Dermarolling: The greatest at home skin treatment you can do

You know that mask you put on once or twice a week, it’s actually not working as well as it can.

All those skincare products you’re religiously applying can also be working better.

Add in a dermarolling session once or twice a week and your products will penetrate deeper providing much better results.

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Here’s what it is

A dermaroller is a small stainless steel roller packed with needles up to 0.25mm long that you roll across your face. It causes tiny punctures that prompts the skin to think it has been injured and goes into repair mode.

That repair mode produces collagen and elastin which help keep the skin plump and looking youthful.

As we get older, the amount of collagen we produce naturally decreases so this is a great way to get those levels up and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The roller is also creating micro channels which is how the products we use from serums to moisturisers, oils and face masks can get deeper into the layers of the skin and work more effectively, so you’ll see results quicker.

Dermarolling is what we do at home which is why the needles shouldn’t be longer than 0.25mm, whereas microneedling is what’s done in a clinic or salon. 

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With microneedling, the needles can be longer because the professionals are doing it. They can also use a topical anaesthetic to ease any pain. Longer needles probably means more pain.

The professionals decide the length of the needle based on your skin concern, whether it’s scarring, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, rosacea or enlarged pores. 

It’s suitable for most skin types but is pretty expensive which is why I thought I’d try dermarolling. I got my husband to buy it for me (on behalf of our son) for Mother’s Day.

It comes from Laser Clinics. I was reluctant to get one online in case it wasn’t sterile or stainless steel or just the wrong needle length. I wanted to be sure I was getting the right one.

You have to clean and disinfect your roller after each use. You just use alcohol that can be bought from the chemist. I got one in a squeeze bottle so I don’t have to touch the needles.

My verdict

I’ve been dermarolling for about 2 months now and my skin is loving it. I’ve definitely noticed a difference.

On the box it tells you how to do it so it’s like dermarolling for dummies. You roll up, then down and do it in small sections until you’ve rolled across your whole face.

It doesn’t hurt that much. It’s uncomfortable more than painful. You can press as hard or soft as you can handle but be gentle as well because you shouldn’t be drawing any blood. This is not a Kim Kardashian vampire facial! 

After I roll I usually apply a face mask and then complete my usual night time skincare routine.

It’s really simple and effective and worth the $79.95. It’ll last around 6 months depending how often you use it.

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