It's rare lately that a new skincare product will catch my eye enough to tempt me into trying it. The majority of 'new innovations' are simply old products, slightly tweaked but with a new marketing team behind it!
However, I agreed to review the Fillerina Dermo-Cosmetic Filler Treatment because it intrigued me! It's a hyaluronic acid based at-home system that is used as an alternative to injectable fillers to help plump out lines & wrinkles plus add volume to cheeks and lips. Fillerina is available in 3 grades depending on depth of lines etc. I was given Grade 3 to review.
In all honesty, injectable filler is something that has never really appealed to me. Even with the more natural fillers and administered by the best practitioners in the business, there are still a lot of risks involved and I've seen far too many horror stories that have put me off having it done. That's not to say I'm against it if people choose to have filler, it's just not for me personally. Fillerina is simply an alternative for those, like me, who do no wish to go down the injectable route.
Although with all 'injectable-alternatives', I think it's important to have realistic expectations and anything applied topically is not going to achieve the same result as something injected. Equally, this is also true for the many topical ingredients that claim to have a 'Botox-like' effect.
Having said that, what impressed me with Fillerina and peaked my interest to review it, was the very extensive double-blind clinical trail carried out and published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Whilst many products have claims, they don't all have scientific studies to back them up!
Let me start by saying whilst many products boast about containing hyaluronic acid which is found naturally in the dermis layer of skin, the truth is most products use it as a topical hydrator. The molecular size of hyaluronic acid is simply too large to penetrate to the deeper layers, therefore it's more about adding hydration to the stratum corneum. What's interesting about Fillerina however, is they use 6 different forms of hyaluronic acid, all with a different molecular weight that enables hydration to the deeper layers of the epidermis.
The kit itself is a 2-step system that you use daily for 14 days consecutively but promises results for 2-3 months! It comprises of a hyaluronic Gel Filler and a Nourishing Film, to help lock everything in. It also comes supplied with two precision applicators which look like needles. They are not designed to pierce the skin, but rather ensure the gel goes exactly where needed. As well as add a little bit of theatre no doubt!
To use, you draw 2ml of the Gel Filler using the precision application then apply to areas of concern i.e. lines and wrinkles, cheeks and lips. Then you wait 10 minutes and gently massage in any residue. You then apply 2ml of the Nourishing Film and massage in. See the video below to get the idea!
Applying the Gel Filler with the precision applicator is really smart and helps to get the maximum product into deep lines and also on the lips etc. However with the Nourishing Film it was a bit of faff to be honest! Firstly, the product is a little too thick to withdraw it from the bottle using the applicator and secondly, there really isn't any need because you apply it evenly everywhere. The Nourishing Film would have been much better in a tube in my opinion.
There was also a slight problem with pilling / rolling of the product on the skin, which I believe is down to the silicone-based Nourishing Film. Hyaluronic acid itself is a film-forming ingredient and is great to use after a peel or dermal needling to create a film over the skin and prevent water loss. So if you try to apply another film-forming ingredient like silicone over the top, it rolls up on the skin. This makes it a problematic product to use in the daytime, because no one wants to go out with bits all over their face. Instead I'd recommend using it at night.
I also found that 2ml was far too much for my skin. My skin is actually quite hydrated already, therefore it wouldn't absorb the entire 2ml. Cutting back to 1ml helped but still didn't stop the product rolling completely. I may have possibly been better if I'd used Grade 1.
Results wise thought I was quite impressed, within a week I definitely saw an improvement in the appearance of my lines on forehead and in between my eye brows, plus my lips were much more hydrated and therefore slightly more plump (I have very thin lips, so any improvement here is very noticeable).
Sadly however, I had to stop the trail after a week because I started to come out in spots, in areas where I wouldn't normally breakout such as in between my eyebrows, the nasolabial fold and cheeks. This could be a combination of factors. Firstly, my skin may have been over-hydrated and the water / lipid balance had been upset. Secondly, my skin generally doesn't respond well to silicone-heavy products, so the Nourishing Film could have been an issue for me. Lastly, due to using the product at night, I had replaced my usually nightly routine consisting of a retinol serum, which really helps to keep my skin clear.
In summary, I think it's an interesting product which definitely gives results and is a good alternative for anyone who thinks they need filler but doesn't want to go down the injectable route. It's also a good price point if the results last as long as they claim! However, be mindful that if you're prone to acne, that this may cause you to breakout.
Fillerina ranges from £79 to £95 (depending on the grade) and is available Cult Beauty, Beauty Is Skin Deep & Victoria Health.