About two months back I attended a Dermalogica extravaganza at their offices in Parktown, and it was nothing short of spectacular! Before being briefed on their latest product launch, we indulged in pure health finger foods, and boy were they yum!

The affair was all about the New Dermalogica  Daily Superfoliant + Age Reversal  Eye Complex and this is what you need to know!

Anyone who has lived in Johannesburg would realize how polluted the city gets.

Did you ever take note of the amount of pollution your skin is exposed to? With traffic alone in the City Of Gold, I would say that already contributes to +- 3 hours of pollutants directly exposed to your skin on a daily basis!

The city is always exciting, the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the food, the nightlife, but have you thought about what it has in store for your skin?

I can recall the days I get home and look into the mirror only to find my skin lacking its luster. I was appalled to find out that basic daily factors like dirt and pollution, the weather, AC, our sleeping patterns, as well as the food we eat all contribute to the dry patches, blemishes and occasional break outs we experience. It definitely is a lot to process, but Dermalogica definitely makes things easier with their latest products which I will be talking about today.

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant (RRP – R1180)

Daily Superfoliant Hero

Dermalogica Claims:

This highly-active resurfacer delivers your smoothest skin ever, and helps fight the biochemical and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin aging. The advanced powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing powerful enzymes, skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids and anti-pollution technology. Activated Binchotan Charcoal purifies the skin, helping to adsorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores, while Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract help guard against the damaging effects of pollution. Not recommended for users of medically-prescribed exfoliation products. Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.


The Daily Superfoliant is packaged in standard Dermalogica packaging. The ‘d’ at the top is a unique dispenser, however I find that this dispenses way more then half a teaspoon of product which is required.


Daily Superfoliant comprises of ingredients that adsorb pollutants, inhibit adhesion of pollution particles to help preserve the skin’s youthful structure, and offer exceptional resurfacing for softer, smoother skin.

  • Activated Binchotan Charcoal Powder derived from Ubame Oak (also referred to as “white charcoal”) attracts and binds itself to impurities in the skin, pulling them out of pores. Microfine particles resurface the skin and draw out particulate matter, as well as excess sebum and other impurities.
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Extract, derived from rice seeds or husks, contain phytic acid, and when activated with water, enable dual-action chemical and physical exfoliation.
  • Enzyme Trio of papain, lipase, and subtilisin dissolve proteins in the skin; deeply cleanse skin while accelerating exfoliation.
  • Malic Acid & Lactic Acid exfoliate and resurface for ultra-smooth skin.
  • Anti-adherence complex (Red Algae, and Tara Fruit Extract) helps preserve the natural barrier function of the skin by providing a non-occlusive molecular mesh that inhibits penetration and adherence of environmental pollutants.
  • Niacinamide provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to prevent adhesion of pollution particles and prevent signs of skin ageing.


After cleansing, mix about a half-teaspoon into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area.

Price & Purchase

The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant retails for ZAR1180 and can be purchased online from Dermalogica and at authorised Dermalogica® spas, salons, and skin centres nationwide.

I do find the price to be rather expensive and its not something that one can just splurge on without giving any thought. Dermalogica is a well known brand that is know to target specefic issues. If you suffer with signs of ageing then I would recommend  it.

Overall Thoughts

This product is amazing! The Daily Superfoliant is gentle yet highly effective and assists to exfoliate dead skin cells, revealing a brighter, smoother and even complexion. The Daily Superfoliant cleanses and detoxifies your pores.

The results left me in awe. After just one use, my skin was left smoother and brighter. A great plus is that it made applying my make-up so much easier!

I generally have combination skin and at the time when I started to use the Daily Superfoliant my skin was problematic. I had dry patches and breakouts all over the place, and this is where the Daily Superfoliant really helped me. I was skeptical at first as the Daily Superfoliant is targeted towards Ageing Skin – however after continued use for over three weeks my skin has no complaints. It has cleared up significantly and it is smoother and much hydrated!

