How to Microneedle at Home
Microneedling is the art of using a small dermaroller that sort of looks like a paintbrush, but is covered with tiny needles. The point of microneedling is to roll the dermaroller all over your face to open your pores, which helps your face better absorb moisturizers and beauty products. It also helps your skin create more collagen, which should make your skin younger looking and wrinkle-free.
Sounds too good to be true right? Microneedling comes from microdermabrasion, which can be performed at your dermatologist’s offices and is very costly. At home, microneedling was created so you can buy a $20-$30 dermaroller and use it three to five times a week on your face to see the best results possible.
How do you start? Well first, you want to buy a dermaroller that is right for your skin. If you have sensitive skin like I do, some rollers may hurt or prove to be too painful because of the needle size. So doing a quick internet search for a dermaroller for sensitive skin will steer you in the right direction. However, if you do not have sensitive skin and your face can withstand the needles on the rollers that begin at the 0.5 needle size, but go for the standard 1.0 needle size because the bigger the needle, the better the results.
Once you have a dermaroller that works for your face, pick a moisturizer, serum or facial product that works really well for your skin and apply it on your face. Apply your favorite hydrating product to your face and let it sit for a minute or two. Then take your roller and roll vigorously on your face for two minutes. Roll up and down, left and right and in all directions. This makes sure that the serum you applied to your face before starting is being fully absorbed into your skin.
Once you have rolled for two minutes, let your face rest for a minute or two. Then roll your face again, but this time with a different serum. To finalize your microneedling routine, you will want to use a serum that is specifically an anti-aging serum. While you sleep, the serum will penetrate your skin and work wonders.
Do this three to five times a week, and you should start to see results as quickly as a week or two. What you will notice after the first day is that your skin might be a little pink; that just means your skin is getting ready to create more collagen.
Born and raised in the DMV, Emma Blancovich has a big appreciation for discovering things to do around town, such as new restaurants to try and supporting the local music scene by attending live shows. During the week she is an editor for trade associations, but on the weekends you can find her hiking up trails with the latest fitness gadgets then getting ready for a night out using the latest beauty and health products.