I can't afford Dermalogica anymore. What's a good cheaper alternative?

(65 Posts)
naturelover Sat 04-Oct-08 11:30:05

For acne-prone skin, even though I'm 34

I'll eventually need scrub, mask, moisturiser, the works really. Meanwhile I will eke out every last drop of my beloved Dermalogica products (they really made my skin fabulous for the first time ever).

Thank you!

Penthesileia Sat 04-Oct-08 11:37:35

Which products are you trying to replicate? Active Moist, I would guess? What else?

Do you really have to stop buying them? If they're the only product to work for you, you'll be miserable if your spots come back, and this doesn't seem worth the saving, if you see what I mean. Plus, you could spend loads looking for a cheap alternative (cheap is only cheap if you get it right first time). Do you buy from BeautyFlash?

I don't work for Dermalogica, btw!!! But beauty products are the one thing I treat myself to - esp. Dermalogica which I also think is worth the money.

Penthesileia Sat 04-Oct-08 11:39:04

Plus, if you buy the big sizes, they last ages... I was using their big size toner for nearly a year!!

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 11:59:04

iia gree
tis a false ecomonmy often
try buying from an online site like feelunique

Bumperlicious Sat 04-Oct-08 12:01:24

Have you tried this site? Is demalogica really good? I have combination skill, dull and lifeless at the moment, prone to spots. Is it worth the money?

Penthesileia Sat 04-Oct-08 12:06:13

Hi Bumperlicious... Well, I think it is, and it certainly works for me (that and some Clarins products). You can buy little starter packs for about £15-20 to see how you get on with the products.

naturelover Sat 04-Oct-08 12:06:27

Yes I do buy on beautyflash.
I would indeed hate to waste money on cheaper stuff that makes me skin worse. Just wondered if anyone had found anything else effective. Liz Earle for example?

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 12:07:13

i agree
really rate them and when i was doign the beauty stuff on here they pr folk were relaly nice wink
and hte products were great.
i haev a beauty booster hitng i rated highly - used last night tbh

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 12:10:34

haev htis

SpongebobControlpants Sat 04-Oct-08 12:20:06

I've been contemplating dermalogica, having read rave reports on here. My skin is shite and has been pretty much since I was about 20 (am now 40).

So, where is cheapest to get it? Should I go for a facial first and get all the right stuff recommended, or do self-diagnosis?

I can't really afford it either, naturelover, but my skin makes me so miserable sometimes I'm thinking of splashing what little cash I have in the hope it will help....

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 12:22:25

id go for facial ( purely for research puposeswink) and get the woman to write down what she used

then order online

expatinscotland Sat 04-Oct-08 12:24:33

dermalogica is a rip off.

i mean, it's something you're going to wash off your face!

ilovemydog Sat 04-Oct-08 12:27:34

am allergic to most things, but use dermalogica. ultra calming cleanser and barrier repair. Limit yourself to a few items

try this

NotCod Sat 04-Oct-08 12:28:04

no ep its range

SpongebobControlpants Sat 04-Oct-08 12:31:27

If it works, though, expat, I'm (almost) prepared to shell out.

I hate spending £££ on skin stuff, or cosmetics, or clothes (yearning for the days when I had more money to spend, sigh) but am miserable with state skin is in, and have heard dermalogica is good

Penthesileia Sat 04-Oct-08 15:48:36

Well, if you were after Skin Smoothing Cream-alike, apparently (according to friend's boyfriend who is a journalist and knows some beauty editor or other), there is a Neutrogena moisturiser which is a dead-ringer. Can't remember which one off the top of my head. Hmmm - sorry - not very helpful. Will find out if it's any use to you.

SpongebobControlpants: what kind of skin do you have?

NomDePlume Sat 04-Oct-08 15:51:09

their microfoliant is excellent.

NomDePlume Sat 04-Oct-08 15:56:03

It's a daily one. I ran out of it and ended up buying the Garnier Pure Deep Pore wash (the gritty one) as a stopgap. I've found that it is as good as dermalogica (I have spot prone but sensitive skin that goes red and blotchy if I try anything too harsh).

So I saved about £15 on face wash but then I discovered Dior moisturiser which is £37 a pot and swapped my Dermalogica one for that, so my £15 saving was swallowed up again. My skin has never been as good as it is now, I swear that's down to the moisturiser. I know it's a lot of money but imo it is sooooooo worth it.

dailygrooming Wed 14-Oct-09 09:45:12

My view is sometimes you just have to bite the bullet. If something works, and from reading the posts from those that buy dermalogica the majority say it does.

Personally, I'd rather sacrifice the odd glass or two of wine than waste a load of time testing skin care products.

notjustapuppymum Wed 14-Oct-09 11:21:05

I can recommend this company and think they are a bit cheaper than beautyflash.
www.gorgeousshop.co.uk

Mithered Wed 14-Oct-09 18:30:54

I have to say that Dermalogica is worth the money and does last for ages. I wouldn't bother trying to find something else. I suffer badly with rosacea and everything was aggravating my skin. I ended up not using any moisturiser because it was painful therefore making skin dehydrated too. Have been using Dermalogica for last 3 months and my skin is sooooo much better. If they make your skin feel fab try and save money elsewhere -false economy otherwise.

kittya Thu 15-Oct-09 00:06:29

I havent seen Dermalogica any cheaper than in the Salons. My friend is a beautician and cant even sell me it at cost!! It does work though and, when Ive been broke, Ive tried everything from Body Shop to Superdrug. Its just not the same and it does last for ages so I would stick with it.

christiana Thu 15-Oct-09 06:09:51

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SarfEasticated Thu 15-Oct-09 07:06:29

Hi there, just wondered christiana where you got your castor oil from? Do you use the oils recommended, or could I use olive oil?
Thanks in advance

salvadory Thu 15-Oct-09 21:00:11

I use this site it's reliable and the cheapest I've found plus they always send samples with each delivery. Dermalogica stuff lasts for ages, the skin smoothing cream is my favourite and it's under £20.

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