{Tested} Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen


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Somme Institute’s 5-Step Regimen—a cleanser, exfoliant, moisturizer, serum and sunscreen–comes with a hefty price tag ($298), but according to reps at Somme, it “transforms the skin…improving its tone, texture and clarity while reducing the signs of aging.” All five products contain MDT5, a patented compound which Somme claims will help the active ingredients penetrate the skin 3-4 millimeters deep, much deeper than other products on the market.

Seven FOFs put Somme products to the test. Read on to find out: was it was high fives for this five-step regimen? Or did it leave our testers hanging?

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**Quick take: 6 out of 7 testers would recommend Somme Institute’s 5-Step Regimen to other FOFs.**

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CHRISTINE WILLIAMSON – Girard, PA

Were these products easy to use?
Five steps – it couldn’t have been easier.

Did you see a difference in your skin? Fine lines and wrinkles? Dryness? Skin tone?
My skin was smoother and firmer, wrinkles less noticeable. The products worked so well together.

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Would you continue using these products?
Yes and I’d add the Somme eye and neck treatments! The day defense lotion was heavy, I would have preferred something a little lighter for day. [It actually] worked well for me as a body or night treatment. The travel kit was excellent.

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
Yes.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
Double Defense: 4
Everything else: 5

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CHRISTINE NEWTON – Santa Rosa, CA

Were these products easy to use?
Very easy.

Did you see a difference in your skin? Fine lines and wrinkles? Dryness? Skin tone?
My lines didn’t go away, but appeared softer.

How did these products compare to the products you normally use?
The line is much nicer than my normal skincare products.

Would you continue using these products?
I would continue using this skin care line, but the cost is an issue [too high].

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
Yes.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
5.

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SUZANNE MEDICI – Troy, Michigan

Were these products easy to use?
Once I put them in order, [the regimen] was easy enough to follow.

Did you see a difference in your skin? Fine lines and wrinkles? Dryness? Skin tone?
My skin seemed to become even more dehydrated and I can’t blame it on the weather (the Michigan winter was mild this year.) The areas that are of a concern to me (around my mouth), seemed to become even more of a concern when using these products. No difference [in fine lines and wrinkles] that I could see. I felt as if these products were geared more towards a combination-oily skin.

How did these products compare to the products you normally use?
My usual skin care routine was working, but I always felt it could be improved. My favorite Somme product was the cleanser, though it reminded me of Cetaphil. I did not like using an SPF moisturizer on my face at night.

Would you continue using these products?
No! I was committed to see if they would work, but after 5 weeks and not seeing anything positive happening, I called it quits.

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
No. Well, only if you have combination-oily skin.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
2.

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KAREN HANSHAW – Tucson, Arizona

Were these products easy to use?
Yes, extremely easy.

Did you see a difference in your skin? Fine lines and wrinkles? Dryness? Skin tone?
Yes, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced and flakiness is gone. My skin tone is noticeably brighter and [my face is] fresh looking. [The products are] surprisingly gentle. I am particularly impressed with the lightening of redness on my neck and brown splotches on my face, jaw line and chest. I also used some on a red, scaly spot I’ve had for years on my forearm. Not even prescription steroid creams from my dermatologist helped as much as Somme’s regimen.

How did these products compare to the products you normally use?
It’s similar to what I was doing (only one more step than usual at night), and definitely much more effective.

Would you continue using these products?
Yes, but I won’t be able to continue right now because of the cost.

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
Yes, absolutely.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
5

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CECILIA PRADO – Arroyo Grande, CA

Were these products easy to use?
Yes, easy and quick, even though there are five products. I appreciate the minimalist packaging.  I also like that the pump caps lock open or closed and that the serum bottle has a cap. I did not like the A-Bomb’s screw top container that I have to dip my fingers or a spatula into. I’d prefer a more sanitary tube or pump dispenser.

Did you see a difference in your skin? Fine lines and wrinkles? Dryness? Skin tone?
I did not notice any particular improvement. My skin actually felt slightly oilier than normal, even after the 2-week adjustment period.

How did these products compare to the products you normally use?
I don’t feel that Somme’s product can replace what I normally use, Vivite by Allergan. Vivite helps my skin feel balanced, toned and smooth. Somme’s products made my skin feel oily.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
No, I will go back to using Vivite. I liked the convenience of the transport pads, and the serum felt very good on my skin, however, overall I do not feel there was any noticeable improvement.

Anything else?
The cleanser was my least favorite product. It felt greasy on my skin, I didn’t like the scent and never felt like my face was thoroughly clean. I thought the serum was great but the A-bomb felt heavy for daytime. Somme’s regimen did not include eye cream, which I feel should be part of any ‘core system.’

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
Yes, to other FOFs that suffer from extremely dry skin.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
3

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PAMELA HOWELL – Midland, TX

Were these products easy to use?
Yes, but I did have to put the chart on my mirror to help me remember the sequence of use.

Did you see a difference in your skin? Fine lines and wrinkles? Dryness? Skin tone?
The system certainly did cleanse my skin well. My décolletage was smoother and more even-toned. I noticed a clearer, brighter complexion but no significant difference in wrinkles and lines.

How did these products compare to the products you normally use?
This required more involvement without significant results.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
No, the cost [is too high] and [there are] too many steps involved.

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
No.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
2

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DENISE EVANS – Morristown, NJ

Were these products easy to use?
Yes–I loved the color coded labels.

Did you see a difference in your skin? Fine lines and wrinkles? Dryness? Skin tone?
It felt hydrated and my favorite product was the daily moisturizer with the SPF.

How did these products compare to the products you normally use?
I’ve been using products containing Retin-A for years and am a huge fan. I stopped just to try the Somme line. I did not see an improvement so I have returned to using my original skincare line.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
I would definitely continue using the cleanser and daily moisturizer.

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
Yes–it was effective but not necessarily better than what I was using. For someone who could not tolerate Retin-A, this line would be perfect.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
4.

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Dark Spot Erasers Reviews – Bremenn


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Using a “concentrated cocktail of skin lighteners and pigmentation compounds,” Bremenn Research Labs Dark Spot Eraser “reduces the appearance of existing dark spots, but addresses the appearance of future dark spot emergence,” according to its manufacturers. Sounds spot-tacular… but, we wanted to connect the dots between what the manufacturer promised and what real FOFs thought. We sent this product out to five testers to try–see all their reviews, below.

Quick take: 4 out of 5 FOF testers said they would continue to use this product!

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MARTHA PERATT, San Clemente, CA

Were the directions given to you clear and understandable?
Yes.

How quickly did you see results?
After 5-6 days of use.

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Did the product meet or exceed your expectations?
Exceeded my expectations.

Would you use this product again?
Absolutely.

What could make this product better?
If the price was reduced a little.

Please describe your experience with this product.
I used the product only for few weeks. After 3 days of use the dark spots started turning pink, in 5-6 days they started disappearing. Right now the spots on my face and hands are 90% gone. Loved it!

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DENISE KIRK, Highland, CA

Were the directions given to you clear and understandable?
Yes, they were brief and quite understandable.

How quickly did you see results?
Results did not come quick, and barely perceptible.

Did the product meet or exceed your expectations?
I was a bit disappointed in this product because the darkness of my brown spots was not reduced. However, no new spots surfaced!

Would you use this product again?
I would–I’d especially be interested to see if it would have better results if I used it for a longer period of time.

What could make this product better?
The addition of an exfoliant to use prior to the product.

Please describe your experience with this product.
I have been a sun-worshipper most of my life. I have tried numerous products [for my dark spots] with limited success and was looking forward to trying this. It felt good on my skin and smelled good too. Unfortunately, it just didn’t deliver on being the “Dark Spot Eraser” it was touted as.

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BRENDA BRATLEY, Palmer, AK

Were the directions given to you clear and understandable?
Yes.

How quickly did you see results?
Within a week, if not sooner.

Did the product meet or exceed your expectations?
The product met my expectations.

Would you use this product again?
Definitely, I would use it again when and if I get more dark spots.

What could make this product better?
Nothing, although the packaging looks very hokey and the model’s face full of brown dots looks very fake.

Please describe your experience with this product.
I used this product faithfully every day and noticed a difference almost immediately, but even more as the days went by. I only had a couple dark spots so I wasn’t sure this was even a product for me, but it did such a great job on those two that I know I’d use it again if I get more.

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LINDA VERGARA, Brooklyn, NY

Were the directions given to you clear and understandable?
Yes.

How quickly did you see results?
Within two weeks I noticed a big difference.

Would you use this product again?
Without trying it, I would not have bought it because of the cost. But, this is a wonderful product and I already bought another tube.

Please describe your experience with this product.
It did not discolor any other area. It is easy to blend in and it did not irritate my skin (I am sensitive to a lot of products.) My friends said what a positive difference it made and also purchased this item.

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MARTHA HEMPHILL, Berwyn, Il

Were the directions given to you clear and understandable?
The directions were very clear.

How quickly did you see results?
I saw no results at all.

Did the product meet or exceed your expectations?
The product did not meet my expectations.

Would you use this product again?
No, I would not.

Please describe your experience with this product.
It was okay, nothing spectacular.

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