A few interesting things took place last month within a quirky proximity of time, so I had to heed the universe's direction and take action.
The backstory: I heard about the benefits of microdermabrasion from a former boss, who found a great esthetician through Groupon. Her skin was smooth and learning her age, i was floored. That might have jump started my fascination with learning how to better care for my own skin.
I still haven't experienced microdermabrasion but like I mentioned above, the chance to purchase and review a specific microneedling wand fell into my lap (feels like a skipped a step in the natural order of skincare, but I digress). After watching an appalling skincare reveal video with Robert Welsh, I decided that I needed to try this gadget. Knowing a little bit about the fruit enzymes found in some chemical peels, I would not be duplicating the mistake on the video. When opening up your pores, creating perforations in the surface, it's best to do so on clean skin, then follow up with a hydrating oil. Let your skin be, thereafter, for at least four hours. I recommend overnight.
The benefits of microneedling include reduced scarring, discoloration and product absorption in order to reap the benefits of all the other luxurious products you're using on the daily. My favorite benefit, and most important is improving my skin's texture. After three weeks of usage, my skin is more smooth, supple and the elasticity is springing back to life.
Women in their 30's tend to lose moisture, cell regeneration declines and collagen starts breaking down, so being pro-active is important. Microneedling alone won't make or break your regimen, but paired with the right products, it provides a plethora of benefits.
You should clean your micro roller after every use by soaking in isopropyl alcohol for five to ten minutes or soaking in hot soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and air dry before storing.