Beauty

My at home Derma roller review- my expectations

I’ve recently ordered a derma roller and while I impatiently wait for it to arrive I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts of my expectations so I can compare it to my actual results at a later date.

A derma roller is lots of little needles attached to a tube which is then rolled in different directions across your face. The needles create micro tears in your skin which prompts your body to pump collagen to the affected areas and thus repairs the damaged area. This is usually offered by salons (also called microneedling) but it is also quite easy to buy one online to do it at home.

Derma rolling is said to improve acne, skin tone and wrinkles. While I am lucky enough to not have to worry about wrinkles just yet, I am interested in getting a more even skin tone and reducing my spots. I generally have clear skin with some slight redness and hormonal/ stress acne.

I didn’t want to invest in a really expensive derma roller if it would not work for me so I paid around £5 for mine from amazon.

I chose the needle size of 0.5mm, (there is lots of information around about needle size so I won’t go into too much detail) but I chose this size as the 0.25mm is recommended to help products sink into the skin more (which I thought would not give me the results I want) and 0.75mm can cause pinpoint bleeding (which I thought may be too damaging to my skin as it is usually clear). Also 0.5mm can be used more frequently to recreate the effects of a larger needle size.

I am planning on using the derma roller weekly (on a Friday) and documenting my results on here.

If you’ve ever tried derma rolling either at home or in a salon, please let me know your experiences in the comments below.

Lifestyle

Diy windowsill herb garden

While the prime summer growing season has slowly come to an end, it’s not too late to start an indoor herb garden on your windowsill.

What you’ll need:

– Indoor varieties of herbs (I chose Basil and Parsley)

– Plastic container

– Potting soil

– Drip tray

Method: For the plastic containers I used an empty bottle and, using a push pin, created several small holes in the bottom for drainage. Next I filled the container with some potting soil (I got the expanding style from Poundland which was £1 for 14 Litres) and inserted the plants. My Mum kindly donated the herbs to me but you can find pre planted varieties at supermarkets or garden centers. Finally I placed the containers in some glass-cut pudding bowls which I found at a chairty shop (these were repurposed from our wedding) and filled with water. The drip trays allow the plants to access water when they want, which prevents over watering and produces better herbs.

Let me know how you get on in the comments below!