Skin Hydrating Booster
1 fl. oz. for $56
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Skin Hydrating Booster contains balm mint (Melissa) and lavender oil, making this far too irritating for all skin types. How disappointing, because the formula contains some notable skin-repairing ingredients and has a lightweight texture those with oily skin would appreciate. This isn’t the best for dry skin because the formula lacks emollients and moisturizing agents dry skin needs to look and feel better.


Hydrating fluid concentrate relieves dryness and fine lines. Help lift moisture levels and minimize fine lines by mixing into your prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer or applying directly to parched skin. Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and Algae Extract help restore moisture balance.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Panthenol, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Glycolipids, Hydrolyzed Algin, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Sea Water, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.

Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good eye-makeup remover; a unique skin-lightening product; a couple of commendable moisturizers, one with stabilized vitamin C.

Weaknesses: Expensive; almost every category has one or more products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; Clean Start and MediBac lines are particularly disappointing; the SPF products tend to be mediocre to poor.

Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.

Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.

According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?

For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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15 years older :(

This product left me looking 15 years older with dry, wrinkly eyes, sore and itching face. Yes, I used it underneath moisturizer. Took a week to recover from the treatment. Worst product I ever tried.

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Linda U

I use the hyaluronic acid in paula's choice but this dermalogica product left my extremely dry skin smooth and hydrated. I could use it alone, unlike paula's. The problem is the outrageous price not the product in my opinion. I was very pleased. Paula's is a decent alternative.

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I Really Like It

I have combination skin and whenever I use a heavier moisturiser, I break out. I have been using this under my Paula's Choice moisturiser and it is perfect. Doesn't irritate my skin or make me break out. In fact, my t zone is usually really quite oily but now I don't get as oily.

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Helps in the Winter

First of all this isn't a moisturizer, it's a booster (basically like a serum but in a different formula). I love this when I get dry flaky patches in the winter, it clears them right up. This is meant to go underneath a moisturizer yo gabba gabba.

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