Have you ever considered derma rolling? Or, just want to find out more before taking the plunge?
If you’re unfamiliar with derma rolling and what it’s all about, I’ll fill you in. Simply put, the roller features hundreds of tiny surgical steel micro-needles which, when rolled against the skin cause micro-injuries. In response to these “injuries” the skin begins the healing process, bringing fresh blood and collagen to the skin, giving a plumper, smoother appearance. Open or enlarged pores can also be targeted. Sounds like something we could all use doesn’t it?
Another advantage of derma rolling is improvement of acne scars, or in fact, any kind of scarring.
“You can use your roller not only for the face and neck but knees, backs of hands or literally anywhere you feel needs improving. Let’s face it, there’s always room for improvement”
Admittedly, I spent considerable time lingering over this purchase as I wasn’t sure if it would be for me. However, after researching the array of rollers available and watching countless YouTube videos on the subject I decided I really do need a derma roller in my life.
Swiss Clinic kept coming up as a trusted brand so I decided to buy their roller. You can also purchase specially designed products from Swiss Clinic to use with it. In fact, I could have a field day if finances would permit. The range of innovative products is vast with everything from self tan to hair care.
The roller is designed to be easy to hold, has an indentation for correct finger placement and is sleek-looking, shiny and tactile. It comes in its own hard plastic storage box.
“I just wanted to get my hands on the roller without having to spend a fortune”.
I found a discount code online and paid £32 for mine – (usual price £42). I thought this was a reasonable price for the benefits I could possibly reap. the roller arrived quickly and of course, I had to try it immediately. On first glance, I thought I’d just been sent the roller without the needles as they are so tiny, but, as I rolled it against the back of my hand it became apparent there were indeed needles – 540 of them!
When it comes to needling your face, start with clean, dry skin and take it slowly is my best advice. It’s an unsettling thought to begin with but once you start, you’ll soon learn how much pressure is needed and how your skin reacts. You’ll of course, become more confident with use. I would recommend using your roller in the evening before bed, this way your skin has all night to rest and recover.
Some reddening of the skin is inevitable but actually, it isn’t too bad at all. It’s recommended to roll back and forth and in different directions but be careful not to roll the same area consecutively too many times in one treatment. It’s all about using common sense really.
“Yes, you can even use the roller on your lips”
Rolling my lips has been a beauty revelation for me and is now a must. I tend to suffer from dry lips at the merest breath of wind in the air but I’ve noticed a huge improvement. There’s less dryness, and more smoothness to my lips in the three months I’ve been rolling them. Just like my skin, my lips appear smoother the following morning. As for the rest of my face, I roll my skin after my evening cleanse, then follow with a good serum which I apply with my BeGlow TIA.
Because of the results, it’s tempting to use it every evening and if your needles are 0.25 mm it’s absolutely fine to go ahead and do so. You’ll honestly love your smooth, plump skin the next day. If you’re using needles longer in length then it’s recommended to use it two to three times a week. The longer the length the less treatments you’ll need as healing time is longer.
As you continue along you’ll start to find the needles will lose their sharpness and depending on use you’ll need to buy a replacement roller. Personally, I’m very tempted to try the longer length needles as I feel I’m ready for that now.
In terms of pain – there’s none. For me anyway…
You’ll find the skin becomes accustomed after a while but of course, you can still feel the needles. The sensation is more satisfying than painful, I would say. Apply a little pressure and carefully roll back and forth over the skin, or a specific areas you wish to target. I’ve read reviews where some have experienced breakouts but I’ve not had anything like that. My experience with derma rolling is just smooth, plump skin.
Remember to spray your roller with a disinfectant after each use and allow it to air dry. This keeps it hygienic for next time.
Swiss Clinic – no ordinary skin roller…
The Swiss Clinic say their roller has 540 micro-needles made of surgical steel. After a few moments of use the needles open up thousands of tiny micro-channels in the skin, allowing the skin to absorb up to 300% more of your chosen skincare products. Plus, the healing process is prompted creating collagen and stimulating new skin cells. Your skin will be smoother and healthier.
“Please don’t be tempted to buy a cheap roller – the needles are low quality and can actually do more harm than good”
What are your thoughts on derma rolling? Have you ever tried it? I’d love to hear about your experience.
Also, have a read of my tried and tested flawless skin tips.