In 2013, Kim Kardashian made headlines after posting aselfie of her bloodied face, hash-tagged with the formerly unknown term Vampire Facial. Fast forward six years, and the procedure also known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) microneedling has become a popular cure-all to even skin tone, lessen the appearance of wrinkles, shrink pores and rejuvenate dull skin. The extreme facial achieves these effects by combining the healing properties of blood plasma, with the benefits of microneedling, a harsher version of microdermabrasion that uses thin needles to puncture the skin and stimulate collagen growth.
I decided to give PRP microneedling a shot in order to fade dark spots on my cheeks, an unfortunate leftover of teenage years spent picking at blemishes. At 24-years-old, Im not worried about wrinkles but the prospect of plumper, glowing skin certainly appealed to me. Though I did my fair share of research before booking my appointment, a series of late night Googling sessions failed to prepare me for the reality of the procedure. A few things had become clear as I left the facial with a fully numb face: microneedling is akin to getting your face tattooed minus the ink. Downtime is indeed required and results dont reveal themselves for about five days.
For context, the only skincare treatments Id previously tried were soothing and needle-free. I headed to BodyFactory Skin Care under the foolish impression that any redness would disappear within 24 hours (a misinformed metric I read online) and that I would wake up with the skin of a supermodel. When my aesthetician asked how well I tolerate needles before applying numbing cream to my entire face, I knew this experience was going to be far more intense than my cheery, naive self thought when deciding to try it (Im going to look amazing, I texted a friend earlier that day). Read on for what to expect from the procedure.
It goes without saying that anyone scared of needles should not try this out. The aesthetician drew my blood (you are dehydrated, she correctly informed me) and placed the vial in a centrifuge for about 10 minutes to separate my plasma, the liquid gold, from my blood cells. As the plasma soup was concocted, she disinfected my skin with antibacterial liquid and what smelled like rubbing alcohol, followed by liberal application of numbing cream. The centrifuge beeped and I was ready.
A major lesson: plasma is translucent orange, not red. (With this in mind, Im unsure how Kim Kardashian achieved such a horrific photo during her vampire facial.) My aesthetician transferred the liquid into three syringes and switched on the microneedling pen, which buzzes and operates essentially like a tattoo machine. While letting the plasma drip onto my face, she ran the pen over my forehead to start. Thanks to the numbing cream, the only area that hurt was along the hairline it felt like coarse sandpaper being rubbed into the skin. She continued onto my cheeks, upper lip, chin and nose for what felt like about 15 minutes.
After completing the microneedling, the aesthetician smoothed the remaining plasma onto my face and instructed me to leave the bodily serum on until the end of the day a caveat I was not expecting. She gave me a mirror and I inspected my red, pin-pricked face. It looked like I had a bad sunburn and felt like it too. The plasma had dried to a seal (it works its magic by settling into the tiny holes made by microneedling), making my face look and feel flaky and tight. It stung and felt slightly itchy. I wasnt crazy about the prospect of riding the very public subway home but Ill do anything for a good story.
Before; Immediately After; That Night
Dont expect to hit the town the night of your treatment. The procedure requires at least a two days of downtime, depending on how self-conscious you are. I worked from home for the rest of the day and, after washing the plasma off my face with water as instructed, promptly went to bed. Things you cant do after microneedling: use any acids, retinols or exfoliators on the treated area for the next four to five days, expose yourself to direct sunlight (you must wear sunscreen outside for the next week), go swimming or exercise for 24 hours. Though its permitted to wear makeup the day after the procedure, I reluctantly decided to go bare until my redness subsided. Youre allowed to return to your regular skincare routine after one week before then, stick with gentle moisturizers and cleansers and avoid products with active ingredients such as medicated anti-acne creams.
Day Two; Day Three
When I woke up the next morning, I bounded to the mirror expecting to see a rejuvenated face. Alas, my skin was still red, albeit less than the night before. It also felt dry and tight, a normal reaction. I washed my face with La Roche-Posay Toleraine Cleanser, moisturized with rosehip oil and plenty of sunscreen before popping on a pair of oversized shades and heading out. That evening, I noticed patches of flaking skin on my cheeks and chin. The aesthetician had warned me about shedding, a natural byproduct of the skins healing process. It took everything in me to refrain from picking at the amphibian-like patches.
