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Friday, July 27, 2012

Somme Institute: 5 Step Skin Care Regimen Review



Skincare Routine is something that I haven’t really followed in my life. I had TONS and TONS of random cleansers, moisturizers, SPF’s. I would use one on day one, and not use it again to the next week half the time.

Routine were NOT in my line of sight- especially when I was younger. I would ALWAYS rebel against someone or SOMETHING telling me what to do. As I get older though, I started realizing that a routine (especially when you have kids) can be a great thing!

Order creates ease with both adults and kids. The more routine you take in your life, the easier it is to accomplish stuff. With the 5 Step Regimen from Somme Institute, it creates beautiful, blemish free, glowing skin!

There are YEARS and YEARS of research behind the Somme Institute, that’s the #1 reason that they consider themselves a RESEARCH company. In 1994 a team of dermatologists from across the country was assembled. In 1996 clinical trials began and 7 YEARS and 5000 participants later, the introduced their technology called MDT5; Molecular Dispersion Technology.

I have been using the 5 step regimen for almost 2 months now! I usually only review skincare products for a month before posting about my claims and finds. This took it to another level though. It not only helps tame and reconstruct skin cells but it REPAIRS sun damage.

MDT5 is a formulation of 5 highly-engineered vitamins (A, B3, B5, C and E), bound to proteins that are proven to do everything from reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and brown spots to treat moderate to severe acne as well as rosacea. This penetrates 3-4 millimeters into the skin, which is MUCH more significant than what other products can claim!

The best thing about Somme is that it’s GREAT for ALL skin types. They don’t just make this for sun damaged skin, people who have fine lines, oily skin, or dry skin. ANYBODY with ANY skin type will benefit GREATLY from this!


Just look at the packaging on these babies! They are so simple yet SO effective. Simple colored dots look so much more Classy then writing and logo’s everywhere. Not to mention- it made my bathroom counter look OH SO SOPHISTICATED. =)

The instructions that came with the products stated that ONLY Somme Institute 5 step regimen was supposed to be used exclusively for one week. It also said that breakouts CAN still occur while your skin gets used to the treatment.

Thankfully, that didn’t happen with me. My skin was and IS used to jumping back and forth from product to product, so I didn’t have any breakouts AT ALL. My skin was probably begging me for some structure in a skincare regimen.. lol.

Being just a pinch away from being a hoarder- all of you know that I have tried all the latest and greatest mineral makeups, lipsticks, skin care products.. Looking great and feeling GREAT about myself is something I definitely wouldn’t put a price on.

Being a makeup junkie- AND having oily skin- YOU KNOW that I have to try the best skincare regimens because being beautiful doesn’t contain having acne, sun spots, or fine lines..

Somme contains a cleanser, exfoliating pads, a serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. PLUS- I already had the Somme Institute Boost Warming Mask. So I got 6 steps.!!

So- having a 5 <6> stepper was definitely new for me. I can definitely stand on their side and say that this has and STILL will be helping me maintain youthful, vibrant skin.


Step 1: Nourishing Cleanser, gentle cleansing $40 for 8 oz.

What is it? A non-foaming, non-drying gel cleanser containing Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5), a patented technology of vitamins A, B3, B5, C and E designed to help improve skin tone, texture and clarity. It deep cleans the skin while leaving it feeling dewy, soft and refreshed.

This is a gentle cleanser that doesn’t bubble. The cleanser is creamy and feels silky. Putting it on, I could immediately feel that it was a hydrating cleanser and that it was moisturizing as it was cleaning.

My skin didn’t feel stripped of it’s natural oils, although the bad oils were completely gone. My skin felt extremely clean and my skin LOVED this. Makeup- Say BYE BYE. This definitely is a great makeup remover.

It seemed like it dissolved the makeup right on the spot. Not many cleansers can say they do THAT!


Step 2: Transport, (Exfoliation without Abrasion) $58 for $50 pads

What is it? Soft cotton pads with AHA to gently exfoliate dead cells on the skin's surface. Transport contains Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5), a patented technology of vitamins A, B3, B5, C and E designed to help improve skin tone, texture and clarity. Transport promotes resiliency, hydration and cell renewal.

These are such amazing pads. I couldn’t believe how clean and smooth my face felt IMMEDIATELY after use. When I first seen these, I thought they might be like Stridex pads. I used them in my teen years. My skin would feel refreshed but it never helped all the blemishes.

