Skin Roller at Home.. Why?
Glowing Skin from Home
Skin Needling: The Facts
Skin needling is the insertion of very fine, short needles at a shallow depth to produce positive physiological and regenerative changes within the skin with effective visible results. When we give our clients a microneedling treatment in the clinic, we will be penetrating the skin up to 2.5mm. Sounds scary, but with the help of a local anaesthetic cream, we can reach down through the epidermis to the dermis. We can treat acne scars, stretch marks and skin ageing. The professional microneedling treatment creates micro-trauma in the skin that encourages the production of collagen which is triggered through the skin’s natural healing process, supports cell turnover, smoothing out fine lines, helps reduce wrinkles and reverse sun damage. One of the most common skin concerns that we see at the clinic is dry and/or dehydrated skin. Air conditioning, smoking, drinking alcohol, using overly harsh products and having dry skin in the first place are some of the causes of this and we know how uncomfortable it is.
We hate that dry, tight feeling too! When you look at your reflection in the mirror and see all those fine lines caused by dehydration. The temptation for many is to layer on thick, unctuous creams with words like ‘rich’ and ‘barrier protect’ that feel luxurious to the touch. They provide immediate relief as well as psychological satisfaction of having ‘moisturised’ But unfortunately, this course of action is worsening the problem even more.
Why Your Moisturiser Isn’t Moisturising You
If a product is sitting on your skin… it means that it is not penetrating your skin and delivering all the magic that it promises on the packaging. The more dry your skin feels, the more tempting it is to layer on those rich potions, but don’t. Not only is it sitting there doing nothing, the skin will not produce its own moisture as it senses that it is hydrated. So long-term, using rich creams will impair the skin’s own natural functions.
What you need is the RIGHT products for your skin type/condition, made with the RIGHT formulations, applied in the Right way to maximise their efficacy.
Skin Roller, which you can do at home, penetrates to a much shallower level (0.25mm) You’re not going to banish deeps scars or wrinkles, but you will be creating microchannels that help stimulate circulation and collagen in the area treated and allow for better product absorption. The Skin Roller stimulates collagen production triggered by the skin’s natural healing process.
What Products Should I Use with Skin Roller?
If dull, dry or dehydrated skin is your issue, the Hyaluronic is the obvious solution, Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in the body in all connective tissue including the skin. It is vital in the skin cells to help keep optimum moisture levels which creates plumpness in skin and holds up to 1000x it’s weight in water. Sadly, as we age, Hyaluronic acid levels deplete, levels can decline in the skin as young as 25 years.
While HA has become something of a ‘wonder ingredient’ in recent years, no matter what product you choose or what price it is, hyaluronic acid is a large molecule that won’t easily penetrate the skin. We recommend AQUA+ Serum with the Skin Roller for your home treatments. AQUA+ Serum is also used in our professional microneedling treatments at the clinic.
Does it Feel Uncomfortable?
If there is one thing we’ve learned at the clinic, is that discomfort tolerance varies with everyone. However, we really don’t think there is discomfort at all. At it’s worst, it can feel like a mild scratch, especially on the bonier parts of the face like the forehead. If you’re apprehensive, start on the fleshy areas like the cheeks and work up to the forehead.
How Do I Do It?
Apply a thin layer of the AQUA+ Serum, then take your sterilised roller and start to roll up to 6 times vertically, horizontally and diagonally until the area looks a little pink in colour and feels like a mild sunburn, then move on to the next area of the face. The entire face should only take a few minutes to treat. The treatment can be done on the neck and upper chest area too, just apply the same routine as the face. Skin Roller can be done 2-3 days a week and is recommended to be done in the evening. Please wear a full spectrum SPF 50 everyday.
You can see a tutorial on how to use the Skin Roller on our Instagram
Anything I Should Be Careful Of?
Yes, be careful of the delicate eye area, roll very gently in this area, taking your time to roll horizontally outwards towards the ear. do not roll very close to the eye. Ensure you are hygienic: it’s imperative you sterilise the roller before and after use and wash your hands thoroughly before and after the treatment. Finally we recommend using a fresh pillowcase the same day as your skin roller treatment, changing it with every treatment to prevent bacterial build-up in the skin. We recommend your roller be soaked in hot water and sprayed with Isopropyl Alcohol after each use, stand it in a glass to let it dry naturally. Please place it back in it’s case when dry.
Can I replace Microneedling at the Clinic with a Skin Roller?
No, not if you want to address skin issues like acne scars, pigmentation and skin aging. As we discussed earlier, our professional microneedling goes deeper to regenerate the skin, while dermarolling serves to penetrate products and increase circulation. While it is no replacement for what we can offer at the clinic, it’s fantastic to use as a stand alone home treatment or for use between microneedling appointments for that all-over glow.
By Skin Philosophy March 2020