Review: Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant is a powder exfoliator made to fight the environmental pollution triggers in our everyday lives, resurfaces the skin to unveil smoother and a more purified canvas. But is this product worth buying?

Our skin goes through a lot. A lot without us even realising. And that’s what sucks. The things that upset our skin are sometimes uncontrollable. I’ve just come back from spending a few days in London. And while it was a great trip, the pollution in the air’s forced a negative impact on my skin. What makes situations even worse is the fact that winter skin has always been a struggle for me. So heavy pollution combined with winter climates did not equate to a happy me.

Pollution affects us all. It’s something we encounter in our everyday lives because it’s everywhere; in our homes and outside. I felt it a lot more in the big city, which I’m always in and out of. So when I heard that Dermalogica released an exfoliator that is the Daily Superfoliant to tackle those pollution triggers, I was more than excited.

What is the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant?

One thing that’s not to be mistaken here. The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant shouldn’t be mistaken for those sandpaper-like exfoliants out there in the market today. The Superfoliant is a charcoal-based resurfacing exfoliant that yes, scrubs away excess skin but the difference with this product is the bonus factors that tackle the environmental triggers that are known to accelerate ageing.

The product contains a range of highly-active ingredients such as Binchotan Charcoal and Niacinamide, which helps fight pollution triggers that we experience in our everyday lives. The formula is artificial fragrance-free with no colours or parabens while being super gentle on your skin.

What Does the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant Do?

The powerful powder formula releases skin-smoothing acids and anti-pollution technology to help purify the skin. It helps to guard it against the damaging effects of day-to-day pollution. The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant activates when it comes in contact with water. Releasing the ingredients that help to detoxify pores and pollution triggers that lead to premature ageing of the skin.

Who is the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant for?

I’m not going to label this product for a specific demographic here. Pollution affects us all. And while a lot of products on the market claim to be for “everyone,” this product is nothing but honest. The Daily Superfoliant is made to be used on an everyday basis, but understandably, everybody’s skin differs. Those with more sensitive or acne-prone skin should use this product every other day or maybe start by using it once a week, just so your skin can get used to the product.

For somebody who experiences sensitive skin at times, do I find this product harsh on the application? Not at all. I find this product quite gentle for an exfoliator but still works tremendously at what an exfoliator should do. If you’re reluctant on how it may affect your skin, try the Daily Superfoliant out in-store first so you can get a feel of the texture and an idea of how it would feel on application.

How to use the Daily Superfoliant

It’s recommended that you should exfoliate your skin twice a week. However, the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant is purposed for everyday use (as it says in the name). Use once or twice daily. If your skin is more on the sensitive side, consider using this product every other day so your skin can learn to get used to the product.

  1. After cleansing your skin, pour approximately half a teaspoon of the Daily Superfoliant into really wet hands
  2. Rub your hands together so the Superfoliant forms a paste
  3. Apply the product onto your face in circular motions. Avoid eyes and lips
  4. Massage the Daily Superfoliant in for approximately one minute (you don’t need to be harsh with application)
  5. Rinse off the product with warm water

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant vs Dermalogica Microfoliant

You probably may have already heard of the infamous Dermalogica Microfoliant. An award-winning product that is most definitely one of the most demanded products in the Dermalogica skincare range. So when Dermalogica released the Daily Superfoliant, one misconception was that this product was created to replace the Microfoliant.

While both products may seem similar, they both have different uses. They contain ingredients and have an other intent.
The Dermalogica Microfoliant is a gentle powder exfoliator that works to remove dull surfaces and stimulate cell renewal for brighter, smoother skin. It also helps to balance uneven pigmentation to reveal a more even complexion.

The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant has a big difference here: a slightly higher pH level. This means that the product will open up your pores to allow the Binchotan Charcoal to penetrate deeper into your skin. It helps to absorb those pollution particles hidden within. It is much courser in consistency than the Daily Microfoliant. The Daily Superfoliant helps to prevent mature signs of ageing due to pollutants in the environment.

The Ingredients Used in Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant

Activated Binchotan Charcoal

This special ingredient in the Daily Superfoliant absorbs those environmental toxins in your skin to help purify and eliminate those harmful pollutants that can damage your skin in the long run.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

This helps to exfoliate off the top layer on your skin to wash out the pollution, any excess oil or remaining product residue. Leaving your skin clean with a natural glow.


Niacinamide helps to boost the immunity of your skin. It improves redness and blotchiness, restores the skin’s resilience from damage and boosts collagen production that helps to minimise lines and wrinkles. That’s just to name a few of its benefits but trust me, there’s many more.

Red Algae

Enhancing the skin’s barrier function, Red Algae replenishes and retains the skin’s natural moisture with its spongelike qualities, leading to younger-looking and healthier skin.

Who is Dermalogica?

It’s all well and good that your products come in fancy jars and beautiful packaging, but that’s not Dermalogica’s goal here. Their products target real results. Developed by the International Dermal Institute, Dermalogica is world-renowned as the “professionals choice” in skincare. They aim to cater to all skin types or capsule ranges that target specific skin concern whether it be acne, pigmentation, rosacea or skin sensitivity.

Since 1986, British skin therapist Jane Wurwand developed the Dermalogica brand in the International Dermal Institute. This has now become a common name with a vast range of products. Products that are fragrance-free, free of alcohol, mineral oil and the common irritants of skin you’ll find in a lot of skincare.

Is the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant worth buying?


I’ve always been a massive fan of Dermalogica skincare products. They’ve ever worked wonders for my temperamental skin. But with that being said, I’m super critical when it comes to the skincare products I use. I may love the brand, but my brand perception never affects how I feel about the next product I try. After using the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant for quite some time, I have to put my hands down to this product. My skin felt a lot smoother and clearer after one use so imagine how this made my face feel after a month!

Having sensitive skin isn’t easy when shopping for products. The Daily Superfoliant was incredibly gentle and accommodating for an exfoliator. It’s not the cheapest of products you’ll find on the market. Some may consider this out of their budget. That’s probably my only critical point about this product. Is it worth the splurge? 100%. If I could say that you could spend your money elsewhere on something similar at a lower price, I would. Here’s where Dermalogica wins. It’s a phenomenal product that is so different from other exfoliators on the market today. The exfoliator leaves your skin clearer and brighter without at all feeling stripped. What more could you even ask for?


  • Gentle on your skin
  • Unscented
  • Leaves your face feeling soft and smooth


  • A little bit of a pricey product
  • Product hardens slightly towards the bottom of the tube
Overall Rating
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Try the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant here today!

A product not worth missing out on.

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