Microneedling can keep your skin looking young, bouncy and supple; baby’s bottom anyone? As with any cosmetic procedure, diet, lifestyle choice etc, there are some things you can do to keep results from waning, especially if you don’t have the time to make microneedling part of your nightly regimen. Follow these four steps to extend the glow in between treatments.
- Moisturize with vitamins. Immediately after microneedling is when skin is most receptive to skincare and topicals, it’s more permeable than normal because of the pathways microneedling has created. During this window, usually the first 1-5 minutes after a treatment, is your opportunity to pass nutrients down to your cells in the lower skin layers. Apply moisturizers with Vitamin C and E or hyaluronic acid based creams; these ingredients further promote cellular turnover and combat/prevent UV damage and damage caused by environmental aggressors.
- Microneedle at night. Your body does most of its regenerating while you sleep - hair grows, the brain refreshes and cells are particularly active regrowing and repairing old or damaged tissue. By microneedling just before you go to sleep, the resulting collagen production in your skin is enhanced thanks to this natural regenerative cycle. Plus, if you experience any skin flushing (think of a post-workout glow), which is common after microneedling because of the circulation stimulation, your face can sleep it off.
- Wear an SPF. It should be skincare second nature, but just in case you weren’t aware, an SPF is the best daily anti-ager in your arsenal. Find one with at least a 15+ protection and reapply as necessary throughout the day and/or before prolonged UVA/UVB exposure.
- Exfoliate. Exfoliating your skin helps increase cellular turnover and tissue regeneration. Combining an exfoliating regimen with your microneedling routine can enhance the regenerative potential of these treatments. Clinical trials have indicated that using trichloroacetic acid (TCA), an exfoliating peel, along with microneedling can further reduce the appearance of acne and other skin blemishes.
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