This is a sponsored post, and I was invited to come in for a free treatment. All opinions noted below are 100% my own.
About two weeks ago now I had the joy of going to Blu Harbour wellness spa to for a little R&R. If you have been following my blog for a few months then you may remember that a couple months ago I enjoyed an Oxygeneo facial at Blu Harbour spa, and I was thrilled to be invited back to experience their latest treatment: the Dermaroller® treatment.
While overall my skin is quite healthy, I have begun to notice some fine lines around my eyes and on my forehead in the last year or so. I was immediately intrigued by this treatment as it aims to reduce wrinkles, tighten and tone the skin, treat scars and stretch marks, improve skin texture, and thicken the dermis. Dermaroller® Collagen Induction Therapy (also known as “micro-needling”) uses eDermastamp® which basically means that the small tool they run over your skin gently punctures your skin with 150 microneedles every second. This triggers your body to have a natural healing response to your skin which stimulates cell growth and increases collagen production. This thicker and more collagen filled skin results in healthier, younger, and radiant looking skin.
One thing to be aware of is imitation derma rollers. Dermaroller® is the original device of its kind, has been approved by Health Canada, and uses medical-grade micro-needles. All other derma-rolling devices have been fashioned after the Dermaroller® and it’s important to understand the differences.
My Experience with the Dermaroller® Treatment
The Fear Factor
I know, it sounds scary, right? 150 needles on my skin all at once? But I can tell you with full confidence that it truly doesn’t hurt. There are definitely more sensitive spots (specifically around the eyes, mouth, and jawline) but it’s very tolerable. To help ensure you don’t feel the microneedles, the technician uses a numbing cream on your face prior to the treatment. It definitely feels funny to have a frozen face but it made the treatment overall feel like a scrub on the skin rather than like needles.
How Many Treatments are Needed?
While I only tried the treatment out once, it is recommended to do this treatment 3-4 times with 6-week breaks in between each treatment. After these initial 3-4 sessions, you likely will only need to have the treatment done once yearly to maintain results.
** There are situations when more treatments are needed – most prominently is when you’re using this treatment to reduce the appearance of scars. Depending on how intense the scarring is you may need more than 3-4 treatments.
My Experience and Results
As I mentioned above, initially I was a little nervous to try this treatment out. Needles scare me to begin with – so hearing that there would be 150 teeny tiny needles running over my skin definitely had me a bit anxious! But, once the treatment started my nerves were completely put at ease. While there are definitely more sensitive spots on the face with this treatment, the discomfort is very minimal, and for the most part, you don’t really feel much more than a scrub on your skin.
Following the treatment, Tracy (the wonderful spa technician!) applied a bit of hyaluronic acid to my skin to help soothe my skin and take away any obvious redness. Hyaluronic acid is a miracle ingredient known for plumping and smoothing. She let me know that my skin may feel a bit windburned following the treatment and that I may find my skin looks a bit more red or blotchy for up to four days after the treatment. Immediately after the treatment, I found that my skin did look slightly more pink than normal, but it didn’t stop me from my regular activities – in fact, I went to the mall to shop for sweaters red-face and all.
The next day, I woke up and found my skin looked significantly better. The redness really subsided significantly. I went ahead and cleansed my skin, and then applied a moisturizer and serum that Tracy had supplied me with. That evening, I went to my husbands work party and found that after applying my makeup you truly couldn’t see any redness or blotchiness on my skin at all. I should note, that the first day they recommend you don’t wear makeup, and the next day you can wear mineral-based makeup.
I did find that by the third/fourth day that my skin did have some drier patches (specifically around my mouth and chin) which I simply remedied by using a heavier moisturizer.
Overall now that it’s been a few weeks, I do feel like my skin looks extremely healthy and vibrant. I can definitely see this as an excellent treatment to improve the texture of the skin and reduce fine lines, and I am excited to splurge one day in the future on a pack of treatments! I love that there is truly no downtime with this treatment and that this treatment is really just activating a natural reaction from your body.
Single session: $419
4 pack: $1,508
6 pack: $2,137
Without a doubt, this is a more expensive treatment but since it does improve your skin over time and has longterm results, I do feel like it’s a worthwhile treatment.
Total Treatment time: Approx. 90 minutes
Total Downtime Following Treatment: None.
Learn more about the Dermaroller® treatment here!