When I first heard about Micro-needling, I thought, “Stick 1000 needles into my face? No way!” But then, my inner beauty junkie—and my curiosity—got the better of me. If you tell me I’m going to look younger…I’ve GOT to know more!
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Micro-needling is a form of collagen induction therapy. The goal is to create a controlled injury to the skin’s surface by creating microscopic breaks in the blood vessels, which works to trigger two beneficial reactions. First, your skin’s natural defense mechanism kicks in to create platelets that release growth factors; this, in turn, promotes the production of collagen and elastin, a protein that generates new cells and helps skin maintain elasticity. Second, the tiny channels made by micro-needles allow topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively through the top layer of skin. So that $150 dollar skin care cream you bought has the ability to penetrate down to the deepest possible levels, bringing your skin the utmost in youthful radiance. Now that I know how Micro-needling works, I’m hooked!
There are two ways to micro-needle: Professionally, and at home. For the best results, I recommend a program that includes both. First, schedule a micro-needling session with a trained professional. This salon procedure is done with longer needles and is designed to penetrate into your skin’s topmost layers to encourage collagen production. In response to the needle’s stimulus, the skin will plump and thicken—ultimately reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines and other skin texture changes. Ideally, the treatment should be repeated every 4-6 weeks for maximum effect. Spacing out your treatments allows the skin to recover from the micro-needling and to regenerate itself completely before the next procedure.
I recommend following up these professional sessions with a regimen of “rolling” at home—using a needle that’s smaller but also very effective. These short needles not only promote new collagen building, but, as stated above, they help your skin absorb more readily, so you’ll get maximum results from anti-aging products. Here are some tips on how to “Roll” at Home.
What can home rolling offer me?
By using the derma roller regularly, your skin retains the ability to absorb your moisturizers, creams, and other topical solutions to the fullest extent.
What size derma roller is recommended?
I recommend 0.2 to 0.25 mm needle lengths to make the skin receptive to better product absorption.
How many times a week should I ‘roll’?
With either the 0.2 and 0.25 needle lengths, it’s fine to “roll’ every day, if desired. This daily routine will boost your skin’s ability to absorb your favorite topical solution.
Pick up your Derm-roller at Truth + Beauty today! Happy Rolling!