The peak of summertime sun brings with it more time socializing & spending time outdoors. You may be spending more time in the sun than the rest of the year, and with that comes prioritization of your skincare.
The extra time in the sun may leave you with important questions like which sunscreen is best, and how to reduce the signs of sun damage over a long period of time.
True skin health starts from the inside out by prioritizing a healthy diet, exercise, & stress reducing activities in your daily routine. Incorporating more hydrating fruits and vegetables *link to hydration article* and more antioxidant rich foods *link to antioxidants* is a great start to healthy skin care routine.
If you want to take your skincare journey a step further, microneedling is a clinically proven procedure to help you combat any unwanted sun damage from the summer months, in addition to reducing wrinkles, fine lines, & discoloration.
Today, let’s cover the who, what, where, when, & why about Microneedling and how it can be a part of your healthy summertime skincare routine.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a non invasive cosmetic procedure that can help stimulate collagen production in the skin.
Microneedling is similar to acupuncture because it utilizes needle pricks to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Where acupuncture focuses on the entire body, microneedling focuses on one organ: The Skin.
Let’s break down exactly what is happening in a microneedling session.
A professional grade Microneedling Pen is used for the treatment. The pen has a cluster of small stainless steel needles that are used to create tiny pricks on the skin. These small pricks create micro injuries on the skin which then stimulate your body’s natural healing processes.
The body gets a signal that repair is needed, and it sends new collagen and elastin to the area where the microneedling was done. In addition, new capillaries are formed for improved blood supply.
This process helps break down old & misaligned collagen in wrinkles & scars and replaces it with new collagen. The result is a more youthful appearance with less wrinkles, lines, scars, reduced pore size and improved skin tone, texture & firmness.
Why would you be interested in getting microneedling done on your skin?
Microneedling has been shown to help with a wide variety of skin conditions including:
- Facial scarring from acne and burns
- Sun damage
- Wrinkles & fine lines
- Uneven skin tone & texture
Microneedling has also been shown to help improve the effectiveness of topical products such as facial creams and sunscreens, in addition to shrinking pores and firming skin.
Compared to other skin treatments such as chemical peels or botox, microneedling has many benefits that are worth considering.
It is generally low in cost compared to other expensive skin procedures. You can see results in as little as 24 hours, while other procedures may take weeks to show the results. It is a non invasive procedure that utilizes your body’s natural healing processes rather than utilizing external chemicals to stimulate collagen production. Microneedling can also be used for most skin types and can be tailored to your needs.
Microneedling is best done in a series of 4 -6 sessions spaced out a few weeks apart. A recent study shows that skin treated with 4 microneedling sessions 1 month apart showed a 400% increase in collagen and elastin deposition 6 months after the procedure.
Microneedling is a healthy part of a lifelong skin care routine that can be done at any point in your life. It can be done to help solve a specific skin condition such as wrinkles, discoloration, or sun damage. It can also be done as a way to get on top of your skincare for the future.
Microneedling is performed by acupuncturists & dermatologists. We are excited to be able to offer this incredible treatment at Thrive Wellness. We have already been seeing great results with ourselves, and our patients.
Book your first microneedling session with Dr. Adam here