Monday, 30 April 2012

Sampling: Dermalogica Skin Renewal Booster

Dermalogica Skin Renewal Booster 7ml

This booster was recommended to me by my therapist, as it is said to help ease my blackhead congestion on my nose. Initially I was a bit reluctant because of its contents but willing to try since this is just sample. I mean, more things to try, more things to write on the blog, right?

Anyway, the therapist fore warned me that there could be some irritation due the high content of Lactic Acid and advised me to use only a tiny dot on my nose area. Then, I had a flashback...I told her I had a bad breakout when using their Age Smart Skin Resurfacer, which contained Lactic Acid as well and feared that this might trigger again. She assured me it won't because this is used only on a specific area.

 Er...I braced myself and gave in to try this. Just sampling harm..

Product Description

An exfoliating complex of hydroxy acids and soothing plant extracts to actively loosen dead surface debris, smooth the skin and improve texture. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour.

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lactic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isodecyl Salicylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Extract, Lecithin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sclerotium Gum, Polysorbate 20, Retinol, Salicylic Acid, Polyquaternium-37, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium PCA, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben. 

*When I came back and check the ingredients thoroughly, I was dismayed to find that this contains all the parabens.  ( Mind you, this product is not 'organic'. )

My Experience

When I apply to my clean congested nose area, I noticed that the contents of the product is milky in colour, with a runny consistency. One thing that caught me off guard is the smell. It has this fermented, sourish smell ( must be the lactic acid content ) and yup, it's not great. 

I just need a teeny tiny dot to apply thinly on my nose area. Within minutes once applied, my nose starts to tingle and does felt irritated. In my mind, I was thinking "Oh no. Will I have the same breakout as before?" However, the sensation slowly wore off and went back to normal. I then applied a thin layer of moisturiser to seal it in. I included this booster in my night time regime, on alternate days for a week.

The following week when I did my own  facial at home, I noticed that the black and whiteheads on my nose were easily extracted without using much force. Not 100% though, because my blackheads are really stubborn. I continued on for the next following weeks with the same routine. I must admit that my nose is much smoother, less bumpy than before and it does have this Rudolph's! 


I am quite impressed with this and I do see improvements on my congested nose area. Not great, not small either. My nose does feel smooth to touch and when I do my facials at home, most white heads and some black heads were both easily extracted. For the stubborn ones, well... I guess I would still need to be consistent to include this booster in my routine.

This item was purchased by me for my personal purposes. This review is based on my honest and personal experience with this product and is not influenced by any parties.


  1. How do you extract the black and white heads manually? I tried doing it but I must be a rookie, could not get any out unless I Sonic them!

    1. I do the old method way, extracting with a blackhead extracting tool, covered with a cotton pad. Hehe...yes, it's not an exactly 'friendly' way but so far, my comfortable way.

  2. Hmmm... you should investigate a little more to find natural alternatives. You can ease blackheads using clays and milk or yogurt for the lactic acid. Exfoliate regularly, but no more than two times a week, and don't use harsh scrubs, much less those that contain surfactants. Better use a soft washcloth with your cleanser. Try cleansers (gentle cleansers, cream or balms) with citrus oils, like sweet orange, mandarin and grapefruit. You can also put a few drops of some citrus oil of your choice in a bowl with warm water, then soak a washcloth inside and place it on your nose, to loosen both white and blackheads, plus the citrus oils (mostly grapefruit) help to dissolve it and purify, then you can make an extraction. AND use sunscreen! Blackheads are oxidized sebum trapped on the pores. Good luck!

    1. Hi there. I have tried 'countless' natural alternatives and should you follow my blog, I do use yoghurt ( latic acid ) and though it is excellent in terms of hydration for me, it does little to my blackheads. I also exfoliate regularly ( 3 times ) and uses washcloth occasionally and yet, my blackheads are stubborn! I clearly understand ( and done written above by you ) and appreciate your advises but I have come to the point where I just accept that my blackheads will always be there. Though this method works for you, sadly, it doesn't for me.

  3. I've heard good things about this dermalogica product! Going on my wish ♥ list now.


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