Between monthly trips to the dermatologist and various skin care remedies, I have had my share of skin issues. While it may not always show up in photos, I struggle with acne scars, adult acne and discoloration. At least that was true until I started microneedling.
I was introduced to this skincare tool last fall when one of my girlfriends told me it changed her skin after only three months. Being curious myself, I immediately did some research and decided I’d order this $10 version. After incorporating this into my nightly routine, I started noticing a difference with my skin. The texture and old acne scars were improving. I used the budget-friendly tool for about 5 months and then recently upgraded to the GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool after watching the demonstration at the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event. But before we get into why I switched, let me fill you in on the details behind Microneedling and how it changed my skin.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Mircroneedling (also known as derma-rolling) works from the inside out by triggering skin’s natural healing process and inducing micro-regeneration deep within the skin. By gently damaging the skin (I promise this doesn’t hurt and you won’t bleed), you trigger its natural healing properties. This causes the creation of collagen. The needles are .3mm in length, so you aren’t going to feel any pain, but your skin will tingle. This is allowing any serums or moisturizers to reach deeper levels in your skin. It boosts ingredient absorption up to 90%! Microneedling is also an effective treatment for acne scars or dark sports since it penetrates the skin.
HOW DO I USE THE GloPRO?
Step One: Wash your face and remove all traces of makeup. I love this makeup remover from the drugstore or a face oil like this works really well (I have a ton of options linked in my double cleansing post). My TULA Face Wash (20% off with code ASHLEYR) is also a great option for all skin types. It’s gentle, yet leaves my skin feeling clean. I finish with a toner like the Beauty Water.
If you have an active breakout, use with caution. I’ve read reviews saying to avoid breakouts, but I’ve also read that if you treat that area separately, meaning you can gently do it over acne, but then clean with alcohol before doing the rest of your face, it can help the breakout heal quicker because your acne cream will absorb faster. To each their own.
Step Two: Gently roll the GloPRO horizontally, vertically, and diagonally about 3-4 times over your skin, including your lips but avoiding eyelids or right under your eyes. I usually do my whole face horizontally, then do it again vertically and so on. The whole process should only take 2-3 minutes. I only use this at night since it does make my face a little red. However, if you want an instant lip plump, do this over your lips before you go out. Your lips will tingle, but they will appear full.
Step Three: Spritz with rubbing alcohol and let it dry completely. Store in its plastic case between uses. It’s so important to clean your tool after each use to reduce bacteria from spreading.
Step Four: Apply your favorite serum or moisturizer within 60 seconds after using your microneedle. I like to use an oil, like this beauty oil, with a light moisturizer this night cream or gel moisturizer. As always, be sure to use a sunscreen throughout the day. Your face will become more sensitive to sunlight after using the microneedle.
Step Five: As a general rule, start using this 2-3 times a week. Gradually work your way up to 5 times a week. Personally, I use this every night if I remember.
WHY THE SWITCH?
Well, I started using the $10 version because I honestly wasn’t sure if I believed in the product enough to invest $200. But like I mentioned above, I used it for 5 months and noticed significant results in my skin. I decided to go ahead and purchase the GloPRO for two reasons. 1. My $10 version was starting to break. It was great while it lasted, but after using it 3-5x a week, I could tell it wasn’t holding up. 2. The GloPRO has red LED light function and Vibrotactile Stimulation. Together, this works to enhance regenerative skin benefits. After hearing the GloPRO demonstration at the Beauty Trend Event, I learned that cells exposed to LED light grow 150 to 200 percent faster than unstimulated cells (I was sold). Also, the quality of the actual tool (handle and needles) were definitely better compared to my other one. Maybe it’s a scam, maybe it’s not. Either way, this is the first time I have ever received compliments on my skin. I’m no longer intimated to go “makeup free” and when I do wear makeup, I find that my foundation goes on much smoother than before.
MY OVERALL THOUGHTS
After microneedling for 8 months, my acne scars have become less noticeable and my skin has fewer breakouts. I’m confident it is because my serums and creams are reaching a deeper level in my skin. My dermatologist recently commented on my skin too! I told her what I was doing and she also shared that she uses the GloPRO at home. She is a huge advocate of at-home microneedling.
If you’re on the fence, I suggest at least trying this $10 version. Be consistent and you should start seeing results within 2-3 months.
If you currently use a microneedle, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Do you love it or hate it? And, please share if you have any tips!
GloPRO® MicroStimulation Facial Tool | Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Oil | TULA Hydrating Day and Night Cream c/o | TULA Purifying Face Cleanser c/o ( 20% off all TULA using code ASHLEYR) | Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water | Son & Park Beauty Water | Thin Gold Thumb Ring | The Styled Collection Necklace c/o | The Styled Collection Athens Ring | Black Ruffle Shirt (Fit: I’m wearing a small) | The Styled Collection Bracelet