Apr 19 2015

Skincare Sunday: Dermalogica Clear Start Kit Review


A little over a month ago, a bad breakout had me seriously frustrated. I was shopping online (of course) for makeup (of course), when I stumbled upon this Dermalogica Clear Start mini kit. Although the Clear Start range is a separate line by Dermalogica designed specifically for teenagers, with promises to be tough on breakouts, yet gentle on your skin – I thought I’d go for it.


Dermalogica Clear Start Kit Review


Dermalogica Clear Start Kit Review

The kit retails for $15.00 USD and includes three (3) 1 oz. mini sizes of the the Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Dermalogica Breakout Clearing All Over Toner and Dermalogica Clean Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15. Using every morning, they lasted me about 3 weeks (with the exception of the moisturizer which I used for a full month).

Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash

This *Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash promises to clear away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. The primary acne fighting ingredient is salicylic acid. The product is also formulated with 8 botanicals including Tea Tree, Lavender, Camellia Sinensis, and Orange Peel Extract.


Dermalogica Clear Start Kit Review


I found this to be a very refreshing cleanser that did not irritate in the slightest. It also foams nicely, cleaning well without drying out the skin.  A good option for those who find other acne targeting cleansers to be too harsh.

Dermalogica Breakout Clearing All Over Toner

According to Dermalogica, its *Breakout Clearing All Over Toner is a unique mist-all-over purifying toner that controls excess oils and helps eliminate breakouts on the face and body. Again, the main ache fighting ingredient is salicylic acid which, combined with sesame seed extract, promises to help minimize the surface oils that cause breakouts. It is formulated with 12 botanicals including Lavender, Camellia Sinensis, Argan, Lemongrass and Bitter Orange.

Dermalogica Clear Start Kit Review

As a result of the inclusion of lemongrass and orange, the scent of this toner is very pleasant and refreshing. However, I am a little worried that the ingredients may be irritating to those with very sensitive skin. Although I personally did not experience any such irritation – and generally don’t have a problem with the limited use of fragrant oils in skincare products- its something to consider. In terms of skincare benefits, I did not notice anything outstanding as a result of use.

Dermalogica Clean Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15

Dermalogica promises that its ultra-light and non-greasy *Clean Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer with SPF 15 controls oily areas like the nose and forehead for an all-over matte finish. To accomplish this, “special botanical oil-absorbers act like micro sponges to minimize shine, while moisturizers keep skin hydrated”.  It claims to be formulated with 19 gentle botanicals including Licorice, Birch and Willow, known to soothe and protect skin.


Dermalogica Clear Start Kit Review


Probably my favorite of the three products. I think the reason I like it so much is because its one of those products that helps to control oil but manages to do so while actually moisturizing . I find that many moisturizers aimed at oil control tend to make the skin feel tight after application. It’s probably not powerful enough for the super oily, but combination skin types will definitely see a difference.


Final Thoughts: Although I didn’t love every product, the kit was an excellent and affordable way to  test out the Clean Start line.  I’ve recently discovered that there is *a larger Dermalogica Clear Start kit which includes more generous sizes of the face wash and toner, in addition to the Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment, Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment and a sample of the Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque.

Local Alert: Dermalogica products can be purchased in The Bahamas at John Bull and Dermalogica boutiques (Nassau, Old Fort Town Centre).



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  1. I love some Dermalogica products, Starter kits are a really great introduction into the brand I think and help you get an idea of what works and what doesn’t instead of purchasing the full sized products!

    Great review Kimmy! Sorry that you didn’t like all the products!

    Serene xoxo


    1. Thank you, Serene. Well, we all can’t love everything right? Which is why, as you say, these kits are so great…you can feel safer testing the products without a large financial investment, hehe. xo

  2. I love it when brands have this kind of option of buying starter/try it out kits because it’s a great way of trialing before purchasing full sized version. It’s also perfect for traveling x

    Beauty with charm

    1. True and True. I have a stash of minis like this that I keep in my “travel bags”. 🙂 xo

    • anoushkaloves on April 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm
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    I wish I liked Dermalogica products – well I wish my skin liked them. I find a few products very drying and one of the serums had no moisture in it whatsoever!

    Anoushka xx http://www.Anoushkaloves.com

    1. Mr. Bear would agree with you, I think. He isn’t loving his Dermalogica products either, especially his moisturizer!

    • Jaa on April 20, 2015 at 8:29 am
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    I’d love to see how the matte moisturizer looks on the skin! Maybe a trip to the store is in order. 🙂

    Finding a skincare system to combat breakouts is such a tedious job. I’ve learned over the years that the system that seems to work at one point may not work at all later and you have to start troubleshooting again. I feel like giving up so many times! >.<

    1. YES! I couldn’t agree with you more about the fact that finding a skincare system to combat breakouts is so challenging sometimes. It’s like you have to constantly rotate things. :/

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