REVIEW: Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser

by - February 18, 2020

Have I sung the song of my love for cleansing enough yet here on the blog? Honestly, I feel like I might be becoming a little bit tedious at this point, but I am... basically obsessed with cleanser these days and the shelf in my bathroom has gotten a little bit ridiculous with the number of them that I have on hand for whichever cleanser I think my skin needs at any given moment. Recently, I was lucky enough to get to add the Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser* to that shelf and I'm super, super excited to share my review of it with you guys today! This is one of those long time hero products from Dermalogica, one that a lot of people love and that has amazing reviews across the board, so of course I was dying to try it out. 

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Honestly, there couldn't be a more perfect time of year for me to have tried this out than right about now. My skin is never more sensitive than during the winter and this cleanser sounded right up my alley: This pH-balanced, non-foaming cleanser helps calm and cool reactive, sensitized or overprocessed skin. Delicately fortifies skin’s protective barrier without leaving an irritating residue, and easily rinses away or wipes off, making it ideal for sensitive skin. Sounds pretty perfect for winter skin that needs a little bit more of a gentle touch, doesn't it?

This cleanser has a sort of a gel lotion type of texture and is a non-foaming formula. It contains Oats to calm inflammation, Lavender to reduce redness and cucumber to soothe irritation and reduce swelling as well as some really gentle antioxidant ingredients. It has a really soft and soothing natural lavender scent to it, which makes it extra dreamy as a second evening cleanse for me. Lavender is a scent that I personally rely on a lot when it comes to helping me sleep, so I find that using this cleanser actually really doubles for me as both skin soothing and brain calming - maybe not the express intention of the product, but certainly a benefit in my eyes. 

I've been absolutely loving this cleanser recently and my winter skin is really, really happy with me when I use it consistently in my skin care routine. It really is a super gentle cleanse that never feels the least bit stripping or irritating for me. It works into the skin really easily to really gentle wash away dirt and oil without me feeling like I have to scrub. When rinsed, my skin feels really cool and clean but also hydrated. I actually really love the cooled feel, especially on days when my skin has been feeling irritated or overly dry, because it really does give me that soothed feeling. 

Honestly, you guys, this cleanser has really jumped to the top of my list recently, especially as a night time cleanse because I love that lavender scent at night to help ease me towards being ready for sleep. I also really like it at night because my skin is really calm and without any irritation, which provides a really nice base for the stronger actives that I like to use in the rest of my skin care routine. I really can't recommend this enough - though I would say that if you have really sensitive skin or scent sensitivity, it's probably best to do a patch test to make sure that you have the same soothing and calming results as me.

The Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser* is available online at as well as at Sephora and retails for $55CAD.

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