Let’s commiserate for a second: life is stressful and overwhelming. You have far more things to do than there are hours in the day, you have demands from work and from home, and it seems as if something new is always getting thrown onto your plate when you have no room to handle it.
With all that chaos flying at you on a daily basis, who has time to spend hours trying to figure out which skincare products won’t add skin irritation and dryness on top of it? No one, that’s who.
I’m right there with you, and today’s your lucky day because your search is over. Dermalogica could be the answer to making your life just a little simpler. They can put your conscience at ease at the same time, which is why they had to be the spotlight brand for Cruelty-Free Month.
Dermalogica has been around so long and is so widespread that it’s safe to say they’re an institution in skincare. The company was launched by expert skin therapist Jane Wurwand in 1986, and in the 35 years since, they’ve been delivering clean skincare all over the world.
“Clean” can mean different things in skincare, so for clarity, in Dermalogica’s case, it means their products contain no artificial colors or fragrances, no parabens, no microplastics, no lanolin, no SD alcohol, and no mineral oil.
As great as Dermalogica’s products are, they know that this isn’t the only essential ingredient in great skin. They believe that the skincare world needs three things: highly trained and educated professionals, personalized care, and high-quality products. Luckily for all of us, they decided to tackle all three.
Today, the brand has training centers around the world to train the next generation of skin therapists. They also offer individualized skincare treatments and consultations at their brick-and-mortar shops – I’m talking about chemical peels, facials, light therapy, the whole nine yards. And of course, to top it all off, they’re delivering top-notch clean skincare products to people everywhere.
Dermalogica’s High Ethical Standards
Dermalogica’s products can do wonders for your skin, but if you’re someone who truly wants to make the best possible impact with the products you buy, they’ll do wonders for your soul too. Dermalogica has long been committed to incorporating a high level of ethics into each stage of their business.
Let’s start with their animal-friendliness. The reason Dermalogica is this month’s spotlight brand is that the full brand is certified cruelty-free. In fact, they’re certified by PETA and Leaping Bunny, two of the top cruelty-free-certifying organizations today. This means none of their products or ingredients are tested on animals.
Dermalogica’s love for our furry friends doesn’t end there, though. Nearly all of their products are certified vegan as well.
One aspect of ethics that impacts humans and animals alike is environmental sustainability. Don’t worry, Dermalogica hasn’t overlooked that either. Their packaging is certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and in fact, as much as 90% of their packaging is sustainable or biodegradable.
On top of looking out for our planet and our beloved animals, Dermalogica is looking out for our economy and for social progression too. Their skin therapy training courses don’t just give budding skincare pros an education in all things skin. They also provide education on entrepreneurship, marketing, and all the essentials those therapists need to know to run their own independent businesses.
Those skin therapists are overwhelmingly women. By giving them the tools to empower themselves as entrepreneurs, Dermalogica is helping to bump up the opportunities for women business owners and simultaneously launch new job-creating businesses on the daily.
Top Cruelty-Free Products to Try from Dermalogica
Okay, enough babbling about principles and positivity. Let’s get down to the goods: what skincare products are the best ones to introduce you to the brand and start turning around your skin? Honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything from Dermalogica, but there are my top picks to get you started.
Active Clearing AGE Bright Clearing Serum
For those of us who are lucky enough to be dealing with lingering acne and new aging at the same time (*raises hand bitterly*), Dermalogica has our back. Their Active Clearing AGE Bright Clearing Serum is designed to both fight breakouts and reduce aging: two things you don’t often see in the same package.
Age Reversal Eye Complex
The skin around our eyes is some of the thinnest skin throughout our bodies, so it’s no wonder why it ages so quickly. To address that specialized area with all the delicacy it needs, Dermalogica created their Age Reversal Eye Complex. It harnesses the anti-aging powerhouse of retinol along with peptides and critical vitamins to turn back the clock in the most nourishing way.
Body Hydrating Cream
Let’s stop acting like our skin stops at our jawline, shall we? We tend to focus on our faces most but our bodies need some skin TLC too, and that’s where Dermalogica’s Body Hydrating Cream comes in. It’s an essential-oils-packed classic that can smooth even the toughest of dry skin (I’m looking at you, cracked heels and scratchy elbows).
Adding Ethics to Your Skincare Routine
Finding skincare products that work great for your skin is hard. Finding ones that are also ethical and have a positive impact on the world is even harder. Stop searching because Dermalogica checks all the boxes, so you can grab some products and move on to the next task on your to-do list.