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Extra information about Dermalogica skin care and their company. Their formulas have pioneered new standards for product performance. Using only the finest ingredients available, all Dermalogica products are non-comedogenic and contain no occlusive mineral oil or lanolin, no irritating artificial colours or fragrance, and no drying S.D. alcohol. For best results, ask your skin therapist for a complimentary Face Mapping consultation - a zone-by-zone analysis for the most targeted skin care and unsurpassed results!

Dermalogica UK is known worldwide as the "professionals' choice," Dermalogica is founded on the belief that good skin care is not about pampering or luxury... any more than brushing your teeth or washing your hair is!

Dermalogica UK Mission

The Moment Your Skin Changed. Forever.

When Dermalogica UK meets skin, skin health is redefined. Dermalogica is the number one choice of skin care professionals and consumers worldwide. Why? Because for over 25 years, Dermalogica has been dedicated to delivering skin health results through education, innovation, and professional recommendation, not through advertising, frilly packaging, promises of miracle cures, or overblown hype.

Education First

While the Dermalogica UK story begins in 1986, the force of change in the industry started in Los Angeles, circa 1983. Jane Wurwand, a tenured, United Kingdom-trained skin therapist new to the American “esthetician” industry, recognised that continuing skin and body therapy education was practically non-existent in the United States. While her training had been comprehensive and serious, US students entered the industry licensed yet under-trained, and worse, under-respected.

Jane put her education in action, opening a small classroom in Marina del Rey, California under the name The International Dermal Institute (IDI). She invited licensed skin therapists to get hands-on with the postgraduate training so critical to making them competitive in the business. Today, IDI is considered the international gold-standard for postgraduate skin and body therapy training with over 40 locations worldwide.

The Making of Dermalogica UK

While teaching at IDI, it didn’t take long for Jane to realise no product line embraced her belief of skin health as opposed to “beauty,” so she developed her own. And in 1986, Dermalogica was born. The vision was clear – a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colours and fragrances) that would improve skin health, and were only available from qualified skin therapy professionals trained at The International Dermal Institute.

As a brand, Dermalogica immediately upset the prevailing paradigm of beauty and glamour by classifying skin care as a health issue as opposed to a cosmetic concern. Just as we removed common irritants from the ingredient menu, Dermalogica also introduced a powerful new element into the brand identity: the specialised expertise of the professional skin therapist.

Then, as now, all our products are manufactured in the USA, we have never taken part in animal testing, and Dermalogica is sold only where professional consultation and professional treatments are performed by professional skin therapists. In just over 20 years, Dermalogica has become the number one choice of skin care professionals worldwide, prescribed more often than any other product available.

Dermalogica is a privately owned company (meaning we are not owned by a beauty conglomerate, holding company or financiers) driven first by education and research. We take pride in being true pioneers in the industry, growing from a modest store-front in Marina del Rey to the now 145,000 square foot Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles (and locations worldwide in close to 50 countries) -- never wavering on our initial vision of skin health and the skin health professional.

Know Your Zones

Truly understanding your skin is the first step towards a lifetime of skin health. Start with a Dermalogica professional skin therapist: fortunately, with over 75,000 of them in 48 countries, chances are you have a skin health expert just around the corner.

Armed with Dermalogica’s unique Face Mapping® skin analysis, your Dermalogica professional skin therapist will decode your skin – zone by zone – and equip you with the real advice and results-driven regimen only available from a trained professional.

We’re Not Pretty.

(Or beautiful. Or pampering. Or luxury.)

We’re far too interested in guiding you to a new level of skin health fitness! So, while our packaging may not be designed to colour-coordinate with your bathroom, you can always be sure that we’ve spent our time on delivering your skin the high-performance formulas it needs. Plus, we’ll never use common “beauty” ingredients like Mineral Oil, Lanolin, artificial colours and fragrances or other cheap fillers. Sure, it’s easier to formulate with them, but the bottom line is they’re just bad for your skin. Instead, we use ingredients that we know will work – our confidence founded by skin care professionals worldwide who use our products in their treatment rooms every day because they get results.

Now that you know our story, it’s time to explore the story of your skin. Experience our online Speed MappingSM for the product regimen that will change skin health forever!

