After reading beauty industry expert (and FutureDerm.com writer) Leah Argento’s May 7 article, Are Facials A Worthwhile Investment?, I decided to go ahead and get a professional facial done at a local spa. The truth of the matter is, my skin looked better than ever before – more even-toned, with a marked reduction in clogged pores. I immediately asked for the secret. The licensed aesthetician informed me it was the combination of diligent gentle scrubbing, the alternated use of steam before the masque and cool water afterwards to close and open the pores, and the Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque ($65.95, Amazon.com) itself.
Recommended for sensitive skin, the secret to Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque is – no surprise here! – oatmeal. The truth of the matter is, Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque contains so much colloidal oatmeal, it actually feels like a goopy paste on your face! And in truth, it is: To apply, you stir the oatmeal masque and warm water into a paste; apply to your entire face and neck; cover with 2 warm, damp gauzes or thin washcloths; then, gently steam your face for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. The results are pretty astounding.
About Colloidal Oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal is one of the few skin care ingredients that is regulated by the U.S. FDA. From the Avena sativa L. plant, colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. It is known for soothing and calming the skin, as studies have shown it improves barrier function, cleanses, soothes, and even contains soothing antioxidant vitamin E (Cosmetic Dermatology supplement, 2008).
Due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing nature, studies published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology suggest using colloidal oatmeal as a first-line treatment to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis. It is suggested that use of colloidal oatmeal to treat these conditions may allow for reduced need of topical drugs like corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors, which have more known potential side effects than colloidal oatmeal.
I’m now a huge fan of Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque (and facials in general), so I will definitely be using it in the future. I highly recommend this masque to anyone with eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, or generally dry or sensitive skin – so long as you check with your dermatologist first! 😉
Product Rating: 9/10
- High or optimized concentration of clinically/scientifically-proven ingredients: 3/3
- Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3
- Value: 2/3 (because it works)
- Sunscreen: N/A (bonus point, as facials don’t contain sunscreen)
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