We love the Bed of Nail’s effect on the fascia… Here is a different take on it for the face!
Sdara’s Microneedle Face Roller is 540 quarter of a millimeter titanium needle tips (.25mm) line the rolling head. There are longer needles, but above .30 mm the FDA has to have a look and a say.
WHY on Earth Would You Use This?
The aim of this little roller-guy is to target…
- Discoloration & acne scars (my target goals)
- Firming the skin
- Fine line and wrinkle reducing
- A glowier appearance
- Scar tissue breakdown
- They say not to use it on the skin around the eyes, but folks are saying it has helped with milia (those little white bumps that are tough and painful to extract.)
- I’m going to go as far to say that it also has a neurologically relaxing and tension-in-the-face-reducing effect, as the sensory nerves of the skin and superficial fascial layer are being stimulated.
The “micro-wounds” induce the immune system to repair and build up the skin. There may be redness immediately following the rolling, so it’s recommended to do it at night, and to use a repairing serum or moisturizer on top, since the body goes into repair-mode when we go to sleep.
This particular roller has the most number of reviews—(super positive reviews, I might add) and is the one I will be investing in/experimenting with. The makers are a brand called Sdara. Their products are made in the US (their offices are in Canada <3) and a portion of every sale goes towards charities.
USAGE & RECOMMENDATIONS
Before and after each use, roll the needle points in a sterilizing alcohol solution. As it rolls across the skin it is skewering little dead skin flakes, (or “skin dust,” as an old roommate use to call it) that may stick to the points. Bacteria may also stick to the needle points and you don’t want to reintroduce that in your next roll-out.
You want to roll on cleansed, dried skin. Pat dry to be gentle. Also, cleanse with something gentle, nothing too aggressively exfoliating, or astringent. You will be stimulating the surface of the skin. The skin has a stimulation threshold, ease into things. Less is more.
TANGENT ALERT: Personal experience with my skin care routine… the more I put on my face the unhappier my skin is. I spent my 20s as a makeup artist, and a skincare junkie. I worked for Sephora (2005-2008), Benefit at Bloomingdales 59th Street in NYC (2008-9), Nars in Sephoras (2009-10), Too Faced Cosmetics in Sephoras & Ultas (2010-11), & IT Cosmetics (2012-13). At the end of 2013/2014 I became a massage therapist and focused on that, as well as doing makeup for weddings until my own wedding in 2016. To the 20-somethings reading this, your skin changes in your 30s. I’m not sure if putting less makeup and skincare on my face is what is doing it, or just the hormones that come with this phase of our lives, but a close friend never washed his face and his skin was wayyy better than mine all through our 20s.
I now use… Oatmeal soap to cleanse and a dab of fractionated coconut oil on the areas that feel dry. I keep Thayer’s Rosewater Witch Hazel and cotton pads as well as Vitamin E oil and/or Castor Oil on my nightstand, which, when I remember, I apply a very thin layer around my eyes (both are very thick.) I don’t do any one of these things religiously. My skin care routine has changed and will change again. And I will share what I find as I go, but for now. I like the less is more/more natural approach.
Back to this…
The goal is not to puncture the skin, but to apply even pressure. You’re not looking to draw blood. Roll back and forth in the areas you wish to target, 4 – 5 times. Switch direction. Go easy. Start light and then start to sink in a little more. Listen to your skin, if it feels or looks like too much sensation, relax your arm, relax your hand, take a deep breath. Fascia goes in all different directions, but it’s always best to work away from gravity, when it comes to the face (or so the beauty companies say.)
Following the direction of the flow of the lymphatic fluid may provide the best results. Target areas include horizontal lines on the forehead, the 11s or the 1 between the eyes, nasal-labial fold, the cheeks, the cheek bones and temples (Use even less pressure as you get closer to the eye, with the orbital bone as a boundary line and stick to the cheek bones and temples.)
[picture of lymph flow directions of the face]
Apply moisturizer or repairing serum after rolling. See TANGENT above. Something that won’t clog your pores. Keep it light, keep it moving. 🙂
(My curiosity has been tickled by the thought of CBD face creams… I’ll share what I find… I’m starting here http://kushcreams.com)
Roll out the target areas on the face once or twice a week for optimal results. Too much of a good thing is still too much. You will have the opposite effect on your skin if you do this every day. That is not to scare or discourage (or threaten) but an important thing to remember. You are creating a mild inflammatory response on the surface of the skin so that the body will send immune system fixers and builders to the site to plump it up and bring nutrients via blood and lymphatic fluid.
Replace roller once every 1 – 2 months if using frequently and store in plastic case. Acupuncture needles, medical needles, etc are one-and-done. You are not piercing the skin to draw blood, but those tiny sharp points dull after repeated use. You may have less of an effect, and if you press harder than you need to it may have a damaging effect on the most superficial layer.
CONTRAINDICATIONS (When & Where NOT to Use)
Do not use on open or bleeding wounds, cystic acne, or irritated skin. Inflaming already-inflammed-skin will create more inflammation. Not good. If you have skin that is red, or broken out, or irritated, I would recommend the smooth rose quartz, or jade rollers, with aloe vera gel, or your favorite topical anti-inflammatory serum/oil/cream/NOT NOT NOT “oil-free” lotion. Even better if it’s cold… Fridge cold, not freezer cold. (Unless you like freezer cold, then freeze away, just be careful if it’s summer, or hot, the drastic change in temperatures may cause stones to crack.)
Not recommended for use on the skin under eyes or on lips. The skin under the eyes and on the lips is some of the thinnest, most sensitive skin on the body. Roll up to the border of the lips, staying off the actual lip, itself. (though some reviews use the roller to physically plump the lips, it will be a temporary effect.)
And for the eyes, use the orbital bone, (or the hard cup shape bone around your eyeball) as a border line. It may feel like you should roll right onto the puffiness of the skin under the eye, but that may create dark circles, as those tiny-tiny capillaries under the eye can get backed up with blood cells making the eyes appear darker.
Rolling directly below any puffiness can help to drain the lymphatic fluid that is being built up.
If you want to target millia around the eye, be super careful and gentle. And know, the company doesn’t encourage use of it on the thin skin of the eyes or lips.
That all being said… Here is to fascia! Here is to collagen! And here so aging with grace and feeling good!
Excuse me while I go lay on my Bed of Nails for a little bit…
Check the Sdara Microneedle Face Roller out on Amazon! There are a ton of reviews, and other neat serums to scroll through. Please reach out and let me know what you think!
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