Dermalogica UK - Questions and Answers

Dermalogica answers to the following questions itself:

Q: How soon will I start seeing results from using Dermalogica products?

A: Some people see results the first time they use the products, and everyone tells us that their skin feels different straight away. The skin feels, clean, smooth, hydrated, and reflects a new level of health that’s visibly noticeable.

If the skin has more advanced long-term needs, such as treatment of skin ageing, acne or hyper-pigmentation caused by hormonal fluctuations or sun damage, results may not be immediately visible; however, skin health will continue to improve as you follow the advice of your professional skin therapist, your Face Mapping® zone-by-zone prescription and your home care regimen.

Q: What are the long-term benefits of using Dermalogica products?

A: Plain and simple – healthy skin. Dermalogica uses ingredients designed to help keep skin at an optimal level of fitness – not just cover up with cosmetic results. But don’t get us wrong: a benefit of healthy skin is skin that looks its best!

In addition, when skin is at an optimal level of fitness, your professional skin therapist can more effectively address issues that may arise from time to time, as your skin’s needs are constantly changing.

Q: Why do I need a professional skin therapist?

A: For the same reason doctor and dentist check-ups are necessary: for better health!

Skin is a living part of your body (your largest organ, in fact), that defends against environmental assaults and extreme temperatures. It helps eliminate toxins from the body. It heals from cuts, abrasions and scratches like a champ. It’s continually renewing and protecting. Simply put, skin keeps the bad stuff out and the good stuff in.

So why do you dote more on your hair and nails – two items on your body that aren’t actually living? Your skin needs personal attention from a professional – and that professional is a Dermalogica professional skin therapist.

At Dermalogica UK, they train more than 75,000 professional skin therapists a year. Dermalogica professional skin therapists are licensed, intensely educated skin health experts trained to prescribe Dermalogica products and deliver Dermalogica professional skin treatments. They have the answers to your most pressing skin care concerns. They know how to deliver real, visible results. They’re the best in the business, and have a real passion for taking care of your skin.

Your best-looking skin starts with healthy skin, and healthy skin starts with a Dermalogica professional skin therapist. Start living your healthiest skin!

Q: I have just heard of Dermalogica UK -- how long have you been around?

A: Dermalogica’s story starts in 1983, when skin therapist Jane Wurwand founded The International Dermal Institute, a postgraduate training and research facility designed to bring a new era of professionalism and results to an industry that had become obsessed with pampering, shallow beauty and miracle claims. The International Dermal Institute now has over 50 locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand and trains over 75,000 skin therapists every year. IDI also continues to serve as the research arm of Dermalogica, and is a critical component of our product development, product testing and education curriculum.

Jane then founded Dermalogica in 1986 to bring a new generation of skin therapists the type of results-oriented, no-nonsense products that their clients demanded. From day one, our formulas raised eyebrows in the industry – not only for the cutting-edge ingredients we used, but also for common ones we omitted. To this day, Dermalogica products shun the industry norm of using cheap chemicals like Mineral Oil, Lanolin, S.D. Alcohol, artificial fragrances and colors – and our packaging has remained simple and sustainable.

Q: Your cleansers are “soap-free.” Why, and how can a cleanser be “soap-free?”

A: Soaps are made from fats and oils that react with lye (sodium hydroxide) to create an alkaline stripping action on the skin, resulting in an upset of the skin’s pH balance. Solid fats such as coconut oil, palm oil, tallow (rendered beef fat), or lard (rendered pork fat), are used to form bars of soap that stay hard.

All of our Cleansers are soap-free and acid-balanced to protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Dermalogica Cleansers are free of the types of fats and oils listed above, and contain no animal products. Our cleansers are also free of artificial colors and fragrances. Any scent that comes from our cleansers comes from natural essential oils and extracts that benefit skin health.

Dermalogica offers ten face cleansing options an amazing body cleanser: meaning optimising skin health and taking care of skin’s specific needs is just a wash away.

Q: Why doesn’t Dermalogica UK formulate make-up or hair products?

A: Actually, we do, just from a skin health perspective!

Dermalogica’s number one focus is the health of skin – and we believe that taking good care of skin is just as important to your daily routine as brushing your teeth! We also know when skin healthy, it looks its best.

