I can tell you exactly how to save money and time with DIY micro needling and have the BEST skin EVER~no spa necessary!
I’ve been micro needling at home for almost a year now and can absolutely say that my skin has never been better. At 53, I have to use every trick in the book to keep my skin as healthy and vibrant as possible. The micro needling process, as I describe it below, has been a game changer for me.
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. First, I share a diagram of how to derma roll your face. Then, I share a video below where I derma roll my own face as an example.
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.
In the video below, I show how I micro needle my face and apply the Vitamin C per the recommendations of my dermatologist.
How Often Do I Micro Needle My Face?
I micro needle my face once every week or two as time permits. My methodology is to do it early in the morning, often before I go to my Pilates class. This gives me a good hour or so of time for the skin to absorb the Vitamin C, diminish in redness, and settle down enough for me to apply makeup.
How has Micro Needling changed my skin?
My skin has responded very well to micro needling with vitamin C. In fact, my skin has not looked as fresh and luminous in years. I believe that micro needling is one of the top 3 most important tools in my skin care arsenal.
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 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!!!