September 26th 2018
Microneedling: does it actually work?
August 24th 2017 / 0 comment
Its the beauty trend that counts Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Trinny Woodall as fans. Is it worth the buzz? Jane Druker put the new GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool to the test to find out
Microneedling is the latest anti-ageing craze beloved by the influential, great and good of the social media world including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, Trinny Woodall and Lena Dunham. It's a gadget with miniature needles that you roll over your skin with the teeny weeny wounds it imparts stimulating collagen production to allow deeper penetration of topical products.
The GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool has just launched here and is designed for home use for one minute every night. It's the size of a razor with a roller ball containing an LED infrared light. The theory is that the combination of stimulation and red light provides a skin rejuvenating effect, which it claims to deliver in 30 days. There are additional ‘heads’ so you can roll it on the delicate eye area and a larger one for use on the body which again encourages smoother skin, (the latter being a technique highlighted by Trinny Woodall on Instagram for its ability to also "break down fat").
What did it do for me?
Feeling a tiny bit apprehensive about "wounding" my face, I unpack my GloPRO and look at those tiny little spikes and think yikes! But I've done my homework and met with the founder Jamie O'Banion who is an ex model who, together with her dermatologist dad, launched skincare brand Bioscience, which specialised in anti-ageing creams...until now. The GloPRO launched in the States first and it's quite the media and sales sensation, not only winning awards from Allure and InStyle but selling out on each and every delivery to high end department stores, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom among them. She promises a pain-free experience and serious anti-ageing results. Suffice to say, her skin is peachy perfect when we meet and she's got three young kids and has just stepped off the red eye from Dallas. I definitely want what she's having.
I roll the GloPRO all over my forehead, right and left sides and nasal folds from nose to mouth, concentrating on each area separately for the 60 seconds I'm urged to. It doesn't hurt, but the sensation is strange and you do feel a mini ‘prick’ every now and then. It immediately gives your skin a flushed appearance so it's best used only at night – a bright red face does look rather alarming but I wake up looking refreshed. I've only been using mine for two weeks but something rather wonderful has happened, friends are starting to ask "Have you had something done?" suspiciously. Job done. I'm hooked....literally.
The GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool is £199 and is available to buy online exclusively at Harrods here.