Did you know that 80% of how your skin looks right now is your own doing? Yep, that’s the truth. Brown spots, visible capillaries, dullness and dryness even fine lines, wrinkles and to some extent, oiliness are all skin issues that are caused by what is known as ‘extrinsic ageing’. A result of a life-time of sun exposure along with (give or take) some smoking, alcohol, questionable diet choices and most probably stress for good measure.
The other 20% of our skin’s appearance is due to ‘intrinsic ageing’ or genetics… and while you can’t do much to change the effects genetics have on our skin; the good news is that fixing that 80% that’s staring back at you from the mirror, may be less effort than you think.
Why skin-needling is essential for beautiful, healthy skin:
Have you heard of skin-needling? Also known as micro-needling, the procedure is a type of collagen induction therapy that actually stimulates new collagen to grow within the skin by creating hundreds of very tiny microscopic punctures that trick the skin into repair mode by triggering the release of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) - a coenzyme that is used to carry energy within the cells of the body and fuels the production of collagen and elastin.
As we age, our levels of ATP decrease. Like running on a half-charged battery, our skin cells stop performing at their full potential and so are unable to repair damage created by environmental factors such as sun, diet, smoking and other lifestyle choices. Our muscle cells become lax and lose the energy to stay firm and the skin can no longer effectively correct imperfections such as pigmentation, broken capillaries and scaring.
Skin-needling procedures can be done in-clinic (usually referred to as a Dermal Pen treatment or Vampire Facial) or can be done at home using a Dermal Roller. You can find out more about the difference between Dermal Pen and Dermal Roll by clicking here.
The ASI Dermal Roller Micro-Needling Tool:
Cost-effective and easy to use, the ASI Dermal Roller is a hand-held tool that makes it simple to benefit from the effects of skin-needling from the comfort of your own home.
The Dermal Roller device is topped with a mini cylinder covered in hundreds of tiny, surgical steel needles. When rolled over the skin the needles create thousands of microscopic channels down into the deeper layers of the skin. Sounds painful? Not really, just a little prickly but trust me, this little bit of discomfort is worth the results!
You see, each one of those tiny pin pricks is not only a channel but also a microscopic fractionalised wound. Fractionalised meaning that only a very minute area of the skin is wounded and the skin surrounding each channel is left intact and unaffected. Kind of like a pixelated image. This is important for quick and effective healing with no visible downtime… so you can roll away several times a week without anyone knowing how you keep yourself looking so young!.
Now, the amazing part is this… those tiny pin prick/channels/wounds have a dual effect. Yep, who doesn’t love a 2 for the price of 1! Firstly, the channels themselves become the perfect slip-lane for your favourite skin actives to penetrate deeper into the skin where they are needed most. Your Vitamin C, Vitamin A, B3 and Hydration Serums can all now bypass the layers of dead skin sitting on the surface and arrive at their destination more effectively.
Secondly, by causing these fractionalised wounds, we are triggering the ATP within the skin cells, activating the skin’s wound healing response and forcing neocollagenesis to begin - that’s the fancy term for ‘growing collagen’. The result… a firmer, smoother, brighter looking skin with a radiant, healthy glow.
How to use the ASI Dermal Roller:
Start by using your ASI roller once a week in the evening but at least an hour or so before bed. It’s best to do this at night as your skin will look a little flushed and can feel a bit prickly and remember... you are creating those tiny little micro wounds, so you want to just give your skin some time to settle before your face hits the pillow. As you and your skin get accustomed to the Dermal Rolling, work your way to rolling 2 or 3 times a week (every other day).
The rolling technique is quite simply done in a grid pattern over each section of the face making sure that you are rolling strictly up and down, side to side then diagonally without ‘sliding’ the roller across the skin as you move.
Pro tip: My personal tip is to puff out your cheeks and hold them puffed tight while you dermal roll over this area and press your lips together to get better access to your upper lip area. You can go ahead and dermal roll over your actual lips... but slowly and gently does it.
Check out this video: Click here to watch ASI vlogger, Lottie as she guides you through the perfect Dermal Rolling technique.
Follow these steps for the perfect ASI Dermal Rolling routine:
1: Cleanse with ASI Radiant Cleansing Cream to remove make-up or surface oil and environmental pollutants. Rinse thoroughly and pat your skin dry.
2: Second cleanse with ASI Rejuvenating Foaming Cleaner to deep clean pores, kill surface bacteria and activate cellular turnover. Rinse thoroughly and pat your skin dry.
3: Apply a couple of pumps of Pure Hydration Concentrate to act as a bit of a slip medium and to deeply hydrate your skin as you roll. Pure Hydration Concentrate also acts as a magnet which will draw down your vitamin serums deep into the skin when applied in the following steps.
4: Perform your ASI Dermal Rolling treatment as per the video.
6: Finish by applying a couple of pumps of Rejuvenating Night Cream.
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