A few benefits:

  • Resurfaces and deep cleanses for your smoothest skin ever.
  • Adsorbs environmental pollutants and helps detoxify pores.
  • Helps fight pollution triggers that lead to premature skin aging.

Age Reversal Eye Complex (RRP – R990)

age reversal eye complex

Dermalogica Claims:

Advanced, microencapsulated Retinol helps smooth away the signs of skin aging around the eyes. Microencapsulation technology optimizes Retinol potency and absorption to help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Microencapsulated Niacinamide and Ash Tree Bark Extract maintain hydration and reduce visible dark circles. A powerful Age Reversal Firming Complex works synergistically with antioxidant Vitamin C, powerful peptides and botanical extracts to fortify and smooth skin. Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens. This product contains Retinol, a form of Vitamin A. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult a physician prior to use. Not recommended for use within 72 hours of waxing or exfoliation. Avoid contact with eyes.


The Age Reversal Eye Complex is packaged in a 15ml tube.


Age Reversal Eye Complex boasts the following new ingredients and technologies:

  • Microencapsulated Retinol 0.1% – Studies have shown that retinol significantly restores the structural integrity of the skin, accelerating cell turnover and renewal, stimulating collagen production, improving epidermal thickness, and increasing elastin biosynthesis.This 0.1% concentrationof pure Vitamin Ahas the power to trigger epidermal cell proliferation while new microencapsulation technology ensures maximum potency, stability and controlled-release delivery deep within the skin layers.
  • Microencapsulated Niacinamide – Antioxidant Vitamin B3 controls inflammation, reduces the appearance of dark under-eye circles due to hyperpigmentation, inhibits glycation (the process in which sugar molecules react with proteins such as collagen and produce harmful molecules that weaken skin, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles), and reduces trans-epidermal water loss. Microencapsulation ensures optimal potency and penetration.
  • AGE Reversal Firming Complex – This exclusive formula includes:
    • Palmitoyl Tripeptide5strengthens collagen and firms tissue.
    • Hyaluronic Acid hydrates tissues and softens appearance of wrinkles.
    • Dunaliella Salina Extract, an algae extractthat stimulates epidermal cell renewal.
    • Panthenol/Provitamin B5 stimulates cell regeneration.


Start using alternate nights, for the first two weeks. As skin responds, build up to using nightly. After cleansing, smooth and pat around the eye area working from the outer corner, inward.


Price & Purchase

The Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex retails for ZAR990 and can be purchased online from Dermalogica and at authorised Dermalogica® spas, salons, and skin centres nationwide.

Like the Daily Superfoliant, I do find the price to be rather expensive. If you suffer with signs of ageing and fine lines around your eyes then it would be recommended.

Overall Thoughts

The skin around the eye orbit is the thinnest on the human body, and has fewer oil glands than the rest of the face, making the area more susceptible to environmental factors (e.g. UV exposure) that combined with frequent movements like smiling or squinting, lead to fine lines and wrinkles. With the passing of time, facial skin thins more rapidly, and the strength of underlying tissues declines with the loss of elastin and collagen.

I am only 21 and fortunately do not suffer much with any of the above skin concerns. But that did not stop me from putting the Age Reversal Eye Complex to the test. Unfortunately, 21 and eye bags are a thing now.  The Age Reversal Eye Complex really helped even out the skin tone around my eyes and made it smoother! This obviously allowed smoother make-up application and no creasing lines around my eyes – YAY!

A few benefits:

  • Retinol Microspheres target the signs of skin aging.
  • Reverses multiple signs of skin aging around the delicate eye area.
  • Delivers potent age-fighting actives deep into the skin.

Do I Recommend These

I am really impressed at the quality and effectiveness of the Dermalogica products. Treat yourself to these luxury products, your skin deserves it!


DISCLAIMER: I received the above products free of charge from Dermalogica to review and share my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company.




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