If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that each of us has our very own unique "skinprint", a unique cellular makeup much like a fingerprint that changes with us as we age and determines how our skin reacts to the elements. What may spur acne in one person may leave another with a glowing complexion. This is the beauty of the individual and it's what makes the skincare industry so rewarding: finding innovative ways to treat skin and allow it to glow beyond our expectations.
Celebrities are known for their radiant skin and this is mostly due to the fact that they can afford to go to those top dermatologists and pay for procedures that give their skin the edge.
But what about the rest of us? What about obtaining healthy, beautiful skin on a budget? What is one of the best at-home treatments you can do? You probably guessed it: dermarolling AKA microneedling, a powerhouse procedure that can trigger your skin's cellular turnover and grant you godlike, youthful skin.
So what's the benefits of doing at-home microneedling? Let's take a look at why developing an at-home routine is an absolute must.
In this busy world, we're constantly being whisked from one place to another. Whether from work to a meeting, to lunch with a coworker, to the doctor and DMV, we're not always thinking about our skin and that's completely natural. Home is where the heart is, and it should also be where you take personal steps towards self-love and self-care.
When compared to microneedling procedures at a medspa or dermatologist, dermarolling at home is just naturally more convenient and comfortable. Now that's not to say that your technique is going to be equal to that of a professionals, and I can't stress enough that you may not receive the same results as that of an expert microneedler, but for those that don't mind growing their technique along with their skin, the end result is so much more rewarding. It develops a sense of pride in your routine and gives you bragging rights to let others know, you did this yourself.
This is probably the most appealing aspect of at-home microneedling. Getting professional microneedling sessions will range anywhere from $100 - $700 per session, depending where you go. The cost of a high-quality, real-needle dermaroller? About $35.
You'll save serious bank by creating a unique, at-home microneedling routine, especially when you consider that you can microneedle as frequently as you'd like (though I'd recommend reducing to one to two times a week for beginners) and you're not paying anything except the time it takes to run through your routine.
Ahh. It's a Sunday morning, the sun is shining through your bedroom curtains, you just got the best night's sleep, and you're feeling like pampering yourself.
Who doesn't love a good wake-up skincare routine? Put on some music, use your hair straightener as a microphone, whip out your serums and creams, and watch the magic unfold in the mirror before you.
Skincare routines are personal, they're rewarding, and they give us the satisfaction of knowing that we're doing the best we can to take care of our skin.
Microneedling at home means you can go as slow as you like, pay attention to particular areas of your skin, and get as close as you want to the mirror to inspect if you're causing irritation or redness, etc. Which leads us to the next benefit of at-home microneedling.
Only You Know Your Skin
Have you ever seen pictures on the internet from people who've gone to professional microneedling sessions, only for their entire face to be flared and flushed like a tomato?
To put this myth to rest, no, this is not normal. Microneedling shouldn't leave your skin excessively irritated and flushed in such a way. And one of the main reasons that this happens is that the esthetician simply overworked your skin.
This is a downside to a professional microneedling session; you may feel pain and/or discomfort during the procedure, but some people assume this is just normal. They may endure the length of the session, only to realize later that their skin isn't happy with the esthetician's technique.
Keep in mind that estheticians use the same method for each patient who comes through the door. That means they'll apply the same pressure, move the microneedler in the same directions and they do this because they're following what they were taught and their own professional method.
But as I mentioned earlier in this blog, everyone's skinprint is unique. A certain amount of pressure for one person may mean the difference between healthy, unperturbed skin and excessive irritation and redness.
Only you know your skin. Which is why at-home microneedling is such a great default skincare routine to adopt, because you decide for how long, how much pressure, and what length of dermaroller needles you want to use, whether 0.5mm, 0.75mm, 1.0mm, there's complete freedom in how you progress with your microneedling practices.
You Have Options
There are a plethora of online videos (especially on my YouTube channel), that provide in-depth information and how-to instructions on how to professionally dermaroll, what to look for, how often you should dermaroll, and what dermarollers are meant to last, and which ones are trash.
Gin Amber Beauty has an extensive line of high-quality dermarollers for your at-home microneedling practice and in a variety of needle lengths.
Not a fan of dermarollers? How about our AquaPen, a dermarolling alternative also known as a dermapen. What is a dermapen exactly?
A dermapen is an advanced skin micro-needling system that uses electronically powered needles to easily penetrate the skin or scar tissue to enhance and stimulate skin rejuvenation. It's safe, it's considerably more effective than a dermaroller, and it reduces downtime.
You have options. You're in complete control. You're saving money. And the best part? You can take pride in knowing that you developed a unique skincare routine and microneedling at-home practice that's getting you results and allowing you to appreciate how far you've progressed. Though I have nothing against professional medspa or dermatologist procedures, I truly believe some of the best skin results can be found with a single dermaroller and mirror.
Thank you Amber Babies for tuning into this latest blog post and please drop a comment below if you have anything you'd like to share about your own microneedling routines and experience!