3 week review – 9th June until 30th July
Company back story
Australian pro-biotic active skincare range. Step by step routine, 1-5 steps. “Towards glowing skin” is the mantra.
The products do not contain the following: sulphates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oils, vinyls, Phthalates, phenoxyegthanol, synthetic fragrance or colours, bleaches, polypropylene glycol (PPG), DEAS (Diethanolamine (DEA) is a common wetting agent used in shampoos, skin care and cosmetics.
It creates a rich lather in shampoos and produces a nice consistency in skin care. On its own, it is harmless, but when combined with other ingredients in a shampoo, cream or lotion, it reacts to produce nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA), an extremely carcinogenic compound which can easily be absorbed through the skin.
It has been linked to stomach, bladder and intestinal cancers)TEA (TEA is a fragrance ingredient, pH adjuster, surfactant, and emulsifier. It’s found in soaps, hair care, lotions, make up, perfumes and sunscreens. The health concerns include cancer, organ system toxicity, allergic reactions and bioaccumulation in the skin. Animal studies also show that even at low doses applied topically, it was linked with cell mutation.
Look for it under other names like DEA and MEA on the labels, too.) https://www.annmariegianni.com/10-ingredients-definitely-dont-want-skin-care/ aluminium or alumina.
The initial look and feel of the products are well presented in a gift set style, the bottles are all plastic, which I feel lets down the high ended feel of the brand; but I love the gold detailing on the labels and they are clearly numbered 1 through 5 so you don’t have to refer back to the instruction sheet supplied. I also really liked that there was an instruction sheet as I’m hopeless with following instructions. I will add a photo of the instructions below as I think they are so helpful.
Starting with step one; the cleanser, I noticed a familiar smell I couldn’t put my finger on, its herbal and essential, I later found out it was sage which has antibacterial properties. The cleanser for me felt nice but it didn’t foam, so I ended up using more than the recommended two pumps. I can imagine if I was wearing a lot of mascara and makeup I would need a lot of cleanser to remove my makeup, however my skin does feel clean and soft afterwards, not overly clean or tight but refreshed and restored.
Steps 2-5 are a series of hydrate, exfoliate, repair and rescue. The hydrate is extremely light weight and is easily absorbed moisturiser that sinks quickly into the skin.
The exfoliate is a resurfacing lotion your use without water, it’s not a scrub exfoliator but a chemical one, which I hadn’t used before.
Next is repair with Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. I like this. It feels tingly, you can feel it’s activity on the skin, and it’s just the right consistency.
Finally comes the Probiotic DS soothing serum. I liked this too, it made my skin feel very smooth. However, you must wear sunblock afterwards as it makes the skin photosensitive, and for me who is very forgetful with sunblock this was a downfall point for me, I saw a slight increase in my already present pigmentation above my top lip.
001 AMPERNA® Ultra Gentle Soothing Cleanser is a gel that is activated by water – it is refreshingly gentle and lathers to a fine foam. It rinses clean without leaving an irritating residue or upsetting the skin’s pH levels.
002 This lightweight cationic moisturizer contains a probiotic, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and emollients to help nourish the skin and protect it from free radical damage. use morning and night before or after serum use.
AMPERNA® Lightweight Soothing+ Emulsion contains a groundbreaking probiotic formula, along with ceramides, hyaluronic acid and emollients to help nourish the skin and protect it from free radical damage. This lightweight cationic moisturizer is non-irritating, won’t clog pores and is packed full of antioxidants. AMPERNA®’s unique probiotic complex delivers good bacteria to your skin gently and effectively. The AMPERNA® range is suitable for all skin types and has been tested on eczema, dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, rosacea and acne prone skin.
003 10% Pro+ Resurfacing Lotion – this is a LEAVE ON MASK for overnight. It can replace your moisturizer or if you have dry skin you can use it with our Hydrate.
AMPERNA® 10% Pro+ Resurfacing Lotion contains 10% glycolic acid (AHA) and antioxidants to help calm redness and improve the skin’s texture. Hero ingredient glycolic acid helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and uneven skin tone. AMPERNA®’s unique probiotic complex delivers good bacteria to your skin gently and effectively. The AMPERNA® range is suitable for all skin types and has been tested on eczema, dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, rosacea and acne prone skin.
004 Pro+ Vitamin C Hyaluronic Serum
AMPERNA® Pro+ Vitamin C Hyaluronic Serum is a deeply hydrating formula that helps create a more youthful-looking complexion. This potent serum helps soothe the skin and target dullness, uneven skin tone, wrinkles and fine lines. AMPERNA®’s unique probiotic complex delivers good bacteria to your skin gently and effectively. The AMPERNA® range is suitable for all skin types and has been tested on eczema, dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, rosacea and acne prone skin.
005 Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum
AMPERNA® Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum is a deeply restorative formula that helps cool and soothe irritated skin and calm redness. The copper and zinc gluconates help to limit harmful bacterial proliferation and replenish the skin barrier. AMPERNA®’s unique probiotic complex delivers good bacteria to your skin gently and effectively. The AMPERNA® range is suitable for all skin types and has been tested on eczema, dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, rosacea and acne prone skin.
All are Non-comedogenic. No nasties, tested on real people, Australian made and owned.
My usual routine is cleanse, tone, moisturise each morning upon rising, then again after the gym and again before bed. In the evening, so I complete the skin care routine two or three times a day depending on my schedule. I have oily to combination skin with some pigmentation on my upper lip and I am prone to breakouts.
Starting my skin was slightly spotty, with small blemishes around my chin. I worry when I try a new range because I can break out in the first week. That didn’t happen here. At no point did my skin feel “stripped” or tight.
First ten days using the products;
starting out I like the fragrance of the cleanser, it smells lightly of sage herbs, but for me is doesn’t lather enough, I like to feel like I’m really getting rid of all my mascara, dirt oils etc. when I wash and the cleanser didn’t lather at all for me, but it does make my skin feel fresh afterwards, I did end up using quite a lot of product to make sure my face was clean.
The serums and active lotions felt amazing on my skin, as you use them one right after the other it’s hard for me to tell which one is the most effective or does what, but as a they seem to work like this, and feel amazing on the skin. I was worried because they use active ingredients that I would have some tingling or reaction but I didn’t.
The first week I saw my skin clear considerably, I could notice changes after the first couple of days, my skin looked brighter and felt softer.
Second ten days using the products;
I have had no breakouts at all, which for me is out of the ordinary. My skin is continuing to improve and brighten, I have tried to be as consistent as possible with my sunscreen which is from a different brand, and have only had a slight increase in my pigmentation.
The last 5 days of this trial I feel like my skin is looking amazing, I know I have used the word bright a lot in this review but it is really bright and soft.
The range is for ‘all skin types’, so anyone can use it. The most noticeable changes are the smoother texture and brighter appearance of my face and neck.
I loved this skincare, I loved how it made my skin look and feel, I never knew there were so many chemicals in other skin care brands, and I love that the creator of this brand is so well awear, and careful of what she puts into her skincare.
If I had to be picky and I was on a limited budget I would purchase products for steps 3-5.
I would like to add that after stopping this trial, the bottles were at least still ½ full so there is about 6 to 8 week’s worth of product in the full skincare pack, and my skin has actually gotten quite bad after stopping this regime so I have started using it again, I did initially try to start using an ultraceuticals range I had personally bought from New Zealand but I wasn’t seeing results so I switched back to AMPERNA® and my skin is actually clearing quickly.
Here are my before and afters.