I have been a devotee of the derma roller for a few years now. Of all the gizmo’s I use on my face, and there are many, it is by far the most impactful.
Admittedly, I take my skincare seriously. I’d rather spend my time and money taking care of my skin rather than covering it up. You can see my nighttime routine here.
Microneedle Kit, $24.94
What is It?
A derma roller is a small, handheld device with a titanium head covered in 600 tiny “needles.” By rolling these needles across your face, you slightly puncture your skin, and when followed up with your favorite serum, your skin absorbs more of the product at a deeper level.
It also helps stimulate collagen production, increases blood flow to the face, and helps eliminate acne scars.
I have seen an incredible improvement in the texture of my skin since I first started using it at least three times a week for over a year now. My skin is smoother and plumper. At almost 40, my skin in general has never looked better.
Recently, I upgraded my derma roller to this Love & Pebble Microneedle Kit, and I love it. The best part is that it is a great value at $25 and comes with three additional replacement heads.
Start on clean, dry skin. Visualize your face divided into quadrants and move one section at a time. Using light to moderate pressure roll horizontal, vertical and then diagonal strokes moving up and out within each section.
Don’t skip your eye area, just use lighter pressure around and under your eyes.
Work your way through each section until you’ve covered your entire face.
Does it hurt? A little at first but you get used to it. Your skin may be red for a few minutes afterward, but that will go away.
Follow with a serum and gently press the product into your skin.
How to Clean
Keeping your derma roller clean is essential, considering it’s digging into your skin. After each use, rinse it under warm water and then place it in a small bowl with isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for about an hour. Then rinse and let air dry. Sounds like a lot of steps but it takes just a minute and is worth it.
Favorite Follow Up Serums
Serums and derma rollers are the peanut butter and jelly of skincare. For years I have used Vintner’s Daughter. It is ridiculously expensive and worth every penny. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair gets rave reviews though I don’t use it myself. For something much more affordable, The Ordinary makes a variety of serums, my favorite is their Hyaluronic Acid that is under $10 at Sephora.