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Review | Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence, Real Vita C Serum, Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon, Real Fresh Foam Blueberry

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NEOGEN Dermalogy is a novel concept skin care brand that draws on the neo-nature scale. That is, it focuses on the relationship between humans and nature to apply the 6 key techniques necessary to produce products that are more eco-friendly and functional.

Real Ferment Micro Essence

150 ml /5.07 fl oz

A fast-absorbing, deep moisture replenishing and instant hydrating essence with 93% of micro bio ferment complex (inc. Bifida ferment lysate and 28% saccharomyces ferment filtrate) to brighten, firming, and battling ageing wrinkles, all while strengthening the skin’s barrier.

The formula is made with over 900% skin-compatible naturally fermented ingredients that stimulate the skin’s natural cell energy to create tighter, hydrated, brighter and clearer skin. In 3 different phases, it first supply moisture and fast absorption, toning the skin up with nutrition and anti-ageing properties, then strengthening the skin’s barrier.

It is a fragrance-free fermented treatment with 17% birch juice to increase skin hydration and 9% rice extract to brighten the skin from deep within. It is said to be a dupe to SKII and the key to “honey supple skin” (healthy glowing skin). It has a pH level of ~5.

Key Ingredients

  • Bifida Ferment Lysate – strengthening the skin barrier, increases skin elasticity, moisture-balancing, increases skin immunity against harmful chemicals
  • Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate – increases skin elasticity, moisture, immune functions and skin regeneration
  • Betula Alba Juice – anti-oxidant benefits, anti-septic benefit
  • Rice Ferment Filtrate – oil/moisture balance
  • Bio-mimetic Fluid (patented) – skin moisturizing, protecting and moisture-retaining.

Ingredients List

Bifida Ferment Lysate, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Betula Alba Juice, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Aspergillus Ferment, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Water, Betaine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Ethylhexylglycerin, Trehalose, Lactobacillus, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Trideceth-10, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tropolone, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Coptis Japonica Extract, Arginine, Hydroxypropyl, Methylcellulose, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Calcium, Carbonate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Niacinamide, Dextrin, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Phenoxyethanol, Histidine, Methionine, Cysteine

Use this essence daily in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning. Sprinkle the essence into palms of hands or use a cotton pad to gently sweep across the face and neck, lightly patting your skin until the essence is fully absorbed. Alternately, you can also soak it abundantly onto a cotton pad and place it onto troubled areas.

 

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Dermalogy Real Vita C Serum

32g / 1.13oz | RM 158 (Now RM 105)

A super-potent Vitamin C serum with Niacinamide, 22% Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (a stabilized source of vitamin C), citrus fruit extracts and vitamin complex (Vitamin E, Vitamin B5). The combination of ingredients is great for brightening and firming the skin for a healthy-looking complexion. 

It aims to product collagen synthesis, protects the skin from oxidative damages (main factor of skin ageing), improves the appearance of fragile and dull skin, and prevent skin from further breaking out or having troubles getting better.

Brightening: The mixture of 22%of Ascorbic Acid and Niacinamide works as a strong reboot combination to help to brighten up the skin tone by reducing the appearance of photodamage, and enhancing radiant and luminous skin.

Firming and Revitalizing: Packed with 5 citrus fruit (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit) extracts comprising ample Vitamin C to deliver benefits of firm and revitalized skin.

Prevent Skin Troubles: The formula containing Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Panthenol (Vitamin B3) provide nutritive benefits to skin while keeping skin healthy, preventing further skin troubles.

Hydrating: Containing Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to provide the ultimate hydration and keep the skin moisturized.

Key Ingredients

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – a stabilized sourche of Vitamin C that does not degrade from oxidation. Light-stable and oxygen-stable. 

Ingredients List

Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate(10%), Isopentyldiol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Ascorbic Acid(12ppm), Citric Acid, Octyldodeceth-16, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sodium Metabisulfite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Coptis Japonica Extract, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate(0.1ppm), Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool

After thoroughly cleansing and toning, apply an appropriate amount (suggestively 2-3 drops) onto the entire face. Smooth and gently pat over skin until the serum is fully absorbed. Avoid mixing vitamin C products as it may overwhelm the skin.

Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon

6.76 oz / 200 ml (30pcs) | RM 105 (Now RM 64))

Physically and chemically exfoliating the skin with single-use exfoliating pads. It has 3 layered structures: first layer – 100% pure cotton mesh gauze, the second layer – cushion pad, and third layer – embossed pad. The ingredients in the chemical exfoliant include lactic acid, glycolic acid and extracts from lemon, orange, and papaya. The combination that is fully soaked into the pads would help to clear pores, unclogging ports, delivery various of antioxidant and vitamin-rich natural ingredients. The physical pad itself helps to remove dead skin cells and impurities.

