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Beauty talk with Caroline Parker, head of education at Dermalogica

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With consumers becoming more mindful of what they put on their skin and their subsequent skincare routines, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing products catered to every skin type and concern. Dermalogica has long been known as a top performing, no-nonsense skincare brand who have mastered a range of fragrance-free professional skincare products. We caught up with Caroline Parker, Dermalogica New Zealand’s Head of Education to get the low down on all things skin and the brand’s latest innovations...

N. Can you tell us a bit more about the brand?

The founder of Dermalogica, Jane Wurwand, is an inspirational leader for the brand. She was born in the UK and after training as a skin therapist moved first to South Africa and then to the US, settling in Los Angeles. Jane started the International Dermal Institute in 1983, a post graduate training facility for skin therapists, and then went on to develop Dermalogica in 1986. Jane challenged some of the dated practices in the professional skin care industry and gained an incredibly loyal following of skin therapists known as the Dermalogica tribe. In terms of the growth of the brand, Dermalogica is found in more than 80 different countries and is used and recommended by more than 100,000 professional skin therapists worldwide.

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N. What does your role as Head of Education for Dermalogica involve?

I have the pleasure of training the professional skin therapists in New Zealand who work with Dermalogica. I help them understand the products: what they do for the skin, and how new ingredient technology functions. I also support them with understanding skin and the influence of genetics and the environment on skin. I facilitate both face-to-face training and also video conferencing.

N. Talk us through your daily skincare routine.

I always double cleanse then spritz on a hydrating toner; in the morning I use a moisturizer with an SPF, at night it’s the same but without the SPF. In the morning I use Biolumin C which is a vitamin C serum under my moisturizer and at night Overnight Retinol Repair, which is a vitamin A serum – and eye cream of course! Once or twice a week I’ll exfoliate with Daily Superfoliant and usually put on Dermalogica’s Hydrating Masque. Not surprisingly, I’m an avid skincare fan but I do believe your skincare routine should fit in with your life. If you have little time to spare, a simple routine is fine.

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N. With an increasing amount of damaging environmental factors that we’re exposed to, Dermalogica are launching a new product to combat this, Prisma Protect SPF30 - can you tell us bit more about the product?

Prisma Protect SPF30 ($119), is an exciting product! Products that provide UV protection only leave our skin unprotected against the full spectrum of modern life e.g. pollution, dehydration and free radical damage. Prisma Protect SPF 30 blocks 85% of particulate pollutants which can accumulate in the follicles of our skin and cause inflammation, pigmentation and premature ageing. We’re also using an advanced delivery system in this formula in the form of ‘intelligent drone’ technology. These cosmetic drones target specific cells and deliver active ingredients into those cells. In the case of Prisma Protect SPF30 the active ingredient then increases energy production within the cell to give the skin a radiant appearance.

N. As the seasons change, so does our skin. How would you best recommend looking after your skin as the climate changes?

The main challenge with keeping our skin healthy all year round is keeping the right balance of oil and water in the surface layers of our skin. In drier, colder winter weather many skins will benefit from using a facial oil such as Phyto Replenish Oil which could be layered under a moisturizer, while in warmer, more humid summer weather it might be the water component that we supplement by using an oil-free hydrating serum like Skin Hydrating Booster. Getting some professional advice will tweaking your skin care routine for a change of season.

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N. We’ve seen the rise of ‘trending’ (and rather expensive!) beauty treatments, such as the vampire facial, 24k gold facials, and cosmetic procedures, however, there are now so many at-home products that you can now use for every skin desire or concern. What product would you recommend for effective at-home results?

Dermalogica launched an at-home peel late in 2018 called Rapid Reveal Peel. It’s amazing for those people who aren’t having professional peels in a skin centre but who want next level results with exfoliation. Also it’s great for those who are having professional peels and want something that will maintain the results between their treatments.

N. What do you love most about Newmarket?

Newmarket has a real “future” vibe about it right now with all the construction, which is super exciting. It’s a great shopping location with a nice combination of high street chain stores and unique independents. In particular, I love looking for inspiration in the wonderful range of design stores. And of course, Newmarket has amazing cool cafés to relax and refuel in.

N. What’s next for Dermalogica in 2019?

Last year we had 7 new products launch and 2019 looks like it will be equally as action packed!

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Dermalogica is available at Life Pharmacy Newmarket.