I spend a fair amount of time inspecting my skin. I can’t help it. I have good days and bad days but overall I don’t actually know where I’d rate my level of confidence in my skin because I always seem fed up with it.
My inner monologue goes something like this: ‘I wonder if my eyes are supposed to be this wrinkly when I smile? Are they actually eagles feet and not crows feet? Why are my pores are so large? What are these weird red marks on my cheeks? Why is it so oily?’ I’m going to assume you’ve been there too so you know what I’m talking about.
We are all so different so what exactly ‘should’ our skin look like anyway? Are we ever truly happy with what we’ve got, even when we know we don’t have much choice?
Our skin is a hard working gem and gets repeatedly pelted with aggressors like UV light and environmental pollution so is it any wonder it gets down sometimes? Maybe we’ve been conditioned to assume we should look airbrushed when we are young and have some extra wrinkles going on when we are older. I think our skin just is what it is based on our choice of lifestyle and it’s always right there with us throughout the various phases of our lives.
If you’re like me and aren’t a fan of the whole beauty clinic treatment and hate that nervous feeling you get because you just know you’re in a medical style-situation and it triggers your anxiety then you probably like the idea of trying alternatives.
My skin type is highly sensitive and I’ve had way too many flare ups than I care to count where you can actually see the areas of my skin which have been in contact with the product, almost like sunburn! I won’t name and shame any brands or products because we all have different experiences and skin types so that wouldn’t be fair - it’s just lucky that such events have become less and less frequent as I’m learning to identify the bad eggs.
So, quite un-surprisingly I’ve become very cautious and wary with what I choose to use on my skin and here’s one of those alternatives I hadn’t considered; a derma roller. Like with many other things I just never got round to trying derma rolling and it had been on my list for a while, so when Chloe from C&J contacted me to ask if I’d like to try their roller I decided to go for it.
What is derma rolling?
In short, it’s a self-sufficient tool like which works independently to deliver multiple skin affirming benefits without any products - wowza.
As we age the production of collagen declines and this leaves deflated, sagging skin with creases and wrinkles and by derma rolling you can cause a reproduction of collagen, that wonderful thing that gives our skin elasticity and plump-ness. A derma roller is a safe and effective way of boosting and stimulating natural collagen in your skin, encouraging your skin to absorb your favourite skin products more efficiently and speed up the pace at which those products get to work.
It feels strange and unnatural to start off with but you soon get used to it and it’s so simple and easy. By gently rolling these needles over your skin you create the tiniest, microscopic injuries which promote healing in the the skin, which in turn instructs the skin to start replacing those injuries with collagen. This is where, over time, you can expect to see a more youthful and firmer complexion and you can even see results like this after the very first use.
Derma rolling can be used to treat skin that has suffered from troubling conditions like acne scarring, stretch marks, deep wrinkles and my biggest area of concern: the hyper-pigmentation across my forehead, nose and chin. I have what started out as ‘cute’ freckles in my younger years and I now know it’s more of a pigmentation situation that has been made more prominent by carelessness in the sun and I’ve been using the derma roller on those areas.
I am still trying to work with the right amount of pressure as I don’t want to cause any lasting damage to the surface of my skin and I have only been rolling for a couple of months, but so far my skin is already showing signs of improvement. The pigmentation across my nose appears fainter and it even has a healthy flush all on it’s own.
Would I recommend this roller? Yes!
This is a 0.25mm roller with smaller needles which is ideal for the first timer like me.
It’s a no-fuss option effectively reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin which is starting to show the effects of ageing / premature ageing.
It’s a convenient and cost effective solution when you compare it against chemical peels or dermabrasion skin treatment techniques and for a scaredy-cat like me that’s fantastic.
It’s not limited to use on the face, I’ve found it very effective on areas with stretch-marks and any areas which need some help like shins (after shaving), back of thighs (cellulite/dips) and my chest and the back of my hands! The options are endless really.
It increases the efficiency of your skin and improves it’s ability to absorb your favourite serums and products - ideal as part of the evening skincare routine.
Their customer service is incredible! They were able to answer any worries, reservations or general queries I had.
Useful tips for derma rolling
One of my favourite bloggers was so helpful, the lovely Lina at www.beautydnr.com gave me some fantastic derma rolling tips which I’ve been taking on board and I’ve included some of these below:
Very important: always sanitise the roller after each use
Use the roller at night and you can see results the following morning, expect plumped skin and seeing your favourite product has worked its magic 10x.
Avoid using rich, heavy creams afterwards as these can clog the pores and undo the rolling effect - avoid using products containing retinol after use too!
Use it for a few days in a row and have a two day breather, or use every other day to get a feel for what works best for your skin.
…ENJOY PLUMPED, IMPROVED SKIN!
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