Earlier this Summer wrote about my first Dermapen4 micro needling treatment done by REBEL Helsinki. After I was kindly gifted these *two DP Dermaceuticals (same company as Dermapen4) skincare treatments for test and review. I gave these a good go test go of two (serum) and three months (cream); now I feel like it’s time to share my experiences! I hope you enjoy reading.
*Products kindly gifted for consideration.
My thoughts are honest and my own.
Choosing Dermaceutical Skincare Products
When reviewing dermaceutical or medical brands I have very high expectations. I don’t want scents, pampering or simply “feeling nice on the skin” from these products, I want to see and feel some real results. Both of these DP Dermaceutical products can be used as a part of your micro needling treatment (before/after), please ask customized product recommendations and routine from your Skin Therapist. At REBEL Helsinki I was chosen three products: SPF (more about that later), Vitamin Rich Repair Cream and Antioxidant Cocktail serum. Both of these product retail €118 for 30ml.
Using DP DERMACEUTICALS VITAMIN RICH REPAIR CREAM
This cream is designed to nourish, comfort and repair the skin. It also promises to lift and firm skin’s contours and soften the appearance of lines. My own lines are fairly fine, I haven’t noticed any decrease or increase after my Dermapen4 treatment. The results have been excellent and I’ll partly give the credit to DP Dermaceuticals products. The INCI list is very impressive from what I understand; I started using these products without knowing much expect the titles.
The texture of this pink colored cream is very light. It spreads and sinks in quickly with no problem - I somehow imagined dermaceutical brand creams would be either very greasy or dimethicone heavy. The cream doesn’t dry you out despite some alcohol, dimethicone or retinol ingredients. On the contrary, this cream feels light yet nourishing. I sometimes enjoy a creamier texture in the evenings, but in day-time this cream sits beautifully under makeup; doesn’t leave a film or a greasy residue. Overall I’m very happy with the performance and ingredients. If I had to say one con it’s that there is some residue left inside the pump which tends to dry out - you’ll notice it the next time you’ll pump out some product. I feel it wastes the cream, but then again you don’t need a lot in the first place..
INCI DP DERMACEUTICALS VITAMIN RICH REPAIR CREAM
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Squalane, Acetamide MEA, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Triethanolamine, Decyl Glucoside, Polyacrylamide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Alcohol Denat., Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat/Spelt) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (alfalfa) Extract, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA
Every skin enthusiast loves vitamins and antioxidants, and this cream is packed with them. There are Vitamin A Esters (active derivates of Vitamin A) which stimulates collagen and elastin production. If you’re familiar with retinol for example, Vitamin A is used for clearer, brighter, blemish free complexion. There’s also Vitamin E, Neodermyl which is a patented version of copper peptide, resveratrol from red grape skins and triple weighted Hyaluronic Acid complex. Hyaluronic acid is one of the best skin hydrators while resveratrol is a potent antioxidant. I’ve tried only one Copper Peptide product in the past from NIOD so I was happy to see it used somewhere else. It’s not mentioned on the websites, but this cream also has squalene and various botanical extracts.
Using DP DERMACEUTICALS ANTIOXIDANT COCKTAIL
The Antioxidant Cocktail seems like a product where you see the effects during a longer period of use; it’s an anti-ageing environmental shield designed to protect against free radical attacks (pollution, stress, UV rays). It’s designed to hydrate, revive and also re-texture skin with a refreshed appearance. Anti-ageing means usually lifting and tightening the skin, which is also the purpose of this cream. If you want something stronger for texture issues, I’d suggest trying a glycolic acid peel, mask or something similar. The website does suggest the using this serum as a spot treatment, but personally I’ve used it all over my face.
INCI DP DERMACEUTICALS ANTIOXIDANT COCKTAIL
Water (Aqua), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Ergothioneine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Xanthan Gum, Beta Carotene, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene
First of all, this serum is pretty hydrating on its own. I don’t feel necessary to add a hydrating serum on the top, but sometimes I do add a couple of drops of oil (such as Max and Me) for more moisturised look. The second ingredient is a stable form of Vitamin C (if you didn’t know, Vitamin C is notoriously unstable ingredient in skincare), followed by Aloe Leaf Juice, my favourite Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and highly active Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 that may improve collagen production. There’s little “unnecessary” ingredients; fragrance is listed, but I personally haven’t paid attention to any scent from this serum. While I don’t necessary see a significant change in my skin after two months of use I can sayt hat my skin has been behaving exceptionally well. I can read from the simple ingredients list that this serum is designed to boost anti-ageing while giving skin protective, highly antioxidant rich ingredients with no nonsense.
I kind of wanted to not love these products.. They are fairly expensive, hard to purchase (not every website sells them, only beauty salons). The packaging is good, who doesn’t like an opaque pump bottle? But then again, it’s not “sexy”, hyped, highly branded.. just effective and simple, does what it says on the tin. A part of me wants to purchase highly hyped products, but then again so many luxe or high end skincare brands are in the same price range so… for once, I think I’ll repurchase both of these.
I’m more excited about the cream as it’s suitable for daytime use but includes Vitamin A Esthers and also its effects are easier to notice in the short therm. But then again, the Antioxidant Cocktail is wonderful, no-nonsense serum packed with great ingredients. I wish they had left out the fragrance and Limonene, but I doubts this serum would irritate sensitive skins. If you have concerns, ask help from your skin therapist. While this review wasn’t typography, packaging, styling or hype heavy, I think these are excellent products for people who want results and upkeep beautiful skin between possible treatments.
Have you tried premium medical skincare? Which one of these two would you pick up? x