You can buy all the fancy products in the world, but if your skin is not absorbing them, then you may be wasting your money. Derma rolling at home is one of the best ways to maximize the penetration of your products and stimulate the growth of your collagen and skin elasticity. I want to share a few guidelines and critical points that are essential to having a safe and gentle and derma-rolling session at home. By adding this into your weekly beauty regimen with the proper precautions, you will soon see the difference in the appearance of your skin with a plumper, smoother, younger-looking complexion.
When it comes to rollers, I believe quality is crucial. I recommend finding a quality roller with fine titanium needles. The derma roller I’m using is by Jenny Patinkin and is a perfectly safe roller to use at home. The needle length is 0.2 mm, which gently opens the micro-channels of your skin and stimulates growth factors to build more collagen naturally. When you follow it with a non-toxic, nutrient-rich product, you can get up to 70% or more absorption, as opposed to 4%-10% without derma rolling. As you can see, that is a significant difference in product penetration.
Step 1: Before use, make sure your roller is cleaned and disinfected properly using rubbing alcohol.
Step 2: Make sure your skin is perfectly clean with no residues.
Step 3: Roll back and forth on clean skin, with light to no pressure, on each area of your face 5-10 times, horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.
Step 4: Following treatment, with clean hands, apply your skincare, serums, or post-rolling care solutions such as soothing masks. Now is not a good time to test out new products. Make sure you use something that your skin already loves and has a good reaction to.
Step 5: Clean and disinfect the tool immediately after each use. Store in a protective case.
I recommend rolling at night since micro-channels are created by the fine needles. These skin channels may stay open for up to three hours so it is important to avoid anything toxic or drying like makeup or topical acne creams. I also recommend inspecting the needles of your roller with each use to make sure no needles are bent. If they are, throw it away, because it can cause damage to your skin.
Avoid irritated or infected skin, active acne, rosacea, eczema, raised scars, or moles. If you are not sure about using a roller, ask a doctor or specialist before use. If there is any skin sensitivity, stop using the roller and consult a specialist.
Sophie Lonsinger has been a massage therapist and bodyworker for over 13 years and has extensive training in various modalities. Her expertise has led her to travel around the world sharing her passion for healing and educating others. Sophie’s clientele consists of many professional athletes and celebrities. She utilizes her vast knowledge to customize bodywork for each individual she works with. Follow her on Instagram @consciouslivingbysophie.
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