Celebrities are uniquely placed to be offered all the best skin care advice and treatments so it makes sense to keep an eye on what they’re up to. One treatment that’s very popular amongst celebrities is microneedling and it looks to be here to stay.

The impressive line up includes Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian and Demi Moore.

At the Cannes Film Festival Angelina Jolie caused such a sensation with her youthful appearance that her preference for micro-needling was covered by the Los Angeles Times.

Jennifer Aniston said, “”I do micro-needling! I just learned about it a couple months ago from a facialist in New York. It allows the serums and whatever products you’re using to really soak in”

Ms Aniston is referring to the fact that microneedling provides a short window of opportunity that allows post-treatment products to travel down the fresh channels in the skin reaching the important parts at concentrations that aren’t otherwise possible. These channels allow a momentary increase in permeability that is hundreds of times the normal degree that topical products can penetrate the skin. The effects of topical serums can be accelerated dramatically.

But that’s actually not the main benefit of microneedling.

The single most aging thing that happens to our skin is the gradual loss of collagen and elastin. Microneedling triggers the skins wound-responses causing it to produce new collagen and elastin and making the skin look and feel younger and firmer. Wrinkles are reduced, tones are evened and sagging is lifted.

Unlike many other profoundly effective treatments microneedling does not try to force skin cells into a different state unnaturally. Microneedling triggers the skin’s own native rejuvenation process and is, therefore, completely natural. For this reason it’s suitable for all skin types.

It’s worth pointing out that there are essentially two methods of microneedling. The first, and most common, is the roller. The second is Vertical Powered Microneedling (VPM).

VPM is a far superior treatment for two reasons: Firstly, the needles enter and exit the skin in the same plane causing minimal disruption to the epidermis whereas rolling causes much larger, v-shaped channels.

Secondly, every area of the face requires a different depth of needling to lightly prick the dermis. Rollers obviously only have one length of needle which is expected to suit every area. VPM machines have fully adjustable needle depths so that they can be changed for each area of the face.

Microneedling is here to stay as a staple of skin care regimes and Vertical Powered Microneedling is definitely the gold-standard treatment.

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