A bit of pain, lots of effectivity – A facial, that brings me to tears

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Collaboration with cosmetologist Anu
Contains a discount to DMK-facial & products

I’ve tried several different facials, but few of them are as rememberable as DMK’s enzyme therapy facials. While those usual relaxing treatments lovely and I enjoy for example face massage – it’s a totally different thing to leave from your facial, so that you don’t only feel the effect, but actually see it clearly. Who wouldn’t want to see results right away?

Today I’m going to tell you about a very effective facial and brand called DMK. DMK is quite different from other professional skincare brands. The facials are really different as well, because they don’t contain for example massage and the treatment can actually hurt a little. Yes, it’s a bit painful at times. I should also mention the mask, that tightens on your face and does it’s magic for forty-five minutes. You can’t really move your face during that time, but the mask does that for you – it works your muscles and it feels as if your face was at the gym.

Still it’s one of the most effective facials I’ve ever tried (this wasn’t the only time I’ve tried it) – and I’m excited, that I can tell you more about it through this collaboration with my cosmetologist.

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Red as a lobster. And that’s all part of the DMK plan!

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DMK skincare brand

DMK is an american brand, which ideology is to bring balance to the skin with products and treatments, that work together with your skin, not against it. The products contain mostly natural, plant-based ingredients. The ingredients are categorized pharmaceutical, so they contain more active ingredients compared to base ingredients.

What is my own experience with DMK skincare line?

I think it’s a quality brand and I wouldn’t put in on the same line with many brands. The products look a bit boring, because the idea is to make the products awesome – not to use money on it’s packaging. At the same time when I look at the products they seem medical to me – just as the treatments and the education manual (I once went through the education for work). Cosmetics isn’t supposed to absorb that deep in the skin, but with these products it’s said, that they affect the skin on cell level. In my experience they are effective.

So you do get your money’s worth with these, even though the price seems a bit salty at first. The consistencies of the products are nice and there are no additional scents used in the products.

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Plasmatic effect (see those veins on my shoulder?).

DMK Enzyme Therapy facials

Enzyme facial is one of my favorite treatments. It makes my skin glow from within and every time I leave the appointment I feel as if I’ve gotten a little younger. It makes my skin feel soft, plump and clean – and the effects lasts for at least a week. My skin just feels and looks lovely.

Enzyme therapy creates a plasmatic effect by dilating capillaries.  You can clearly see your veins after the mask, as you can see from the photos as well. It increases blood and lymph flow to the skin, which you can feel as the mask tightens on your skin and pulsates (as I said, it feels as if your face was working out). This makes oxygen to rush to the dilated capillaries.

DMK enzyme therapy effects:

  • removes dead skin cells
  • stimulates circulatory system
  • stimulates lymphatic flow (so it removes puffiness from your face!)
  • brings oxygen to skin
  • stimulates collagen production
  • strengthens your face muscles
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Enzyme mask.

The treatment is quite simple, but every single step has an important task.

Before the enzyme mask, your skin is cleaned and wiped with detoxifying tonic, that evaporates toxins from the skin. It’s designed especially for acne-prone skin and to them, whose skin is exposed to lots of toxins (for example air pollutants). The substance transforms toxins into gas, and that can sometimes cause unpleasent smells. In my treatment I could smell a weird scent, but it wasn’t that strong.

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After DMK Quick Peel.

Then we get to the painful part – and I’ll be honest here and tell you, that tears were literally streaming down my face. Quick peel is a chemical exfoliant, that contains acids. Even though it’s super effective, it can be used on many different skin types. It exfoliates, it increases blood flow, strengthens the capillaries, removes toxins and helps with inflammation. It also promises to prevent scarring by preventing melanin production.

I can say, that this burns. I’ve experienced quick peel many times, but I didn’t remember just how bad it was. I was both crying and laughing, while Anu made me feel better with a fan. That fan is like an angel in that situation – it helps the burning sensation so much. Lucily it’s only five minutes. After the exfoliation your skin is supposed to be red – and in my case my face got extremely red. That is normal and the redness will fade, once the acid is removed from your skin. Here is another example of just how different this treatment is!

