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Have you heard about microneedling? It's one of the current hot beauty trends, and for good reason. From celebrities to influencers, even everyday people off the street, people are recognizing the benefits of microneedling for their skin.
Are you ready to join them?
Before you go searching for "microneedling near me," we want to talk about it so you can make an informed decision about your skincare routine and walk into the salon with confidence. Let's talk all about how microneedling can change your beauty game.
Microneedling is a kind of collagen induction therapy. That might sound complicated, especially when combined with the idea of needles interacting with your skin, but the process itself is actually simple.
When you get microneedling done, the beauty professional will apply a numbing cream to protect you from mild pain. The needles are tiny, so don't worry too much about the sensation. It's nothing like getting an injection and it's more akin to very shallow acupuncture.
After this, they'll use a small tool that has 11 minuscule needles at the tip. These needles penetrate the surface of your skin.
But why bother with this? When we get a wound (even a small one like the ones that result from the needles), our bodies work hard to heal it as soon as possible. They send blood and fibroblasts to the area. This helps to boost collagen levels which makes microneedling a great natural and safe alternative to botox.
The microneedling process starts off like many other beauty sessions. Your beauty professional will start by gently cleansing your face. They'll then apply a numbing serum and you'll wait until it works its magic. This takes anywhere between ten and twenty minutes. Next, they'll give you a serum that protects your skin and encourages healing.
After this, the microneedling begins. The pen that we mentioned earlier comes into play. The beautician will run the pen over your skin. The needles move up and down, similar to tattoo needles, but they only puncture the superficial layer.
While the needles are running over your skin they're pushing the healing serum and hyaluronic acid deeper. When the process is finished, the beautician will add more of the healing serum and hyaluronic acid.
After this is done and you're ready to go home, your skin will be sensitive and red. We'll talk about aftercare later on so you can protect it and hold onto your results.
So why bother with microneedling anyway? Why subject yourself to the pain?
Well, while pain is beauty, microneedling shouldn't hurt. While the numbing cream helps, even without it you shouldn't feel more than a gently abrasive feeling because the punctures are so shallow. Some people report a "pins and needles" feeling, or a tingling sensation.
When microneedling brings blood and fibroblasts to the surface of your skin, it's encouraging the creation of collagen. Collagen is what keeps your skin firm, plump, and youthful.
Our bodies naturally create collagen, but as we get older, that creation tapers off. By the mid-twenties (and sometimes mid-thirties), we begin to lose collagen, and thus we lose our skin elasticity. This is what causes fine lines and wrinkles.
Even if you don't yet have significant signs of aging, microneedling still has benefits. Microneedling can help to reduce hyperpigmentation and sunspots. Not only that, but it can help with discoloration from acne scarring.
Microneedling is also one of the only ways to reduce the size of your pores. Contrary to popular belief, most creams and serums can't help with that. They can only clean pores out and make them look less visible.
You'll also notice results immediately after your skin starts recovering and redness dissipates; though, peak results may be observed up to 90 days later.
After microneedling your skin is going to be sensitive. That's why your body is trying to heal it. Because of that, you need to take a few precautions so you don't undo all of that work.
First, it's a good idea to avoid sunlight. We're more susceptible to sun damage when our skin is already irritated and healing. Even using sunscreen isn't ideal because your skin is broken and it can introduce more irritation (though sunscreen is better than nothing).
You also want to avoid using any harsh products like exfoliators or alcohol on your skin. Instead, stick to hydrating serums or masks.
Furthermore, while it might sound counterintuitive, you should avoid working out (or sweating at all) while you're healing, at least for the first 24 hours. While working out promotes healing, sweat can introduce bacteria into your fresh wounds.
Microneedling isn't a one-and-done process. You need to get it again if you want to continue seeing the effects. We ususally reccomend a series of 2 to 6 treatments depending on your skin and desired results.
It's suggested that you go back to the salon every month if you want to fix more significant issues, like serious discoloration or advanced skin aging. If you only have minor things to fix, you can visit the salon every four to five months.
Between sessions, you should still be paying attention to your skin. You can follow a serious skincare routine to get the most out of your sessions.
Now that you know all of the benefits of microneedling, why not get started? The sooner you start the microneedling process, the sooner you start building collagen to get glowy and youthful skin.
Microneedling decreases acne, shrinks your pores, and reduces discoloring and signs of aging. It's also quick and easy!
If you're looking for "microneedling near me," we want to help you get your perfect skin. Book now and get your session started!