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Beauty Review: Dermalogica UltraCalm Water Gel and Barrier Defense Booster

Hello Beauties!

I hope you all have had a lovely week! Today I wanted to talk about skin care. Skin care is an important part of our beauty routines. Making sure our skin is happy and healthy makes us feel better and makes our faces better canvases for makeup.

I used to think I had straight oily skin. I avoided lotions and moisturizers because I was afraid of making the oil worse. What I have learned over the years is that I actually have combination skin. I have an overproduction of oil but also have spots that tend to be dry. I’ve also learned that even though your skin may be oily, it still needs moisture.

Oil is produced as a barrier of protection, just like on our scalps. Sometimes oil can be produced as a result to dryness and irritation. So, finding a moisturizer that is oil friendly is really important.

My review today is going to be on the Dermalogica Ultra Calm Gel and Defense Booster. I received these products for free in exchange for my honest review from Influenster and Dermalogica. Before today, I had tried several different types of facial moisturizers and protectants, and never found one that paired well with my combination skin. I am happy to say I will be using Dermalogica for my moisture needs for now on.


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About the Products:


UltraCalm Barrier Defense Booster:

Concentrated oil booster soothes, nourishes and moisturizes to restore balance to sensitive skin. Triple Defense Complex nourishes the skin, relieves dryness and reinforces barrier integrity against future irritation. Squalane locks in moisture while soothing Oat Oil helps combat sensitivity and support healthy-looking skin. Use prior to, or mix with, your moisturizer for UltraCalming™ benefits.


  • Reinforces the skin’s naturally-protective barrier against environmental assault.
  • Nourishes and soothes irritated skin.
  • Helps prevent skin irritation before it starts.

How to use

Dispense 6-10 drops into palm and rub hands together. Pat gently over face, neck and chest. Or, mix with your moisturizer, then apply. Use twice a day for continuous relief.

Quick tip

Use in conjunction with Calm Water Gel to restore moisture and prevent dehydration.

UltraCalm Water Gel:

Weightless water-gel moisturizer hydrates dry, sensitive skin. Refreshing gel formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid upon application, forming a weightless barrier against environmental assault. Dual Hyaluronic Acid technology works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture. Apple Fruit Extract and Glycerin hydrate and soften while defending skin against dryness. Cactus Pear Extract helps soothe sensitivity and imparts water-binding properties to help support healthy moisture balance.


  • Provides immediate hydration to dry, irritated skin.
  • Softens, soothes and calms.
  • Locks in moisture and defends skin against dryness.

How to use

Squeeze a small amount into palm and rub hands together to activate. Pat gently onto face and neck. Use twice a day for continuous relief.

(Information taken directly from the Dermalogica website.)

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The Review:

As a set, these products are light, moisturizing, and non-greasy. They don’t burn or irritate my face. They feel like they calm the dryness, itchiness, and redness that I have on a daily basis, and they don’t cause an overproduction of oil on my face. I am quite happy with the duo and have found my new skin care routine.

Barrier Defense Booster:

I tried the defense booster under my makeup the couple days that I went out in the sun recently and I felt like it was an extra layer of protection. Living in the desert, it is extremely dry here and the sun is always out, so having that added layer to protect from the dryness and the harmful rays is a plus. I felt like the defense booster did its job and kept my skin from feeling dry and irrigated after my time outdoors.

Calm Water Gel:

By itself, the calm water gel soothes and moisturizes my face. We have hard city water, so my entire body usually itches after my shower. My face has always been red (rosacea is suspected) and usually has dry, irritated spots that tend to cause problems when I wear makeup. After using this product for several weeks, my face has felt smoother, more moisturized, and has less redness. My foundation also seemed to lay better around my problem areas.

From left to right is my before and after picture. You can see that the redness is calmed from the products and that my face looks moisturized without looking oily.


I also took a picture the following morning to show that sleeping with the product on did not result in oily/greasy looking skin.

I would rate the products 5/5 stars. They live up to their claims. They smell great without beingg overpowering. They improve my skin’s moisture content and redness, and seem to protect my skin from the sunlight. i am so glad I received these products for free from Influenster and Dermalogica in exchange for my honest opinion because I now have a new moisture routine!


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