16 Dec Dermaplaning, Micro-Rolling, and High Frequency, Oh My! Skincare Tools for an At-Home Facial
It’s no secret that I am a beauty product junkie. I have hundreds of make-up brushes, bags and bags of make-up, and can never have enough nail polish. Aside from having the right skincare products, skincare tools can really up your at-home facial game. Stacked Skincare was kind enough to send me some tools to try out and share with my readers, so I hope you enjoy! (As always, all opinions are my own).
It all started when one of my clients told me how her esthetician did a micro-roller treatment on her with each facial, so I did a search to see if that was something I could do at home. Voila! Stacked Skincare had an at-home micro-roller tool. The micro-roller is a super-affordable device that you roll over your skin after applying your serum, allowing it to penetrate more deeply. It boosts collagen, brightens, and firms the skin. It feels a little tingly as you roll, but nothing us gals can’t handle.
Now you might thing this next one is a little weird, but bear with me…Have you heard of Dermaplaning? When I was a make-up artist, we sometimes shaved the face to achieve the ultimate smooth canvas for foundation and some artists even said shaving the face was the secret to a youthful appearance because it encourages collagen production and cellular turnover. Technically speaking, derma planing removes peach fuzz and dead skin cells to reveal smoother and more radiant skin. It also allows your serums and skin products to fully absorb into the skin, which boosts their efficacy. With regular use, the tool can help soften the appearance of fine lines and refine visible pores. Sign me up, right?!
Lastly, I tried the high frequency tool because my esthetician friend said it is the key to her signature facials. It is designed for oxygenation, purification, and rejuvenation of the skin. If you have acne, I’d say it’s a must-have because it kills bacteria, minimizes inflammation and redness, and prevents future breakouts. I have fairly clear skin, but I am wearing the least amount of foundation/concealer than I have in YEARS, so I think it’s safe to say I have my entire skincare arsenal to thank for that. And just think…I don’t have to freak out if I get a blemish. I can spot treat with high frequency and have it gone in a flash.
This HA Hydrating Serum just came in the mail so I haven’t had a chance to fully test it besides on the back of my hand, but I did run in through EWG and it scored a 2. It is designed to increase moisture in the skin, which is perfect for the dry, winter months. I’ll report back later after I’ve used it for a while.
If you are wondering how on earth you’d fit these tools into your weekly skincare routine, don’t worry…I asked. Kerry, the creator of Stacked Skincare, shared this protocol with me for a weekly protocol using all of my tools for maximum impact:
Here’s your protocol:
Dermaplane — once a week
High Frequency — limit this to no more than 15-20 on your whole face, or about 2 min on any given pimple otherwise you will dry it out and compound the problem.
MicroRoller — make sure to never roll over any acne!
Additional Serum if you prefer, or, if you have a second serum, apply a layer of this after rolling. HA is always good to do after rolling as it’s a bit thicker.
If it’s day, please remember SPF!
You can choose to use just one of the tools, depending on your needs, but this gives you an overview of the benefits of each. If I could choose only one, I’d go with the Dermaplaning tool…then the micro roller, then the high frequency. If I had acne-prone skin, I’d just do the high frequency.
If you have any questions at all, reach out to me, or message Stacked on Instagram! They are super helpful.