Many of you have asked me to share how DIY needle rolling works and why it makes sense (and cents), so here is my blog post with all the details!!!
2 weeks ago, I bought a DIY needle roller kit and began micro-needling my face and neck. After I did an insta story on it, many of you have asked for more info. So, here it is~all in this blog post.
Why I Bought a DIY Needle Roller.
My friend and dermatologist Jo Herzog told me that I could get good results with an at home needle roller if 1) it was a good quality roller and 2) if I used it correctly and alongside a good quality vitamin C serum. You can click on this blog post~ The Inside Scoop on Vitamin C~Straight From a Dermatologist ~if you want Dr. Jo’s recommended brands.
So….I did my research, bought a roller, and have been using it (with my Vitamin C serum) for almost two weeks. Here is my takeaway, along with a few tips and suggestions.
Which needle roller (aka derma roller) did I choose?
I purchased the 6-piece Ora Microneedle Face & Full Body Kit (below). It has the 0.5 mm face roller, a body roller, and two smaller rollers for eyelids and around the nose. The entire kit is less than many of the most popular microneedle devices, especially if you are able to use the 20% email discount and the 4% Ebates cash back.
If you want only a face roller, I link to 2 different options below; the needle sizes are different. The 0.5 (what I have) is mildly painful. The 0.25 mm is pain free (but then again won’t be as effective).
Note on pain: My 0.5 mm is not as much painful as it is uncomfortable. It “smarts” and makes me sneeze quite a bit during the rolling process. The roller also makes the same “crackle” sound I hear when I get dysport (botox) injections. I found this interesting; it must mean it is definitely breaking the skin.
Where did I get my Ora Needle Roller?
I bought the full kit (better bang for the buck because I do my neck and hands also (with the body roller) at Dermstore. It is easy to save a bit of money at Dermstore. Here is how.
- Use Ebates for 4% cash back on all Dermstore purchases. Sign up for Ebates here if you haven’t already!
- Sign up for Dermstore emails to receive a first time discount (I believe 20%).
- Register for Dermstore Rewards! You will get rewards for purchases, product reviews, and more. See my Dermstore Rewards profile below.
How does Needle Rolling (aka Micro Needling) work?
Although all needle rollers work similarly, I am giving specifics on my choice of needle roller~the Ora.
How Do I Needle Roll My Face at Home?
I follow the method below for rolling each area of my face but I also do my neck!!!! Don’t ignore the neck or it will look older than the face one day.
What product do I apply to skin during needle rolling?
The purpose of needle rolling is to help skin absorb effective product better. I use Vitamin C along with needle rolling to get the full anti-aging benefits of C. Dr. Jo shares these benefits in this blog post.
You can purchase either of these Vitamin C products at Dermstore and get 4% Ebates cash back. If you don’t have Ebates, it is easy to sign up here to start earning cash back. The Vitamin C lasts quite awhile; it only takes a few drops for the face (and don’t forget the neck).
How to Apply Product During Rolling:
Dr. Jo told me to apply the vitamin C serum immediately after each set of rolls to ensure that the serum is absorbed. She said that the pores close quickly and that it is best to roll a section, apply the serum, roll another section, apply the serum, etc…… In other words, don’t do the full face and apply serum after; do sections. Roll and apply C. Repeat.
How Often Do I Needle Roll My Face?
I started off with a bang and needle rolled my face every day for a week. The results were great, but now that I have gotten a good exfoliation and foundation moving forward, I will probably do every other day. Everyone’s skin is different, and different needle rollers have different size needles, etc….How often you needle roll should be based on the size of needles in your roller, how sensitive your skin is, and how your skin responds to the process.
How has needle rolling changed my skin?
My skin is sensitive and very responsive to most any treatment, and it has responded very well to needle rolling with vitamin C. In fact, after a few days of needle rolling, my husband asked me if I had been to Jo’s for “a procedure” LOL! Even funnier, when I told him what I had done, he literally asked me to get a needle roller for him. I ordered him a gold/black one, and I’ll share my vitamin C with him. #ourmenwantgoodskintoo:-)
This needle roller, in my opinion, makes sense and “cents” because it costs far less than trips to a spa or dermatologists’ office and can be done on my own time. I am not saying that this device is equal to what you would get at a spa or derm’s office; I am sure there are “bigger gun” options to be found. But this is great for those of us who want to do what we can at home and maybe supplement with a spa treatment now and then.
I love mine so much that I gave my friend Deb the exact kit that I have. I’ll let you all know how she likes it. If any of you get this (or any other version), please leave comments. It is so helpful to learn from each other and compare notes.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Feel free to contact me any time for any reason. Wishing you a joyful, blessed, and savvy day!!!