What is microneedling really like?

I was over the moon when Victoria aka Victoria Briggs Beauty and Brow Specialist invited me down for a microneedling treatment.

I have been going to Victoria for some time now for my Lash Lift (you can read about it here) so I knew I was in safe hands for the treatment. Victoria has thrown herself into skincare & treatments and it feels like everytime I see her she is talking about another treatment she has trialed or is training in. I love that she is continually retraining and learning as skincare is such a massive sector – and it is always growing in N.I.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a skin treatment in which a small device with tiny needles is rolled over your face and neck to create small punctures to the skin. This forces the skin into repair mode in which it produces more collagen. It sounds ominous but the microneedle length ranges from 0.5mm to 1.5mm – very small in comparision to normal needles.

(before)

(after)

What are the benefits to Microneedling?

The small needles make puncture wounds onto the skins surface which triggers the skins healing mechanism. This healing mechanism involves the bodys natural production of collagen and elastin meaning you can expect to see plumper, brighter skin, the reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, scar and stretch mark appearance. The effect of micro needling  causes skin cell turnover to be more effective leading to product absorption being up to 90% better in comparison to only 5-10% before the treatment (something we all want – why buy all these fancy products if our skin isn’t taking the most of them in?!)

What is involved in the Microneedling process?

Initially Victoria carried out a consultation with me prior to commencing. She then double cleansed my skin followed by an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) exfoliation. Again, AHA sounds scary but it is a fruit derivative chemical exfoliator which is used to soften the skin. Following the skin exfoliation the actual micro needling treatment is carried out with a Hyaluronic Acid Serum. This serum is hydrating and with it being applied during the micro needling it is sure to be pumped into the skin than just being applied traditionally to the skin. Finally, after the micro needling process a calming mask is applied.

Are their any contraindications for Microneedling?

The process shouldn’t be completed if there are any active skin infections e.g. active or inflamed acne or rosacea.

What isn the downtime involved with Microneedling?

Thankfully there is very minimal downtime after microneedling. The redness died down after around an hour. You shouldn’t apply make up or tan for up to 24hours afterwards – I did get some redness after applying my moisturiser the following morning. You should ensure you were an SPF also for the next week or so.

You should avoid the gym, direct sunlight, tanning, jacuzzis, saunas, salt water, pools and direct spray from the shower for the next 24 hours. You also shouldn’t splash water directly onto your face.

Victoria provides full aftercare guidance along with the treatment which was very helpful!

How long did the Microneedling take?

The whole process took around an hour.

Overall views

I loved the treatment! This wasn’t a relaxing “traditional” facial however the following day I could instantly say I felt my skin looked brighter. I did have redness for around 24 hours but in keeping my make up off I was back to normal the following day – totally worth 24 hour downtime. They say around 6 treatments are required to see noticeable changes so I can’ wait to see the difference after more!

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