Microneedling: the treatment that rolls wrinkles away
Learn all about how microneedling prevents premature wrinkles, and what skincare products you should be using after the treatment.
If you're a regular #LIVEMORE reader, then you know what some of the best anti-aging tricks are to keep premature wrinkles at bay. For example, you can slather on Skin Best Day Cream SPF 15 for energized skin and to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays, #eatclean for a radiant complexion and work out on a regular basis to boost your circulation. Today we’d like to share another wrinkle-fighting method with you that we’ve been keeping secret for a while: microneedling!
Microneedling stimulates collagen production
Microneedling, also known as dermarolling, is a skincare treatment that’s been around since the early 2000s. While the name is a little scary (the word needle is in it, after all!), it’s a lot less painful than it sounds and the end result makes any minor discomfort totally worth it.
A dermaroller – a roller that contains tiny needles – is gently glided over the skin to create very small punctures on the surface layer of the skin. This tricks your body into thinking that it’s wounded, so it goes into repair mode and kick-starts collagen production. As we get older our bodies produce less collagen naturally, and the environment we live in can cause collagen levels to drop prematurely. Doing things like microneedling helps create more of the structural protein, allowing our skin to maintain a youthful appearance.
Microneedling helps your skincare products work better
The small holes that microneedling produces allow skincare products – serums especially – to penetrate better, thus making them more effective. It’s important to note, however, that you should always do a patch test of a product after a microneedling treatment before slathering it all over your face or body. Your skin will be sensitive after the session, so the last thing you want to do is irritate it! Try to look for products that contain more natural ingredients, like the natural oils, omega fatty acids and Marine Connectum™ (a repairing sea sugar) found in Biotherm’s Blue Therapy Serum-in-Oil.
Microneedling treatments can administered anywhere on the body
Most people try dermarolling to combat premature aging, but it can also treat other skin issues, like acne scars and stretch marks on your thighs or belly. It doesn’t seem to work on cellulite, however, so you should rely on exercise and anti-cellulite skincare products for that.
Microneedling treatments can be performed at home or in a dermatologist’s office. The difference between the two is that the size of the needles will vary. Most of the dermarollers that are sold for home use have needles that are less than 0.5 mm. The needles found on the professional rollers range anywhere between 0.5 mm to 2.5 mm, and are more effective. If you don’t have a high threshold for pain, the larger needles can hurt a bit, but your practitioner can apply numbing cream to the area beforehand.
Nearly everyone can try microneedling
Microneedling is a safe treatment that is great for nearly everyone. The individuals that should abstain are those with ultra-sensitive skin, acne, or skin rashes.
If you decide to get a microneedling treatment at a dermatologist’s office, expect to have pink skin for a few hours afterwards (it will fade, don’t worry!), and avoid wearing makeup until the next day to let your skin breathe and heal. For best results, go once every few months. If you decide to try derma-rolling at home, limit the sessions to once a week to start, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely to learn how to use the roller correctly.
Microneedling treatments keep your skin youthful and radiant. Want to boost the benefits even more? Eat foods that also help your body produce collagen, like oranges, bananas and sweet potatoes.