On the morning of day three, the redness has significantly subsided. My jawline, upper lip and chin had returned to a fairly normal shade overnight, but my cheeks and forehead were still rosy. However, I was still peeling more so than the night before. My cheeks, forehead, nose and chin were all rough with flakes. I imagined fresh, dewy skin underneath begging to emerge from the scaly shell of my face.
Day Four; Day Five
By day four, my cheeks were mostly smooth but peeling had progressed to my jaw. My nose and forehead, especially the area between my eyebrows, continued to flake. Despite the peeling process, I was beginning to see results after moisturizing, my skin did look smoother and more even-toned. All redness had subsided save for natural looking rosiness on the apples of my cheeks.
On day five, I had slightly dry skin but no more noticeable peeling. Results were continuing to show: my makeup-free skin looked dewy even under the fluorescent lighting of my office. On day six, I felt confident enough to eschew makeup again despite my initial hesitation to forego foundation immediately following the procedure.
PRP microneedling is the definition of tough love skincare. You literally wound the skin, causing your face to shed, hoping that any pain endured will be worth it. Was it effective? In short, yes. My skin had definitely improved in texture, tone and radiance by day five. I imagine initial results would be even more dramatic for someone with serious skin concerns.
Despite dermatologist recommendations to undergo multiple PRP microneedling sessions to reap its full benefits, I wouldnt book the procedure again. The downtime was a major drawback for someone as busy as me. Kim K even said she would pass on another vampire facial in a now-deleted post on her website the reality star wrote, It was honestly the most painful thing ever! Its the one treatment that Ill never do again. That being said, I would recommend the procedure to anyone looking to remedy major discoloration (such as acne scarring) or a dull complexion.
If you are looking to go under the needle, head to BodyFactory Skin Care to book your appointment.
Continue reading here:
I Tried the Kim Kardashian Vampire Facial Here's What Happened - HYPEBAE
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse - The World of Darkness Video Game No One is Talking About - CBR - Comic Book Resources - July 6th, 2020
- The Vampire Diaries Season 9: Release Date, Cast, Plot And All Updates Here - World Top Trend - July 6th, 2020
- NikkieTutorials says she was nearly in the 'The Vampire Diaries' - Girlfriend - July 6th, 2020
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer Quiz: Who Said It - Buffy Or Willow? - WhatCulture - July 6th, 2020
- Vampire Diaries Season 9: Release Date, Expected Storyline, Cast And Other Information - Auto Freak - July 5th, 2020
- A Discovery of Witches Season 2: Love story of witch Diana and vampire ... - Next Alerts - July 5th, 2020
- Dungeons And Dragons: 10 Most Powerful Undead, Ranked | TheGamer - TheGamer - July 5th, 2020
- 10 Things That Happened In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 That You Completely Forgot About - Screen Rant - July 5th, 2020
- Magic: The Gathering - What to Know About Innistrad's Mighty Vampires - CBR - Comic Book Resources - July 4th, 2020
- The Witcher: 10 Unanswered Questions We Still Have About Higher Vampires - TheGamer - July 4th, 2020
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Everything The Show Changed From The 1992 Movie - Screen Rant - July 4th, 2020
- 3 things to watch: Binge the entirety of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Stan - News Lagoon - News Lagoon - July 4th, 2020
- Angel: How Doyle Was Supposed To Return (& Why He Didn't) - Screen Rant - July 4th, 2020
- Harvey Guilln on with Waititi and Hamill - Exclusive - Looper - July 2nd, 2020
- A 'vampire fish' is spawning in Vermont's waters. Experts say most of them are nothing to worry about - KCTV Kansas City - July 1st, 2020
- NikkieTutorials Reveals She Was Almost Cast In 'The Vampire Diaries'! - Just Jared Jr. - July 1st, 2020
