One of the most common skin concerns that we see at the clinic is dry and/or dehydrated skin. Air conditioning, frequent flying, smoking, drinking alcohol, using overly harsh products and having dry skin in the first place are some of the causes of this, and we know how uncomfortable it is.
We hate that taut feeling too! When you smile and feel your mouth area cracking, or study one’s reflection in a harshly lit mirror and see all of those fine lines caused by dehydration. The temptation for many is to layer on thick, unctuous creams with words like ‘rich’ and ‘barrier protect’ that feel luxurious to the touch. They provide immediate relief as well as psychological satisfaction of having ‘moisturised’. But, unfortunately, this course of action is worsening the problem in the first place.
Why Your Moisturiser Isn’t Moisturising You
If a product is sitting on your skin…It means that it is not penetrating your skin and delivering all the magic that it promises to on the packaging. The more dry your skin feels, the more tempting it is to layer on those rich potions, but don’t. Not only is it sitting there doing nothing, the skin will not produce its own hydration as it senses that the skin is hydrated. So long-term, using those rich creams will impair the skin’s own natural functions.
What you need is the RIGHT products for your skin type/condition, made with the RIGHT
formulations and amounts, and applied in the RIGHT way to maximise their efficacy.
Skin Needling: The Facts
Skin needling is the penetration of the skin by very small needles. When we give our clients a microneedling treatment in the clinic, we will be penetrating to up to 2.5mm. Sounds scary, but when we can reach deep down through the epidermis down to the dermis, we can help treat acne scars, stretchmarks and ageing skin. We’ll do an entirely separate post on microneedling, but basically when we’re doing this, we’re creating micro-traumas in the skin that stimulate collagen production via the skin’s natural wound-healing process.
Skin Roller, which you can do at home, penetrates to a much shallower level. You’re not going to banish deep scars, but you will be creating microchannels that help compromise the waterproof layer of the epidermis, and allow for better product absorption.
What Products Should I Use with Skin Roller?
If dehydration is your issue, then Hylauronic is the obvious solution. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in the body and it’s great because it can hold up to 1000x its own weight in water. Sadly, as we age, Hyaluronic acid levels deplete.
Whilst HA has become something of a ‘wonder ingredient’ in recent years, it is a large molecule so it won’t easily penetrate the skin, no matter how expensive the product. That’s why it’s so fantastic to pair with our Aqua + Serum, which we also often use at the clinic when we microneedling.
Does it Hurt?
If there’s one thing we’ve learned at the clinic, it’s that pain tolerance varies in everyone. However, we really don’t think it hurts at all. At its worst, it can feel like a mild scratch, especially on the bonier parts of the face like the forehead. If you’re feeling scared, start on the fleshy cheeks and work your way up to those bony areas. Personally, we find it to be a relaxing little ‘self-care’ segment of our day!
How Do I Do It?
Apply the Aqua+ Serum, then get your roller (which you have sprayed with sterile solution and allowed to air-dry). Roll it over one area (say, the cheek by the ear) upwards, then horizontally, then diagonally until the area looks sunburnt, which shouldn’t take long. Then move onto the next area. We can’t wait for you to wake up to glowing skin the next day! You can see a tutorial on our Instagram.
Anything I Should Be Careful Of?
Yes. Be very careful of your delicate eye area; do not roll past your eye socket towards your eye. Ensure you are hygienic: it’s imperative that you sterilise the roller before and after use, and wash your hands thoroughly before and after treating yourself. Finally, we recommend using a clean pillowcase whenever you do it, so that spot-causing bacteria can creep in.
Can I replace Microneedling at the Clinic with a Skin Roller?
No, not if you are looking to regenerate your skin concerns in any meaningful way, e.g. issues like acne scars, pigmentation and ageing. Microneedling is brilliant for this, while dermarolling serves to penetrate products we have recommended to you more deeply. Whilst it is no replacement for what we can offer at the clinic, it’s fantastic to use between microneedling appointments for that all-over glow.
Watch Skin Roller with Annalouise
Skin Philosophy Skin Roller
Stimulates collagen, increases product penetration, stimulates circulation to feed the skin and lymphatic system to detox