With that in mind, Dermalogica has created products to meet the needs of those who want skin and hair care products that function first and foremost for the health of skin.

Our Treatment Foundation is what we like to call your last step in skin care and your first step in make-up! It’s lightweight, oil-free, water-based, and moisturises, provides antioxidant defence, and helps condition skin while functioning as a foundation. Natural colour pigments, not artificial colours, provide flawless coverage.

And from our Daily Groomers line of products are Shine Therapy Shampoo and Silk Finish Conditioner, two gentle, daily use, therapeutic products for hair and scalp health. Shine Therapy Shampoo contains clarifying extracts that purify and help stimulate the scalp while removing excess oils and debris for super-clean hair with amazing lift and bounce. Silk Finish Conditioner helps condition the scalp while nourishing hair, giving it brilliant shine and manageability.

Q: Where are Dermalogica products made?

A: We are proud to make all our products in Southern California: Having our manufacturing facilities so close to our headquarters allows us to maintain a superior quality standard and level of oversight, and also support the local economy. We ship from Southern California to over 50 countries around the world.

Q: Does Dermalogica test on animals?

A: We have never, and will never, conduct animal testing.

Q: What are Dermalogica’s philanthropic efforts?

A: Dermalogica believes in giving back to the community. In 1999, the Dermalogica Foundation was established to provide charitable contributions to local, "grass roots" organisations that primarily benefit women and children in need with emergent supplies of medical care, shelter, food and clothing. Charities chosen by the Dermalogica Foundation are non-denominational and not supported by any other major sources of funding.

To find out more about some of our active partnerships, please click here to read more about the Dermalogica Foundation.

Q: Is Dermalogica UK privately owned?

A: Yes, Dermalogica is a privately-owned company with headquarters in Carson, California and offices in 48 countries around the world. Our freedom from parent companies and investors has allowed us to stay true to our mission of skin fitness, and operate in a way that fosters entrepreneurship, creativity and passion in delivering our professional skin therapists and their clients the products, education and tools to deliver their healthiest skin ever.

Q: Why should I only buy Dermalogica products from an authorised skin treatment centre, medispa, salon or spa?

A: Dermalogica products are designed to be most efficacious when prescribed by a Dermalogica professional skin therapist extensively trained in Face Mapping® skin analysis. Face Mapping® analysis is the process of analysing your skin, zone-by-zone, to diagnose your skin condition and prescribe subsequent products for results.

Without the assistance of a Dermalogica professional skin therapist, you may select the wrong products for your skin, and fail to reach your desired skin health results.

Dermalogica stands behind the efficacy of every product we sell, if you have purchased it from an authorised location. Unauthorized locations, including many internet selling sites, may sell counterfeit and outdated products, and should be avoided as we do not guarantee their authenticity.

Q: What can I do if I suspect an unauthorised account is selling Dermalogica products?

A: If you suspect an unauthorised skin treatment centre, medispa, salon or spa is retailing Dermalogica products, do not confront anyone within the business. Do your part by letting us know on our contact us page.

We greatly appreciate your help in taking a proactive stand against those not authorised to retail Dermalogica products.

Dermalogica UK inStyle Best Buys

Over 20 years ago, Dermalogica made waves in the industry: first for being free of common fillers in most skin care products, and second for hailing from America in an industry flooded with brands deemed more prestigious due to international roots.

As Dermalogica's grown to be the number one professional skin care brand worldwide, Dermalogica’s never stopped making our products in the USA – all while chalking up praise from press abroad!

The UK’s InStyle 100 Best Beauty Buys 2009 were recently announced, and Dermalogica is a 4-time winner and 4-time recipient of the InStyle Hall of Fame award (honouring those products who win their category three years in a row).

Covering a range of must-have products in personal care, this achievement is no small feat: the InStyle 100 Best Beauty Buys are a guide to the best beauty products on the market as “tried, tested and voted for by 165 of the UK’s top make-up artists, hairdressers, skincare gurus and nail technicians.” This year their esteemed panel of judges included the likes of Daniel Sandler, Ruby Hammer and Jemma Kidd.

Collecting over 25 wins since the inaugural issue, Dermalogica UK has hold fast to popular categories including:

Best Wipe-Off Cleanser (and Hall of Fame 2007 inductee): Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, “This gentle cleanser is very convenient when travelling, as you can use it with or without water,” says make-up artist Mary-Jane Frost, who’s worked with the likes of Mischa Barton and Duffy.

