How does it work?
A derma-roller contains hundreds of tiny needles. When in use, these needles create micro-injuries on the skin, which in turn sends collagen and elastin production into overdrive to compensate as it heals—leaving your complexion tighter and plumper than it was beforehand. This makes it an ideal method for filling in fine lines and wrinkles, thickening and plumping the skin under the eyes (thus diminishing the appearance of dark circles and bags), and even plumping up lips. Micro-needling is also a very effective treatment for acne scars and discoloration since it penetrates the skin so deeply. Plus, when used in conjunction with a serum (as it should be), it boosts ingredient absorption up to 90%.
For a more intense, in-office treatment, many dermatologists use a derma-pen, an electronic micro-needling device that oscillates as it punctures the skin. These treatments often have immediate and dramatic results, but also have side effects like pain and bleeding. They also tend to be very expensive.
Fortunately, at-home derma-rolling is a much thriftier alternative that still gets great results with regular maintenance. It requires a much lower pain threshold, too.
Which serums should I use?
One of the main points of micro-needling at home is to really maximize the efficacy of your serums. It’s really important to buy the right serum with the right active ingredients to get the most benefit and also cause no adverse reaction. That means embracing naturally active products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, stem cells, peptides. These are the types of ingredients that will really maximize the effects of micro-needling to stimulate collagen, speed up cell turnover, lift hyperpigmentation, smooth out fine lines, firm, plump, and hydrate.
I have everything I need—how do I start derma-rolling?
Prep your skin by cleansing (don’t forget to pre-cleanse with your Microfiber towel to fully remove makeup, dirt, & oil prior to using your cleanser) and then exfoliate using your Phyto Lipid Scrub—this second step helps you really get the most out of the micro-needling by increasing ingredient absorption even more, though I’ve also skipped exfoliation with good results.
After exfoliating, add one to two layers of your Supernatural Vitamin A Serum™ to your face & décolleté.
Take your derma-roller and gently roll it over your skin vertically, horizontally, and diagonally, rolling twice over your cheeks, forehead, chin, lips, and neck in each direction.
No need to press too hard or put yourself in pain—apply as much pressure as you can comfortably tolerate.
Take special care on your lips and underneath your eyes, as this skin is especially delicate. (And never apply serum or roll on your eyelids.)
After finishing, add a second layer of serum. If you are overly sensitive to retinols, you can apply your Lift & Firm Botanical Gel™ or Oceana Mineral Gel™ after rolling instead.
How often should I do it?
This is really up to you: You can safely use your derma-roller as often as a few times a week, but I simply use mine once a month and have really been able to maintain my results that way. It really depends on what you’re most comfortable with and what kinds of skin issues you’re treating. (If you have a lot of discoloration or fine lines, you may want to use yours more often.)
How do I take care of my derma-roller?
After using, cleanse your roller with rubbing alcohol and store it in its plastic case. Also be sure to replace your derma-roller often—once a month, if you’re using it several times a week, or after about 10 to 15 uses.