What In The World Is Needle Skincare? | Clozette

Let’s face it: the idea of using needles for skincare is still quite unpleasant. While injectable fillers and derma rollers yield pretty great results, a new addition to "needle skincare" has emerged — but in a non-invasive way. Curious to know how it works? Keep reading below.

What is needle skincare?

Needle Skincare

Needle skincare contains certain ingredients in their formulation that work the same way as microneedling or botox. If you're not familiar, microneedling is a process where slight wounds are created on the skin surface in order to produce more collagen and elastin. Other "under the needle" practises include botox (injections that treat wrinkles by "freezing" muscles), dermal fillers (hyaluronic acid injections for plumper lips and cheeks), and vampire facials (where blood is drawn from you and processed to use as a mask-like treatment). But whereas these procedures require a separate device, needle skincare claims to produce similar results with a product you apply topically.

Why should I go for Needle Skincare?

Those scared of needles might not do so well with procedures that require them. And because they're physical procedures, they do come with a bit of pain. Bleeding, swelling and redness are only some of the side effects for patients. It’s also not recommended for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have diabetes or a weak immune system as they might experience post-treatment infection. Needle skincare is a way to "try" the procedure for its benefits, minus the scary side effects. 

What products would you recommend for Needle Skincare?

Here are brands that claim to have the needle's benefits in their products.

Dr. Brandt

Dr. Brandt Lip Plumper

Dr. Brandt Needles No More, SGD116/~USD85 (beautybay.com)

The topical version of a lip filler, Dr. Brandt's lip cream plumps and volumises lips. It contains nourishing butters and oils deliver hydration while encouraging tissue regeneration to thicken lips and smooth lip lines. 

Nip + Fab

Nip and Fab No Needle Serum

Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Serum, SGD35/~USD26 (nipandfab.com)

Nip and Fab's plumping and volumising serum uses CellActive® - FORM to fill in fine lines. It has oat extract that smooths and firms skin, and casia angustifolia seed hydrates and softens. 

Private Doctor

Private Doctor Minus Serum

Private Doctor Minus Serum, SGD67/~USD49 (sephora.com)

Private Doctor’s Minus Serum features ID Sculpt Technology which makes use of micro-tingling spicules or microscopic needles derived from a hydrolysed sponge. These enable better absorption of the active ingredient, Sodium Deoxycholate Complex, which helps remove excess fat and cellulite, replacing them with collagen. The result: a bright, smooth, and sculpted visage.


Starskin Micro-Filler Mask Pack

Starskin Micro-Filler Mask Pack, SGD49/~35.77 (selfridges.com)

Starskin's mask contains a hyaluronic acid micro-pyramid filler and anti-inflammatory probiotics to address signs of ageing. It combines the power of microneedling with stem-cell cosmetics to firm and rejuvenate the skin.

Zit Sticka

Zit Sticka Killa

Zit Sticka Killa™ Kit, SGD39/~USD29 (zitsticka.com)

Zit Sticka’s Killa™ Kit is an instant treatment for zits, especially the nasty ones that seem to hide under the skin. The zit patch features a microdart technology that dispenses pimple-fighting ingredients into the skin within two hours. The darts are actually freeze-dried hyaluronic acid mixed with the active solution and dissolve when worn.

(Cover photos from: @private.doctor and Zit Sticka)



Did you know that the skin on our armpits is just as sensitive — if not more sensitive — than that on our face? It’s true! Plus, our hygiene and cleaning habits, such as the hair removal process we use and the deodorants we put on also affect its colour and more. Which makes us ask: Are you giving the skin you have there the same loving you give your face? If not, it’s time to rethink it. Ahead, we share why you need a skincare routine for your underarms.

They need gentle cleaning

While we do wash our underarms with soap when we shower or take a bath, it’s worth noting that they need a little more gentleness. So removing the remnants of the day with the help of a gentle cleanser is important. After that, make sure you don’t wipe it off dry and instead use patting motions with your towel.

They need balanced pH

The same way the skin on your face has pH levels, the skin on the underarms have them as well. And while a pH imbalance in the area may not lead to acne like on the face, it can make it become a breeding ground for odour-causing bacteria. So make sure you maintain the area’s pH balance after cleansing with the help of a toner.

Underarms need special care.

They need to have renewed skin

We clean that part of our body but with our use of deodorants, there’s bound to be product build-up. Counter this by making sure you reveal renewed skin in the area through exfoliation. But instead of scrubs that have beads — remember those? — opt for gentler options that work just as well.

They need extra lovin’

Like the skin on the face, you need to moisturise the one on the underarms in order to keep it soft and smooth. But in some cases, you need to help it a bit more. With the things we do daily, the underarms are prone to rub together and that motion can lead to it being darker than you’d want. So if it needs a bit of brightening, we say give it extra care.

For armpits you’ll be more than confident to raise anytime and anywhere, follow exfoliation with an effective brightening cream like the HimeCoto Shiro Waki Hime Night Pack. Made with water-soluble placenta extract, it prevents underarm discolouration and brightens marks that are already there. It also has artichoke extract and vitamin E that moisturise the skin.

