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Beauty: does dermarolling work?

Beauty: does dermarolling work?

Today I'm going to talk about dermarolling and I will be showing off a before/after of my skin. Does dermarolling work, or is it just another hype? Let's find out!

I'm reviewing Swiss Clinic's 0.2mm skin roller paired with their rejuvenating serum. I had been seriously on the verge of ordering this particular skin roller myself after seeing Vera's glowing review, and then I got an email from Swiss Clinic offering up a product for review: total serendipity! Vera has similar skin issues to mine, with lots of redness in her complexion. After a couple of weeks of dermarolling, her skin had cleared up significantly - did she find the magic cure to rosacea? I had to investigate, obviously.

Beauty: does dermarolling work?

Let me explain dermarolling in some bullet points.
  • dermarolling basically boils down to using a roller with short needles to slightly damage the upper layer of your facial skin to stimulate its renewal process, which supposedly reduces scarring, pore size, discoloration etc
  • in addition, the punctured top layer of the skin allows treatments, serums and moisturizers to absorb more efficiently, increasing their efficacy 
  • in steps, what you do is: cleanse the skin, roll the dermaroller over all areas of the face with slight pressure, in all directions (horizontally, vertically, diagonally), apply treatments and disinfect your dermaroller
  • does dermarolling with the .2mm needles hurt? It does not truly hurt but it can feel uncomfortable, like you're roughing up your skin with, like, your boyfriend's chin stubble.
My experience with dermarolling was mixed. At first the rolling felt more uncomfortable than I had expected it to, because my facial skin is so sensitive. However, every day the discomfort lessened, as my skin got used to the treatment. I like the cooling effect of the rejuvenating serum, and I liked the daily ritual of rolling. However, after about 2 weeks of daily rolling, my skin reacted rather badly by getting very red and staying irritated for about 24h. After that I gave the dermaroller a break - I probably should use it more intermittently. 

But did it have any visible results? Let's take a look.

Beauty: does dermarolling work?

Left: before treatment, right: after about two weeks of treatment. I have to admit that after seeing Vera's results, I had hoped for more noticeable improvement to my redness. Right now I notice some areas that seem to have improved, and others that have remained the same or seem worse. The veins on my nostril for example seem more red, but that's not because of the dermarolling because it's basically impossible to adequately use it on the sides of your nose. Let me zoom in to show the improvements, though.

Beauty: does dermarolling work?
above: before, bottom: after

I think it's pretty clear that there is still plenty of redness in my cheek, but that the tone has evened out and that the red has become less "angry". The patch of redness on the bottom right of the top picture has changed most clearly, I think!

Beauty: does dermarolling work?
above: before, bottom: after

The same goes for the other side of my face: no huge, dramatic changes, but the skin tone on my cheek seems to have evened out a bit. 
I have to admit I only noticed these changes when I studied these pictures, but the results do prompt me to keep at it and see if dermarolling can do something for me over a longer period of use. In addition, I was told that my skin might not show its best results because the weather has become harsher over the period of time I used my dermaroller, which always has detrimental effects on my skin. Anyway, I will keep you posted! Let me know if you have any questions :-)

Outfit: mixing prints and Moon Boots in the first snow

Outfit: mixing prints in the first snow

Travel: a day in Brussels

yellow adidas gazelle, teddy coat, yellow pilot glasses

Hi babes! My guy and I have been trying to do more on the weekends lately instead of just running errands and spacing out in front of the TV. On this particular Sunday, we set out to visit the Musée Magritte in Brussels, but because we are the people we are, we never actually made it there but instead wandered the city for a couple of hours. It felt like we were on a city trip abroad despite being only about an hour away from home, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous (but freezing) so we took some lovely pictures. Brussels often gets a bad rap (and not completely undeservedly so), but the city has plenty of loveliness to enjoy. Also, I wore a pretty crazy (but cool) outfit. Enjoy!

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

Hi babes! As you may know, foundation is my number one can't live without beauty product. I have a lot of redness in my face and having a good foundation makes ALL the difference for my look and my confidence. I have tried a lot of foundations through the years (read the rest of my reviews here), and one thing I can say for certain is that you do not want to count pennies on your foundation if quality coverage is a priority for you. Not saying that all high end foundations are amazing, but I've honestly never gotten ALL the things I want out of a budget foundation. What do I want? Let me sum up:

- a good colour match for my fair, neutral skintone
- medium to full coverage that doesn't look too heavy
- a satin or matte finish
- and a long lasting product that does not start getting greasy or shifting around on my face after a couple of hours

Giorgio Armani foundation is known for its superior quality, but I haven't had the pleasure of trying any of them yet. That is about to change as I will be reviewing GA's To Go cushion foundation today. Will the foundation live up to my standards? Let'stake a look!

Outfit: beaded boots and beret, featuring Christmas lights