Anti-aging facial protector: Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery

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Give more than you take. Get plenty of sleep. Exercise and eat healthy. Wear sunblock.

These are a few of the most valuable, often-repeated pieces of life advice. And I do my best to follow each one.

Unfortunately, sunblock didn’t play a large part in my childhood since it wasn’t the word of the day back then. So now I’m doing the best I can to make a fair fight against sun damage, since I can’t make up for lost time.

My two biggest facial concerns are sun protection and moisturizing. When I’m in direct sun for an extended time, up pops a scattering of facial spots that I then fight to suppress with serums and exfoliators. And as my skin matures, it demands more and more moisturizer to stay refreshed-looking.

Much to my delight, Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery, a highly-effective SPF moisturizer, answers both of my top concerns. As such, it has become a staple in my daily regime.


It is a SPF50 sun protector with emollient moisturizing capabilities and anti-aging benefits. The formulation is enriched with white tea antioxidant (which inhibits cell damage done by lipid peroxide and helps neutralize free radicals). Besides superior sunscreen functionality, it also contains a polypeptide that helps encourage collagen production.

The added bonus of this product and all Dermalogica products is that it has no artificial fragrances or ingredients (in other skincare lines, these can commonly cause irritation).


Dynamic Skin Recovery feels creamy, with a thick, medium-weight consistency not unlike a European-style or waterproof sunscreen. It  feels comfortable but protective, like I’m putting up an effective barrier to the elements. It absorbs well into the skin, leaving a natural, well-moisturized feel.

The formulation has a lovely, lightly woodsy and spiced herbal scent that is evocative of spa essential oils, which makes for a bit of calming aromatherapy in the morning. Mmmm… :) This comes from a plethora of natural oils, including rosewood, rose flower, sunflower, clove, and lemon.


In the morning, I cleanse, dry, and tone my face (I skip toning when I’m in a rush). Then, I dispense two full pumps of the SPF moisturizer, warm it up a bit between my fingertips, and apply over my entire face and neck.


I put dab about half of the Dynamic Skin Recovery cream on my nose, forehead, and neck, and then apply the other half to my cheeks in upward and outward motions. I love that it makes my skin feel immediately nourished – velvety soft and moisturized, but looking fresh and matte (no greasy shininess).

I like to pay special attention to my nose and the upper cheekbone area under my eye, as those are the areas that seems to get the most sun, and are where spots frequently appear. After applying, I let the lotion soak into my skin for a few minutes before applying cosmetics.

For daily wear, I use a light tinted moisturizer such as Laura Mercier’s SPF 20 oil-free Tinted Moisturizer in Bisque, and then a swipe of powder bronzer for cheekbone contouring.


I love my other Dermalogica products (such as the Skin Hydrating Booster and Intensive Moisture Balance that I reviewed here previously), and this is one that I am equally enthused about. I feel reassured that it provides the protection that I need throughout the day, and I’m confident about its value now, and for the years ahead.

Have you tried this, or any of the other Dermalogica products? Any favorites?


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  • Ashley Nicholas

    Dermalogica makes really great products. I’ll be on the lookout for this one!

  • Leanna Ranieri

    I have never used this, but I have heard of the brand before! It looks like it works well!

  • Raewyn Smith

    Eek, I always try to remember to put on facial sunblock (at least) but still manage to get a little burn/tan

  • Michelle Chouinard

    I am so bad with my skin care routine. I need to step it up!

  • Deidre Emme

    I havent heard of this. But it looks fabulous! I might need to try it out.

  • Karissa Ancell

    I haven’t tried this brand before but I’ve heard great things about them.

  • Mommy by the Sea

    Sounds like a wonderful product. I keep getting antiwrinkle things from companies but I don’t have any yet either so I guess it’s a great preventative measure!

  • Rebekah

    Sounds like a great product! I completely agree that you’re never too young to start preventing the signs of aging. Sunscreen is a must :D

  • Lissa Cole

    Forget the previous comment. You’re never too young to start anti-aging! I have heard great things about this brand but haven’t had the opportunity to try it out yet.

  • Jordan

    Anti-Aging? Girl, you’re so young. I don’t need to think about this for a while!

  • Ayana Pitterson

    This seems like something to check out. I need a good moisturizer with my products and creamy is always a good sign that it will moisturize. Thank you for sharing.

    Thrifting Diva

  • Kristen Forgione

    I turned 30 this year. Need I say more? Thanks for sharing; I will get some of this goodness!

  • Jessica at Team Wiking

    I might need to try this. At my age anti-aging stuff has been on my mind a lot. :(

  • Neely

    Always like to see new anti aging things to try!

  • Francesca Giagnorio

    Really nice tips! Your skin is awesome <3


  • Amanda Love

    I don’t think I’ve seen this brand before but it does sound like a good one. btw you have amazing skin!

  • Jemma Andrew

    I’ve always wondered about this brand, but never tried it. This sounds really good.

  • Lisa Marie Riggs

    Your skin looks gorgeous!! I’ve been wanting to try a few different dermalogica products, and I’ll have to add this one to the list :)

  • Betsy Gettis

    i haven’t tried any dermalogica products but i’ve been wanting to! this system sounds amazing!

  • Felt With Love Designs

    Looks like a great product. Thank you for sharing! My mom didn’t use a lot of sunscreen on us either. She still swears the sun is better for you than sunscreen.

  • Mandi Kane

    Sunscreen is so vital. I really should get a better eye cream though. Sigh. Aging.

  • mandy @a sorta fairytale

    I got this product (sample size) in a Birchbox once!! I should try it again because I remember really liking it!!

  • songbirdsandbuttons

    Looks like a great product! You have amazing skin!

  • Stefany @ ToBeThode

    Your skin looks amazing. I have not tried this but I need to. I have some sun spots I would like to “fix”.

  • Camille

    I was a sun worshipper as a teen, and now i just can’t get enough sunscreen. Thanks for introducing me to this great product :)

  • esther julee

    i did like dermalogica when i used it. i used mostly the cleanser.. but it’s been a while since! you have great skin btw! :)

  • Jessica

    It’s very good that they don’t use artificial fragrances. Those, when used in cosmetics, tend to give me headaches.

  • tianna

    this sunscreen sounds lovely! I still have yet to try many Dermalogica products and they always sound like they get rave reviews!

  • Amber

    I’ve heard great things about Dermalogica!

  • Kayli Schattner

    I’ve heard wonderful things about Dermalogica + they seemed to work really well on you– you’re glowing! Maybe I’ll give them a try soon :)

  • Joelle Duff

    You have beautiful skin! I am so particular about my own beauty products, but it’s always interesting to see what other people use :)

  • Breanna ♥ More than Love

    You are so pretty! :) I love finding out about new products. I’ll have to give this a try! My face gets horribly dry in the Fall and Winter!

  • Caroline

    I need to show this to my mom! She’s the one dealing with the aging, at 21 I’m just not there yet