Use the HimeCoto Shiro Waki Hime Night Pack regularly

Plus, it also has Glycyrrhizin Acid 2k that soothes the skin, especially after shaving or waxing.

Simply apply a layer of the cream on your armpits and leave it on overnight. Et voila! You’ll wake up to underarms that are brighter and smoother. Plus, you can use it on other parts of the body that you feel need some brightening, too, like the knees or elbow. It’s definitely a multi-tasking product that gives multiple results.

The HimeCoto Shiro Waki Hime Night Pack is available in all SaSa Malaysia outlets.

Wanna try it? Get a chance to win one when you join our giveaway here.



This May, we’re talking travel! In our Jet-setter Beauty series, we ask goddesses in the sky a.k.a flight attendants to spill their best-kept beauty secrets.

If there's anyone who knows how to keep their skin in tiptop shape despite having an erratic schedule, it's flight attendants. To us, it's truly a mystery how they manage to look fresh and dewy despite spending hours and hours in the sky where the circulating recycled air is dry and full of germs (while wearing full face makeup, no less!). So what's their secret? In a quest to discover how flight attendants keep their skin healthy, we interviewed flight attendant Mike Magsanoc. Keep reading to learn about her trusty skincare routine and what it's like working at 38,000 feet above the ground.

Mika Magsanoc Flight Attendant Skincare Routine

Mika Magsanoc on her job as an F.A.

What is it like working as a flight attendant?

"There’s nothing like it! It’s definitely not rainbows and butterflies or any of those glamorous things they show on commercials. To be honest, it is downright tiring and demanding but I love every bit of it. No matter how exhausting it gets, the pros always outweigh the cons: you get to travel without having to pay for airfare and hotels; you have an allowance for food; and when there is enough time, you are free to tour and explore whichever place you find yourself in. If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is. As with anything in life, adjusting and mindset are key."

Mika Magsanoc Flight Attendant Skincare Routine

Photo from: @mikamagsanoc

How important is it for you to have flawless skin and on-fleek makeup on the job?

"Extremely. Feeling good and looking good plays a big part in our job — those two go hand in hand. I believe that clear skin is the first step to having a good makeup day."

All about her skincare secrets

What’s your skin type? Do you encounter any specific problems with your skin? How do you solve them?

"I have sensitive and oily skin so I have to be careful with the products that I use. I need to do a good amount of research on skincare products before I actually decide to try them, which is why I tend to stick to my tried and tested holy grails. With oily skin, it’s really the shine I mostly have problems with but it's easily resolved with an oil film."

What do you do if you have a jam-packed flying schedule and you started breaking out?

"I find that using an aloe vera sheet mask helps calm my breakouts or any redness, particularly the Nature Republic one. It’s definitely a holy grail product for me along with the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream. I always have those two in my toiletry kit. When I get a sudden pimple, before bed, I pop on the sheet mask and dab on the cream. The next morning, there will be a noticeable decrease in the size of the zit if it’s not already gone."

During long flights, do you do shifts and get rest breaks? Have you ever had to do your skincare and makeup routine in the air?

"We have crew rest for medium and long haul flights. It can range from an hour and a half to as long as six hours. I love Korean skincare and have about seven steps in my routine so I have no time for skincare during flights. Every minute of sleep counts."

In what ways does constant flying affect your beauty habits?

"Flying actually improved my beauty habits. I found that simply putting on moisturiser wasn’t enough to keep my skin happy. The air in the cabin is very, very dry. It drains the moisture from your skin, leaving the skin dull. This is what started my interest in the Korean skincare routine. I religiously followed a 10-step Korean routine for about three months and it helped bring some life back to my skin. But I do adjust it depending on where I am and my schedule. To adjust with the Philippines' humid weather, I cut it down to about six steps. When I am too tired from a flight, I have my go-to lazy routine of just four steps. Believe it or not, even flight attendants have those lazy days, just like anyone else."

Have you experienced any issues with your tresses since you started flying constantly? How did you deal with it?

"Same with my skin, my hair tends to dry out. Hair treatments and Olaplex 3, 4 an 5 saved my hair."

Can you walk us through the beauty products you love bringing along with you when you fly and when you’re not flying?

Mika Magsanoc Flight Attendant Skincare Routine

"Believe it or not, I bring these all with me: Heimish All Clean Balm (Night), Heimish All Clean Green Foam Cleanser (Day/Night), Son and Park Beauty Water (Day/Night), CosRx Blemish Serum (Night), CosRx Advance Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Night), CosRx Oil Free Ultra-Moisturising Lotion with Birch Sap (Day/Night), CosRx Aloe soothing sun cream (Day/Night), Nature Republic Aloe Vera Facial Mask (used once a week or as needed) and CosRx Centella Blemish Cream (used only when needed)."

Do you have any personal beauty tips you can share to all jet-setters out there?

"Double cleanse, always remove your makeup before you sleep no matter how tired you are and don’t skip sunscreen. Lastly, love yourself! Confidence makes you 10 times more beautiful than any makeup look."

Mika Magsanoc is a flight attendant with the Philippine flag carrier. She loves good food and happily juggles being a daughter, girlfriend, sister and mommy to Sophy, her 6-year-old pupper. Learn more about Mika Magsanoc's adventures on Instagram.

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