Hey everyone! Long time no talk. Today we are talking about Microneedling. What it is, the difference between professional and at home treatments and a look at the Sdara Skincare Derma Roller.
I was sent an at-home micro needling tool from Sdara Skincare a few months ago to try out but I’ve been travelling in Asia and the USA so it’s taken me a little while to get through the testing period. The tool was rather frightening to me at first. I don’t like needles as is so the idea of rolling them over my face was rather alarming to me. BUT I persisted and it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.
*This post isn’t sponsored but I did receive a complimentary derma roller in exchange for my honest review on the product.
So What is Microneedling
Microneedling is a procedure performed by a dermatologist where tiny needles are used to puncture holes in the skin to stimulate collagen production. This can help with the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, scarring and uneven texture [Source].
From what I have read it seems that at home microneedling treatments are not meant to puncture the skin. An at home derma roller doesn’t provide the same benefits as a treatment at a spa or dermatologist. Still, they’re supposed to be good for exfoliation and when used in conjunction with a serum can help with absorption.
About Sdara Skincare
Sdara Skincare’s main branding point is “aging gracefully”. They don’t promise miracle-like results, but promote a more wholistic approach to getting older. We’re all going to get older, but good skincare can soften the blow a little bit.
Sdara Derma Roller Review
The Sdara Skincare Derma Roller looks like a little paint roller, only it’s covered in little 0.25mm titanium spikes. The roller comes in a white transparent case to protect it. Unlike a dermatology treatment this microneedle tool isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. It retails for $24USD, or $20 if you use the Sdara Subscribe & Save feature.
The Sdara Microneedle tool claims to:
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
- improve the appearance of acne scarring & hyperpigmentation
- Help with the absorption of skincare products (think serums, moisturizer, etc.)
- Exfoliate away dead skin cells
Something that I want to mention is that some of these skin issues might need a longer microneedle than 0.25. I found a chart here which shows that a roller closer to 1mm might be better for stretch marks, surgical scars, and sun damage. These needles would be found in a professional setting, and wouldn’t be sold for at home use as far as I know. Take this with a grain of salt, I have read several accounts of a regular 0.25 roller delivering amazing results.
How to use:
First and foremost, the derma roller microneedle tool needs to be sanitized in alcohol before each & every use. It’s not enough to simply rinse it, there will be tiny skin cells leftover after each use. Failing to sanitize your microneedle tool can result in infection so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The roller can be used on its own or in conjunction with a serum. I’ve used it both ways. I prefer to use it on its own and then apply my serums afterwards. It’s less messy that way!
I’ve been using the Sdara roller for about two months now, but keep in mind I was away for three weeks of that time period where I wasn’t using the microneedle tool. I’ve been using it one to two times a week while I was in town to help with exfoliation. I don’t really have scarring on my face, but I have some fine lines on my forehead.
The Sdara Derma Roller is actually pretty gentle on my skin. Even though there are tiny needles I’m not actually puncturing my skin with them. When I use it I roll upwards vertically, and then across horizontally. I’m always pressing up instead of down if that makes sense. I do believe that my serums absorb easier after derma rolling, but I haven’t seen any spectacular changes in my skin. My fine lines look pretty much the same, but I wasn’t expecting much of a change.
I’m looking at derma-rolling/microneedling as a way to maintain my skin as opposed to correcting anything or making me look “more youthful”. I’m still in my 20s and I’m actually pretty happy with my skin right now!
Have you tried Derma Rolling?
I was pleasantly surprised that microneedling at home wasn’t traumatic or scary. It didn’t even hurt! That being said I’m not convinced it’s a necessary addition to my skincare routine and I probably wouldn’t have tried it if Sdara hadn’t reached out to me.
If you have been curious about it, give it a shot! It’s not going to cost you an entire pay check and an at home roller would be a good intro to a more professional treatment. Now I need to try one of those jade rollers I always see on Instagram! If you’ve tried microneedling please share your experiences with me in the comments below. Talk soon! x