Cotton gauze is used because it is the most gentle material, even for baby skin. The main goal is to minimize any irritation, making it safe to use. The thin and fine texture would not be abrasive to the skin.

Key Ingredients

Lemon Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Papaya Fruit Extract

Ingredients List

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol Denat., PEG/PPG017/6 Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract , Cymbopogon Citratus Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract , Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Saururus Chinensis Leaf/Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Broussonetia Kazinoki Bark Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract , PEG-60 Hydrogenated Cator Oil, Carbomer, Tartaric Acid , Glycolic Acid , Lactic Acid , Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-5, CI 19140, CI 17200, Fragrance

After cleansing, slip your fingers into the sleeve of the pad with the gauze part facing towards you. Then, gently swipe the pad onto the padded-dry skin with circular motion. After that, switch to the embossed side of the pad to gently refine the skin and picking up remnants. Rinse with lukewarm water and throw the pad away. Use it twice a week or whenever you need.


Dermalogy Real Fresh Foam Cleanser Blueberry

5.6 OZ / 160g | RM 85 (Now RM 55)

A gentle and moisturizing foam cleanser that is formulated with 100% real fruit and 99 kinds of natural derived ingredients. It helps to keep the skin glowing, hydrated, supple and moisturized. This cleanser best to be used a second step cleanser to remove any residues after oil cleansing. The hypoallergenic foamy lather helps to cleanse away all impurities, dirt and makeup without irritations. With blueberry, it is packed with antioxidants and formulated with many botanical ingredients like blueberry water and moringa seed extract to help prevent premature ageing signs and fight off free radicals.

This product also undergo 7 Clinical tests which are
● Helps to increase amount of water of skin
● Helps decrease number of sebum
● Helps improve skin complexion
● Helps reduce dead skin cells
● Helps to improve pore condition
● Helps to reduce sunblock ingredients
● Hypoallergenic Test – proved as unstimulated

Water, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glycerin, Methylglucamine, Lauric Acid, Sapindus Trifoliatus Fruit Extract,
C12-14 Pareth-12, Myristic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Trehalose, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Plankton Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum(Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Achillea
Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Agaricus Bisporus (Mushroom) Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract,
Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Broussonetia Kazinoki Root Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Extract, Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Malt Extract, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Averrhoa Carambola Fruit Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Angelica Gigas Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Coral, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Agaricus Bisporus (Mushroom) Extract, Ledebouriella Divaricata Root Extract, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Uncaria Tomentosa Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Laurus Nobilis Leaf Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Atractyloides Chinensis Rhizome Extract, Salicornia
Herbacea Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Agaricus Blazeii Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Disodium EDTA, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Fragrance

How To Use
Apply 2-3 pumps to wet face. Gently massage over the entire face in a circular motion. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Verdict

My Skin Conditions

My skin had been haunted by eczema ever since I had been chemically burnt my hair removing cream about 5+ years ago. There hasn’t been a day where my skin is fully calmed and unproblematic. Quite coincidentally, by the time I received these products, my neck was just flaring up. This is a couple days after using the toner. As you can see, the dark spots around my neck are as though someone was cupping the sides of my neck. The best way to describe the texture would be tree barks but make it subtle and soft yet visible and irritating. These irritations go from left, behind and right side of the neck while stretching from the base of my hairline towards slightly above my collar bone. The trouble area is indeed big and they tend to be very sensitive so I was a little bit worried when I tried the citrus/vitamin C products but my curiosity also demands an answer as to whether these products from Neogen would sting me. Guess I’m also doing the public a service for trying it.

The Microessence

This product is said to be the dupe for SKII and a key step for honey glow skin, which I do discover the reasons after using it for 2 weeks. 

I’ve searched for the ingredient analysis of this product and this is what I found:
It has anti-acne properties thank to the Niacinamide found in the product, which is a clinically proven anti-ageing, skin lightening, anti-inflammatory and skin barrier repairing ingredient. There are 13 ingredients that are skin-identical and 13 ingredients that are moisturizing.

Majority of the ingredients are actually rated as Good – Superstar by the Incidecoder, which is a good sign that this product has a combination of good ingredients.

