I won’t be surprised if “preserving youthfulness” ends up as an OCD category before I die. Women will succumb to and pay for the wildest, [whatever works] remedies for a younger-than-the-truth look. Guilty! I’ve explored an option or two in the name of preserving youth.
Last week I tried a DIY microneedling procedure. The tool I used is pictured below.
In this day and age, one would expect before and after photos or a video of me executing the procedure. As much as I’d like to provide those, rolling micro needles back and forth over my face in a bathroom, while a camera stalks me, isn’t my style. But here’s the tea if you’re interested:
A few months back a medispa, Truffles (I just couldn’t resist checking it out because it’s located in our condo building), recommended microneedling for an expression line between my eyebrows. I wanted to take them up on it right then and there, but doing so meant I was obliged to pay for needles to treat my entire face whether I wanted to or not.
Rather than throw money down the drain I opted out. Next thing I knew Savanna and a friend of hers, Kat, recommended a DIY micro needle roller that they both use. I was surprised to hear they microneedled because Sav and Kat are young, fresh and beautiful.
— Did you know that botox is recommended for people in their twenties now? Paralyze that menacing muscle before the enemy wrinkles attack in the first stinkin’ place? I guess the same goes for microneedling? Wake that collage up already…hurry, hurry? —
Amazon delivered a Lolysenta Beauty Care roller and Evolve Organic Beauty Hyaluronic Serum (recommended after care) to my front door the day after I clicked: Place Order. I’m sure you know the drill.
Before I started “needling,” I made sure my face was cleaned thoroughly with a gentle cleanser. Here is the video DIYMicroneedling that I watched before attempting this mild madness.
The needles didn’t “hurt” as they rolled over my skin, but the sensation was prickly and “needle-like” all the same. Note: they did not and should not penetrate the skin (light pressure y’all!). Apparently, in a medispa the needles do penetrate and slight bleeding is common though.
When I was done rolling I had a flushed, pinky-red, awakened complexion that I’m thrilled to not have a picture of. The next step was soothing hyaluronic serum and, of course, sterilization of the needling tool.
Is microneedling worth the effort and money?
Yes. Personally, my skin needs a break from exfoliating. Exfoliators are everywhere you look, even washcloths exfoliate. Skin thins as you age, so a little exfoliating goes a long way. Microneedling doesn’t do that. The tiny needles promote a “healing” process that stimulates collagen production. I’m optimistic about incorporating microneedling into my skin care routine.
At age 57, preserving “youthfulness” is wishful thinking. I just want to do whatever works and isn’t too painful so that friends, family, acquaintances and MYSELF continue to recognize me in the grocery store and bathroom mirror. I wouldn’t say I’m OCD with “preserving youthfulness.” But…time will tell.
Thank you for reading!
Here’s another take on micro needling from Savanna:
On another note, I’m embarking on a drawing project. I hope you’ll follow along in weeks to come: