Microneedling is becoming an ever increasingly popular skincare treatment and for good reason! It’s incredibly effective at treating a slew of skin issues including wrinkles, fine lines, scars and uneven skin texture. At Urban Body Laser in our medispa we offer microneedling treatments using the DermaPen for a higher intensity treatment, and we also have an at home option, the Derma Roller for guests who would like to incorporate the benefits of this technology into their regular skincare routine.
What is a Derma-Roller?
Our at home Derma Roller contains hundreds of tiny needles that when passed over the skin treatment area create micro-injuries on the skin. These micro-injuries then cause the skin to produce collagen and elastin in much higher levels than usual as a healing response to the injury. As the skin heals you’re left with a tighter, brighter and younger looking complexion. Introducing this tool into your skincare regimen is an ideal way to begin reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and for thickening and plumping the skin under the eyes.
At our medispa, Urban Body Laser we offer 2 different sized at home derma rollers- the 0.3mm or the 0.5mm roller. We suggest never purchasing a roller larger that 0.5 mm, as the thicker needles may put you at risk for damaging the skin. If you think your skin requires a larger needle size we recommend coming into our medi spa for an appointment with one of our skincare professionals.
One of the biggest benefits of using an at home Derma Roller is so that you can maximize the effectiveness of your serums. Research has shown that absorption of skincare ingredients is increased by up to 90% when using microneedling or an at home derma roller. Make sure you buy a quality serum with potent active ingredients to get the most benefit out of your roller!
Keep in mind that skincare products and serums containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, stem cells, peptides, and growth factors will be the most effective in order maximize the effects of your microneedling by enhancing collagen production, increasing the speed of cellular turnover, treating hyperpigmentation, and plumping skin. Take caution when using active ingredients such as retinol or vitamin C, these ingredients although they are beneficial can cause sensitivity- applying them after your microneedling session or with an at home derma roller may cause irritation.
How to use your at home derma roller?
Begin by first cleansing the skin, and follow with a gently chemical skin exfoliant like salicylic or glycolic acid to increase absorption even more.
Next apply one to two layers of the serums of your choice (we’ve listed our favourites below!)
Use your derma roller to gently roll over your skin vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. Roll twice over your cheeks, forehead, chin, lips, and neck. Don’t press so hard that you cause yourself pain, be especially gently on the areas of the face where skin is thinner such as your lips or under your eyes- just apply as much pressure as you can tolerate comfortably. Always avoid your eyelids!
After your done rolling the skin you can add a second layer of your serum. If you don’t have sensitivity you can apply retinol after you’re done rolling.
How often should I use my derma roller?
You can safely use your derma roll up to three times per week- however it’s up to you- some of our guests choose to use their roller 3X a week while others are far less frequent. Those with discoloration or wrinkles may want to roll more often, whereas some of our guests are looking to just maintain their skin’s appearance. Ask one of our skincare estheticians what they think is right for you next time you’re in studio, or give us a call.
After using your derma roller give it a good cleanse with rubbing alcohol and keep it stored in a protective case.
Our at home derma roller selection:
0.3mm Dermal Roller with LED – $100
0.5mm Dermal Roller with LED – $100
Our medispa uses the R3 Derma Health line of skincare products to deliver potent medical grade ingredients for maximum results! Consult with our skin care experts to find out which products are right for you!
Ready to get started with an at home Derma Roller? Give us a call at 604-696-5506 or stop by our studio in downtown Vancouver today.