WIN: One 9Lives reader will win a Dermalogica hamper worth R3000! Scroll down for details

As a beauty editor I get to try many different skincare products, which is definitely a perk of the job but also comes with its own problems.

The products I receive to try are usually new launches that brands want to promote, and I often slot them into my routine without considering what my own skin needs. You end up with bits and pieces from various brands, with active ingredients that could clash here and there, often switching things up every two weeks.  I often worry what I am doing to my skin health on the long run.

At the beginning of this year my skin wasn’t in a good place. I started to notice tightness caused by dehydration and an extremely oily T-zone, with frequent breakouts. Initially I shrugged it off as seasonal changes, post-summer-holiday damage and back-to-office stress. When it didn’t balance after a month, I decided to head into the Dermalogica concept store at the V&A Waterfront so that a therapist could take a proper look.

The Dermalogica Face Mapping service, which is completely free, is a brilliant way to learn more about your skin’s needs. A professional skin therapist first talks through your current issues and the products you’re using. This is followed by a face mapping where the various zones on your face are carefully analyzed. Based on all the information gathered, the skin therapist then puts together a routine specific to your skin.

You’re not obliged to buy anything on the spot either. Instead you can take a few product samples home and try before making any decisions.

After taking a look at my skin, my therapist explained that she saw intense water-dehydration, which is why my skin was over-producing oil. She also picked up some sensitivity and congestion along my cheeks (“Possibly because of dirty makeup brushes?” she asked. I blushed profusely). The goal of my skincare routine would be to pump moisture into my skin, to soothe inflammation and to clean out congestion.

So here’s what they prescribed:

Precleanse (R630 for 150ml): A cleansing oil that dissolves makeup and grime while nourishing your skin. You massage it onto dry skin to loosen makeup, then add water to emulsify and rinse off.

UltraCalming cleanser (R850 for 500ml): A balmy gel that gently cleanses while soothing your skin.

Daily Microfoliant (R1020 for 75g): A gentle, brightening exfoliator that can be used once a day. Add a bit of water to half a teaspoon of powder and rub between your hands to form a soft foam. Massage onto skin for a minute and rinse.

UltraCalming Mist (R680 for 117ml): A soothing and hydrating mist that relieves inflammation and helps to condition your skin. This is also a goodie to rehydrate during the day, or to treat your skin when you are flying. Love!

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Active Moist moisturizer (R1000 for 100ml): This is a brilliant moisturizer. It properly hydrates your skin but it is still oil free and light-weight so it quickly melts into your skin.

Phyto Replenish Oil (R1290 for 30ml): This is a targeted treatment and an optional add-on to my basic routine. I was introduced to this oil last year and fell in love. It is light-weight and absorbs easily, helping to hydrate, strengthen my skin barrier, and protect against free radical damage.  You can use it in the morning or evening.

Skin Hydrating Masque (R710 for 75ml). This is another targeted treatment that helps to intensely moisturize my skin. According to my therapist I can either wash it off after 10 minutes, or use it instead of an evening moisturizer and sleep in it (yay for minimal effort!).

Multivitamin Power Firm (R890 for 15ml). An optional add-on to help protect the skin around my eyes. It contains Vitamins A, C and E to shield against free-radical damage and improve the skin’s elasticity. The silicone base also makes it a nice primer for makeup.

Solar Defense Booster SPF50 (R780 for 50ml). Never skip on sunscreen! This one protects against UVA and UVB damage, and contains Vitamins C and E to fight free-radical damage. It feels comfortable and light on my skin, and doesn’t make my skin super greasy.

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I have been using the range exclusively for over two weeks now and I have experienced a significant improvement in my skin condition. The oiliness has subsided and the congestion and sensitivity around my cheeks is less noticeable. Actually using a skincare range that was customised to my skin’s needs has made all the difference.

I am going to return to my skin therapist after four months (which is apparently how long the products can last) and see how my skin has changed. Personally I am excited to go on this skin journey.


One 9Lives reader will win a Dermalogica hamper worth R3000 to help you start your journey to optimal skin health. To enter, head to your nearest Dermalogica concept store for a free face mapping service and share your experience with #myfacemystory, tagging 9Lives on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Entries close 28 February.

This post was sponsored by Dermalogica


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.


  1. Will pop into the store and share my experience on Instagram/Twitter. I’d love to win this Dermalogica hamper.

    • Malherbe Liezel Reply

      It is such a great experience! It makes all the difference if you learn to understand your skin, and it really helps to make better choices in terms of the products you use. I look forward to hearing about your experience!

    • Malherbe Liezel Reply

      It is totally worth it Janet! And completely free so there’s nothing stopping you 🙂

  2. hi there, where is the nearest concept store in kzn, Durban? ive searched on the website but nothing to be found 🙁

  3. Nicole Felix Reply

    FREE!!?!?!?! OH it’s so happening this weekend. My face has a date with Dermalogica!

  4. Thanks a mil. I got to visit the Teremok Spa in Umhlanga, Durban. My sister told me all about these fantastic products as she is Dermalogica biggest fan and has an entire range. #MyFaceMyStory, face mapping, told me that my skin was very dehydrated and that I need proper rich moisturising. I was recommended the Powerbright trx range especially the C-12 pure bright serum because I was so often in the sun and have a bit of sun damage. I would so love to win this amazing #dermalogicaSA hamper because my wedding is coming up and I really need to have the most amazing skin by July to make the prettiest bride with flawless skin. When I visit my sister, we end up having pamper sessions as she puts on this amazing rice powder paste on my face which activates with water. My skin is left absolutely smooth and refreshed. I think it is called the Microfoliant. I also love using her Charcoal mask. But I think she is on to me about why I visit her so often  I think its about time, I get my own range of #dermalogicaSA products 

  5. Tammy Perry Reply

    Thanks SO much, Liezel, for encouraging me to go and do the Face Mapping! It was SUCH a great experience and so good to know what my skin REALLY needs!! Now I need to win the #myskinmystory giveaway so that I can take 10 years off my face and look as young and fresh as those Dermalogica girls!! (I’m ever the optimist! ?)

    I’m booking my first chemical peel mid March and the first product that I would buy would be the Daily Superfoliant!! Amazing how my skin feels brand new just from having a really good scrub!!

    Ok cool, so fingers crossed!! Thanks again, Liezel! Keep up the AMAZING blog! Xxx

    • Malherbe Liezel Reply

      I am so happy you went in Tammy! It is really a brilliant service that they offer customers. It made all the difference when someone finally explained my skin to me.

    • Malherbe Liezel Reply

      Hey Jolene. The winner was announced on the 9Lives Facebook page. It went to Tammy Wade Perry. Thanks for checking in.

    • Malherbe Liezel Reply

      There is another Dermalogica hamper up for grabs, make sure you enter before it closes!

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