By now, you’ve probably heard about the cosmetic procedure of microneedling, or dermarolling as it’s commonly called. As one would expect with anything containing the word “needle”, there are a lot of misconceptions and unfounded fears attached to the procedure. So, let’s smooth things over, shall we?
What exactly is microneedling? Simply put, it’s the application of a derma roller, a tool with thousands of tiny needles, to the surface of your skin. A professional typically administers something a bit more intense than what you’d experience using your own derma roller at home. The teeny-tiny needles encourage elastin and collagen production by inflicting microscopic wounds. Induced collagen rushes to the rescue and thus plumps, firms, minimizes bags and corrects dark circles. Derma rollers have even been credited with erasing stubborn stretch marks and scars!
Kerry Benjamin founder of Stacked Skincare tells us: "Microneedling helps get rid of under eye circles because it helps stimulate collagen and thicken the epidermis. Under the eye the epidermis is very thin, and by thickening, it helps conceal under eye bags."
Does it hurt?
The general consensus seems to be: a little. Needle lengths vary and a longer needle creates a deeper wound. So, if you’re just getting your feet wet with microneedling, it’s best to start small. Most people are so thrilled with dermarolling that they adopt it as a regular part of their routine and experiment with it as they feel comfortable. Minor issues like blemishes and slight skin discoloration can benefit from the smallest needles, while surgical scars and stretch marks will require something more heavy duty.
But overall, fear not. It looks way scarier than it really is.
Who Can Benefit from Microneedling?
So, who can derma roll their way to improved skin? Anyone! Derma rollers can be purchased online or in many salons and are safe for in-home use. But for those not quite ready to take the leap with microneedling, there are less-prickly roller-tool alternatives on the market. Including an ice-roller that works great to de-puff the under eye area!
Below, we’ve compiled a short list of various beauty tools that are safe for all skin types. When it comes to tiny rollers, there’s something for everyone!
This gentle micro-roller uses tiny stainless steel needles to exfoliate, plump and smooth facial skin. Safe for at-home use and on any skin type. Great for targeting hyperpigmentation, dark circles, and fine lines.
No needles here! This sleek, compact silver roller has a groovy solar panel that attracts light to create a microcurrent. Apply gentle pressure to replicate fingertip kneading. Great for tightening skin around the mouth and eyes.
This beautiful and delicate Jade roller is cooling, smoothing and non-invasive. It reduces facial tension by encouraging drainage. Gently roll across entire face to increase circulation while decreasing puffiness and redness.
This tool uses the power of cold to de-puff the eye area. Pop it in the freezer and gently roll over the skin to provide immediate relief. Works great to help calm inflammation and itchiness for those who suffer seasonal allergies.
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