Now thanks to some of the most innovative beauty brands in the biz, you can do microneedling – also known as dermarolling – in the comfort of your own home.
The procedure can tackle a whole range of cosmetic issues, whether you want to target the cellulite on your thighs or reduce acne scarring on your face. So what is it, exactly?
“Microneedling is a method that uses very tiny needles to create painless micro-injuries to the skin,” says Jamie O’Banion, CEO and founder of BeautyBio.
“These small injuries help to stimulate collagen production, which creates new, younger cells and triggers your skin’s natural healing response. It also creates tiny microchannels so your skincare products can penetrate deeper beneath the skin’s surface, making them more effective,” she adds.
If you’re concerned that microneedling at home without the presence of a trained professional might cause more harm than good, don’t fret.
“Typically, an at-home microneedling device uses needles that range from 0.5mm to 3mm long – meaning they are so tiny that you’d never be able to do any harm with them.
"The skin acts as a cushion, too, so you can’t push down too hard into deeper layers that would cause bleeding or discomfort, bu it’ll still have the in-salon effect on your skin,” says Jamie. Although a word of warning: never use on acne or broken skin.
See ya, cellulite
Despite the numerous body-positive posts we see on our Instagram feeds, orange peel skin on our legs can sometimes get us down. Instead of opting for cellulite-busting lotions and potions or expensive spa treatments, take matters into your own hands with a daily at-home dermarolling sesh.
“Microneedling can really help reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, but consistency is key and a stand-alone treatment will not work on its own,” says Dr Philippe Hamida-Pisal, dermatologist and president of The Society of Mesotherapy.
“It’s also very important to use the correct product straight afterwards to help get rid of the root cause of the cellulite, like water retention.”
Gently roll Pharmaclinix Dermarollex, £49.99, a few times over the affected area, and follow with an antioxidant-rich cream such as Mio Skincare Shrink To Fit Cellulite Smoother, £29.50, which is packed with green tea and caffeine to stimulate circulation.
- Pharmaclinix Dermarollex, £49.99 from Pharmaclinix — buy now
- Mio Skincare Shrink To Fit Cellulite Smoother, £29.50 from Mio Skincare — buy now
Smooth out scars
Tried just about every treatment out there to treat pesky acne scarring on the face? You’re not alone.
But using a dermaroller may actually help to reduce their appearance.
“As long as your acne is not an open wound, dermarolling to get rid of scarring is totally safe,” says Jamie.
“Microneedling forces your skin into a healing regeneration mode that delivers a consistent outcome and trigger response with every use,” she adds.
Think of it like a tiny paper cut on your finger – your skin immediately repairs the injury and produces new cells.
This is exactly what the skin on the face does after dermarolling, which boosts collagen and elastin production and reduces scarring at the same time. Genius.
We love Swiss Clinic Skin Roller, £42, which has a small head containing 540 micro needles to help get into every crevice on your face.
- Swiss Clinic Skin Roller, £42 from Swiss Clinic — buy now
As with other areas of the skin, microneedling around and on the lips creates tiny, undetectable punctures to stimulate collagen production, which makes them appear fuller.
Avoid using the dermaroller with too much pressure on the red of your lips, as this can cause some irritation. We’re obsessed with the GloPro Microneedling Regeneration Tool, £199, with the detachable GloPro Lip Microtip Attachment Head, £45. Use for three minutes every night before bed to wake up to seriously sculpted smackers. Not quite ready to make the big investment?
Try a Beauty Pie Hyaluronic Acid Microneedle Patch, £24.56 for 10 for Beauty Pie subscribers, around your mouth once a week and let the infused dissolving micro needles and wrinkle-softening hexapeptide-8 get to work on smoothing out visible fine lines.
- GloPro Microneedling Regeneration Tool, £199 from Selfridges — buy now
- GloPro Lip Microtip Attachment Head, £45 from Beauty Bio Science — buy now
- Beauty Pie Hyaluronic Acid Microneedle Patch, £24.56 for 10 from Beauty Pie — buy now
Perk up your peepers
Tired-looking eyes with dark circles could be down to one too many sleepless nights or dehydraytion – or both!
Facial plastic surgeon Dr Maryam Zamani says that microneedling could help reduce the appearance of dark circles as well as fine lines.
“I would recommend using topical brightening ingredients along with microneedling to help the product further penetrate the skin, stimulate collagen and, in turn, make you look more awake.”
We like Vichy LiftActiv Micro Hyalu Patches, £20 for two. Each patch contains hyaluronic acid and 160 tiny dissolvable needle-like cones to deeply hydrate and refresh your eye area overnight.
Or invest in Radara Microneedling Patches, £165 for a month’s supply.
Yes, they’re spenny, but it’s because they contain a massive 3,000 micro needles per patch, meaning even more hyaluronic acid can deeply penetrate the skin.
They’re great for making eyes look instantly radiant.
- Vichy LiftActiv Micro Hyalu Patches, £20 for two from Vichy — buy now
- Radara Microneedling Patches, £165 for a month’s supply from Radara — buy now
Say farewell to fine lines
The skin’s ability to produce collagen diminishes as you age, which can result in fine lines and wrinkles on the face, so the more you can do to keep your collagen levels up, the better.
For some weekly TLC, try Starskin Pro Microfiller Mask Pack, £27.50.
This face mask punctures the skin with tiny pyramid-shaped crystals to treat all areas of concern in just one hit.
After just 20 minutes, your skin will look brighter and feel firmer.
- Starskin Pro Microfiller Mask Pack, £27.50 from Feel Unique — buy now
Stockists: Beauty Pie (Beautypie.com), GloPro (Beautybio.com), Mio Skincare (Mioskincare.co.uk), Pharmaclinix (Pharmaclinix.com), Radara (Radara.co.uk), Starskin (Boots.com), Swiss Clinic (Swissclinic.co.uk), Vichy (Boots.com).
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