In a world where cosmetic surgery is king, looking younger, more rejuvenated, or just simply more “relaxed” appears to be the goal of virtually everyone. Some will go for cosmetic surgeries, while others opt for weekly peels, regularly facials, or microdermabrasion treatments — all of which can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Many will spend weeks, months, or even years receiving beauty treatments that literally go skin deep in an effort to ward off (or temporarily keep at bay) the signs and more obvious symptoms of aging.
Long story short: we’re obsessed with looking young.
One of the most obvious explanations for the trend of trying to look younger is the notion that we as a society tend to place a lot of emphasis on physical appearance and beauty. And while it used to be that surgery was for the older individuals who wanted to look younger, cosmetic procedures are no longer just for the baby boomers. The new reality is that millennials are getting plenty of work done, too, and the obsession with looking young, dewy, and essentially ageless has led us to a new era of simple, artificial solutions for even the most microscopic of wrinkles.
But not all solutions to the anti-aging phenomenon are artificial, or require a doctor’s visit. There is, in fact, an extremely popular trend taking the beauty world by storm; one that purports to cure all of your aging woes.
It’s called microneedling, and it may just change your skin for the better.
Also known as derma rolling, microneedling began as a cosmetic procedure offered exclusively by professionals, but quickly evolved into a do-it-yourself beauty treatment. It involves using fine needles to punch microscopic holes or punctures into the top layer of the skin (not as painful as it sounds, we promise) in order to stimulate your skin’s natural collagen production. Though it is mildly uncomfortable at first, derma rolling instigates your body’s natural healing process by sending collagen, and circulating blood, to the “wound site,” which in turn plumps the skin. It is, for all intents and purposes, a natural version of the beloved collagen injection — sans the procedure.
Though they may sound slightly terrifying, derma rollers are perfectly safe wand-like devices that contain hundreds of tiny needles on a rolling head. To use one yourself, all you do is gently roll the tool across your face in horizontal and vertical lines after applying some facial oil or serum (you’ll want to use one that works well with microneedling, like, for example, a hyaluronic acid). Now, while you might find yourself walking away from the bathroom mirror with a slightly inflamed complexion after some DIY microneedling, you will notice that, within a few hours, your skin will acclimate to the treatment and the results may surprise you.
Some studies have shown, for example, that microneedling can successfully improve the appearance and severity of scaring, in addition to rejuvenating the skin and reducing the severity of acne scarring and wrinkles. Microneedling has also proved successful in stimulating hair growth and reducing skin pigmentation. Other studies have found microneedling to be particularly effective in tightening and toning the skin, something basic cosmetic treatments like botox injections are often used for. But more than that, microneedling helps to increase the efficacy of the anti-aging products many of us already use, which means your collagen creams and skin-brightening serums are doubly effective when used in conjunction with a derma roller.
Depending on your skin concerns, you can use a derma roller as part of your beauty regiment once a week, or just a couple of times per month. Personally, I use a derma roller twice a week and have been quite surprised — in the most positive way — with the results. A dewy, plump, and more rejuvenated complexion is just one result I’ve experienced since my foray into at-home microneedling, but I’ve also noticed it keeps my complexion clear, which is something that those who struggle with breakouts or clogged pores may appreciate.
Whether you choose to try microneedling — or run away screaming from the thought of shoving tiny needles into your face — a natural solution to fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and dull complexions is within reach, and may just be the next best thing for those of us unwilling to go under the knife to shave years off our appearance. And it definitely doesn’t hurt that it helps those fancy facial creams do their job a little better, too.