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Dermalogica's new UltraCalming system gives sensitized skin serious relief

Dermalogica, the skin care system researched and developed by the International Dermal Institute, introduces the one-of-a-kind, clinically proven UltraCalming™ range.

Inspired by new research which revealed that there are three key triggers behind sensitized skin, the UltraCalming™ is breaking new grounds in the skincare industry as the only treatment system that delivers simultaneous relief from all these triggers. They are: immunogenic inflammation which is triggered by the immune system; neurogenic inflammation which is caused by the nervous system and the breakdown of skin's natural lipid barrier layer which protects skin against external assaults.

With the daily effects of stress, pollution, climatic extremes, medical procedures and even the food we eat being reflected on it, skin is exposed to a hostile world. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 50% of the world claim skin sensitivity based upon itching, redness, heat, stinging and dryness - symptoms of sensitized skin that can lead to premature aging if left untreated.

Hydrocortisone-free system for better long-term sensitized skin management

Commonly used to reduce inflammation, hydrocortisone is a steroid that only provides short term relief. When used continually or long term, skin will build up a resistance against it and stronger dosages will be required to bring about the same relieving effects. Hydrocortisone also results in thinner skin.

The UltraCalming range is designed specifically for long term control of itching and redness in inflamed skin, which affects both sensitive and sensitized skin. The former is due to a genetic predisposition towards sensitivity where skin is more delicate and prone to allergies, while the latter is a result of nerve sensors being irritated by environmental factors, lifestyle and harmful cosmetic ingredients.

Proprietary ingredient blends to relieve skin sensitivity

Drawing on the power of the proprietary UltraCalming™ Complex, the UltraCalming range is the first of its kind to help relieve multiple pathways behind aggravated skin. This multi-benefit complex is a blend of highly effective botanical extracts that calm immunogenic and neurogenic inflammatory triggers for immediate and long-term relief, without interrupting the positive effects of the body's defences such as wound healing and bacterial defence. These include Red Hogweed root extract, a remarkable plant extract that targets neurogenic inflammation and restores tissue integrity by limiting the activity of pro-inflammatory agents. It also promotes the production of natural anti-inflammatory agents in the skin, bringing the skin to a normal level of sensitivity. Ginger and Bisabolol, an anti-irritant ingredient derived from chamomile, also reduce redness and irritation by working in synergy. Finally, Oat Kernel, which is widely proven to have natural anti-irritant and anti-redness properties, provides calming and soothing effects.

The benefits of the UltraCalming™ Complex is complemented by a proprietary lipid blend that completes the treatment of sensitized skin by mimicking skin's natural composition of ceramides, sterols and essential fatty acids and reinforcing the protective barrier lipid layer. Evening Primrose, Borage Seed and Oat Kernel oils provide an enriched source of gamma linoleic acid, a required component of an intact, functional epidermal layer. Sunflower Seed Extract provides natural ceramides and ensures the proper cohesion of skin cells, effectively maintaining water balance in the skin by inhibiting trans-epidermal water loss. Avocado is rich in natural plant phytosterols. Together, this lipid blend strengthens skin's barrier, protecting it from the damaging effects of the environment and daily lifestyle, thereby controlling skin sensitivity.

Staying true to the same strict formulation that all Dermalogica products follow - free of known sensitizers such as artificial fragrances or colours, mineral oils, S.D. alcohol, and comedogenic or allergy-causing ingredients - the UltraCalming range provides serious relief to sensitized and highly-reactive skin.

Availability and Price

The UltraCalming range comprises five highly effective products:

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser from $79 - $129

Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist $89

Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate $139

Dermalogica UltraCalming Relief Masque $119

Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair $92

Dermalogica UltraCalming Treatment Kit $99


The Dermalogica UltraCalming products are currently available at all Leonard Drake Skin Care & Health Spa Centres and Dermalogica-authorised skin care centres.

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