Derma rolling is regaining popularity and can be done safely at home. Image by Adobe Stock.
2020 is turning into the year for at-home skincare and with it comes an array of devices and gadgets set to give us beautiful skin. One such device that is seeing a resurge in interest from beauty aficionados is the derma roller. Known commonly as a skin needling device, derma rollers are regaining their popularity thanks to the fact that they can be used safely at home. Containing tiny needles that penetrate the skin, derma rollers create micro-injuries which makes the skin repair broken cells and in turn accelerates the production of collagen and elastin. As with any bathroom-performed procedures, we need to know how to use them correctly, so we had a chat with, Biologi’s Dermal Specialist Lucy Macdougald who explained how to use a Derma roller safely at home.
Choose your tools wisely
As the skin care industry continues to evolve, so too do the devices available to us. Choosing your derma roller can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you don’t know what you’re really looking for. As always, there’s no one-size-fits-all for skincare, so it’s always best to do your research first before purchasing. If you can, consult with a professional because any damage to your delicate skin cells can be permanent. However, as a guide, choose a reputable retailer to source your derma roller from, and be sure to look for a device that has 0.3 mm or lower in needle size (anything thicker can potentially damage the skin, especially on delicate areas).
Start with the right base
Before using your derma roller, make sure your device and face are exceptionally clean. In most cases you’ll want to disinfect your roller before use, ensuring there is no excess residue left on the device. Then, consider doing a double cleanse on your face, using a combination of warm water, a cloth and a gentle cleanser of your choice.
Technique is everything
Before you begin the derma rolling practice, consider the areas of your face that you’ll be targeting. If it’s the entire face, split your face up into sections and do a section at a time. For example, forehead, cheeks, chin and mouth area. Then, roll in one area around 6 times, making sure to lift the roller after each roll. Not lifting the roller can cause visible track marks on the face. Then, once you’ve covered the entire face in one direction, go back over each area in the perpendicular direction. For example, if you initially rolled in a horizontal direction, you’ll want to repeat the process in a vertical direction.
Finish with a skin loving serum
Derma rollers enhance the absorption of products therefore you have to be really mindful of what products you use afterwards. Many practitioners will advise against using a serum that has activity in it after using a derma roller. This is because some of these types of products can be too harsh on the skin and have the potential to cause damage. However, Biologi serums contain 100% activity but are safe for use after derma rolling. That’s because they’re made differently and contain 100% natural plant extracts. We recommend Biologi’s Bf Body Hydration Serum which can be used on the face and will hydrate, soothe, repair and leave the skin feeling smooth and supple.
In all circumstances, be sure to do your research with any product you’re looking to use and especially avoid exfoliating products in the 2 days after treatment.
Sun safety always
Exposure to the sun after derma rolling can increase the risk of hyper-pigmentation so sun safety is paramount. Ensure that you limit your exposure to the sun after derma rolling, especially in the 1 – 2 days afterwards. If you can, avoid going outside completely, otherwise use a strong SPF cream and protective clothing like hats.
Downtime is essential
It is expected that your face will be red 1 – 2 days after derma rolling and it is essential that you allow yourself a bit of downtime for this. That means avoid using too many products on your face afterwards and don’t wear any makeup. You’ll want to allow time for your skin to naturally respond and heal, so avoid any ingredients that can have the potential to cause skin irritations.