What Our Skin Needs
What Your Skin Needs
We all want perfect skin and to look younger longer. It is easier to prevent skin damage than to repair it, but as I explained in the previous article "What Skin Needling Is", the good news is that using a derma roller (as well as other skin needling tools), it is now possible to address one of the toughest problems - the thinning of the skin due to aging and as a result the formation of wrinkles, scars and stretch marks, all symptoms of the inevitable, gradual loss of collagen and elastin in the inner layers of the skin.
Skin needling is the preferred way to fix these problems because by puncturing the skin on a microscopic level we are able to harness our own body's healing power to our benefit, without actually damaging it. With other methods, such as chemical peels for example, in which the external layer of the skin is burned, the skin is left exposed to the sun's harmful UV rays, causing more elaborate damage.
But what about other skin problems?
It is rarely the case that the only problem in our skin is "a lack of collagen and elastin". One of the most asked question we, at Dr.Roller SHOP, get is : "Is it necessary to apply any skin care product while derma-rolling, and if so, which one?" To that we always answer: It depends. It depends on things like what skin type you have, your age, general health, but mostly it really depends on what skin problem you want to treat. This latter sounds like an easy question, but it's really not, because while we all know what perfect skin looks like, we usually have trouble pin-pointing the exact problems in our skin that make it appear flawed.
Let me go back to the question presented in the title of this article. Derma rollers do work by themselves, but they are usually not enough. It is one thing to trigger our body's immune system to create collagen, but for it to be able to do so, it needs our support. This support involves a healthy lifestyle and a relatively rich diet, and, as we age, it also involves applying the right skin care products that can aid our skin's turnover.
What Your Skin Needs
What does everyone's skin need? In this article I will discuss 2 key substances that are crucial to our skin's health: Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.
Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is an essential component for collagen synthesis. Without adequate vitamin C, the collagen in your skin would be malformed and your skin and gums would not heal properly. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant. Like other antioxidants, it helps to prevent skin damage and wrinkles by soaking up harmful free radicals. The problem is how to get the vitamin C into your skin. In order for vitamin C to penetrate the skin,it needs to be in an acidic environment, and it needs to be in a high concentration in the product, as it is very unstable and quick to degrade. Our new Vitamin C Serum is ideal for application on the skin because it is hightly concentrated, and because it comes in 10 small vials that allow you to use it while it's fresh.
Hyaluronic acid has been nicknamed by the press as the "key to the fountain of youth" because it has been noted that at least some people who ingest a lot of it in their diets tend to live to ripe old ages. ABC News had a show on a village in Japan and hyaluronic acid entitled, "The Village of Long Life: Could Hyaluronic Acid Be an Anti-Aging Remedy?". So what exactly is Hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic Acid or HA is a natural substance that is plentiful in our bodies when we are born. It occurs naturally in the deeper layers of our skin (the dermis). It helps to keep skin smooth and "plump" through its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It also plays a critical role in the rapid repair of wounds and other skin conditions.
The ability to retain and hold moisture is the secret to youthful, healthy, vibrant skin. As we get older our innate ability to hold in moisture decreases because our body produces less and less HA. The drop in HA starts at around the age of 18-20 years. But after the age of 40 the down slide becomes apparent. Skin starts to lose its elasticity and lines and wrinkles appear.
Hyaluronic Acid may be taken both internally and externally. Applying it on the skin has limited effectiveness as only so much of it can pass through our skin's barrier. Fortunately, with derma rollers, this is no longer a problem, because the micro channels created in the skin will allow up to 30 times of it to penetrate into the skin. I advise you to check out our Hyaluronic Acid Serum: it contains HA in 100% pure form in high concentration, and is suitable for use with derma rollers.
In the next article I will talk about skin products used in treating specific skin problems such as pigmentation, acne, and enlarged pores.
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