Although I have lived with allergies most of my life, I have never had an allergic reaction as severe as the one that I had this past weekend. I had a mild anaphylaxis reaction to some Thai food and my skin has been sensitive ever since. Thankfully, the hives, rash and swelling have gone down but I am still living with some residual symptoms from the episode on Saturday night. So when I was invited to Dermalogica in Selfridges Birmingham for a skin mapping consultation, I wasn’t entirely sure that it was good timing. However, as this was for the launch of two new calming products aimed at sensitised skin, this could potentially be the ideal time.
A skin mapping consultation takes ten minutes and is completely free with no obligation to make a purchase. It’s a way for you to find out more about the Dermalogica brand and to get some product recommendations that you might find useful. My face was assessed for its condition and its hydration levels measured with a nifty little beeping gadget and some up close scrutiny. Then I was provided with some recommended products to improve the hydration levels in my skin whilst taking into account my current skin concerns of sensitivity and redness.
These products were applied to my skin and my prescription was sent to me so I have a full record of the products used during my consultation. This is useful if you’re someone who likes to see how skincare behaves on your skin before investing in a whole regime.
During my consultation, I was introduced to the Ultra Calming Barrier Defense Booster (£69.50), a newly launched concentrated oil booster. A few drops of this pressed into cleansed skin helps to soothe, nourish and moisturise sensitive skin. This formula contains squalene for nourishment and oat oil to calm sensitivity so if you have skin that is a little ravished by the harsh cold weather or in my case, from an allergic reaction, then this facial oil would be worth speaking to a Dermalogica consultant about.
The other new launch that I was introduced to was the Ultra Calming Calm Water Gel (£44.50), a weightless water-gel moisturiser. This feels really refreshing on the skin and leaves my skin feeling plump and looking dewy. This formula contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which helps to lock moisture into the skin. With the addition of Cactus Pear Extract to soothe skin sensitivity, the Ultra Calming Calm Water Gel is perfect for slathering on morning and night.
There are often special offers at the Dermalogica counter in Selfridges Birmingham if you book in for skin mapping, treatments or make a purchase. So if you’re a Dermalogica fan or if you’re curious about the brand then this counter is a good place to visit.
Dermalogica, Selfridges, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4BP. Tel: 0121 6006972
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