The idea of voluntarily having dozens of tiny needles roll over your face is enough to make some shudder. Though not celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts and other Hollywood beauties. They are gladly indulging in a procedure that uses tiny – micro – needles to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections including scars, as well as the look of lines and wrinkles. It’s possible that microneedling may even help anti-aging ingredients absorb better into the skin. But does it really work?
Microneedling is a general term for a process that involves moving a special device with many tiny metal needles across your skin. Celebrities think of it as an ultra-hydrating face mask that helps encourage collagen and elastin. There is a manual version called a Dermaroller, and motorized devices used by aestheticians called Dermapens or Dermastamps. There is some science available that indicates these devices might help skin look and act younger. The evidence of microneedling for delivering certain prescription drugs into skin is a developing area of research and already documented.1, 2, 3, 4
For skin care ingredients, the benefits are not as clear, mostly because a small number of people have been used by companies seeking to sell microneedling tools. Naturally they want to show how much better microneedling is, especially when it comes to anti-aging. The claims made often are regarding improved penetration of hyaluronic acid, retinol and vitamin C. Some even claim that stem cells can be delivered better with microneedling.5
Lifeline Skin Care, with our proprietary non-embryonic human stem cells inside luminous creams and serums, put this theory to our own test with a microneedling study* conducted by Dr. Gordon Sasaki, Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Loma Linda University School Medical Center, and in private practice in Pasadena, California. Dr. Sasaki gathered men and women together to test whether the effects of Lifeline’s Daily Defense Complex, Recovery Night Moisture Serum and Eye Firming Complex were enhanced when combined with microneedling. The men and women who participated in the study were between the ages of 35 and 65, with all stating that their skin was either thinning, fragile, dull, dry, showing signs of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation and other skin imperfections, or any combination of these issues.
The study paired our products, all of which include non-embryonic human stem cells to firm, contour, tone and brighten, with microneedling procedures. The goal was to find out if microneedling truly enhanced the already powerful delivery systems and results of our anti-aging skin care products. Over the course of 12 weeks, the participants used products only on half of their face, and products plus microneedling on the other half. After three months, the results were in! Both sides of the face showed:
- Wrinkle and line reduction
- Tighter, thicker skin
- Brighter, more lustrous skin with reduced pigmentation
Using Lifeline Skin Care products, with their non-embryonic stem cell growth factors, produced visible anti-aging results. However, those results can be enhanced by adding microneedling without introducing significant side-effects or complications. Ultimately the choice is yours, but for beautiful, toned skin that looks and feels more youthful, Lifeline – along with microneedling – is your lifeline to agelessness.
* Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the study.
- Cahill E, O’Cearbhaill E. Toward Biofunctional Microneedles for Stimulus Responsive Drug Delivery. Bioconjug Chem. [Internet]. 2015 Jun [cited 2015 Jul]. Available from:http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.5b00211.
- Al-Qallaf B, Das D. Optimizing microneedle arrays to increase skin permeability for transdermal drug delivery. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009;1161:83-94.
- Narayan R. Transdermal delivery of insulin via microneedles. J Biomed Nanotechnol. 2014;10(9):2244-60.
- Zhang H, Zhai Y, Yang X, Zhai G. Breaking the skin barrier: achievements and future directions. Curr Pharm Des. 2015;21(20):2713-24.
- Seo K, Kim D, Lee S, Yoon M, Lee H. Skin rejuvenation by microneedle fractional radiofrequency and a human stem cell conditioned medium in Asian skin: a randomized controlled investigator blinded split-face study. J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2013;15(1):25-33.