Micro-Needling : Before & After

The results are in……I absolutely see a major difference after one session of micro-needling!!! First, I have to admit, no-pain-no-gain.  This procedure hurts well after the one hour session.  I looked and felt like a I had a really bad sunburn.

Here is how it went:

  1. The esthetician reviewed the various infusing serums they pair with the treatment. I chose the basic serum that came with the package at no extra cost.
  2. Step one- Deep clean -ahhhh nice and refreshing
  3. Next- Needling (ouch!!)
  4. Last-Cold metal compress and serum to relieve burning.

Below are my before and after pictures.  The after pictures were taken on my way to an event five hours after the procedure.  My husband could not believe how tight and smooth my skin looked.  I did have mild redness and a minor burning feeling in some areas. As the night went on my symptoms dissipated.  Today, is day two and I am excited to report that my skin still looks fabulous!

In conclusion, the pain was worth it.  I highly recommend this procedure-especially if you have acne scarring.  The esthetician recommend a laser treatment for my next visit, promising instant results with no pain or uncomfortable down time.  As I said in my earlier post, I am hesitant to use a laser because of the scary side effects.  Until I do more research, I will stick to the needling.

 

     Results immediately after procedure

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Results five hours later- I am wearing a light foundation on my cheeks and nothing on my forehead area.

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To Co-wash or Not??

In this months Elle magazine there was an article about co-washing  hair- I was immediately intrigued.  I am a firm believer that healthy hair is an essential part of ageless beauty .

The idea behind co-washing is as follows: Skip the shampoo, and condition two to three times a week. Use dry shampoo in between washes. Easy enough, right?  The supporters promise less breakage, and soft silky hair. I know what you are thinking, oily roots and major build up is what came to my mind. Not so, you say?? According to co-washers, there are gentle cleansers in conditioners that should remove the dirt and oil.  I have to admit I am a skeptic, but the reviews are great.  Sign my up!!!

My hair has always been a never-ending battle. It is fine, limp, and sometimes frizzy. Through the years I have learned through trial and error what works, and what does not. Right now I am growing it out and my biggest problem is breakage. I wash my hair about three times a week, and dry shampoo in between. It looks good, but there is always room for improvement.

Today I will start day one of my co-washing experiment. I will use the only conditioner I have-Pantene Color Preserve Volumizing Conditioner. I figure this is a good choice because it promises volume, and I do not want anything too heavy.  My hair falls just below my shoulders and is super fine.  I will use about one tablespoon of conditioner and work it through my ends. It does not say to use it sparingly at the roots; however, I do not want to encourage build-up.

RESULTS DAY ONE

My hair looks flat. It looks very silky and shiny, but limp and flat. Also, the roots feel heavy. I stuck to the plan and used about one tablespoon of conditioner and worked it through my ends.  Tonight I will use my dry shampoo as instructed.  I am a bit disappointed but hopeful that the hair Gods will finally shine down upon me. Until then have a great day !!