Seeing a dermatologist regularly falls somewhere between the “I know I should but I’m lazy” and the “I know I should but I’m poor” camps—most people want to get their skin checked out by a pro, but never get around to it.
But with Clean Start by Dermalogica, you’ve got no excuse. The new line from the skincare experts at Dermalogica targets those of us who like having clear skin but hate the upkeep.
The eight products—all free of artificial fragrances, colors, mineral oils, S.D. alcohol, or allergy-causing ingredients—work different problem areas. There’s Wash Off, a foaming cleanser that makes your face look as fresh as it smells (that would be the orange peel oil at work), Hit The Spot, a concentrated spot treatment that you apply like a marker, and two face lotions—one tinted, one shine-fighting—with a healthy dose of SPF.
They smell good, they go on light, and they actually work. No surprise, since the skincare company is run by a crew of "Professional Skin Therapists". But unlike Dermalogica’s main products, which are substantially pricier, Clean Start focuses on younger skin more likely to get flare ups - and in the process, streamlines your cleansing routine without clearing out your wallet. At about $20 each, you won’t just be saving yourself the money, but also an afternoon spent sitting in a waiting room, listening to muzak.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
Available at bluemercury.com