I was contacted by Paris (Yes that’s her name!) who offered me to review a revolutionary skincare by Dr. Bragi. The item is an age management enzyme that promises to rejuvenate, moisturise, and be anti-inflammatory. I was intrigued, so she kindly sent me some samples to try.
Each sample sachet came in a small little clear square plastic packet with a tiny bit of serum in it, about 1ml. Initially, I thought each sachet would last maybe 1 use. However, I was wrong.
This clear enzyme serume has no smell and no colour. It is very viscous and a teeny tiny bit is more than enough to cover the whole face. The directions are to use it both day and night, but I found that it was a tad too sticky for day, so I only used it at night. With just using it once a day, one little sachet lasts about 1 week. Amazing!
On the skin, the serum goes on slightly emollient. The skin will feel oily if you apply too much so care must be taken to apply only a very thin film on the skin. What I did was to squeeze out a drop and then dot it on the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin then slightly spread it and massage it into the skin. This way, the serum absorbed quickly into the skin and did not leave it feeling tacky.
When I was using this, I was also going through quite a bad breakout on my face. I had initially attributed it to this serum so when Paris contacted me, I told her about it. She said that very slight breakouts are not uncommon, but they usually clear up in about a day or two with constant use. I eventually isolated the cause (not this serum) and I must admit that subsequently, my skin has not been better.
I sleep in an air-conditioned room so the air gets dry during the night. However, with this serum, I found that my skin was moisturised when I woke up, and the texture of my skin was improved. It felt firmer and the skin on my cheeks actually felt smoother.
This penzyme (penetrating enzyme) was patented by Dr. Bragi from Iceland and he had developed this penzyme initially for healing wounds and arthritis. He found it so effective that it has now been developed for skincare. People who suffer from rosacea and sensitive skin have reported tremendous success in curing or alleviating their symptoms after using this marine enzyme. It is also supposed to help with acne sufferers and acne scars. I have some pitted scars on my face but I don’t think I’m using it long enough to notice much of an improvement in it. Also, I don’t have very bad eye bags or dark eye circles which this is also supposed to help with.
This Dr. Bragi serum isn’t available in Malaysia at this time, but is available online in the UK and USA. Boutique Unique London retails it for GBP120 (RM829.45) for 50ml and at Bliss Spa its US$240 (RM825.47) for 50ml. Very expensive. However because so very little is used at one time, I can imagine 50ml lasting nearly forever. Honestly, if I could afford it, this would be excellent stuff. But since I can’t, I’m hoarding the last sachet I have left!
Pros: Very little is used at one time, firms skin, keeps skin moisturised
Cons: Very expensive, not easily available