While microneedling has been on the beauty radar for some time, it’s only recently that micro needle patches have caught the attention of skin care devotees.
So, let’s take a look at the science behind this beauty trend.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
In order to understand how needle patches work, it is necessary to first look at their predecessor, a microneedling treatment involves using a roller with very fine, short needles to create microscopic punctures in the skin that promote cell renewal.
These micro-aggressions to the skin trigger its own healing mechanisms, including the release of growth factors that encourage the production of new collagen and elastin. Once these punctures have been made, topical products such as hyaluronic acid or vitamin C, are able to enter the skin more deeply, thereby increasing their efficacy. The result is a radiant, plumped-up complexion with the fine lines ironed out.
HOW DO ‘NEEDLE’ PATCHES WORK?
Enter: Vice Reversa’s microneedling patches – small half-moon-shaped adhesive patches made from medical-grade hydrocolloid (biodegradable transparent dressings) with a textured surface on one side, which contains multiple microscopic (0.3mm) ‘needles’ that dissolve into your skin over the space of a few hours. They release crystallised ingredients that penetrate the epidermis two layers deep into the skin upon application.
Vice Reversa’s Micro-Needling Plumping Patches are packed full of hyaluronic acid, amino acids and peptides to brighten, improve elasticity, hydrate and plump up tired-looking skin pretty much instantly, blurring fine lines and wrinkles.
The spot-banishing patches are ideal for anyone suffering inflamed breakouts – you know the ones, big, painful and angry. These contain totarol and salicylic acid help to unclog pores, slough away dead skin cells and rebalance sebum production, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates your skin. Some users claim they have completely made their spots disappear (we hear Chloe Morello is a super-fan) after wearing a patch overnight.
While these methods are new to beauty, the technology behind the patch has been utilised by the medical industry for years through transdermal patches that deliver insulin into the bloodstream of diabetic patients.
Results can show up within as little 20 minutes, making patches the perfect pick-me-up before a a special event, however, for best results, experts recommend wearing the patches overnight (up to 12 hours) to allow the active ingredients to fully penetrate the skin.
The good news is that the patches are all vegan and cruelty-free and contain no parabens, preservatives, additives or fragrances.