So here's the deal. I am now "of a certain age". And by certain age, I mean 55. There, I said it.
It's not that I'm "worried" about getting older, but in my mind I'm, like, 35. Unfortunately, the face I see in the mirror is no longer the young, fresh faced, tight and bright skinned gal I remember at 35. My son was still little then. I hadn't had as many sleepless nights or backyard play dates.
So, fast forward TWENTY (did I really just type that?) years and things have changed. So what's a gal (or guy for that matter) to do?
Now that I'm older, I'm much more diligent about washing my face before bed. I can't tell you HOW many times I wore makeup to bed in my teens and 20's. Probably even in my 30's. And I may or may not have been guilty of building on yesterday's eye makeup so that I wasn't late for class. Allegedly.
It's so easy to take your skin for granted when you're young, isn't it? Any 80's kids reading this? Does this resonate with anyone?
I'm also much more careful about the products I use. And trust me, I've tried them all. One of the reasons I actually became a soap maker was to have more control over what I was washing my face with. But that's a whole other story.
What about the needles? Supposedly, micro needling was made very popular by a certain family of women in California who have been on television for 20 years. I promise, that is not how I learned about it. But learn about it I did.
Derma rollers are hand held devices that contain a roller filled with tiny needles. The idea is to roll this device over the face to create tiny holes. By doing so, this is supposed to initiate the body's natural defense response and begin producing collagen. And collagen is a VERY big deal when you want your skin, especially your face, to appear young and plump.
As we get older, our skin is thinner, less elastic, and we lose the ability to hold onto the moisture we have. Add to this other factors such as pollution, prolonged skin exposure, improper skincare, poor diet, less than adequate hydration......and we begin to LOOK like we're of a certain age. SIGH.
There are many warnings out about the use of derma rollers at home, and with good reason. You want to make sure you have a sturdy device with needles that are not going to bend or break and cause issues. You want to make sure you're using the proper needle size (I use .3 MM). And you want to make sure your device is properly sterilized before and after every use.
With all that being said, I tried derma rolling for the first time earlier this week. I have an IGTV of that experience on Instagram at @penelopeandchadwicksoaps.
My face was spotless. My derma roller was sterile. I used the proper technique and then applied a plant based serum to my face afterward. I was careful not to go into direct sunlight (which was easy because it's raining in KC again). For now, I will do ALL the things I know to do and use my derma roller twice per week.
I doubt I'll be looking 35 anytime soon (or ever). And while using needles might seem a little extreme to some, it's much less extreme (or expensive) than Botox treatments or plastic surgery. So, I'll check back in over the next few weeks and see if it's worth continuing.
Have any of you ever used a derma roller? Was your experience positive or negative? And why?