We've talked a lot about dermarolling at Byrdie HQ—especially after news editor Victoria Hoff told us how grazing the cylinder of needles over her under-eyes permanently removed her bags, our jaws all collectively dropped. Once we picked them up off the floor, it was time to foray into the world of microneedling (as it's also often called) ourselves.
If you're lost as to why anyone would roll needles over their face, allow us to bring you up to speed: According to Kerry Benjamin, founder of Stacked Skincare, creating tiny punctures on the surface of the skin helps it to go into collagen-production overdrive, thus thickening the skin, camouflaging dark circles and filling in fine lines. It also allows for serums to sink in deeper (which, by the way, you should be applying before and after dermarolling, but pay attention to ingredients, as retinol and vitamin C can gravely irritate punctured skin).
Dermarolling, also sometimes called microneedling, is a procedure that uses a small tool with tiny needles to gently prick the skin. This creates micro tears on the surface of your skin, which boosts collagen production and increases efficacy of your serums and moisturizers.
I've been dermarolling once a week for the past few months now, and I've noticed a marked difference in my overall complexion and the dreaded fine line on my forehead (which turned into a very faint impression). But as much as I love using my regular tool, I recently came across a game changer: the BeautyBio GloPro Microneedling Tool ($200).
BeautyBio GloPro Microneedling Tool
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Increases collagen production, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin texture and tone
Star Rating: 5/5
Potential allergens: None
About the brand: BeautyBio was founded in 2011 by Jamie O’Banion. The brand specializes in microneedling devices and skincare formulated without sulfates, parabens, triclosan, hydroquinone, and oxybenzone.
The GloPro Microneedling system includes the GloPro Microneedling Rejuvenation Tool, five Skin Prep Pads, a power cord and adaptor, a very helpful empty sanitizing bottle. The device itself is already equipped with two AAA batteries, so you're ready to use it directly from the box.
And yes, you did read that right—it has batteries and also comes with a charger. Why? Well, the cord and charger are basically a back up if your batteries run out and you need to use it before you can replace them.
The device itself is shaped almost like a giant razor—you even hold it in your hand like one. On the top of the device is the classic face microneedling tip, but if you really want to take it to the next level, you can buy the four additional microtips here. The set includes the eye microtip head, an additional face tip, one for the body and one for your lips. There's even an extra tip for your scalp. The body tip helps visibly smooth and firm the skin, especially for those experiencing crepey skin above the knees and on the back of the arms. (I personally didn't try this yet but will keep you all posted.)
In addition to the typical advantages of using a standard dermaroller, the GloPro is electronic and has the added benefits of red-light therapy and VibroTactile Stimulation. Red-light therapy, as you may know, is anti-inflammatory and helps boost collagen, making it a great weapon against aging. Furthermore, the slight vibration element sends energy into the deepest layers of the skin, stimulating those layers without being invasive.
If the thought of needles freaks you out (and trust me, you're not alone), don't worry. The GloPro Microneedling tool doesn't hurt at all, nor are the needles on the device big enough to be scary. Honestly, it feels like your rubbing a small piece of metal all over your face.
How to Use
Microneedling is a typically a professional treatment done at a spa or estheticians office, so you should definitely treat it as such before you get started. This means making sure all of your tips and the device itself is properly sanitized, your bathroom has been sanitized, or any surface that you plan on touching has been sanitized.
Now that all of the cleaning is out of the way, it's time to start dermarolling.
- First, cleanse your face and pat dry with a clean cloth.
- Take out the provided GloPro Prep Pads and swipe them all over the areas you plan on microneedling. This includes lips, under the eyes, jawline, cheeks, etc.
- Next, using a gentle touch (no need to press or push the device into your skin), roll the device across your skin for 60 seconds. The GloPro doesn't have a timer, so you'll need to set one for yourself. You can roll in any direction you want—horizontally, vertically, diagonally, whatever feels good for you in the moment.
- After your 60 seconds are up, follow up with your serum and moisturizer of choice. Personally, I'd stick to something on the more nourishing and hydrating side, like the Moon Juice Plump Jelly Hydrating Serum that infuses your skin with hyaluronic acid and silver ear mushrooms which hydrate and plump the skin.
Don't use any actives like retinols, AHAs/BHAs, and Vitamin C after using the GloPro, as this can cause unnecessary skin irritation.
BeautyBio recommends to replace your microneedling tip every two to three months, depending on how often you use it (they suggest up to three times a week). To clean, spray the tip with rubbing alcohol and let it air dry in a clean, sanitized space.
After just one night of using the GloPro, I noticed a major difference in the depth of my forehead line, which had started to come back a bit after a brief dermarolling hiatus. Even the little period-induced breakouts I had on the side of my nose were notably smaller. Several uses later, and I'm totally hooked.
The entire BeautyBio GloPro kit rings in at $200, which sounds a bit steep, but remember, this isn't your typical microneedling tool. Like I stated before, the device also features red-light therapy and VibroTactile Stimulation, and for 200 bucks, you also get the other bells and whistles like the charger and the empty spray bottle.
If you're on the hunt for a dermaroller and you're looking for something with a bit more oomph than the average product, I think it's worth the cost. However, there is some upkeep for the device involved. You'll need to keep AAA batteries on hand and the additional Skin Prep Pads ($35 for 30).
Stacked Skincare Microneedling Tool: This device costs $125 and also features removable microneedling heads (replacements are an additional $50 for two). Unlike the GloPro, this tool doesn't have LED light therapy or vibrations but is slightly more affordable if you're on a budget.
Ora Facial Microneedle Roller System: For those who want a dermaroller tool under $100, this is for you. It's only $35 and comes with a 0.5mm needle head and a handy storage case to keep it in.
Overall, I think the GloPro Microneedling Rejuvenation Tool is a great investment if you're on the market for a dermarolling device. I love that you can customize it with different tips and best of all, it makes my skin look absolutely fantastic. I'd definitely give it a ten out of ten.