Does the new “no-needle” wrinkle filler really work? See my results
I was recently sent a box of Fillerina by Labo to road test and I have to be honest, I was incredibly skeptical. Hailed as the needle-phobic’s answer to plumping wrinkles, the Swiss brand Labo’s new skincare line claims to be the first filler to penetrate the skin without the need for injections. Dubious yet curious, I put it to the test and really didn’t expect to see any results. It’s now two weeks later and I’ve finished the 14-day course.
So, did I see results? In a word, YES….but more on that later.
The Magic Ingredient
If you’re new to the world of cosmetic medicine, here is a brief overview of the main ingredient in Fillerina, Hyaluronic acid. It’s the very same ingredient in the filler that doctor’s use to plump lines, wrinkles, lips and cheeks (in recent years boobs too!). Injected cleverly and subtly, this magic water binding ingredient can turn back the hands of time but as we all know, too much of a good thing will leave you looking like someone’s inflated your face.
Hyaluronic acid is pretty magical stuff. Naturally present in the human body and found mostly in the eyes and joints, hyaluronic acid molecules attract and retain more than 1,000 times their weight in water. The hyaluronic acid that is used as medicine is extracted from rooster combs or made by bacteria in the laboratory but it acts in exactly the same way. Like a sponge it soaks up water to create a plumper look.
In all the years I’ve been racking the brains of cosmetic scientists and doctors, they’ve all told me the same thing: hyaluronic acid molecules are too big to penetrate the skin, making them perfect for injecting yet redundant when used topically in skincare.
With this in mind, you can probably see why I was slightly cynical about Fillerina’s claims to plump the skin simply by rubbing it on. I can report however, I was pleasantly surprised. Turns out, it’s quite an effective product. I wouldn’t say it “filled“ any of my lines (a few crows feet and a forehead that has worrier written all over it) but it definitely freshened my skin and the lines now look less obvious because my skin overall is significantly more hydrated…the kind of just-had-a-facial plumpness normally achieved after an hour of someone massaging your skin with expensive products.
So, how does it work?
In summary – The molecule has been resized and these new, nano sized molecules are able to penetrate the dermis, the epidermis and the stratum corneum.
The Fillerina gel combines 6 different types of hyaluronic acids with different molecular weights and structures. The active component, Matrifull, works over time to promote the reconstruction collagen and fibronectin, which gives a noticeable plumping effect.
What’s even more impressive is that it’s actually proven to work. In a placebo controlled, double blind, random clinical trial published in the The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, results showed that 3 hours after a single application and after 7, 14, and 30 days of treatment lip volume was increased by 8.5%, 11.3% and 12.8%.
I’m not sure I noticed any more lip fullness but they certainly felt more hydrated.
Where To Get It
Fillerina comes in 3 different grades:
- Grade 1 treats moderate lines and can improve the beginning signs of sagging;
- Grade 2 treats visible lines and wrinkles, improves sagging and can improve areas of unevenness;
- Grade 3 treats deep set wrinkles, very uneven skin tone and severe sagging of the skin.
I also used it in conjunction with the day and night cream.
The 14-day treatment retails from £79, and the everyday range, which contains a day cream, a night cream and an eye and lip cream from £38.
For your nearest stockist visit www.omniya.co.uk stocks Fillerina
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