Fit Skin Fridays with Dermalogica Products

Fit Skin Fridays with Dermalogica Products featured by popular Virginia beauty blogger, Alicia Tenise

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One brand that I’ve loved using for years is Dermalogica. I started out by using their spot treatment, and one time in Ulta, I had a Dermalogica rep recommend that I try their Cleansing Body Wash for my chest and back acne — and the rest was history. I was hooked.

The kind folks over at Dermalogica invited me to try out their Fit Skin Fridays program over the summer. A disclaimer, I was gifted this consultation service and set of products, but I had no obligation to post about it. The program worked incredibly well for me, so I figured I’d detail my results in a blog post!
Fit Skin Fridays with Dermalogica Products featured by popular Virginia beauty blogger, Alicia Tenise

For Fit Skin Fridays, I had a 30-minute consultation with a Dermalogica products skin expert. I explained to her my skin concerns: for me, I have t-zone/combination skin, and I deal with occasional breakouts in those areas. I wanted a skincare regimen that minimized my pores and reduced shine for my t-zone area. 

I’m not going to lie: I’ve used a lot of skincare products in the past. My morning routine consisted of using seven different products: a precleanse, a cleanser, microfoliant, toner, serum, eye cream, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen. Did I need to use that many products on my face each morning? Absolutely not.

My Custom Skincare Routine with Dermalogica Products:

Special Cleansing Gel – the size of a pea with lots of water
Antioxidant Hydramist – mist all over to firm and hydrate
Oil Free Matte SPF 30 – your SPF, moisturizer, and mattifier all in one
Stress Positive Eye Lift – as needed to hydrate, depuff and firm
Multivitamin Power Firm – for the eyes


Precleanse – use with dry hands on dry skin to remove makeup
Special Cleansing Gel
Daily Microfoliant – exfoliation step, to brighten, keep pores clear, remove dead skin build up
Bio Lumin C Serum – a full dropper all over the face, neck, and chest. Will firm, brighten and resurface the skin
Active Moist – your lightweight PM moisturizer
Multivitamin Power Firm

1-3 times per week

Charcoal Rescue Masque – Replace the exfoliation step with the mask step 1-3 times per week. Charcoal Rescue Masque will detox pores.

Fit Skin Fridays with Dermalogica Products featured by popular Virginia beauty blogger, Alicia Tenise

My Results

After two weeks, my skin felt as smooth as a baby’s bottom. I love how my skin expert condensed my skincare routine and significantly improved it! My breakouts were at an all-time low, except for the very stubborn hormonal chin acne that I get (I’ve been told that only medication can clear that up!)

Something notable? I used to use a lot of “Night Creams” from brands, thinking I needed to lay on the thick moisturizers at night. I have normal/oily combination skin, and this just doesn’t work for me. I love that my skin expert suggested I use a lightweight moisturizer at night: it still packed a punch, but didn’t leave a greasy residue like some of the other night creams I’ve used!

This skincare routine worked great for me in the summer — I might need to swap out for a heavier duty moisturizer in the winter, but other than that I’m incredibly pleased with my results.

The Three Must-Have Items from This Regimen 

All of these products were pretty incredible. However, if I had to narrow it down? First, I’d opt for the Charcoal Rescue Masque. I loved how fast (and effective) this mask was. I only needed to leave it on for 3-5 minutes, and it did a fabulous job at tightening up my pores. It feels weird the first time you put it on, but trust me: it’s worth it.

Second: I loved the Precleanse, and if you wear makeup a ton, I’d definitely snag this product. I like using both my makeup wipes and the Precleanse as a one-two punch to really get rid of all the makeup I have on before cleansing!

Lastly, I used the Daily Microfoliant before my skin consultation, and it’s been one of my favorite Dermalogica products for a hot minute. I don’t travel without this product (friends: it comes in a super affordable travel size too, FYI!) It does an outstanding job at clearing my pores on a daily basis, and that’s one part of my skin routine that I’ll never skip.

What are your favorite skincare products?

Photos by Tom McGovern

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