As a beauty editor, I operate by the MO that I'll try just about anything at least once. More telling, however, are the products and procedures I return to after that trial run. Two years ago, I opted to try derma-rolling on a lark; if nothing else, "I voluntarily rolled tiny needles into my face" seemed like a good story to tell (or write). All this time later, it's a weekly habit, and still one of the best things that ever happened to my skin. I've watched my under-eye bags disappear, I've plumped my lips, and, overall, my complexion has never been so consistently even or bright.
Since I've already extolled the benefits of derma-rolling several times over on Byrdie, suffice to say that it's one of my more poorly kept beauty secrets. But in my opinion, it would only be a disservice to keep such an effective at-home treatment on the DL. Micro-needling boosts collagen production, fills in fine lines, and even increases product absorption—no fancy ultrasonic infuser required. It's affordable and easy to boot. And just to bust a common myth for the umpteenth time: No, it's not at all painful.
Watch our video tutorial below to learn how to use a derma-roller at home.
1. Apply a thick layer of serum or moisturizer to clean skin. Avoid skincare products with any reactive ingredients like retinol or vitamin C if you have particularly sensitive skin; the combination of the needles and these ingredients may be too harsh. We love Tatcha's Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum ($95).
2. Start to roll your derma-roller across your skin, applying as much pressure as you can comfortably tolerate. (FYI, Derma-rollers can come at various price points depending on how fancy you want to get. Ora's Face Microneedle Dermal Roller System, $30, is one of the best ones on the market for the price.) For each area you target, you'll want to roll horizontally, vertically, and then diagonally, and repeat. Be careful around the eyes and lips, as the skin is more delicate here. Never roll it on your eyelids.
3. Finish off by applying another layer of serum or moisturizer. Counteract any inflammation with REN's Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum ($50). We're also big advocates for calming inflammation with an oil like Herbivore's Emerald CBD+ Adaptogens ($58).
4. Repeat as necessary, up to twice a week.
Have more questions? Check out our micro-needling FAQ.
Director: Clarence Fuller
Producer: Adam Hammer
Videography: Eric Foster
Editor: Clarence Fuller
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Singh A, Yadav S. Microneedling: advances and widening horizons. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2016;7(4):244-254. doi:10.4103/2229-5178.185468