Best Facial Exfoliator (and 2006 Hall of Fame inductee): Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant®, “Skin expert Carina Cohen likes to rise and shine with this rice bran and salicylic-acid based exfoliator.”

Best Moisturiser for Normal to Oily skin (and 2007 Hall of Fame inductee): Dermalogica Active Moist, “This champion fluid just keeps winning over our judges.”

And our breakout star Overnight Clearing Gel, the newest Dermalogica product welcomed into the Hall of Fame for being the Best Spot Treatment more than 3 years running. “…this light gel is every make-up pro’s best-kept secret.”

Business diary of Dermalogica UK - A Cosmetics Company

Director Steve Kurland reflects on 25 years of Dermalogica - the skincare company which has built up a substantial reputation by selling its products through beauty therapists.

1984
South African Ray Wurwand and his British wife Jane, who lived in Los Angeles, felt there was a gap in the market for effective skincare products, particularly those sold by qualified beauty therapists. They developed a range of products under the Dermalogica brand.

1991
The UK was chosen for the first distribution company outside the US and I was brought in to run it, having run department stores in South Africa. The route we chose to market the products was through beauty salons, which had the expertise to explain and sell our moisturisers, cleansers and toners to their clients, and we set up a sales team to target this market. In the first year, we got the products into about 50 salons. We also targeted beauty schools.

1994
We pushed into other markets, beginning with Australia, where we now have a market share of 26pc. Germany followed in 2002 and Canada in 2003 and we have also entered 45 countries through distributors, rather than the group subsidiary model.

2009
We now have UK turnover in excess of £45m and more than 7,000 UK outlets, including hotels and sports clubs as well as beauty salons. There are 28,000 beauty salons in the UK and we sell products through about a quarter of them, while we now have our skincare products in 95pc of the UK training colleges that have skincare courses. We now employ 300 staff and the business is continuing to grow. The recession had meant that this was going to be the first year that turnover had not grown by more than 10pc, but the total has still risen and demand for our products is still increasing.

Targeting beauty salons and star endorsements gave Dermalogica UK the edge

The idea was to target high street beauty salons rather than the likes of Boots and Superdrug, says Steve Kurland, who continued the strategy after joining in 1991 to run the US group’s new British subsidiary.

“They went after beauty salons because they wanted to aim Dermalogica products at the professional skincare market,” says Mr Kurland, 60, now director in charge of Dermalogica’s UK, Australian, German and Canadian operations.

It’s a strategy that has enjoyed considerable success because Dermalogica UK now has its skincare products in 7,000 salons equating to about 25pc of the UK beauty salons market.

Dermalogica has also entered 45 markets ranging from Greece and Turkey to Japan and Taiwan through distributors, which Mr Kurland’s operation manages.

The secret, he says, has been targeting not only the beauty salons market staffed by skincare specialists but also what he terms the education market – the 95pc of beautician training course providers that use Dermalogica’s products.

“We have the foremost presence nationwide in the educational market where people who have qualified keep up to date with the latest trends in the industry,” he says.

The appeal of Dermalogica’s moisturisers, toners, cleansers and speciality products have also been enhanced by the long list of celebrities who have endorsed the firm’s products

“Our products have been used by everyone from David Beckham to Robbie Williams,” says Mt Kurland.

“We have never paid for celebrity endorsements but we have had literally hundreds of celebrities using the products.

“Up to a dozen times a month we get mentioned in the press because someone famous is using one of our products.”

Indeed, Mr Kurland says Dermalogica’s products have been used in Harry Potter films and other movies including The Damned United, Clash of the Titans and An Englishman in New York.

TV series in which the products have been featured include A Touch of Frost, Doc Martin, Emmerdale, Minder, The Krypton Factor, Spooks and The Apprentice while theatre credits include Jersey Boys and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

And other celebrities who have been seen using the products range from George Michael and Lily Allen to Venus and Serena Williams and Tara Fitzgerald.

Such endorsements plus Dermalogica’s loyal users in the professional clinician market have helped sales grow by more than 10pc a year in recent times, says Mr Kurland.

