L:A Bruket Broccoli Seed Serum Review

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Pros:

Contains broccoli – which is something I never tried on my skin before.

Cons:

Comes in a glass jar.

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This serum got an uninvited – but very pleasent extra “dimension” – after accidentally dropping the glass jar on my bathroom floor – I put the remain in my fridge in a plastic container – and voila – applying the ice cold serum now feels beyond refreshing.

I have never used broccoli on my face – but having read its long list of beneficial properties – I was all game. Since broccoli is consider a superfood – being loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, I hoped that my post-winter superdry and very pale skin could get a good boost. Broccoli contains vitamin A (helps stimulate new skin cell production), arachidonic acid (calming effect) plus vitamins C, E and beta-carotene (reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation). So my expectations were hight – the result – the serum is like a light gel, gets absorbed relatively fast – and makes my skin feel very smooth and refreshed (especially since the broken glass jar ended up in my fridge – where it puzzles my boyfriend daily).

A big con is obviously the glass jar – which is very appealing visually but can be very unpractical.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF30 Review

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Pros:

Gets absorbed very fast and goes with all my serums and oils.

Cons:

The price.

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I have used this cream for a while, and though Elizabeth Arden isn‘t naturally my go to brand for skincare – I was pleasantly surprised. I associate the brand with old ladies on fifth avenue getting their treatment from the mighty Ardens salons and bottles of Red Door perfume that I give my granny for christmas. Maybe its because the brand hasn‘t really had a famous spokesperson or model fronting their adds (except Catherine Zeta Jones in the nineties) that I associate the brand with Arden herself, and maybe therefore don‘t really feel the appeal of their golden tubes and packages. Though their ceramide capsules have been my go-to beauty product when my skin has been in need for the past couple of years (extra effective when you are heading to a 17 hour shift and your skin needs a bomb of hydration).

Anyways back to the face cream: I thought it did what it promised – made my skin feel more radiant, smooth and firm. I have been using it both during the winter and the summer – and it works equally well – I just shift between a heavy oil or a lighter serum to make sure my skin doesn‘t get under/over-hydrated. It has worked well with all my oils and serums – and by that I mean that I don‘t break out of too much product on my skin, and that the cream gets absorbed easily and fast – and you can apply your make-up a few minutes later without it caking on top of your cream. The texture of the cream is very pleasant too without being too heavy. The negatives – it smells a bit synthetic and the price is pretty heavy. And you need a lot per use.

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Value for money: starstarstarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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Rudolph Care: Acai Body Lotion

 

Pros:

Organic and free from harmful ingredients. Softens and hydrates skin.

Cons:

Glass bottle with pump: Not handy to travel with.

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I will start out by repeating what I wrote in an earlier review on a Rudolph Care product:

I have said it before, and I will say it again: I’m a fan of Rudolph Care. I love that they make products without harmful ingredients or chemicals. I think this is something that the entire beauty industry should focus a lot more on: We apply these products to our biggest absorbing organ (our skin) several times a day. I.e. when using products with perfume, chemicals and what-have-you, we feed our body with toxics, and the consequences is starting to show around the world. Okay, enough of me preaching (I just wish there were more ‘healthy’ products out there).

The Acai Body Lotion is a really nice lotion with a light smell. The bottle has a pump function that easily provides me with the lotion I need. The lotion is easy to apply to skin as it is not too thick. The skin is left soft and hydrated without feeling greasy. The Acai berry should help against signs of ageing.

Rudolph Care claims that the lotion can be used for sensitive, irritated and dry skin. Even for skin with a rash. This is also my experience. Here’s an example: My boyfriend and his sister has a tendency to get red spots/rash on their upper arms (I think they’re called something special, but I don’t remember the word). The Rudolph Care Acai Body Lotion is the only lotion that makes that rash go away.

I like to have one lotion that I just know works and that is good for my skin and my health. This one is my favourite when it comes to that, and you can actually use it for your hair if it’s a bit dry. Just apply a little to the ends…

 

Overall: starstarstarstarstar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

 

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Is Dermaroller Really a Miracle Maker? (Part 1)

For the past months I have been looking into the Dermaroller treatment. I have some scars and red spots on my cheeks that I would like to get rid of once and for all. I have researched for a long time on the best and least damaging treatments, and I came across the Dermaroller treatment.

My stupid scars

The scars and red spots on my cheeks has been annoying me since I got them (from a sudden, bad acne outbreak when I was around 20). Even though the scars I have are not that big and noticeable with makeup on, they’re still there. And I’m very conscious about them. Fx. I mostly have my hair down (and not so much in pony tail or bun) to cover the scars and red dots on my cheeks. I would just love if I could make them go away without any treatments that might cause scars (like laser). If this treatment lives up to its promises, it would help me minimise – or perhaps even get rid of – these scars.

Dermaroller results

Dermaroller is supposed to be good for treating acne, minimising scars, pores, sun damages (pigmentation), wrinkles and in general rejuvenating skin.

There’s both a Dermaroller home kit and a clinical treatment. Both are expensive, but if they really provide the results that they claim, I would way it’s worth it.

Here’s some of the results (before/after pics) that I found online:

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How does the Dermaroller work?

The Dermaroller is like a small fakir roll: It has a lot of small needles that you roll over your skin. The needles make thousands of very small wholes that cause a degradation of your skin, which then actives re-generation of new skin, that in the end result in rejuvenated skin (source). In short you “damage”/irritate your skin by making a lot of small wholes with the needles on the Dermaroller. This will stimulate your skin and make it heal and re-generate new skin: “The skin is lightly punctured creating a “perceived” injury, and the body responds by producing new skin cells to heal the surface.” (Read more about the science behind the Dermaroller here)

I’m always sceptical/critical to what I read online, and I’m a firm believer in scientific research (I have an academic background after all) and testing things out myself before I’m convinced. 

Therefore, I’m going to give the Dermaroller treatment a try and tell you guys my experience. 100% honesty.

Which type of Dermaroller should I use?

It seems that there’s a lot of different Dermarollers out there, from cheap ones on Amazon to really expensive ones. When it comes to making thousands of wholes in my skin whit small needles, I don’t want to take any chances. Therefore, I did my research before even thinking about fakir-rolling on my face: I’ve googled around, browsed 30+ websites, asked dermatologists and doctors, and stopped by a couple of treatment clinics, where they offer scar-treatments, to ask for their advice.

My conclusion is that I want to use the Dermaroller 8 with Serum 8. The majority of beauty clinics in Denmark offer the Dermaroller 8 treatment, and the company seems very professional. The skin will need a lot of hydration after the treatment and the Serum 8 seems to provide a lot of benefits, while hydrating and helping the skin to regenerate itself.

This is what you get with the Dermaroller 8 home kit:

It comes in a nice looking box that also includes a small black travel bag, so that you can take the kit with you when needed.

I’m going to try the Dermaroller Serum8 homekit and have clinical Dermaroller treatments done because some of my scars are deep and will not go away by using the homekit only. The treatment will take several months. I will use the Dermaroller Serum8 home kit several times a week and then “supply” with clinical treatment to get the best results.

 

In the next post I will describe my first encounter with the Dermaroller and post my before pictures (this will take some courage)…

 

Sources:

http://www.serum8.com/the-method.html

http://plasticsurgery.about.com/b/2010/01/26/is-micro-needling-too-good-to-be-true.htm

http://www.carolinebjerring.dk/brands/dermaroller-8

http://www.realself.com/derma-rollers-microneedling

http://www.globalcaremarket.com/us/product-wiki-faq-pages/what-is-microneedle-derma-roller-therapy-system/

http://dermarollerguide.net/