Dermaroller Needling For Photoshop Style Beautiful Skin

The concept of Dermarolling or micro-needling is quite simple. Dermaroller works by creating tiny punctures into the skin to stimulate skin repair and cell regeneration. When the body sustains an injury or wound, it heals itself by creating new collagen.
That’s the concept in a nutshell, taken from here.

 

The first time I used one of these mini torture devices was 2012. After a stressful year I’d lost a lot of weight quickly and my snaky skin was kept catching my eye in the mirror. After browsing Youtube, watching people making their own skin bleed, I decided this was for me. I set off to find a good quality roller that wasn’t going to ultimately cause my death.

METHOD

So it’s pretty simple, you can buy some numbing cream to ease your suffering (apparently). I bought Emla cream. I’m not convinced that stuff works, even when the hospital use it, but it could have a positive psychological effect. I noticed others have had success with this one from Amazon. After you let the cream do it’s work, you roll backwards and forwards in asterisk shapes all over your face. I suggest watching a few Youtube videos first. Once you’ve applied pain all over the area you can splash with cold water to remove any blood before applying your collagen cream. If you don’t apply a face cream with collagen, you’re not going to get the full benefit. Any cream with collagen will work. I use L’Oreal Paris Wrinkle Expert 35+ Collagen Day Cream 50ml because it’s cheap and doesn’t irritate my face. Something else you will need is Surgical Spirit to clean your roller before and after every time you use it (you have to soak it  for 20 minutes in this stuff to stop infection). While we’re on the subject, you mustn’t ever, ever, EVER share your roller with anyone.

My intention was to use one on the backs of my hands, one on my neck, one on my face, and one on my stretchmarks. I bought a 0.5mm, 1mm and 1.5mm The biggest is scary looking. It falls somewhere  between a tiny lawn aerator and a mace. This is the one I chose for my stretchmarks. It’s been out of the packaging once. I was confident I had a high pain threshold until I tried rolling my hips with this thing. You will need numbing cream by the shitload, my friends.
I had the same experience with the 1mm and the back of my hands. Way too painful to just go right in there and start puncturing at that depth.
0.5mm is better. It still hurts, but it’s not a bad hurt. It’s tolerable in most places on your face. The bad bits are the bony bits and between your lip and nose. My eyes stream and I have sneezing fits but I can do this. The feeling after Dermarolling is weird. Your face burns and turns bright red. It looks like you’ve been asleep in the blazing sun and it feels like that too. I quite like that feeling, I’ll be honest. The ‘no-pain, no gain’ principle is something I strongly believe in.  Once you’re done, you slather the cream on and repeat a week later. Let me know what you think if you try it. I love it, my favourite skin routine. It just takes a little getting used to and finding your own way. Does it make my skin look better? I think so. Does it make my skin feel better? YES!

Remember to read the instructions and use your own common sense – I’m not a doctor, this is just my experience with these products.

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Lose Weight: How I lost A Stone in A Week

Well…Almost.

Easter has been and gone and so has all the chocolate.  My problem is the domino effect. I have one bar, enjoy it, and feel okay. The next day I’ll scoff two bars and a bag of popcorn. Before I know it,  I’ve got sweet wrappers strewn all over the place, chocolate around my mouth and popcorn stuck to my ass.

There are alternatives, I love fruit. All fruit except kiwi. I love it so much, I eat all of it.  Then I casually start eyeing everything and mentally ranking by sweetness.


Lose Weight Fast

 

Before Easter I already had extra weight to lose. So I’m sure you can imagine my face when I stepped on the scale and had gained another 7lbs. Experience dictates that I only lose weight when I strip back the calories to the absolute minimum. 1200 calories a day doesn’t work for me – I maintain at that number if I’m active. If I’m at a desk all day, I gain. So I started Googling ‘How to lose a stone in a week’. Here’s how it went and how I did it (along with the results).

The Diet

Some people have to mentally prepare themselves to lose weight. I’m not one of them, I prefer to jump in with both feet and drop everything else in favour of getting to the supermarket and filling my trolley with fruit. Grapefruit. Hello darkness my old friend.

I drank what I liked as long as it was sugar free (I use semi-skimmed milk and sweeteners). I used salt (sparingly) and pepper.

So here’s the plan I followed, to the letter (including my cheats):

MONDAY

Breakfast: Pink Grapefruit
Lunch: Apple, Banana
Dinner: Chicken Kebab with salad in Pitta (no sauce), 2 slices of Garlic Bread (takeaway)

TUESDAY

Breakfast: Pink Grapefruit
Lunch: 2 small slices plain toast, 2 boiled eggs, 2 fried tomatoes
Dinner: Chicken breast with salad
Snack: Metcalf’s Skinny Popcorn (small bag)

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast: Pink Grapefruit and a boiled egg
Lunch: grapes, apple, pineapple
Dinner: Chicken breast with salad
Snack: Metcalf’s Skinny Popcorn (small bag)

THURSDAY

Breakfast: 2 slices plain toast
Lunch: grapes, apple, pineapple, tangerine
Dinner: 2 egg omelette (eggs and tiny bit of milk) with salad and a grapefruit
Snack: Metcalf’s Skinny Popcorn (small bag)

FRIDAY

Breakfast: 1 slice plain toast
Lunch: Tangerine, apple, pineapple
Dinner: Cod loin with salad
Snack: Metcalf’s Skinny Popcorn (small bag)

SATURDAY

Breakfast: Pink Grapefruit
Lunch: Banana, apple, pineapple
Dinner: Chicken breast with spinach and tomato
Snack: Metcalf’s Skinny Popcorn (small bag)

SUNDAY

Breakfast: Boiled egg
Lunch: grapes, apple, pineapple, banana
Dinner: Chicken breast with carrots, and a grapefruit
Snack: Metcalf’s Skinny Popcorn (small bag)

 

The Verdict

I found this easy at the start but tough from day 4. The only thing that kept me going was the thought of starting again. And the fact that the scales were showing a good loss. I didn’t quite lose a whole stone but I did lose a pretty massive 10lbs. I’d have lost more if I hadn’t had a bag of popcorn every night and the chicken kebab with cheesy garlic bread to start.

I did this over a week ago. I’ve eaten pretty badly since (found another Easter egg, popcorn, chinese takeaway, apple pie and arctic roll). To be fair though, I’ve carried a few good habits through and have been eating mainly fruit for lunch and I really like the boiled egg and fried tomato combo for breakfast. So after another weigh in, I’ve gained 3lbs back. I don’t think that’s too bad considering. My plan now is to do this diet every third week until I’m at a weight I’m happy with. It’s not pleasant but I like eating sweet things and this is doable for me rather than cut out the sweet stuff for life or until I’m sick of fat clubs and convincing myself that cloud bread isn’t that bad (it is).

I’m not a doctor but this diet is apparently (according to the internetz) similar to one that is given to patients looking to lose weight before an operation. It also says that this diet works based on chemical interactions of the foods you eat and is also known as The Chemical Diet. Judging by how low my calorie intake was, I’m pretty sure I would have lost weight anyway. Partake at your own risk. The only thing I do know for sure is that you shouldn’t eat grapefruit if you’re on any meds without checking with your GP first.

I hope you found this helpful – leave a comment to let me know if you lose weight too.