The recession has reduced that growth level over the past year, he adds, but sales are still growing and the company is continuing to enter new markets through distribution deals, with the latest ones coming on stream in Poland, Portgual and the Czech Republic.

“Although we have slower growth, we are still the fastest growing company in our sector,” he says. “The last year’s figures have been flattened by the recession but we are still growing.”

Tim Tostevin, relationship director, Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets says, “Dermalogica has banked with Lloyds TSB for nearly 20 years as it has focused on improving skin health through education, training and supplying high-quality products to the market. It has created a strong, upmarket brand which has helped to drive business expansion and we have been delighted to provide timely banking and financial markets products and services to support its growth.”

Dermalogica UK runs ad campaign attacking a main UK shop for stocking its top range

LONDON - Premium skincare brand Dermalogica has become the second brand to clash with Boots about stocking its products without permission.

Dermalogica has attacked that company through an ad in the Daily Mail. It claimed: 'Dermalogica UK has 7000 authorised stockists in the UK & Ireland, but Boots isn't one.'

The ad also claimed that the Dermalogica products sold by Boots have not been supplied by the brand, and that their 'origin and authenticity' are 'unknown'. Boots said it believed the statements were defamatory and it is seeking legal advice.

Dermalogica UK is offering a reward of £500 to its official suppliers if they identify Boots' product source.

Glenn Poy, general manager for Dermalogica UK, said his company was also considering legal action. He added that Boots has approached Dermalogica with repeated requests to become an authorised stockist but was turned down on each occasion.

The Dermalogica range is stocked exclusively in salons and spas. Poy said that allowing the products to be stocked by Boots could damage the brand.

According to Dermalogica, its products are on sale in 20 Boots stores and via its website.

In February, Boots also had a disagreement with luxury haircare brand Paul Mitchell after refusing to stop selling its products, despite UK distributor Salon Success' claims that they were illegally supplied.

John and Ginger is authorised Dermalogica UK stockist!

Dermalogica UK on the news

Dermalogica is the brand that women turn to when they want to take their skin to a new level of fitness. And that’s probably because skincare professionals always recommended this no-frills product to help their clients improve their skin.

Beginnings: Founded by UK-trained skin therapist Jane Wurwand in 1986. Three years earlier, Jane opened The International Dermal Institute in California. While teaching there she realized that no product line was focusing on skin “health” as opposed to “beauty.”

Retail philosophy: Dermalogica is sold only where professional consultation and treatments are performed by professional skin therapists.

Current star products:
1. Chroma White TRx, a complete system to address hyper-pigmentation. You start with the Tri-Active Cleanse to clean and prep skin for the brightening agents to penetrate deeply; then Powerfoliant to remove dulling surface cells; Extreme C, a powder-to-emulsion treatment that delivers Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) combined with brightening agents and exfoliants that accelerate skin brightening; Pure Light SPF30 moisturises skin during daytime and protects it against further pigmentation with botanical extracts; and Pure Night to prevent cellular discolouration.

2. Power Rich stimulates cell renewal rates, enhances cell turnover and prevents premature skin ageing. Ingredients include botanicals to moisturise and improve elasticity, smoothing agents, vitamins A, C, E and B5, and Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3, a synthetically made miniature protein fragment.

3. Daily Microfoliant, a rice-based enzyme powder that activates upon contact with water, releasing papain salicylic acid and rice enzymes to smoothen skin. It also has a blend of green tea, gingko and colloidal oatmeal.

Why it works: Dermalogica is free of common irritants like lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colours and fragrances.

Dermalogica UK partners with Kiva.org on microloans for women

Micro-loan organization Kiva.org is adding a new set of partners to its roster of do-gooding collaborators. Skin care company Dermalogica, Lifetime Television and Movie Networks, women's clothier Eileen Fisher, and Seventh Generation eco-cleaning products are some of the partners kicking off a campaign that focuses specifically on female entrepreneurs.

As part of its stated goals, the FITE project (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) and Dermalogica will attempt to assist 25,000 low-income women around the world with their businesses over the next two years.

The campaign targets corporate sponsors to match or otherwise contribute to what is traditionally a consumer campaign. For example, Dermalogica has pledged $1 for every consumer who enters a code online that's printed on select Dermalogica skin care products.

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