After seeing "the vampire facial" on reality TV, then reading about microneedling on Byrdie again and again and again and again, I decided not to dip my toe into these treacherous waters, but instead to take the plunge off the deep end.
I am no stranger to insanity in beauty. I am truly off my cotton-pickin' rocker when it comes to cosmetic and skincare products. Almost nothing makes me happier than playing with makeup and beauty treatments. I have been known to be a rabbid collector, and try the whackiest stuff.
Microneedling is the process of rolling hundreds of tiny (.25mm - 1.0mm sized) needles into your facial skin to cause collagen to rebuild around the many micro-injuries. Besides a little rash of redness, most people won't have any visible bruising or bleeding, but your skin immediately flushes with the body's healing process, bringing all sorts of excellent effects to the dermis. I watched some online tutorials and went about it with gusto. I washed my face and globbed on Cosmetic Skin Solutions Phloretin (an amazing dupe form SkinCeuticals Phloretin) followed by Tatcha's Radiant: Deep Brightening Serum.
I rolled up and down, then back and forth, then diagonally over all areas of my face. I used gentler pressure for the eye and nose area, but pressed as hard as I could bear in the cheeks, chin and forehead. My skin was pink but presentable afterwards, and felt healthy and flushed.
If you're curious if it hurts... well, the pinching isn't pleasant, but based on what I read, it's a fabulously effective treatment.
I'll be here poking away, and when I'm 90, I expect my dance card to be quite full.
Xx, Mom in Mascara
Top 4 photos: Sophie Lindh