This is 10x better than the stridex pads. It contains AHA’s as well as the MDT5, so it exfoliates the skin better than a peel. People with sensitive skin may want to skip days on this treatment, but my SKIN loved it.

It tingles and feels so amazing. I KNOW I’m getting a great cleaning when I can feel all my cells jumping up and down shouting YES!! at me. And that’s exactly what they did. It did moisturize while it cleaned as well. My skin was never dried out because of this and I used it daily!

My skin was instantly brighter and more luminous. I had an instant glow to my face! NO it isn’t pregnancy. LOL. I even used these pads on my shoulders as well. Because of the sweltering heat- I had previously been breaking out where my bra straps rub my shoulders.

So after using them on my face and neck- I would flip it over and use the other side to exfoliate the skin underneath my bra straps. WA-LAH no more breakouts under there. How excruciating it was to have zits under there. Thank god they have disappeared.


Step 3: Treating: Serum (Boosting collagen and Lightening discoloration)  $82 for 1 oz.

What is it? The advanced technology in Somme Institute's Serum combines Vitamin C along with a high concentration of Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5), a patented technology of vitamins A, B3, B5, C and E designed to help improve skin tone, texture and clarity. Serum helps reduce the visible signs of premature aging, smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and evens skin tone.

During my life, I’ve been able to try some fabulous healing serums- but Somme Institute has ingredients in their serum that I’ve never before tried. This has such a light, glorious smell to it.

My skin immediately soaks this up. I think it thought “I’d better eat this up while I have the chance”. There is no stickiness left on my skin, as well as no residue or oiliness that other serums have given my naturally oily skin.

This serum beats the crap out of fine lines, wrinkles, premature aging, skin damage due to UVA/UVB rays, and evens skin tone. Although I can’t say that this erased my wrinkles, because I am 23 and don’t have any- but I think using this will prevent wrinkles and fine lines.

This is a highly concentrated form of Vitamin C and this is essential for lines, wrinkles, and aging. Regardless of how old I am, I don’t WANT lines and wrinkles and will take all the steps to prevent this!


Step 4: Moisturizing A-Bomb, accelerate cellular renewal $70 for 1.5 oz.

What is it? A-Bomb is a lightweight cream containing Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5), a patented technology of vitamins A, B3, B5, C and E, designed to help improve skin tone, texture and clarity. It also contains additional amounts of Vitamins A and E. A-Bomb helps soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles while targeting other problem areas, such as poor skin texture and dry skin. It calms and soothes the skin while promoting skin's vitality and firmness.

Although I have oily skin, my skin loved this as well. Usually my skin would rebel against me, and have some sort of fit which would always end up in a breakout or two. Not with this. This was like a magical concoction that my skin relied upon to get me through the day.

This is the perfect moisturizer. It isn’t greasy or oily to my already naturally oily skin. It moisturizes with Vitamins A & E, and soothing to skin.


Step 5: Double Defense, protecting sunblock with SPF 30

What is it? Double Defense is a lightweight, moisturizing lotion with SPF 30+ and Parsol 1789. Double Defense protects skin from premature aging while locking in vital moisture.

Protecting your skin from Sun Damage is a must these days. I know that TONS of people sunbathe or go to the tanning bed, but frankly- I don’t want to look like a leather handbag when I’m in my 40s/50s.

I’ve seen women like that and they can be quite scary looking. UVA and UVB rays give your skin TONS more wrinkles and lines then if you had shaded yourself from the sun.

Even if you have been victim to the harmful rays of the sun, these products will totally reverse the signs of sun damage and free radicals on your skin.

I loved using these in the morning and then applying my makeup over top of them. They seemed to make my makeup stay on longer, last longer, and feel flawless all day.

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This is without makeup AFTER using the Somme 5 step. No blemishes!!

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This is with makeup WHILE using SOMME!


Using it the FIRST time, I could tell that I was going to love this. BEFORE- My skin was definitely splotchy from having combination skin. Oily in parts while dry in others. I had large pores that created blackheads constantly and I couldn’t find anything that really helped me out in this department.

Within the first week, I could tell that my complexion was definitely brighter, clearer, and looked so baby fresh. I didn’t have MANY dark spots but I did have 2 that I wanted gone. NOW they are gone.

My skin had no bad reactions to these products! I loved them!!

Connect with the Somme Institute: Web / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest

Price & Availability: $298 for the 5-step regimen (products are also available for purchase individually), sommeinstitute.com


Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post, products were sent for review purposes only. All opinions are honest and completely my own!


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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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