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Want clear skin? Don't do this

Updated: Jan 22

There is a new beauty trend sweeping the UK that promises to conceal dark circles, uneven patches of skin and other facial imperfections on a semi permanent basis. But, if you want clear skin, you should think carefully before following the crowd.

This emerging fad uses pigments that are needled into the skin.

Woman with clear skin

Semi Permanent Concealer is offered at a select number of beauty clinics. However, the tools are freely available to purchase online - prompting many to go down the potentially dangerous DIY route.

How semi permanent concealer is applied

Experts claim this new trend is an extension of Korean skincare, best-known for its ridiculous number of topical treatments as well as standard micro needling. It sees a medium coverage foundation applied under the upper layers of the skin to camouflage problem areas and minimise signs of ageing. It is said to help reduce the appearance of large pores as well as dark spots.

The pigment is worked into the skin using a nano-needling technique, often described as 'non-invasive'. However, silicone tipped 'needles' penetrate the skin to a depth of 0.25mm. While nowhere near as deep as a tattoo needle, which penetrates the skin by 1mm to 2mm, a poor application method can cause problems.

Derma pen being used on a woman's face

Anything that breaks the surface of the skin has the potential to cause infection and issues that can lead to scarring.

Nano needling kits available online, many sold in the form of a needling pen, may not be sterile and may not be suitable for the concealer product you use. They may also be labelled as a no-needle tool but, of course, the silicone tips still reach into the outer layers of the epidermis.

As well as taking a chance on products, a novice is unlikely to know how much pressure to apply.

Base concealer sets are currently selling online for under £30. Nano needle pens are available for under £16.

But, because this technique requires expert knowledge, it should only ever be undertaken by a qualified beautician.

Don't be fooled into thinking you can do it yourself at home - even if pen manufacturers tell you it is safe, gentle and painless. If it goes wrong, you could be left with a semi-permanent look for anything between a few weeks to a few years. Imagine... with a concealer that is the wrong shade!

The easy way to get clear skin

Nano needling, per say, has been a popular choice when it comes to effectively applying serums and collagen treatments to the face. When it comes to perfecting skin tone, however, there is an easier way...

If you are concerned about hyperpigmentation and other telltale signs of ageing, a few teaks to your skincare routine can yield impressive results.

Regular exfoliation, along with the use of a brightening serum, can lead to a dramatic improvement in as little as two weeks.

Face serum show with citrus fruits

For clear, even-toned skin, we recommend products that contain Vitamin C and Niacinamide. Use morning and night for best results.

Nobody wants to look in the mirror and see dark spots staring back at them. It's good to know that you don't have to nano needle yourself to get clearer-looking skin.

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1 comentário

22 de jan. de 2023

I didn't know about this one, hearing it for the first time. But as needle and related procedure keep rising even more trends and methods would pop up. The best way is to just care for the skin in a natural way as it is. Definitely vitamin C works. Good info! Xx

Isa A. Blogger

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