Rated 4.55 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review I love love love this new product!
Just when I thought that my skin couldn't get any better, Dermalogica brings this Barrier Defense Booster (and the Calm Water Gel) to my beauty routine. I've been a loyal Dermalogica customer for about 6 months now. I have struggled with sensitive skin and rosacea for a couple of decades now and i know I have tried every beauty line out there, Rodan & Fields, It Cosmetics, even ones like Meaningful Beauty and Younique. I even splurged on an every product in the $800 line by May Lindstrom. Sometimes I would get a degree of relief for a short period of time and then it was back to my normal itchy red, bumpy, scaly skin that i had to cover up with more expensive makeup products and the vicious cycle started all over again. That is, until i received a free sample of Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser. It felt so good. I almost chose to not even do the research because I figured it would just be another line of products that would end up in the back of my bathroom cabinet. But i took a chance and ordered the small trial/travel kit for sensitive skin. After i finished it my skin felt different. More supple, less irritated and just plain younger. I still wasn't a believer, but i was getting there. I cautiously purchased another travel set, not yet willing to fully "buy in" with larger sized products. Two weeks later, I was convinced that this was what I had been searching so desperately for. Since then I have added a number of the other products that don't come in the travel kit, the daily exfoliant, the precleanse oil and now the balm, etc. My skin has never looked or felt better! Then....this. The Barrier Defense Booster and the Calm Water Gel. It must be sorcery! Within a week of adding these two to my twice-a-day regimen, my skin looks and feels like healthy, young, (almost) perfect skin! It's supple and glows like I haven't seen since my teens. I never DREAMED my skin would ever feel like this again! Thank you, Dermalogica, for giving me my confidence back!
Most Helpful Critical Review Great product, terrible packaging
First of all - I never trusted reviews that start with "I received this product for free" yet here I sit writing, I received this product complimentary.
That being said. I truly do LOVE the product itself. I put (more like heaved, but more on that later) a few drops into my moisturizer every night for two weeks, and noticed a difference. I then travelled for work for two weeks without it, and REALLY saw how different my skin was without it. I couldn't wait to get back home and start using it again. When this sample runs out, I'll certainly consider buying it.
Now for the packaging- perhaps I got a dud? This packaging is t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e. You only need a few drops, but the nozzle isn't a dropper. The body of the tube is hard plastic (not gently squeezable). Every night I have to vigorously SHAKE the body and hope that a few drops fall out. I re-read the packaging dozens of times to make sure I wasn't missing something.
If it weren't for the packaging, this would be a 5 star product.
Reviewed by 730 customers yes
sue from chicago, il
although oily, it is so great for dry skin, and then barrier repair feels like silk
Gus215 from Philadelphia, PA
This product is interesting and a bit heavier than I would like but my skin is reacting very well. I've found it's easier for me to drop a bit into my moisturizer because it's a heavier facial oil and things blend/go a bit further. It also has a lovely lavender scent. So far so good! I'm pleased with the product.
Love This product
Sasha from vista. ca
I use daily when cleansing my face.
Dana C. from California
I decided to purchase this product as I loved the moisturizer, but I felt I needed something more. This definitely did the trick. I use a drop morning and night mixed with my moisturizer and I can definitely notice a difference in the softness and plumpness (if that's a word, haha) in my skin after a few weeks. Very glad I tried this on a whim!
This stuff is liquid GOLD
xxnikimariexx from Massachusetts
I use this combined with my Ultra Calming calm water gel at night as my last step in my routine & it leaves my skin feeling soft, moisturized & glowing. Sometimes if I forget to use it I can tell in the morning because my skin isn't glowing. Highly recommended
I would buy this again
Cindy from Roanoke, Virginia
I am not sure this step is necessary or that it really does anything for my over reactive skin but I like using it and the way it feels.
Red and Stinging
Kim from (Maryland)
I don't have super sensitive skin, and it's more on the dry side. I received a sample of this in the ultra calming kit and decided to try it. As soon as I put it on, my face got really red, especially on my cheeks and jaw line. I decided to wait a few minutes, but that didn't last long because my face got hot and started stinging. I washed it off, but my face stayed red and kept stinging. I know everyone is different, but I wouldn't recommend this product.
Holister from Chicago
My sensitive skin has been awful lately this addition to my moisturizer helps calm and keep me hydrated.
