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Dermalogica Precleanse & Precleanse Wipes Review

I haven’t always taken care of my skin. Until three years ago, I never used moisturizer, I never used treatment products and I was terrible about removing my makeup. Now, more than ever, is the time for me to care for my skin- I look younger than my age now, but one day it may all catch up with me!

Dermalogica Precleanse Review

I received the Dermalogica Precleanse ($38, 5.1 oz) and Precleanse Wipes ($18, 20 count) to test from iFabbo. The concept of a double cleanse is simple: the first cleanse washes away the day, and the second cleanse goes in for the deep clean.

The oils in both products are designed to “melt away” makeup, oil and debris from the skin. If you’re not familiar with cleansing oils, you apply the oil to your dry face using dry hands and work it into your skin. Then you add water to emulsify the product, and then you rinse off. You follow it up with your regular cleanser, and then you’re skin is thoroughly cleansed. I know oil-based products really frighten a lot of people, especially those with oily skin, but fear not because good, healthy oils can actually help to regulate sebum production and be great for you skin.

Dermalogica Precleanse is a good product, but I have to work it into my skin much more than other cleansing oils I’ve tried. There’s a bit of a learning curve here- you really have to use a good amount of product and thoroughly work it into your skin, then emulsify it with water and continue to work it in, then rinse.

It feels very nice on my skin. I like using oils to cleanse because they do such a good job with tough makeup, particularly waterproof mascara, and they feel kind of luxurious. This did a good  but not great job at removing my eye makeup. As you can see from the picture below, there is still some mascara residue remaining under my eyes.

Dermalogica Precleanse Review Before and After

Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes don’t perform as well as the bottle. When you’re used to cleansing towelettes that are soaked in a makeup removing solution, and you try these wipes for the first time, you may think something is off with them. Instead of being soaked in a traditional makeup removing solution, it’s an oil-based remover just like their Precleanse.

The direction say to wipe of over face and eyes, and “if desired” wet the towelette to emulsify the product, but for me this step is not optional. When I wiped my makeup off without adding water, the oil remains on the surface of my skin, and my makeup isn’t thoroughly removed. I use makeup wipes at the gym before my workout or when I travel, so the idea is on-the-go convenience, but if I still have to work water into my skin and rinse to fully remove everything, it’s really not so on-the-go friendly.

If you’re debating between the two products, I would recommend you try the Dermalogica Precleanse first. It’s appropriate for all skin types and conditions and it’s formulated with skin-healthy ingredients like Oliva, Kukui and Apricot oils, plus it’s free of artificial fragrance and colors. I encourage you to give cleansing oils a try, even if you have oily skin.

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