweight sound of this formula, if nothing else!

The mask is designed to nourish dry, lacklustre skin and improve elasticity. It contains topical forms of vitamins A, C, E and F.

Vitamin F is not something I see that often in my skincare. It denotes essential fatty acids that cannot be produced by the body, and which have emollient, water-binding, and often antioxidant properties.

Key ingredients:

Vitamin A – helps increase elasticity and moisture content
Pro-Vitamin B – nourishes damaged skin
Vitamins C and E - help shield skin from free radicals
Algae Extractmoisturises and softens skin
Licorice, Comfrey and Burdock - soothe, calm and help decrease sensitivity

Application Technique:

You apply generously to cleansed face and throat, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Use once a week, or whenever skin needs some extra TLC. I used this twice in one week to see how my skin would react – and cope!

Any good?

This is a rich, thick creamy mask. It’s orange in colour, more so than it looks in the swatched pic above. It feels really quite tingling on the skin, but not to the point of being unpleasant. I found the sensation strangely reassuring – something must be happening, right?!

After removing the mask my skin certainly felt more hydrated, even after one application. It was softer and more bouncy when I lightly tapped it with my index finger.

Also, whatever was causing the tingling it wasn’t anything irritating, as my skin wasn’t in the slightest bit red after I removed the mask – that is always a fear when using something for the first time.

I rate this mask, a good choice for those with dry, dehydrated and more mature skin. The Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque costs £32.65 for 75ml here.

 PR Sample


  1. I'm always skeptical of using such expensive brands and whenever I've tried samples I never feel the change in my skin! I personally think there are cheaper brands that do the same thing out there :)

    1. Some products are expensive due to their high concentrations of pricey actives and I find these are the ones that often work well for me. But absolutely price does not always signify quality and effectiveness when it comes to skincare.Tx

  2. I like this brand however I don't use masks. Sounds like it is good for dehydrated skin

    1. Dermalogica wasn't a brand so familiar to me but this mask is at good choice for dehydrated/dry skins.

  3. I was looking for a mask, I found some I wanted to buy, today, but now I want this one! It has good things and I want it because of the vitamins it has, and the fact that they have one for sensitive skins, like mine. I don't have dry patches all the time, only if I don't take care of it for some days, which is very unlikely to happen, but still, I liked this one because you said it doesn't leave any redness and that the tingling means it is doing something to the skin - I hope in a good way :) Aaah, it goes to my Tracey reviews list :) No, I have a list, but I wrote Purchases in the UK, soon to happen :) Thank you for that again! Kisses and a great Wednesday, dear Tracey!

    1. Haha, thank you as always Denise for your kind words and detailed comment. Tx

  4. Thank you for sharing such a great review. I only saw this label recently and really love the dermatological base they have. Most skincare products are just about beauty, but not about health, which is nonsense because they are inseparable.

    Natalia | Lindifique

    1. Healthy skin equals glowing skin. I quite agree. Tx

  5. Sounds like a good choice! I always believe that if there's tingling (and nothing adverse occurs) something is working with a mask, too. :) T.


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