Thought micro-needling was the type of thing you needed to shell out thousands of dirhams to have done at a fancy clinic? Think again, because there’s a new trend for at-home patches that promise to do the same thing. Skincare brands including Vichy, 111Skin, and Natura Bissé have launched beauty patches that micro-needle your face without you having to lift a finger, meaning you can enjoy the benefits of the treatment while you kick back with Netflix.
If you’re not up to speed with the concept, micro-needling (also known as dermarolling) is a beauty procedure where hundreds of tiny holes are punctured into the skin using very fine needles. Typically, this is done using a micro-needling device called a dermaroller that rotates the needles along the face. The idea is that when the skin encounters a cut, it naturally works to repair itself, prompting a collagen response that can fill fine lines and make the skin appear younger.
Usually, people tend to get micro-needling administered professionally, but it’s becoming increasingly more common as a home treatment. And with buzzy beauty brands such as new kid on the block Vice Reversa offering easy-to-use patches, it couldn’t be simpler. Unlike the metal needles on a roller used at a clinic, each of Vice Reversa’s ‘Plumping Patches’ contains 380 micro-fine needles that are formed from thousands of crystallized ingredients. When smoothed onto the skin, the tiny stalagmites penetrate the epidermis to kick-start the rejuvenating process without you needing to roll a device back and forth.
It might sound painful, but the cuts are so tiny that Vice Reversa claims “you won’t feel a thing” while you’re wearing it, although it’s natural to experience a mild tingle. As well as micro-needling the skin, the patches also contain a mix of hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and peptides said to brighten the skin for a Hollywood glow.
To give the at-home trend a go, you simply need to cleanse your face and lay a pair of the micro-needling patches onto the skin, positioning them into the right place. Sit back for at least two hours and let them do their thing, although, for best results, its recommended you should leave them on overnight.
Once they’ve sunk into the skin, simply peel them off and discard. We recommend using the patches twice a week if you’re on the quest for younger-looking skin. But, of course, if you’re trying anything new on your face, it’s always worth doing a patch test beforehand, and if you’re pregnant or have sensitive, broken or damaged skin, we recommend speaking to a doctor or dermatologist beforehand.
If you’ve got a phobia of needles but have always wanted to give micro-needling a go though, this might just be the pay-day treat you’ve been looking for.
Try the Trend with These Micro-Needling Patches