Needles have always had a bad reputation. Some of us experience chills down our spines when they touch our skin while others faint at the mere sight of them. Unlike their medical counterparts, microneedling has taken the skincare world by storm, gaining instant popularity with a plethora of celebrities mentioning them as part of their skincare routines. Just take a look at Kourtney Kardashian using her own Derma Roller!
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However, microneedling, when done incorrectly can cause more damage than good. Thus, as your local skincare experts, we are here to make sure that you know everything you should about microneedling.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that utilises multiple tiny, sterile needles to repeatedly puncture the top layers of skin to cause physical trauma (aka damage). This intentional damage prompts the skin’s deeper layer to increase the production of collagen, thereby kick-starting its process of recovery and rebuilding.
The benefits? If done in a sterile environment under professional supervision, it can help to lighten wrinkles and scars, improve skin elasticity and minimise pores. Plus, when used with potent products, it can help to increase the product’s penetration and effectiveness. Microneedling tools also come in a wide variety – from Derma Rollers, Derma Pens to Microneedling Stamps.
Despite the large variety of skincare benefits, let’s get one thing straight – microneedling should NOT be a part of your daily homecare routine.
The Downsides to Microneedling
Under the supervision and direction of a trained professional, microneedling is safe. However, not all of us are trained professionals, regardless of how many YouTube tutorials we binge. The main reasons microneedling should not be a part of your skincare routine are simple:
When it comes to needles entering the body, it is a non-negotiable that they must be sanitary. At home, you do not always have the necessary tools required to sanitise your microneedling tool. This could lead to you repeatedly puncturing your skin with a bacteria-laden tool, inevitably causing you to suffer bacterial infections and breakouts.
You may be thinking that an alcohol wipe or solution can cleanse the tool. While alcohol can be used to sanitise, it is not a recommended method. If the alcohol used to clean it is not thoroughly removed from the tool, you would be embedding a known irritant into your skin.
For cosmetic procedures like microneedling, there is a methodology in which the tool is used on your skin. This method ensures a systematic manner to minimise the widening of each puncture. The gif below perfectly summarises the idea.
Wide punctures should be avoided as it makes the task of repair & recovery harder for your skin. Additionally, home microneedling products often have shorter, more blunt needles which can result in wider punctures.
Alternatives to Microneedling
It is completely understandable to want to treat your skin to the many benefits of microneedling! As we’ve mentioned several times in the article, microneedling is perfectly safe if it is done under the supervision and direction of a trained professional in a sterilised environment. While we cannot encourage the use of at-home microneedling tools, we can encourage you to investing in safe microneedling treatments.
Here are some of our favourite treatments that incorporate the use of microneedling:
Freeze your skin in time with our cool Cryotherapy treatment. Featuring Korean medi-technology, it chills the skin’s surface up to -10°C to stimulate microcirculation, reduce pore size and restore firmness, tone and radiance to dull, fatigued and saggy skin — without any downtime!
Like our Cryotherapy™ treatment but better. Bringing your skin’s temperature to a new low of -15°C, this treatment also features a Low-Frequency CryoProbe for improved toning, firming and lifting results. Your skin absorbs products even more intensively now with Iontophoresis and deeper Cryostamp depths for pore and scars reduction and brightening. Expect restored skin firmness, tone and radiance, and kiss goodbye to dull, fatigued and saggy skin.
That’s it! Now you know everything you ought to know about microneedling.
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