Derma-Rolling at Home



words & photos by Stacey Simón

Anyone who has struggled with acne knows it’s one of the worst times of your life, especially when you’re left with the aftermath of many scars and imperfections. It can take years for marks to go away, and in some cases they don’t ever go away.

If I had known earlier that simple tools would be able to restore my skin to a more youthful and easier time in life before having to worry about fine lines and blemishes ahead, I would have jumped on the bandwagon a long time ago. It’s quite often nowadays that you’ll find a vast amount of people are holding off on picking up their makeup brushes and opting for a better understanding on their skincare instead. A quick Google search has made it the easiest way to retain and gain knowledge on all types of skin concerns and remedies to help restore problematic skin or slow down any type of aging process along the way.

Spas are a wonderful place to unwind and get multiple beauty and skincare treatments done. However, as companies/brands get savvier while reaching a more reasonable and affordable price point, it has also hatched a new world of beauty and skincare savvy enthusiasts along with it. These consumers are taking full control over their skin by constantly finding new ways to improve its appearance and two of the most talked about facial gadgets to date are: the DERMA ROLLER and the JADE ROLLER.

THE DERMA ROLLER, which is also known as micro-needling, is pretty much a gradual at-home microdermabrasion treatment. It’s tiny needles — anywhere from 0.25mm to 1.5m roller — puncture into the top layer of the skin to stimulate repair and cell regeneration. In the healing process, the skin creates new collagen for itself which helps to eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and improve overall texture. Although Derma Rolling is universal, I love a good budget beauty ritual for my oily and acne-prone skin.

I was at first hesitant to try this method out since the process is to slightly injure the skin, which can cause redness, sometimes mild bleeding, irritation and little pain for those who are new to Derma Rolling. If I haven’t scared you off just yet, it’s completely safe… just as long as you’re hygienic and cleaning your derma roller with isopropyl alcohol after each use.

I‘ve noticed that long-term results take awhile to develop, but it’s obvious how much my skin has changed in 4 weeks. Derma Rolling has been my saviour so much that I’ve been feeling confident enough to go completely foundation free.

As explained, Derma Rolling can be a simple yet intense procedure, but for those who are just looking for a minor skin boost THE JADE ROLLER is your best bet. The dual-ended wand works to release tension in the skin by circulating better blood flow, reducing under eye puffiness, darkness & swelling, and helps to distribute skincare products into pores. For these same reasons, my favourite time to use my jade roller is in the morning after I’ve cleansed and toned my face to help calm my skin.

in this photo –
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2%,
Sibu Sea Berry Serum,
Vichy Aqualia
Thermal gel moisturiser

By doing a cocktail of my go-to facial serums and oils with ever-so slightly aggressive upwards rolls along my cheeks, under eyes, neck and forehead I immediately see that my skin is detoxifying and exuding a refreshed glow. According to it’s Chinese skincare roots, the facial massage from the jade roller also helps with protecting premature aging and depletes toxins that have been built up in your face.

Aside from the amazing benefits, a handy pro tip would be storing your Jade Roller in the fridge so that you’re ready for the best cooling sensation of your life. Your tired skin will thank you later!


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