Dermapen4 Treatment by Rebel Helsinki (Review)

Have you heard about microneedling? I bet many of you have seen derma-rollers and other spiked, potentially damaging tools advertised online. Today I’m talking about safe and very efficient anti-ageing treatment which uses modern microneedling tool, the Dermapen4. The treatment was done in collaboration with REBEL Helsinki, enjoy!

*Gifted treatment, in collaboration with REBEL Helsinki.

Dermapen4 Treatment By REBEL Helsinki Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Dermapen4 Treatment By REBEL Helsinki Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Dermapen4 Treatment By REBEL Helsinki Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

What is Dermapen4 microneedling treatment?

Dermapen4 should not be confused with at-home derma rolling or other traditional microneedling. Dermapen4 is a microneedling pen makes a minuscule punctures on the dermal layer of the skin, boosting the collagen and elastin production. It’s accurate, quick and safe with no permanent side effects. With Dermapen4 the trauma is kept minimal so the skin can improve its overall condition vs derma-rollers where skin uses most of its effort in fighting the ailment.

The Dermapen4 treatment begins with consultation and the needle length is customized to every client and treated area. Dermapen4 is suitable for everyone and can be used to solve skin issues such as post-acne scars, improve elasticity, diminish fine lines and pigmentation. Whether you have specific concerns or just “anti-ageing” or skin tightening, this can be the treatment for you. Recommended time between treatment sessions is about 5 to 7 weeks. Price (face and neck) €220 - see discounts for multiple sessions.

For more information and booking, contact:

REBEL Helsinki / Fabianinkatu 4 b 15 00130 Helsinki/ 0407771207

Dermapen4 Treatment By REBEL Helsinki Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Dermapen Treatment Experience at Rebel Helsinki

At REBEL Helsinki all treatments being with consultation. For me, I had slight forehead lines, very dry lips and remains of acne scaring on my cheeks. After hopping on the treatment table the first step is cleansing and disinfecting the skin. My Esthetician, Jessica, is very experienced and professional in her work, I felt safe in her hands. At Rebel Helsinki the technique, experience and hygiene is everything and it shows. Next, she applies a treatment gel on my skin and begins needling with Dermapen4.

Jessica starts with my forehead as that tends to be one of the more sensitive areas. Dermapen4 treatment is fairly quick to minimize the discomfort, but max the results with personalized and adjusted needle length: different for lips, scars and so on. The needling isn’t exactly painful, but I did feel a bit uncomfortable towards the end. The feeling cannot be compared to a blood test, that’s way more intense, I’d compare the feeling of microneedling if you strongly scratch your arm. I can take a peek from the mirror and I see very, very slight punctures on my cheek. 

Next, she applies a gorgeous jelly-like sheet mask for about 10 minutes. I relax on the table, close my eyes and listen to calming music in the beautiful treatment room. Although Rebel Helsinki is a very results focused salon, the beauty and luxe feeling of the decor never ceases to amaze me. Finally my Esthetician removes the jelly mask, adds final cream and SPF. It’s recommended to avoid touching or wearing use any makeup for the rest of the day. “Babies, pets and partners - keep them away!”, Jessica laughs.

Dermapen4 Treatment By REBEL Helsinki Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Dermapen4 Treatment By REBEL Helsinki Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Rebel Helsinki Dermapen 4 Results | Laura Loukola Beauty blog

After the Dermapen4 Treatment

My face is a little tingly and red, I step outside the treatment room and I’m given a collagen drink. After a couple of hours the redness has mostly calmed down. My face tingles a little bit, but I resist my urge to scratch it. The down-time is pretty quick, next morning there I don’t have any signs of redness.

Next day I observe my skin from the elevator mirror of my apartment and notice how my acne scaring had almost disappeared. It’s hard to tell in the “After” image as my skin is pretty fair and even, but look at the circled area and tell me if you see red spot marks. There is some texture, but overall I’m ecstatic with the results! For years I’ve tried different lotions and potions to fade any acne marks. According to my Esthetician at Rebel Helsinki the scars were not bad (ie. treatable), but I was blown away to notice them faded. Same with my less prominent forehead line, it’s barely visible.

Final Thoughts

I feel like the treatment actually “did something” and wasn’t just for relaxation and pampering. There’s a time and place for those type of treatments, but if I go to a salon I do like to see some results. I can see why Dermapen4 is a preceding anti-age treatment that both improves the overall appearance of the skin as well as tightens and treats troubling areas. I will take a few weeks of from treatments and save up, as I want to do another round!

Have you tested microneedling yet?

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.