MASKS IN­SPIRED BY MICRONEEDlING

When your face needs hy­dra­tion and line-plump­ing it can’t get from top­i­cal skin­care, this method of de­liv­ery brings it deeper into the skin where it can do the job.

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They bring hy­dra­tion deep into the skin.

Let’s clear this up: a mi­croneedlin­gin­spired prod­uct is not a der­maroller. Der­marollers have tiny needles around them and are rolled over the skin in dif­fer­ent direc­tions to in­duce trauma, says Dr Chris Foo, a spe­cial­ist in der­ma­tol­ogy and con­sul­tant at Raf­fles Skin & Aes­thet­ics Cen­tre. “Do­ing so ac­ti­vates the heal­ing cas­cade in the skin and stim­u­lates col­la­gen pro­duc­tion,” he says.

Der­marolling (or microneedling) is a treat­ment that Sin­ga­pore doc­tors are not al­lowed to of­fer, as there’s lit­tle med­i­cal ev­i­dence that it’s ef­fec­tive.

Mi­croneedlin­gin­spired skin­care fol­lows the same prin­ci­ple as ac­tual microneedling. But it is not painful and won’t cause the skin to bleed. It en­hances the de­liv­ery of prod­uct into the der­mis, says Dr Foo.

Sharp hyaluronic acid beads – not needles – mimic the punc­ture ef­fects of microneedling. The punc­tures are tiny com­pared to the deeper ones made by a der­maroller.

Korean-Swiss skin­care brand Starskin has a Pro Mi­cro-filler Mask Pack. You mas­sage the 0.25mm-long hyaluronic pyra­mid beads into the skin so they pierce the sur­face and cre­ate “mi­cro­tun­nels”. When the bio-cel­lu­lose mask goes on, the beads melt into liq­uid hyaluronic acid and move into the skin through the tun­nels.

Starskin says mas­sag­ing the pyra­mid beads on the skin is pain­less and won’t dam­age skin.

The punc­tures sig­nal the body to make new skin cells to re­pair the top­most layer. Th­ese new skin cells ab­sorb all the hy­dra­tion that’s al­ready in the der­mis. The re­sult: a bet­ter com­plex­ion.

Sci­ence-led luxe skin­care brand 111Skin’s Meso In­fu­sion Overnight Mi­cro Mask con­sists of small patches you place any­where on the face that re­quires line-smooth­ing, bright­en­ing or dark­spot cor­rec­tion.

“Each patch has 150 tiny cone-shaped bumps made of pure hyaluronic acid and vi­ta­min C, which grad­u­ally dis­solve over 90 min­utes,” says founder Dr Yan­nis Alexan­drides. The tiny cones gen­tly prick the skin to de­liver the in­gre­di­ents and work best overnight.

Korean skin­care brand Medicube’s Red Spot So­lu­tion Nee­dle Patch is an acne patch for raw and painful cys­tic and/or hor­monal acne. The hyaluronic “needles” send the in­gre­di­ent into the top skin layer to soothe it, says Sunga Yi, man­ager of the global PR team at APR Cor­po­ra­tion.

Dr Lynn Chiam, a der­ma­tol­o­gist at Mount Eliz­a­beth Novena Spe­cial­ist Med­i­cal Cen­tre, says mi­croneedlin­gin­spired prod­ucts may help de­liver hyaluronic acid into the skin. How­ever, whether the mi­crop­unc­tures lead to the for­ma­tion of new col­la­gen and elastin is a ques­tion mark, she adds. The “needles”, too, can ir­ri­tate skin, so Dr Chiam sug­gests that those with sen­si­tive and/or acne-prone com­plex­ions do an overnight patch test first to gauge their skin’s re­ac­tions to the prod­uct.

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