You stroll in the sunny Helsinki, right next to the Market Square, boulevards and fine boutiques shops and restaurants is Fabianinkatu. I press the buzzer and walk to the third floor, to the beautiful Rebel Helsinki. While the salon has beautiful antique fireplace, mirrors and dressers you’ll find here internationally top-notch, modern, medical grade skincare. Today I’ll introduce you to the Rebel Helsinki and their brand new VCarbon Treatment I was kindly gifted to experience. Enjoy!
The Rebel Helsinki Experience
Can I first say that every time I step inside the Rebel Helsinki I’m blown away how beautiful it is. This is the same location that offer Mark Birch hair treatments, which I wrote about earlier. Of course the interior has nothing to do with skincare and results, but if I’m having a treatment I love it to feel luxurious and something I can’t simply replicate at home. I think that running a successful business is also paying attention in the details and personality - the whole staff is not only experienced but gives you a very warm welcome.
I asked if I could have a chance to chat with Reija, the owner of Rebel, about their aesthetics and philosophy, which I found very interesting. While there is a place and time for pampering, Rebel Helsinki is strictly about results driven aesthetic treatments: enhancing in an elegant way, improving various skin conditions and reducing the signs of ageing. Their offering of treatments is very strictly curated and clinic -like. To Rebel it’s important their customers get consulted, personalized treatments that can promise results. One of their core principles is honesty and reliability - if something isn’t a right choice for the customer they won’t do the treatment.
I noticed that one of the things that make Rebel Helsinki a special salon is their drive to follow new innovations, stay at the top on an international level. Equipments, products, education is constantly being updated. VCarbon, which I’m talking about next, is a very new treatment and Rebel is the only salon that offers it in Finland.
“Every woman has a rebel inside” –Reija Lommi
Testing THE VCarbon Treatment at Rebel Helsinki
VCarbon Treatment is a new and very innovative treatment as it promises instant results, no “down time” and above all - it is suitable for everyone. Yes, the emphasis is on the word: everyone. This gentle and unaggresive treatment has natural acids and antioxidants, including activated Carbon, Black Ginger Extract, Liquorice Extract and gentle acids such as lactic, mandelic and ferulic acid. It’s designed to have a both purifying and immidiate lifting effect. The treatment costs €150 and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
I hopped on the treatment table and Jessica the Beautician covered my clothes and started gently cleansing my skin. You will evaluate the customer’s skin needs together, my main concerns were the lackluster feel and lack of firmness. Then she disinfected my skin and applied the mask. The duration depends on your skin, but overall it’s very quick - the whole treatment takes about 30mins. I noticed slight tingling when I had the mask on, but not very major. Then the Beautician spritzes your skin with a special VCarbon neutralizer. Because of the efficacy she’ll also apply sunscreen.
Now here comes the interesting part - my skin felt immediately different. Smooth, firm and balanced, but above all - lifted. As if extra weight had been taken off my skin and it felt quite amazing. Now the best part was that you could immediately go out, continue your day and apply makeup. If you’ve ever had extractions or a traditional peel at a salon you know you might leave your face clean but red, even irritated looking - with this treatment you won’t. If you look at the before and after picture carefully my face looks more contoured. It’s hard to show on pictures how smooth my skin felt.
Right after the treatment I tested my most hard-to-use, finicky foundation by THREE (review here) and I gotta say I still didn’t like how this foundation applied. Sigh, THREE, you disappoint me. Otherwise my makeup has been gliding on very smoothly and evenly. On day 3 after the treatment I noticed slight surface peeling on my nose, but it could be a mix result from a product I’ve been testing. I’ve taken a lot of beauty and makeup routine pictures this week and every time I’ve loved how my skin looks - you’ll see in future posts! Images in this post are 100% makeup free of course.
Who I Recommend VCarbon Treatment?
According to my beautician - this is for everyone. The treatment is so well-controlled and gentle even younger clients can have it, but you should notice the lifting effect if you’re more mature. I would recommend this treatment for:
People who want a non-aggressive treatment and look instantly good
First timers, young people, sensitive or mature skin
People with a tight schedule, busy parents or someone who “just” wants a quick fix
Bachelorette party, graduation, weddings, before presentations or celebrations
Easy to give as a Mother’s Day gift, birthday present etc.
Before Summer parties and holidays
The short treatment time (30 mins) is so beneficial if you have a very busy schedule before a big event, but you want to look good. You can do the treatment on the same day or a couple days before, after having the VCarbon makeup is meant to go on very smoothly and there should not be peeling or redness to cover up. If you’re super busy (or living in a Hollywood romcom haha) you technically could do the treatment on your lunch break and have a date night later the day.
Above: VCarbon mask jar, neutralizing spray and a collagen drink.
Final Thoughts on VCarbon
I had a very positive experience at Rebel Helsinki and trying VCarbon. I don’t have much cons to say, obviously this treatment does not target acne or deep wrinkles – and it’s not meant to! This treatment is an instant fix for lifting, firming, smoothing and looking good overall. It’s not a magic trick that disappears the next day. My dry skin had some peeling on the nose after ~3 days, but nothing I couldn’t handle as it went away quickly.
It’s been a roughly week since my treatment and I can safely say my skin still feels lovely and firm. Makeup looks gorgeous on the top. The firmness is so odd to describe, but after I hopped off the treatment table I could see and feel it. Perfect choice before Spring and Summer festives or as a gift. You can be sure you’ll get value for your money, Rebel Helsinki guarantees you’ll never leave thinking “Huh, I could’ve done that myself at home”.
*This treatment was kindly gifted, my thoughts honest and my own.