Dermaceutical Skincare: DP Vitamin Rich Repair Cream & Antioxidant Cocktail Serum Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Final thoughts

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

VCarbon Treatment at Rebel Helsinki (Review)

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!

*Gifted treatment*

VCarbon Treatment Review at Rebel Helsinki | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
VCarbon Treatment Review at Rebel Helsinki | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

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.

VCarbon Treatment Review at Rebel Helsinki | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

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

VCarbon Treatment Review at Rebel Helsinki | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
VCarbon Treatment Review at Rebel Helsinki | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

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.

VCarbon Treatment Review at Rebel Helsinki | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

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.

VCarbon Treatment Review at Rebel Helsinki | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
VCarbon Treatment Review at Rebel Helsinki | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

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.