A week ago today, Robin’s derma roller arrived in the mail. Aren’t we lucky to have a friend who’s willing to test this nifty product for us and spill all the details?
Here are Robin’s first impressions of the derma roller.
After the first time I used it on my face, I could see a difference the next morning. It visibly minimized the premature nasolabial fold around my mouth, and made my skin really, really smooth. Also, it just made my skin feel and look fuller, I felt.
After using it on my face, I applied skinceuticals phloretin, then a vitamin C and E formula (skinceuticals ce ferulic) and then the retinol. I’m not sure what to chalk it up to: temporary inflammation, the combo of the skin product/derma roller use, the exfoliation side effect, all of the above, or something else. As an added plus, my skin was insanely smooth yesterday. I’ve used all of the skin products before as part of my usual routine, and I thought my skin had become somewhat used to them until I used them with the roller.
As a big downside, after doing this for the second time, the skin on my face started to peel. Yes, peel. Sorry for the lovely visual. It’s definitely a drying combination, so I’m still working on perfecting it. I really liked the results I saw after the first time, so I think I may just need to tone it down a bit!
It’s hard for me to say whether there has been any appreciable effect yet, as far as the cellulite goes. I used it in conjunction with skinceuticals retinol 1.0 on my legs, just to give the retinol an extra boost with penetration.
As far as pain goes, the derma roller hurts. I used the 1.5mm-sized roller. I found that for me, it was much more painful to use on my legs. While my cellulite has never been painful, I noticed that the use of the roller made it that way for the 2 days after I used it! It felt good using it on my legs at first, similar to the way dry brushing feels when I do it –like a tingling sensation, but one that (I like to think) seems to be helping with circulation. The next morning though, my legs hurt and that pleasant tingling sensation was definitely gone.
I forgot to mention it was technically a “dr. roller” that I used. From my understanding, the dr. roller is a knock-off of the derma roller –I didn’t realize this until I received mine and saw that the instructions were in Chinese. I bought it thinking they were the same thing, but oh well! I did buy the cheapest one I could find.
I think I’m going to start taking pictures to keep track of it, since I’ve always found it so hard to tell whether or not something was really working for me. I will keep doing it and keep you posted!
Thanks, Robin. Can’t wait to hear how it goes with the cellulite once you’ve had a chance to try it for a few weeks. Great investigative work here! This is exactly what I envisioned the Cellulite Investigation being all about!
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