As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we've tried. Whether it's a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you'll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
When Byrdie's wellness editor, Victoria Hoff, introduced us to the world of micro-needling last year, a hush swept over the office. "You mean puncturing my skin with tiny needles will get rid of bags, help my skin glow, and diminish fine lines?" we all asked. With the type of excitement typically reserved for a new Glossier launch, we each tried our hand at rolling the tiny tool along our frown lines, under our eyes, and over our smile lines as if it were the Photoshop eraser tool. Impressively, the hype was fully merited.
Micro-needling, in all of its collagen-boosting wonder, works.
But if using a derma-roller sounds a bit medieval, I get it—it takes time to get used to, and it sounds a bit painful. Which is why a new launch I was recently introduced to could be the solution for anyone wanting to reap the benefits of derma-rolling without having to commit: Natura Bissé Inhibit High Definition Patches ($440). These clear patches designed specifically for the under-eye area, smile lines, and the forehead feature one side of teeny-tiny (semi-sharp) peaks filled with hyaluronic acid, along with peptides that puncture the skin and fill lines.
The peaks (or "cones," as the brand calls them) eventually dissolve, and after two hours, you peel away the patch and go off on your merry way.
The price tag ignites a bit of sticker shock, to be sure, but given the brand's impressive celebrity following (Beyoncé and Elle Macpherson are longtime fans, to name a few) and successful clinical trials (a press release from the brand tells us that women between the ages of 30 and 53 saw a 77.27% improvement of overall skin wrinkle condition), I deemed them worthy of a test drive.
After tearing back the plastic and sticking the forehead patch onto my visible frown line (cone side down, of course), I found that it wasn't painful in the least—I liken it to pressing Velcro against your skin. Because I was testing it late at night, I fell asleep with it on (a common occurrence for me), which is totally allowed thanks to its breathable design.
The next morning, I kid you not, the line had slightly diminished. This may have been my imagination, as it takes about two weeks to see noticeable results, but sure enough, after using the patch several times throughout the month, the line became so faint I had to get super close to my mirror and squint to get a good view of it—impressive.
If you're still stuck on the price, know that each box comes with 20 patches. And considering fillers are much more expensive, I deem it a worthy investment. The effects are also proven to last for weeks after you're done using them, which I've personally found to be the case.
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