Still I would take that exfoliaton again – it’s so effective. Maybe it’s one of those things, you are willing to do – you know – for your beauty’s sake. Just like brazilian sugaring. It hurts for a while, but it’s definitely worth it and you go through it every month again and again.

Here is the simple steps to Enzyme #1 treatment. At the end of the treatment, several different serums and lotions are applied on the skin. One of the important things in DMK skincare is also sun protection and DMK’s sunscreen is indeed very comfortable and lightweight (I could have recommended it on my last sunscreen post!).

DMK Enzyme #1 treatment:
Deep pore cleanser – Cleansing
Epitoxyl – detoxifying toner
Quick peel – exfoliation, 5 minutes
Enzyme mask – mask, 45minutes
Last, but not least: serums, oil, vitamin c, herb & mineral mist, lotion, sunscreen
Anu does DMK facials in her beauty room in Hiushuone Neo in Kamppi, Helsinki. Enzyme facial lasts for about 120 minutes and it’s normal price is 149€. So you could say it’s a bit more pricey than the regular facial, but as you might have already figured, it’s not a regular facial.

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DISCOUNT

Anu has an awesome deal for you right now: DMK Fundamentals kit, which contains one enzyme treatment done at the salon, and products for you to use for thirty days at home. Here’s a great chance to try not just the treatment, but also the products. It’s always recommended to use DMK’s own products with the facials, so that the results last for longer.

This kit is now 200€ (normal price 250€). The discount is valid until the end of June – make sure to tell, that you got the discount from Charlotta Eve blog.

If your skin needs a boost and you want to know, just how good a quality treatment feels like – consider DMK’s enzyme facial.

Facials are always customized to be suited for the client. Besides the enzyme treatments, there are other DMK-treatments available. There is for example DMK Beyond Botox – The smiling face treatment, which is awesome for those who use fillers, to make them last longer and to prevent the need for them.

Have you ever tried DMK treatments? What do you think of it? Do you prefer relaxing treatments or the ones, that give you results right away?

You’re never getting rid of your blackheads – and here’s why you shouldn’t!

Sebaceus filaments

Sebaceus filaments

You know that eternal combat against blackheads? The never-ending search for a product, that would minimize your pores and make your skin clear and smooth? I have some bad and some good news for you.

They aren’t blackheads! And therefore – you can’t just squeeze them out. In some cases, anyway.

If they aren’t blackheads, most likely they are sebaceous filaments. A natural part of you, that belongs to your skin. They are a tiny collection of sebum + dead skin cells around a hair follicle. Some people have perfect skin and they aren’t visible but with – let’s say oily skin – they are visible and can be mistaken for blackheads. I have sebaceous filaments. A lot of them. I have some blackheads too – but it’s important to spot the difference.

A blackhead is just that – a clogged pore with a black head. It’s quite easy to spot (cause it’s black).

Sebaceus filaments look almost the same but they have grey, brown or yellowish head. And as I said – they are a natural part of your skin. They are smaller, but they can be bigger too if the pore is enlarged.  No matter how many times you extract them, they always come back. That’s how you know. Isn’t that kind of relieving?

Sebaceus filaments

Sebaceus filaments

Sebaceus Filaments

 Here is my skin in it’s all glory in HD: Sebaceous filaments, enlarged pores, blackheads, closed comedones and an oily but dry skin. All that brown spotting is sebaceus filaments/my pores. Here is another photo where you can see the difference clearly.

Okay – so you may have a skin where there are brown spots all over your face and you can’t get rid of them. And you just have to live with it. This is most likely the case – so you should prepare for that and embrace your looks anyway..

(And I am with you on this one ’cause I don’t have the perfect skin and will never have that. It’s okay too, pal. We don’t need to be perfect!)

.. but there are some products that you can use to help live with them and to not make them worse anyway, ’cause they can turn into blackheads (Sons of bitches, I know!). And needless to say the most important thing would be to eat healthy and drink lots of water – ’cause that has a huge impact on your skin condition.

