Dermalab is a Kiwi-made, Kiwi-owned skincare range that’s aimed at the budget end of the market. It has simple and unassuming branding that’s pleasing to the eye and functional but not fancy. Simple, straight-forward branding informs the user that they have found a simple 1-2-3-4-5 routine that works for pretty much all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone skin. They are also proudly cruelty free.
In the middle of nowhere in New Zealand, picked up a travel pack from Dermalab that contained 4 x 150 ml bottles at the pharmacy.
01. gentle cleansing wash
02. stay hydrated lotion
04. clean your hair +
05. nourish your hair
Benefits according to Dermalab’s website:
Packed with natural active ingredients, using the best of nature and science, DermaLab is safe for all skin types. The ingredients used in DermaLab are chosen for their proven ability to enhance and repair skin function. Suitable to use on problem skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. When we say natural, we mean natural, so we won’t use parabens, artificial colours or fragrances. Plus it’s made right here in New Zealand – well, it just makes sense, doesn’t it? We live here, we make our products here, we sell our products here.
This moisturiser is fantastic for sensitive or dry skin. I found it to be soothing and refreshing once I put it on. I also found that putting it on after shaving my legs stopped them from itching.
I did find that the moisturiser when it went on was creamy and luscious, but pretty soon my skin felt dry again, which was slightly disappointing.
I would say though, as a budget end product that’s good quality and still has integrity in terms of being cruelty free, this product is worth what you pay for it and it does a good enough job. It is a pleasant feeling going onto the face and body, not what you would say luxurious, but pleasant. The moisturiser reduced puffiness around my eyes and worked well underneath of foundation during the day.
The moisturiser contained these two quintessentially Kiwi ingredients in it.
Harakeke flax: has been used for centuries by the Māori people for common ailments, it’s found all over New Zealand, mainly in lowland areas.
This is honey derived from the nectar and flowers of the Manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium), endemic to New Zealand. Manuka honey isn’t only a treat on toast, it’s got some soothing health benefits. It’s antibacterial and protects against a wide range of bacteria.
Other reasons why I like it
It’s organic and cruelty-free: It isn’t vegan, but it is all natural and all organic ingredients, they don’t test on animals.
It’s really affordable: $50.00 NZD for a four pack of conditioner, shampoo, moisturiser and cleanser in large-ish bottles that lasted me ages. Available in all good chemists and online in their store.
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