Personally, I think that this product is rather interesting with the usage of fermented ingredients yet it does not smell like a fermented product. The smell is rather light and pleasant, even without fragrance. It is also alcohol-free which can be felt on the skin and by smell.

While using the essence, I felt that my skin became more and more supple. It began to look more transparent but glowing and healthy-looking. The texture itself is light and its absorption rate is rather high. It is calming but I wouldn’t say that it calms my skin right on the spot. I would agree that it is great for long term use. Maybe my skin would look really good after using up the entire bottle. It’s a big possibility that I’m excited to find out.

The Vitamin C Serum

When I first opened it, the suction tube was rather satisfying to look at. It was entirely empty, which was not what I expected. The smell is rather strong but I find it bearable. Some people find it too much for them. If your nose is sensitive, try learning to hold your breath while putting on anything towards your skin. That’s what I always do, which makes it a great skill in daily life. 

The serum is thick (since it’s potent) and at first, I put half a tube of serum onto my face. It had a little stinging but it’s lesser pain than an ants bite. It’s almost like you’re deliberately poking your skin with a micro-needle but being very conscious and careful about it. My neck felt a little hot but that was it. Later on, I realized that I was supposed to only put 2-3 drops. Once I’ve tried, I noticed the difference in feeling. A very bearable tingling feeling and does not cause any irritations after it has been absorbed. It was very pleasant and I no longer felt the pre-traumatic feeling I used to have whenever I use this serum. 

It boosts the micro essence’s effect to brighten my skin and make it supple. I would recommend using this while the skin is still a little damp after using the micro essence. It helps to spread easier.

The Gauze Pads

As it was for product reviewing, I was only sent 8 pcs to try. Same with the vitamin C serum, I had some concerns before putting it onto my skin because it has high lemon extract (4th in ingredients list) and many other acids. It also has a little fragrance in it. Not only that, I was also worry that the gauze may be too rough for my skin.

Well, it turned a 180 on me. Not only that my skin was absolutely okay with it, the gauze was also super soft to the point where I thought I need to rub my skin superbly rough to get the dead skin off. Don’t get me wrong, the gauze is working. I just happened to exfoliate a few days ago so the amount of dead skin cells were lower than expected. 

If you looked closer to the photos below, you can see that the gauze caught some dead skin on it while the embossed cotton pad was great at rubbing dirt and remaining impurities off my face. 

The liquid was overflowing through the cotton (that’s how generous they are with the product) and touched other parts of my eczema spots at the back of my hand but did not cause any irritations as well. I am so, so glad that I didn’t have to rush the entire process or have to stress about how fast I can wash it off. 

The whole process was very eczema skin-friendly for me and I’d love to try the other varieties as well.

The Blueberry Foam Cleanser

Real blueberries? I would’ve never thought! They actually exist in the bottom of the bottle and has a filer to block it, just in case the berry got stuck into the pump. 

When I first pump it, I noticed how lathery it is. It’s quite thick and I learned that you have to quickly apply it to the skin before it gets drier. One thing that I agree with other reviewers is that, in the middle of rinsing, you will feel a soapy layer that felt like someone put a plastic wrap around your skin but that was just a very brief moment. You still can rinse it off easily and quickly. I don’t find it troubling at all.

The cleanser is foamy – something that an eczema-prone skin user would avoid. However, I’ve learned to think that not all foamy cleansers are bad for eczema skin and this is one of them. My skin didn’t feel very tight after using it. It is a little dryer than what I would prefer but it’s just a tiny bit dryer, very subtle and can easily solve with moisturizers.

There’s a big red flag for me though: my friend warned me that it leaks everywhere during her trip overseas and I couldn’t figure out how. Then, it happened at the least expected moment where I had just removed the plastic wrapper off the cleanser, placed it onto my faux fur rug and thought everything was okay. I only noticed the leak after attempting to remove the bottom from the rug. The culprit? It was the easily unscrewed cap. (If you are curious, no it does not stain at all.)

Overall, a really good (or decent) foam cleanser with real juice and real fruits in it but need to be super cautious when travelling. I’d sit it upright no matter where I go.

Overall

I think the Real Ferment Micro Essence and the Real Vita C Serum are really great products that you can dive into and try. I believe that the Micro Essence is a very safe product for everyone to try but do avoid it if you have fungal acne as I heard that it may cause more problems. The Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads are rather good investment if you tend to have a lot of dead skin. The foam cleanser is a good testing object to find a cleanser that suits you the best.

If you want to give it a try, you can purchase directly from Marshear Shopee page (no affiliations) by clicking the link below:

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