I Tried Microneedling Patches To See If They Work On Wrinkles, Here's What I Found
I've been talking about getting Botox recently. Just the teeny tiniest bit on my '11's', otherwise known as the vertical frown lines that sit between your brows.
Except for me, it's more like a 'one' that's been scribbled over a few times. And I attribute it to my chronic frowning both in the sun and when thinking (as well as the few years spent as a primary school teacher).
As I approach my 30s, I'm also beginning to notice the development of crows feet around my eyes a little more. Nice name, hey? But if you're like me and at the point where you want to try Botox, but not quite yet, there's a new option you can try.
It still involves needles, except they come in the form of a patch and can be applied at home while you're watching the new season of Younger.
VICE REVERSA Micro Needling Plumping Patches have been described as "the at-home treatment that delivers seriously impressive results." So I gave them a try to see if they really do get rid of wrinkles.
So how do they actually work?
The microneedles in the patch act as a form of transport for ultra-fine molecules of things like hyaluronic acid, madecassoside, and peptides.
The microneedles penetrate the outer layer of the skin (or the epidermis) getting the ingredients to where they're needed most and dissolve, nourish and replenish the cells.
They're so effective, you can start to benefit from the active compounds after a month when using them one to two times a week.
How do you apply microneedling patches?
The microneedling patches can be used in three areas: under your eyes, along your nasolabial (smile) lines or on your forehead.
I tried them on both my forehead and on the sides of my eyes after washing off all my makeup and drying my face. It's really important to make sure your face is completely dry because water will lessen their effect.
The packaging says you can leave them on for two hours or sleep with them overnight. I'm not the type to do things in halves, so I leave them on overnight.
Do microneedling patches hurt?
In short, no.
When I place the patches on my skin and push them in, I would describe the feeling as pressure or tightness, rather than a pain.
The needles are so fine, you really don't feel anything. If I had to compare, I'd say using an at home dermal roller is more painful.
Did microneedling patches give you the results?
The microneedling patches really are tiny but powerful and yes, I did find them to work on the specific areas I applied them to.
I've been using one patch between my eyebrows twice a week on that lovely line between my brows that I mentioned earlier. I also tried them on my crow's feet, though for me these are less obvious.
The patch itself probably isn't wide enough to spread to both sides if you have two lines or '11's' like some. They definitely fit better around my eyes than they did on my forehead.
Are microneedling patches worth the cash?
The microneedling patches are $75.95 and you get eight patches in a box. So if you're using them on one area, you'll get one use a week for two months or two uses a week for a month.
If you're using them under the eyes or on your smile lines, you'll need to use two patches. So you'll get one use a week for a month and if you want to make it more intensive, you'll need to buy another box.
You need to use them for a minimum of a month to start seeing results.
Prices for Botox vary depending on where you go and the number of units you need. The price for a single unit is about $9 to $15 according to Choice.
"To treat the forehead you'll need roughly 10 to 20 units, costing between $90 and $300, depending on how much your practitioner charges. The cost is about the same for treating crow's feet," they reported.
Botox usually last three to six months but can vary based on a number of personal factors such as your metabolism and how much you exercise.
If you're using one box of the microneedling patches a month for three months, they'll set you back $239.85 so the prices are pretty similar.
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