A Skincare Essential: A Dermalogica Precleanse Review

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Only use this if you don’t like to sleep with makeup on.

Believe it or not, sometimes I wear a lot of makeup (insert sarcasm font). Primer, foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, highlighter, powder. And let’s not even start on the eyes. When it comes to removing all of it, a cream or gel cleanser alone does not do the job. I need something that will cut through the MAC Face and Body foundation, dissolve layers of Benefit Hoola and say to NARS Copacabana “Okay, you’ve had your turn. Get off this face.”

And that’s where Dermalogica Precleanse comes in.

I first met Precleanse when I was in Esthetics school. We were trained on the Dermalogica line, and our tuition included a good amount of products. When I heard that there was something to remove makeup before cleansing, my first thought was, Another friggin’ step?!?! I’ll gladly go through 20 steps for a makeup look, but I like my skincare routine to be more streamlined.

Then I started using Precleanse. Gone were the days when I’d cleanse and tone, only to look at the toner cotton pad, see makeup residue and have to cleanse again. Using Precleanse is like rinsing the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. They’re guaranteed to come out clean, even if you’re thinking, What a pain in the ass! while you’re doing it.

Here’s how you use Precleanse:

  1. Dispense a little into your hand, and apply to dry skin. Avoid putting directly on the eyes, because it is an oil and that can sting your peepers a little.
  2. Massage the product in.
  3. Splash some water on your face and massage more.
  4. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  5. Cleanse as you normally would.

If you wear anything other than moisturizer on your skin, using Precleanse at night is a good idea. Otherwise you’re probably letting traces of makeup and/or sunscreen sit on your skin while you’re sleeping, allowing it to happily partner up with oils and dirt and cause breakouts.

You can buy Precleanse at www.Dermalogica.com or use the Store Locator on the site to find a salon or spa near you that sells it. It’s $38.00, but you only need a small amount. I bought a bottle last fall, and I still have plenty left.

Used it before? Love it? Hate it? Let me know!

Have a beautiful day 🙂

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