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 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 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 + 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 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, 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 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.