Irritated my sensitive skin.
Rebecca from Vancouver, Wa.
My facial skin barrier is very weak and I have very dry, sensitive skin and Rosacea for which I see a Dermatologist. I tried this product using the recommended amount of drops and applied as directed. Within 2 hours, my skin was extremely red, irritated and burning. This lasted for 3 days and I am now left with very dry itchy, irritated skin. I do not recommend this product if you have extremely dry, sensitive skin or Rosacea. I had no problems returning this product.
Good for Rough Days
Mary from USA
I use this when I have been sick or had a bad acne day. Very hydrating and soothing. I can't use it everyday because sometimes it's a bit TOO hydrating, but I have combo/oily skin. Highly recommended.
This is my go to when my skin is sensitice
Ema from Dallas, TX
I apply the barrier defense booster under my moisturizer or sometimes I mix it with my moisturizer.
So smooth and silky!
CiCi from Mandeville, La
LOVE this product! I add a couple of drops to my moisturizer and oh what a difference. It also smells great!
Amazing addition to moisturizer!
Anna from Virginia
This is a wonderful product to either use alone after toner or with moisturizer. I have done both and it helps keep my face calm and supple from sensativity.
I loved the product but the bottle broke in less than 2 week
Jen from Newcastle, UK
I suffer from facial eczema and rosacea and had the product recommended by a therapist. It wasn't cheap but I loved the product. However, after less than 2 weeks the pump broke and all of the fluid was lost out of the bottom. I've not been able to return this for a replacement due to lack of time. But I'm not sure I'd want it unless the packaging is improved.
Kerri from Bristow, VA
I got a facial and my aesthetician said my skin was very dehydrated. I knew this because my nose has been so dry that it flakes. After the facial I asked for a recommendation for a product to help the dryness. She recommended the barrier defense booster so I bought it. Right away I could tell a difference! My skin looks and feels so great. At first I was worried it would be greasy but it isn't. It leaves my skin looking hydrated and smooth. I will continue to buy this product!
Spudyloco from Wisconsin
Followed by Precleanse & UltraCalming Cleanser, I mix this with the Intense Moisture Balance. So far, works wonders on my dry, sensitive skin.
If it seems too greasy for you - you're probably using too much.
I find it absorbs better when mixed with moisturizer, rather than applying alone.
A real winner.
Tia from Toney, AL
This is very moisturizing but does not feel greasy or appear shiny.
Must Have for Hypersensitive skin
PeachyHans from Minneapolis, MN
OMG, where do I even start?? I received a sample after a dermalogica facial treatment and didn't think too much of it. I have really temperamental skin that flares into hives at the slightest irritation so I have to make my own products most of the time. So SO many things have fallen flat on their promises in the past. However, this one blew me away. A little goes a long way and just a few drops patted onto my face (after cleansing, before moisturizer) does the trick. It's called a Booster for a reason! It will amp up your existing skincare routine. It's a fine line between "just right" and "oily" so I recommend using less than you think you'll need. It's especially helpful after exfoliating to rebuild the shield the scrub removed.
My sample lasted me several uses and tomorrow I'm running out to pick up the full product! It's pricey but so worth it after the $$$ I've dumped on past failures. If you're considering it, ask an Ulta skincare expert for a sample!
Would buy again and again
Georgia from Westwego La
Love this product
I would buy this
Missy from New York
I really liked this product. When I got it I was a little skeptical but it made my skin nice a smooth. I received this product free for testing.
Great additive for moisturizer
Lizzie from New Orleans
I add this to my regular moisturizer as a boost when I need extra moisture. I find that it help everything sink in. I don't use it every day but as it causes my skin to get too oily..
It was good
Fawn from Phila, pa
I received this product complimentary from Influenster and was pleasantly surprised. It is a little overwhelming with the amount of ingredients and Fragrance but it was still well Tolerated by my skin
Love this product
Meg from Hingham, MA
Really hydrating! Makes my skin look smooth!
The mom from Valley, AL
This is skincare you put on after cleaning. I really liked how it made my skin feel & look! I used it morning and evening.
Kels from South Carolina
This product is the best! I have been using for about a month and I can tell the biggest different in my skin. It has never felt more hydrated! I could literally use this and not wear makeup, I can't say that about any other products. I received this completely free for product testing but I will definitely be buying in the future!