Since the sebeceous filaments are your pores just developing sebum and hair they are likely to come up. To surface. At least that’s how my skin works – and it can even feel bumpy if I haven’t exfoliated it in a while. So the best product to keep your skin smooth – is to exfoliate.

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The best recommended products for treating SF or enlarged pores are BHA and AHA products. They are basically acids – and they help to exfoliate your skin without the physical irritation and to keep your pores cleaner. AHAs are water soluble and a bit more gentle to the skin and BHAs oil soluble and especially recommended for oilier skin. There is a lot of info on both of these on the internet but I found this article on this one amazing blog that I suggest you read.

There are AHA/BHA products for daily use and then there’s exfoliators and masks, that you only use once per week. I’ve mostly used products from the last group because it’s the easiest way to bring these acids into your skincare routine without drying out your skin. Usually all the brightening masks or products that promise glow include acids. If you haven’t tried a brightening mask you haven’t lived! They actually work – and the secret is in the gentle exfoliation (=brightening) they give.  I want to note that when you’re using BHA/AHA products your skin gets more sensitive to the sun and a sunscreen is a must have. Every day.

You can also exfoliate your skin with scrubs that work by just physically scrubbing your skin – but always be careful not to rub too much!

Here are some of the products I’ve been using to treat my skin.

Sosar Sacred Forest Peat Mask Review

MADARA SCRUB
This scrub is very traditional in addition that it’s actually very gentle. It’s oil based and it doesn’t strip your skin from it’s natural moisture. It transforms into a milk when water is added and it leaves the skin clean and soft. Definitely a favorite!

MADARA DETOX
This is a mud mask but it contains lactic acid. Mud masks are another great way of taking care of the SF. Mud absorbs sebum from the skin leaving it fresh and clean. A mud mask favorite! This is really purifying so if you have a dry skin, you might want to skip this.

Sosar Sacred Forest Peat Mask
I couldn’t make a list and not tell you about this. This is awesome. It’s pure peat and it dries quickly and absorbs all the excess sebum. It’s really effective so maybe not so good for a dry skin.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner Review

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
As you can guess, this is a mix of AHAs and BHAs which can be benefitial for getting the best results – if your skin can take it. This toner is really lightweight and it absorbs quickly. It can be sprayed straight onto the face which makes using it so quick and easy. It’s quite affordable too and the INCI list is really impressive. I tried using this daily for about two weeks but my skin didn’t like that. Before that I used this every once in a while after cleansing and I loved it that way. But in daily use this felt too drying especially now since it’s been minus 20 celsius outside. I still wanted to include this one here because there are different skin types and what didn’t work for me might work for someone else.

Pixi Glow Tonic Review

Photo is from Pixibeauty


Pixi Glow Tonic*

I tried the little bottle I got from my lookfantactic calendar and I wanted to throw it on this list too. That ‘Glow’ comes from a clear skin that you get by using glycolic acid (AHA) that is in this product. This is especially good for normal, dry or mature skin. This didn’t feel drying at all on my skin, but I didn’t get to see any major improvement in my skin in the quick week that the product lasted on me. This is  really affordable and looking at it’s INCI list I like that there are mostly natural ingredients in it, minus the fragrance that I could live without.

EkoPharma Anti-Acne Treatment Gel 3 %
This is an amazing product that I learned to love at work. I used the pro-version (6 % that is only available on the facials done by professionals) on customers and sold many bottles of this. Since then I’ve been buying it for myself too. It’s extremely effective and therefore a bit drying too. You need to be careful with this. I quickly learned that it’s not that great for the whole face but works best for the problematic areas: areas with acne or red pimples. Also – it is applied on top of lotion so it’s the last product you should put on your face. It still works  and it doesn’t dry out your face and give you scarring that way. This is a natural organic product and the brand is Finnish – I’m not sure if it’s sold worldwide. But I bet there are similar products out there that I recommend for acne or bad, bad pimples.

The BHA,  that I use daily is a serum. It is The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Concentrate and I have a post for it here: A serum, that actually makes a difference.


I hope this post helped some of you. Let me know what are your favorite AHA/BHA products – would love to try something new!