Have you reached an age where you’re noticing that your lips have less volume? I’ve always been worried about crow’s feet, but haven’t thought much about my lips… until now. Groan… Before you bite the bullet and get Botox, first grab a dermaroller – I hope you have one – and use it on your lips to plump and add fullness. You’ll save time and money, and you’ll be proud of yourself for taking matters into your own hands. Learn how to get plumper lips from home.
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What Is A Dermaroller?
A dermaroller is a small, handheld device with a bunch of tiny needles on the head. The roller’s purpose is to puncture minuscule holes into the surface of your skin. Why on earth would someone do this? Because it’s a great alternative to more invasive and costly procedures, involving lasers and fillers.
Aside from stimulating collagen, which declines with age, dermarolling is also great for reducing discoloration, stretch marks, acne scars, and sun damage. It sounds kind of like a torture device, and the phrase “no pain, no gain” may be apropo when it comes to dermarolling.
Don’t worry, though, the pain isn’t significant, and the results you’ll achieve, will far outweigh the sting. When the skin is injured, collagen is produced, which is the main structural protein in the skin. Collagen is what you see in young, plump, dewy skin. Since your lips are made of skin, the same idea applies.
And not only is dermarolling – also called microneedling – good for collagen production, those micro-injuries in the skin also allow for better product absorption. Dermarolling is inexpensive, doesn’t take a lot of time, and the amazing benefits also apply to lip health. Let’s dive into the ins and outs of this simple lip-enhancing technique.
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A Bit About Needle Length
I bought a dermaroller that came with four different heads. Each head varies in needle length, ranging from .25mm to 1.0 mm. The deeper the needles penetrate the skin, the more collagen is produced. Keep in mind, these needle lengths are for home use. Spas and skin care clinics use needles that puncture the skin more deeply.
.25mm: Good for product absorption, but doesn’t stimulate collagen. You won’t feel any pain with .25 mm needles.
0.5mm: Also great for product absorption and collagen production. You’ll feel a mild sting.
.75mm: Deeper needles stimulate even more collagen, and you’ll feel more pain, but it’s not too bad.
1.0mm: I use this size needle on my face once every couple weeks. You’ll feel more pain with these longer needles because they penetrate deeper into the skin.
It’s not recommended to use needles longer than .75mm on your lips. A safer bet would be to use a head that has 0.5mm needles. You’ll still get great product absorption and collagen production. Needle length will depend on how sensitive your lips are, and how they react. My dermaroller came with numbing cream so consider using that if you opt for .75mm needles, and you have a low pain tolerance.
How To Get Plumper Lips
Dermarolling is typically used on the face for anti-aging purposes, and to enhance absorption of topical products. It’s also used on areas of scarring, and even on the scalp to stimulate hair growth. You don’t hear much about microneedling for lip volume though.
Follow these steps when dermarolling your lips:
1. Spray your roller with hydrogen peroxide or 70% isopropyl alcohol for a few minutes, and air dry.
2. Make sure your lips are clean. Never roll on skin that isn’t clean. Remove all lipstick, lip gloss, or chap stick.
3. Smile really big so your lips are taut. This will make rolling easier. Beginning at one side of your mouth, roll horizontally, vertically, and in a diagonal pattern on any given area, using 4-8 strokes in each direction.
Repeat this pattern from one side of your mouth to the other, rolling both your upper and lower lips.
4. Your lips will feel a little red and tingly, and possibly dry. After you roll, apply anti-aging serums, lip plumping products or even a high-quality eye cream. You don’t want inferior products soaking into your lips.
I use a vitamin C/ hyaluronic acid serum after rolling. Vitamin C is an incredible antioxidant that boosts collagen production, while hyaluronic acid holds in moisture. It’s a winning combination.
[Read More: Hyaluronic Acid [The Ultimate Hydrator]
If using .75mm needles, keep your rolling to no more than twice a week. 0.5 needles can be used up to three times weekly, .25 needles can be used everyday to enhance product absorption.
5. Lastly, sterilize your roller, let it air dry, and replace the cap.
Always be cognizant of how your lips react to dermarolling, and let this factor in to how often you do it. Dermarolling has a cumulative effect if you’re consistent, so be patient. One day you’ll wake up and notice your lips are a just a little larger, with more volume. And bigger lips mean more surface area for color. That’s how easy it is!
If you dermaroll your lips consistently, you’ll be surprised how even small increases in volume, will make a noticeable difference in the appearance of your lips.
More plump, more pout and younger-looking lips – it’s what all women want! If you don’t already have a dermaroller, you can buy one here. Get started today…
Have you thought of dermarolling your lips? Let me know in the comments:)