We鈥檝e been known to go to great lengths in the name of 聽beauty (remember when I dyed and permed my eyelashes?), but everyone draws the line somewhere. If you consider yourself to be the adventurous type when it comes to this realm of experimentation, I ask you 鈥 would you ever stick your face with hundreds of tiny needles to get seriously flawless skin? Your gut reaction may be聽something along the lines of WTF NO WTFFF, but 鈥 brace yourself 鈥 this method, called micro-needling or micro-rolling, has become one of the most buzzed-about beauty trends聽in the industry. We investigate:

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As someone who鈥檚 a *huge* fan of micro-needling myself (seriously, it鈥檚 amazing!), I wanted to learn as much as I could about this practice that seems so scary to some. I chatted with聽Kerry Benjamin, at-home micro-needling expert and founder of StackedSkincare, a spa and product line designed for use with micro-needling. She explained what micro-needling is, how it can step up your overnight skincare routine game and have you聽wake up looking gorgeous. Here鈥檚 what you need to know about micro-needling.

WHAT MICRO-NEEDLING IS + HOW IT WORKS

To put it simply: Microneedling is a skincare method that involves poking the top layer of your skin with tiny needles so it鈥檚聽forced to repair itself, leaving it bright and plump. It鈥檚 not as intense as it sounds (take it from this wuss), and the results are serious thanks to the use of a special tool. 鈥淵ou use a device that has hundreds of tiny needles on a roller that is used to stimulate collagen and drive active ingredients deeper into your skin for maximum efficacy,鈥 Kerry explained. 鈥淭he needles stimulate epidermal growth factors to boost collagen and elastin and increase absorption of active ingredients by more than 90%. Basically, this procedure is one of the most powerful and effective ways to stop early signs of aging and prevent new wrinkles from occurring.鈥

WHAT MICRO-NEEDLING *REALLY* FEELS LIKE

Needless to say, the concept of micro-needling isn鈥檛 for everyone 鈥 we鈥檙e talking about hundreds of tiny needles here. That said, it really doesn鈥檛 hurt like you might imagine would,聽and there is no waiting period after聽(no, you won鈥檛 even come close to bleeding). 鈥淵ou can even do this an hour or two before an event or date night,鈥 Kerry said. 鈥淚t will instantly plump and hydrate your skin.鈥

MICRO-NEEDLING MUST-HAVES

Not all micro-needling rollers are created equal. For at-home use, Kerry recommends using a roller with .25 millimeter-sized needles like this Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller ($30) up to five times per week, depending on your skin. A roller this size will give you noticeable results, keep the whole process pain-free and drive the good stuff in your serums deep into your skin. 鈥淚f you鈥檙e buying a skin serum, you should buy a roller, and vice versa,鈥 Kerry said. 鈥淭hey go hand-in-hand and make each other work optimally.鈥 The more you know! Kerry doesn鈥檛 suggest using larger needle sizes at home, BTW, because it鈥檚 more difficult to use them properly and therefore a greater chance of damaging your skin.

BEST SERUMS TO USE

When you鈥檙e in the market for a serum to accompany your micro-roller, Kerry says that聽鈥渕icro-needling works best with serums that contain ingredients such as stem cells, peptides and hyaluronic acid,鈥 she said. 鈥淭hese are the types of ingredients that will maximize the effects of micro-needling because they stimulate collagen, speed up cell turnover, lift hyperpigmentation, smooth out fine lines and firm, plump and hydrate your skin.鈥

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(Photo + YouTube video via StackedSkincare)