Experience: Dermalogica IonActive Power Treatment Facial


A few weeks ago, I was invited to experience the new Dermalogica IonActive Power Treatment Facial at the International Dermal Institute in Vancouver. My treatment was handled by Cory, Senior Dermalogica Trainer, who is extremely knowledgeable about skin treatment, as well as Dermalogica products.

The new IonActive Power Treatment is a 45 minute professional treatment that is designed to treat skin conditions such as acne, dehydration, hyper pigmentation, sensitivity, and aging. The key parts to the IonActive Power Treatment are the IonActive serums and the Gelloid masks. There are four IonActive serums specifically designed for treating particular skin concerns, and they are used in conjunction with a tool that delivers microcurrents into the skin, which allows for deeper penetration of the serum ingredients.

  • Retinol 1% IonActive – for treating aging skin
  • Hyaluronic Acid IonActive – for treating dehydration and sensitivity
  • Oligopeptide IonActive – for treating hyperpigmentation
  • Niacinamide IonActive – for treating adult acne

There are also two types of Gelloid masks. These masks are used both as a massage cream, as well as a face mask. The facial massage was specifically designed to help push the IonActive serums further into the skin for better penetration and efficacy of the serum ingredients.

  • ExoThermal Gelloid – a self-heating massage mask that is ideal for stressed, dehydrated, or aging skin
  • EndoThermal Gelloid – a cooling massage mask that is perfect for soothing sensitivity, reducing inflammation and suppressing acne.

Based on your Face Mapping analysis, as well as your own description of your top skin concerns, you were prescribed a treatment. My main skin concerns are hyper pigmentation and dehydration, and Cory agreed based on an analysis of my skin. As such, he recommended the Oligopeptide IonActive in conjunction with the ExoThermal Gelloid.

He started the treatment with a deep cleanse of my skin using the Pre-Cleanse, an oil cleanser and one of my favourite products from Dermalogica. He then double cleansed with the Ultra Calming Cleanser, a gel-based cleanser that’s very soothing, gentle, yet effective. The cleanser was immediately followed a deep yet gentle exfoliation using the Daily Microfoliant. After what was pretty much a triple cleanse, Cory walked me through the different types of IonActive serums, and we both agreed that the Oligopeptide serum was the best for me as I wanted to focus on reducing my hyperpigmentation. The Oligopeptide IonActive serum was applied generously over my face with a spatula. The serum was left to set for a minute, and then the Gelloid mask was applied. I have stressed and dehydrated skin so the ExoThermal Gelloid was used for the facial massage. The facial massage was extremely relaxing, and probably my favourite portion of the facial.

After 10 minutes, the mask was removed using a warm towel, and the facial ended with a quick spritz of the Multi-Active Toner, and a generous application of the Pure Light Day Cream, which contains SPF 50, to get me ready for the rest of my day.

My skin, upon leaving the IonActive Power Facial was extremely supple, hydrated, and brightened. Of course it was just one treatment so I didn’t see any huge improvements (it’s just a facial, not magic). For maximum benefits, Dermalogica recommends a series of three to six treatments initially (every two to four weeks), and then followed by maintenance treatments twice a year.

The Dermalogica IonActive Power Treatment Facial is available now at select skincare centres and spas across Canada for a suggested price of $120 per session (varied by skincare centre).


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