Perhaps you’ve heard the term “micro-needling”, and wondered exactly what it was. Maybe you’re already interested in trying micro-needling but want to learn more about it. Or maybe you’re already micro-needling and want to know if it’s safe to use Au Natural Skinfood products at the same time. Read on to learn all about micro-needling.
YES, I confess. I am an addict! micro-needling is the best kept secret in the beauty industry. The renowned Capetown based Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Des Fernandes was a great mentor to me and I was fortunate enough to have him visit my MediSpa in 2012 and inspire us all. Ever since, I use my roller kit most nights and never looked back.
What Is Micro-needling?
During micro-needling, a roller or pen filled with tiny needles is used to prick your skin. The procedure can be done in a salon, or more recently, some companies have begun offering rollers that consumers can use to perform micro-needling in their own homes.
Your body naturally stops making collagen as you age, but micro-needling can help reverse that process. The small needles used in micro-needling cause microscopic injuries to the skin. Your body responds by generating new tissue. That new tissue contains a large amount of collagen and elastin, both of which make your skin look firmer and younger.
Collagen induction therapy performed by skincare professionals has been proven to cause the release of growth factors that encourage your skin to produce more collagen and elastin. As the microscopic wounds heal, your epidermis becomes thicker due to the creation of a healthier and thicker network of collagen and elastin. Dr Des Fernandes from Environ pioneered this and has science backed evidence that indicates results from this method.
This is also the philosophy behind our bee venom treatments. When you use bee venom, your body reacts as if you’ve been lightly stung. This also works to stimulate the production of collagen.
Micro-needling done in a salon uses longer needles than you will find on rollers sold for home use. This results in deeper needling. Therefore, you may want to consider seeing a skin professional for micro-needling if you have scars, discoloration, deep wrinkles, or simply want faster results. The longer needles that skincare specialists use reach deeper layers of the skin and produce faster and more dramatic results.
Micro-needling is not invasive and is generally considered safe. However, it may not be a good idea to undergo micro-needling if you have open wounds, skin diseases, have had radiation, or are pregnant.
Micro-needling At Home
In contrast to salon treatments, micro-needling at home has the advantage of being cheaper. However, it will take longer to see results, potentially three to six months. There are also some safety concerns when it comes to micro-needling at home. You’ll need to carefully clean your skin and sanitize your roller to avoid infection.
You’ll also need to be cautious about what types of products you apply immediately before and after micro-needling. Since you’re creating tiny wounds in your skin, you’re also creating the potential for irritation and infection. Professionals recommend only using needles 0.2 mm in length or less when micro-needling at home.
If you are struggling with “maskne” then this is definitely a great process to start to grow you collagen and elastin in your skin so that you skin can be a strong as it possibly can to fight environmental damage.
How To Use A Roller
First, it’s important to disinfect your roller before each use. You can use 70% isopropyl alcohol for this. Let the roller soak for a minimum of five minutes, up to 10 minutes. Some brands also offer their own cleaning solution.
Next, clean your face thoroughly. It’s not a bad idea to wipe your face with alcohol, too, in order to reduce the risk of infection even more.
Divide your face into sections, and begin rolling vertically, covering each part of the face two or three times. Then, roll horizontally across each section a further two to three times. Avoid your eyes.
When you’re done rolling, you’ll want to rinse and pat your face dry. You should also wash and sanitize your roller again. Finally, apply your choice of skin product. However, you must be careful only to use products that are safe. Not all products should penetrate beyond the outer layer of the skin.
Are Some Rollers Better Than Others?
Yes! Look for a roller with small needles. Remember, safety can be a concern when micro-needling at home. The smaller the needles you use, the less invasive they are. Save the longer needles for the professionals.
You may also want to consider the material the roller is made from. For instance, this roller is made of gold and stainless steel. The gold naturally suppresses bacterial growth, and stainless steel is easy to clean.
Looking for a roller with more needles will also reduce the number of times you have to pass it over your skin. Many professionals recommend using rollers with at least 500 needles.
Au Natural Skinfood And Micro-needling
Micro-needling increases the absorption of topical products, which can be great but also can be dangerous. It’s very important to choose your products with care. Fortunately, Manuka Honey is safe to use. In fact, it’s FDA approved for use in skin wounds.
Manuka honey is naturally antibacterial and has been shown to speed the healing of skin, including in wounds that failed to heal with conventional methods. You can rest assured that Manuka honey is safe to use after your micro-needling treatments. It may even help your skin heal faster!
Try using our facial cleanser prior to rolling. The Manuka honey it contains works to remove harmful bacteria and environmental toxins, while keeping your skin’s microbiome in balance.
After your micro-needling session, consider using our day serum. The antioxidants and Manuka honey in our AM Day Serum will help your skin heal. It also helps keep your skin’s pH in balance and strengthen your skin’s natural barrier, which is important after you’ve opened it through micro-needling.
For extra stimulation, skin growth and hydration try adding a couple of drops of our Dr Au Concentrates Face oil , with plant based retinol, this cocktail is a winner!
Not ready to try micro-needling? That’s OK, too. Why not try our Manuka Honey and Bee Venom sheet masks instead? They work with the same micro-damage/micro-repair philosophy as micro-needling. Manuka honey allows you to have biome-positive skin making sure that you grow good bacteria and eliminate bad.
Rather than needles causing microscopic wounds, bee venom acts as an irritant, as if you’d been lightly stung with melittin, the active compound in bee venom. Your skin reacts by increasing blood flow and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, just as it would after micro-needling.
Whether you choose micro-needling or bee venom, microdamage is an effective way of stimulating your skin to repair itself. Adding Manuka honey to your routine after creating microdamage will help your skin heal faster and keep infection-causing bacteria at bay.
If you are feeling like your skin is compromised, you can also give your skin some love from within. Au Natural Skinfood’s Hair.Skin.Nails. Marine Collagen Powder, with Manuka honey and New Zealand grapeseed extract, balances your gut microbiome and builds collagen in your skin.
I am here to help and want to support you on your journey to healthy skin, please contact me directly through [email protected] I would love to hear your experience and answer any questions you might have.
Tracy – Founder
Au Natural Skinfood