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

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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?

Summer Ready Body Routine

I haven’t talked too much about body care here, have I? Maybe just Max and Me body oil rave here or there, but in general I’ve neglected this topic. No worries, it’s gonna change! Today I’m talking how to get your skin in shape, looking and feeling good! I hope you enjoy this post!

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Getting Your Body Summer Ready

Have a body. It’s Summer (soon). The end!

No, seriously, I don’t think you have to do anything extra to be “Summer ready” skin, body, health-wise or anything. It’s just the title. But for me, I guess it’s paying more attention to body care - for fun and self-care purposes. Most of the year Finland is rainy, cold, and I all I wanna do is being wrapped in a blanket from head to toe. When it’s warm enough to ditch wool socks, giving some TLC to your body skin is well appreciated - not required, if you get what I mean. Take and use these tips as you like.

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The Best Exfoliating Routine

This TLC boils down to main things: exfoliation and moisturization.

I’d like to be one of those people who enjoyed dry brushing. Every time I take out my body brush I swear I’ll make it a habit and slowly transform into Gwyneth Paltrow (..no). I rarely have the patience to rub my skin more than 2 minutes and after doing it once, maybe twice, I give up. But dry brushing can be an efficient and cost-effective way to exfoliate your body skin, boost circulation and help with swelling. If you haven’t given it a try, I do recommend it! You can use a body brush or even mittens, brush yourself for 5 minutes in a circular motions towards your heart. Rinse in the shower and moisturize thoroughly.

Since dry brushing isn’t my thing, I have opted for scrub products. My favorites are from Skin Treat (exclusive to KICKS) and Flow Cosmetics. Skin Treat has two great shower scrubs: the mud-style Healthy Radiance Warming Body Scrub* heats a little while the gentle Clear & Pure Enzyme & AHA Peeling* acid exfoliator is good if you have congested skin. The pH isn’t low enough for strong exfoliation, but it’s boosted with manual scrub particles. If you want a more intense scrub, go for the Warming Body Scrub or Flow Cosmetics Peppermint Scrub*. Its ingredients include a blend of Himalayan salt, shea tree butter, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. The oils make it glide on the skin while the salt gives your dry legs and arms a good scrub. I love the invigorating peppermint smell in the shower and thanks to the oils my skin doesn’t feel too dry or itchy afterwards.

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Summer Body Routine | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Body Moisturizers for Summer

As I do only mild scrubbing in the shower I’ve started using Skin Treat Bright Renewal AHA & PHA Exfoliating Treatment*, which is comes in a handy foam pump bottle. I wear pantyhose 99% of my days and suffer from pimples on my tights and bum area. I’ve noticed this Skin Treat foam helps the existing pimples to calm down faster, I’m still testing if long-term use will clear out my skin completely.

I also like their Instant Firming Body Serum* for my arms and décolleté as it sinks in quickly and makes my skin feel silky. I doubt it will actually firm my skin, but I don’t need to wait for the body lotion to dry before dressing. For proper moisturization I reach for my Max and Me body oils.

Last but not least: feet. In the past I’ve enjoyed the CCS foot cream, which has appeared in my empties once or twice, but lately I’ve been liking the Flow cosmetics Peppermint Foot Butter*. Again, I feel peppermint is very invigorating for the feet, but this foot butter doesn’t leave my hands feeling slimy or a slippery film on the feet. The solid balm is also easy to spread and massage without cream or oil dripping everywhere.

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How do you take of your body skin right now? Have you tried dry brushing?

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!

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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