At-home microneedling is a bit controversial within the skincare community, and with good reason. It’s literally pricking your skin with a bunch of tiny needles, at home. There’s a lot of ways that could go wrong.
But I read that the results were supposed to be life-changing, so I decided I should test it out for myself. I got the 0.2 mm (the smallest size) Skin Roller from Swiss Clinic to see what all the hype was about.
What is it?
Using an at-home microneedling tool (like the Skin Roller) boosts your skin’s collagen production and allows your skin to absorb products up to 300% times better. Treatments that use longer needles are said to help reduce scarring, improve the appearance of stretch marks, wrinkles, hyper pigmentation and even combat hair loss.
Microneedling has been around for a while, generally practiced by licensed dermatologists to treat more serious skin conditions. Only in the last couple of decades did dermarolling for collagen induction at home become popular.
How do you use it?
After washing my face, I use the roller for about two minutes, rolling in different directions but never dragging sideways. Be mindful when using the roller, it’s not like brushing your teeth: pay attention to what you’re doing, how you’re rolling and that you’re not applying too much pressure.
When I’m done rolling, I follow it with Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Lift Serum all over my face, and Choice Finland’s Snake Botox on my lips, laugh lines, and around my eyes.
During the first week of testing, I used the roller twice a week. I wanted to give my skin a chance to decide if it liked it, and it did. After using the roller (always at night time) I woke up with visibly plumper, softer, and glowing skin. Now I use the roller about three times a week, and I think it’s enough.
Personally, I’ve loved the results and will continue using the roller.
I do want to highlight that I did a lot of research before even deciding if I was going to try this, and I recommend you do your own research before trying it as well. It’s not for everyone, and there are a lot of things to consider. Here are just a few to help you get started.
Some things to keep in mind
- Make sure you buy your roller from a reputable source and make sure to read the directions prior to use. If you have any questions about the product, don’t hesitate to ask for more information from the producer.
- Always sanitize your roller. If you decide to soak it in a sanitizing solution, be gentle when handling the roller so as not to damage any of the needles. Swiss Clinic sells a sanitizing spray that’s simple and easy to use.
- If it’s your first time using a derma roller, start with the smallest size. Leave anything over 1.0 mm to the professionals.
- Use the roller when you know your skin will have time to recover. It’s best used just before bed.
- Don’t use your roller if you’re currently experiencing breakouts.
- For more information about microneedling and dermarolling, consult a professional.
If you do decide to try the Skin Roller, you can get 20% off your order from Swiss Clinic with the code SWISSCLINICH60. The code is valid until 31/12/2018.
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