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.

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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

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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.

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

Skin Friendly and Eco Conscious Home Products

Have you paid attention if your household supplies are good for your skin or eco safe? I talk a lot about skincare on my blog and today I’d like to expand the chat to products that also affect our skin wellbeing. When I lived in Japan I didn’t only suffer from adult acne, but I got a nasty skin reaction probably related to my laundry routine. Since then I’ve tried to be conscious about my household cleaners and laundry detergents, creating an eco friendly home at the same time. Enjoy!

*Products marked with asterisk (*) have been gifted for consideration.
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My Background and Itchy Skin

About 5 years ago when I lived in Japan I didn’t have my own washing machine. I used a local coin laundry (very common in Japan) to wash my clothes, sheets and towels. The washing machines were set to wash everything in 40° and they did gather dust which nobody else seemed wipe off. I used local, pretty general laundry detergents and after a while I started to get very itchy skin. I doubt this was a reaction to water or any personal cosmetic product (such as body lotion) that I used. There was no visible reactions such as rash, but I felt very uncomfortable. After returning to Finland my skin calmed, but I wanted to avoid getting the same odd reaction. I was already a vegetarian and wanted to live an environment friendly life, so started to investigate eco detergents and soaps.

While “normal” laundry detergents are effective, they are often heavy on fragrance, cleaning agents and chemicals that prevent dirt from settling back or work well in harder water. I’m not going to list any “harmful” ingredients here as I couldn’t find too many reliable sources and this article is not about green washing. I want to share some options you can try, if you wish.

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Skin Safe & Eco Friendly Way to Wash Clothes: Soap Nuts

Soap nuts are my favorite way to wash laundry, I’ve used them for about 5 years now. This may sound “too hippie” to some of you, but hear me out! Soap nuts are very simple, easy and wallet-friendly way to wash clothes efficiently. You take about 4 soap nut halves for one medium amount of laundry (check the instructions from your packaging), place them in a sock or a small cotton/muslin bag, close it, crush the soap nuts (I step on them) and put the soap nut bag with the laundry. You’re done. You may even reuse the nuts if your laundry isn’t very dirty.

Soap nuts contain an ingredient called saponin which is a powerful natural surfactant with foaming and cleaning properties. This works very well for clothes that are washed between 40°-60° celsius, removing dirt, oil and stains. Once the soap nuts soften or you’ve washed a couple of laundries with them you can compost the nuts! I know it’s possible to even make your own liquid soaps from soap nuts by cooking them, but I personally I’m lazy and reach for readily available products.

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Liquid Laundry Detergent and Laundry Vinegar

Since soap nuts work best in warm to hot water, I do have a regular laundry detergent for silk/wool. Lately I’ve washed sensitive materials such as linen and underwear with an eco safe laundry detergent called Mummi ja Minä*. These detergents are made in Finland and have a light fragrance, which has proven to be useful when washing workout clothes. They are rather expensive (~€12 for 500ml), one bottle equals about 16 washes. I only do laundry for 1 person, so these have lasted me a while – especially when I reserve the liquid for workout clothes and hand washes. My favorite is the laundry vinegar that makes my sheets soft and smell pleasant. I’m using it in the place of fabric softner.

The ingredients of the Peppermint Detergent* are only: Plant oil compound (Anionic surfactants) 5–10 %, alcohol <5 %, sea salt <5 %, peppermint essential oil 5 %. pH ~6. If you’re very sensitive to essential oils I might do a test wash first, but I don’t find the fragrance any way overpowering. The Laundy Vinegar (Peppermint)* has: vinegar >5%, essential oil < 5%, Natrium Benzoate (preservative), < 5% with pH ~3.

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Other Cleaning Supplies

I do like to use Mummi ja Minä dishwashing liquid* as well thanks to the lovely bottle and nice, natural scent, but when I have very dirty dishes or perhaps grimy coffee pots I do reach for “regular” dishwashing liquid as it cuts oil better. With other eco cleaners I haven’t noticed much difference in efficacy vs regular ones.

I’ve purchased some eco conscious home cleaners by brands Lilly’s, Method and Ecover. Especially the Ecover Toilet Cleaner is very efficient and available at my super market. Otherwise I think I’ll dilute liquid home soaps myself in the future with Dr. Bronner’s.

Dr. Bronner's castile soaps* are very versatile and rather affordable, they can be diluted as hand soap, cleansing liquid, mopping, dishes, toilet cleaner, plant spray for bugs, even shampoo and brushing your teeth! Yup, lovely Mia told me she has tried.. and it tastes like soap. Dr. Bronner’s products are also biodegradable. The unscented castile soap* is one of the best for washing beauty sponges and puffs as it’s gentler than rubbing your sponges against a soap bar.

Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree soap* is nice for mopping when diluted in water, I got stains off my floors very efficiently. My new kitty, Haku, likes to carry his food around.. so it can get pretty messy, you know. The tea tree scent is fairly prominent while mopping, but does fade pretty quickly. I think I’ll purchase the eucalyptus scent for creating my own hand soap and kitchen spray.

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What are the ways you’ve made your home more eco conscious and skin friendly? Have you heard about soap nuts before or gotten a skin reaction to a cleansing product? Let me know! x

What You NEED To Know About Sunscreen

I have a couple of pet topics and one of them is no other than sunscreen. Every Summer since this blog has existed I’ve tried to post a reminder about the importance of SPF (‘sun protection factor’). Every year my knowledge has also broaden and while the older posts are still useful (there are some product reviews included), I think I’ve managed to gather some good and updated information for you.

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You NEED To Wear an SPF

If there’s one thing to take away from this post, it’s this no-nonsense advice: wear your sunscreen. Every day of the year, even if it’s cloudy. On overcast days, only visible Sun rays are blocked, but you still are at the risk of getting sun damage, which causes about 80% of visible signs of ageing. It’s not only for aesthetic reasons, but by wearing sunscreen you also reduce the risk of getting skin cancer. No sunscreen provides 100% protection against UV radiation, there’s always some that will reach your skin, damaging the cells below. This damage builds up over time, which can increase your risk of skin cancers. Wear sunscreen every day!

How To Apply Sunscreen

What’s the best sunscreen for you? The kind you use. I’m repeating myself here, I know. Some people detest the physical sunscreens that might have a slight flashback or a white cast right when applied. If you’re hesitant then try several types: sprays, liquids and creams. The most important point is to apply and apply enough. SPF alone in makeup is not enough to protect you, as you won’t apply a sufficient amount.

As I’m not a dermatologist and sunscreen textures vary, I cannot say a certain amount for each sunscreen, but for the face and neck I’d aim to apply 1/2 teaspoon. I personally use a physical, very creamy type of a sunscreen: I dot it on my face and neck and massage gently until the product has absorbed and there is no white cast. Remember to reapply sunscreen every few hours if you’re in sunlight and immediately after swimming or sweating.

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Understand Sun Protection Factor

Studies over the years have shown that sun protection factors and actual protection percentage from ultraviolet rays don’t go hand in hand: SPF 60 is not double the protection of SPF 30. SPF15 means ~93% of UV rays are blocked, SPF30 blocks 97% and SPF50 98%. Above SPF50 the added protection is fairly miniscule, but the cosmetic properties of the sunscreen might be compromised (thicker, whiter texture).

You also need to check your sunscreen had both UVA and UVB rating. If your sunscreen says it’s “Broad Spectrum”, it means the product offers both UVA and UVB protection.

You might have seen that after the SPF and number there are products labeled with “PA” and plus ratings. PA grading system was established in Japan and is meant to inform about the level of protection from UVA rays. Always choose a product with PA+++ (or more) to get the best protection from UVA.

Susncreen and Vitamin D Absorbation

Vitamin D is produced by the body when the skin is hit by UVB rays. Theoretically, sunscreen use may lower the Vitamin D, but according to Harvard Health Publishing very few people wear enough sunscreen to block all UVB light. Where your live, skin color, weight, age, etc. also affects on Vitamin D absorption, so it’s safer to get sufficient amount of Vitamin D from food or supplements.

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What To Know About Physical And ‘Chemical’ UV Filters

I use the term physical and ‘chemical’ to demonstrate the differences in these UV filters, but some people may refer it as “natural/organic/mineral” and “synthetic” and so on. Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the Sun by blocking or deflecting the UV rays while chemical sunscreen absorb them. Physical UV filters are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, which are generally stable and safe sunscreen filters that don’t cause free radicals.

The issue in chemical UV filters is that some may irritate the skin and they have to be applied 15-20 minutes before being exposed to sun. On the other hand chemical UV filters are often cosmetically elegant: runny, light, colorless and odorless. Physical UV filters are thick, opaque and in some cases harder to apply if they leave a white cast. Some people are prone for breaking out from physical or chemical filters, so always patch test if you’re unsure if the product is suitable for you.

I personally only aim to use physical sunscreens, but for everyone I encourage you to avoid using oxybenzone and octinoxate as they damage reefs and have adverse health risks to humans and environment.

Read More About SPF on The Blog

Best Sunscreens For Summer 2018
What You Need To Know About Sun Care (2016)
My Sunscreen Reminder (and Innisfree Review)

Do you wear sunscreen every day?