Effective Peptides to Use with Microneedling
One of these, the subject of this article, is microneedling. If you haven’t heard of this yet, that’s ok. We’re going to tell you all you need to know in the next couple of minutes. Plus, we include the most effective peptides to use in this process.
Aging is tough on the mind, body, and soul. That’s why there are stories and folk tales about the fountain of youth. It can be found in a mysterious corner of the world somewhere.
The truth is, there’s no real fountain of youth, or at least not one that’s ever been discovered. Don’t fret, though, because there are other things you can do to slow down the aging process that causes so many visible signs of getting older on your face.
What Is Microneedling?
The basics of microneedling are that many tiny, fine needles are used to make tiny little puncture wounds in the skin. The injury then elicits your skin's reaction to regenerate skin cells through elastin and collagen, rejuvenating it restoring a more youthful look.
The procedure is performed with a derma roller. There is a wheel at the end that has the needles going all the way around it. The device is placed against the skin and rolled in different areas after an anesthetic has been applied.
How Often Should I Have It Done?
Typically, there are between four and six sessions performed at an interval of every other month. The treatments get a little more intense as you move through the process. Each session, the needles will poke further down into your skin. This is because your skin should be getting healthier, firmer, and more resilient.
There are some devices or kits that can be used at home to do your own microneedling procedure. If you decide to try doing it yourself, you should stick to this same timeline, as that’s what has been set based on research.
Serums for After the Procedure
Once the derma roller has been used, a serum will be applied topically to your skin. This may cause some irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. The procedure will exacerbate the level of sensitivity you already have. The ingredients in the serum will quickly get down deeper into the skin because of the punctures. The irritation is relatively typical but something to be aware of.
When choosing a serum for using after microneedling, you want to look for one that will have the most effective peptides ingredients to promote the production of collagen and elastin. After all, this is the whole reason you were doing this procedure in the first place. So let’s take a look at some.
- Hyaluronic acid-based serum – This is good because it hydrates your skin, which it will need once the derma-rolling is done. This type of serum holds so much water that it will improve any dry, flaking skin thing you have going on anywhere. The microneedling procedure allows the hydration to get even deeper into your skin, too, so this will work wonders.
- Vitamin C serum – If you’re looking to brighten up your skin and have it look less dull, then Vitamin C can do that. Use caution when you’re choosing one, though. Some aren’t very stable, so they will lose effectiveness when exposed to light, heat, or air in general. Find a suitable stable version that’s in a dark bottle and has a pump that doesn’t have to be opened up for dispensing.
- Glycerin – This is an ingredient found in serums that helps to hydrate the skin. It’s often blended with other ingredients that work to stimulate collagen production.
- Amino acid peptides– These peptides (proteins) help the skin produce collagen and elastin. They make the surface more durable and help it regain its elasticity and firmness.
- Ceramides – This substance is part of your skin’s top layer. It’s about half of that layer. These are fatty acids that the skin uses to heal itself and hold its moisture. A serum that has ceramides in it gives skin back its defense system.
- Zinc – This has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help your skin to heal. The top layers of your skin will be inflamed after microneedling. A serum with zinc in it will help calm it back down and start the rejuvenating process faster.
Which Anti-Aging Ingredients Are the Best for Microneedling?
You'll find some common ingredients listed in some of the products used before and after having microneedling done. Here are three of them that you want to look for if you’re trying to turn back the clock on your aging process.
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) – EGF is a single-chain protein that is naturally already in our skin. It helps with regenerating your complexion. It protects the skin from free radicals. With 53 amino acids to nourish, it is needed for skin to look younger and more supple.
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH) – There’s been a lot of research into HGH over the last decade about how it affects skin aging and your appearance. Human Growth Hormone can be ingested, injected, or applied with a spray. However, more and more products emerge where it can be applied in a cream or other form. While it may work to stimulate the production of useful proteins like collagen, it’s vital that you use a product from a reputable source and that you discuss it with a medical professional first.
- Copper Peptides – Proteins that are found mainly in the blood. They can also be in saliva and urine in the body. These work very well for increasing the production of elastin and collagen. They also have antioxidant properties, and they stimulate the production of other useful substances for anti-aging purposes, like hyaluronic acid.
Microneedling vs. Rose Quartz Roller
Our final thought is a comparison between these two methods. Microneedling, if nothing else, allows the right products you apply afterward to penetrate down deep into your skin. Rose quartz rollers don’t do that. While they can help reduce fine lines appearance and puffiness, it’s temporary and not a miracle cure like people seem to think.
About the Author
Kari Thomas wrote this article.