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer: 5 Ways The Show Changed (& 5 Ways It Stayed The Same) - Screen Rant - July 1st, 2020
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Why "Earshot" Was Pulled By The Network - Screen Rant - July 1st, 2020
- New Netflix Show Being Compared To Buffy The Vampire Slayer - We Got This Covered - July 1st, 2020
- What We Do In The Shadows: 5 Differences (& 5 Similarities) Between The Movie & The Show - Screen Rant - July 1st, 2020
- Inside Helen Flanagans 5th birthday party for daughter Matilda with vampire wedding cake, custom crown and - The Sun - July 1st, 2020
- Bleed Them Dry #1: Has the Whole World Gone Blind? - Comic Watch - July 1st, 2020
- Castlevania Season 3, Episode 8 recap: What the Night Brings - Show Snob - July 1st, 2020
- 'What We Do in the Shadows': Revisit Season 2s Funniest Moments - TVInsider - July 1st, 2020
- Breaking News - FX Networks' Critically Acclaimed Comedies, "Archer" and "What We Do in the Shadows," Coming to San Diego... - July 1st, 2020
- Seraph of the End Volume 19 Review - But Why Tho? A Geek Community - July 1st, 2020
- Books to Read This Summer - Charleston City Paper - July 1st, 2020
- V wars Season 2: Chances Of Revival And Current Scenario Of Release - The Digital Wise - July 1st, 2020
- Twilight Saga: Every Movie Ranked From Worst To Best - Screen Rant - July 1st, 2020
- New Twilight Book Adds a Missing Scene That's Always Driven the Author Crazy - MovieWeb - July 1st, 2020
- Vampire myths originated with a real blood disorder - The Conversation CA - June 24th, 2020
- The Vampire Diaries Season 9: Fans speculate another season is in the making, after the fina ... - Next Alerts - June 24th, 2020
- Meet the real life vampire who drinks blood and says she's 600-years-old - Daily Star - June 24th, 2020
- When The Vampire diaries creator Julie Plec said she discussed killing Damon instead of Stefan in the end - PINKVILLA - June 24th, 2020
- NOS4A2: The Meaning Behind the Shows Name - Den of Geek UK - June 24th, 2020
- Deadliest Warrior: 10 Best Fights On The Show, Ranked - Screen Rant - June 24th, 2020
- Anti-graffiti Coatings And Films Market 2020 Analysis and Precise Outlook -: Johnson Window Films, Integument Technologies, Vampire Optical Coatings,... - June 24th, 2020
- Robert Pattinson Totally Roasted Twilight In The DVD Commentary - Screen Rant - June 24th, 2020
- How THE LOST BOYS Created the Teen Vampire Genre - Nerdist - June 23rd, 2020
- The Vampire Diaries Season 9: Release Date, Plot, Cast And And Every Details! - Auto Freak - June 23rd, 2020
- When 38 year old Ian Somerhalder played the role of a 25 year old Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries - PINKVILLA - June 23rd, 2020
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 5 Times We Felt Bad For Angel (& 5 Times We Hated Him) - Screen Rant - June 23rd, 2020
- Bleed Them Dry: Ninja Vampire Tale Out On Wednesday - 10 Page Preview - Bleeding Cool News - June 23rd, 2020
- Blood soaked vampire series: Strike the Blood- Season 4 - Andover Leader - June 23rd, 2020
- Top 10 Fantasy & Supernatural Shows Based On Books, Ranked (According To IMDb) - Screen Rant - June 23rd, 2020
- A Discovery of Witches Season 2: Will Diana and Mathew get married? - Headlines of Today - June 23rd, 2020
- The Vampire Diaries Season 9 Release Date, Updates, Plot,Cast and news - Next Alerts - June 20th, 2020
- Bon Iver, GRiZ, Beach House, Vampire Weekend & Hundreds Of Other Artists Sign Open Letter To Save Independent Venues - Magnetic Magazine - June 20th, 2020
- A Discovery of Witches Season 2: Every News You Should Know: Half Witches, Vampires And A Long Adventure I ... - Pop Culture Times - June 20th, 2020
- Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise's Co-Star Felt 'Really Awkward' Replacing This Actor After His Death - Showbiz Cheat Sheet - June 20th, 2020
- Buffy and bucket hats: why 1997 has taken over fashion - The Guardian - June 18th, 2020
- What We Do In The Shadows boss lifts lid on cliffhanger finale and teases celebrity cameos in season 3 - The Irish Sun - June 18th, 2020
- The Vampire Diaries: 5 Things About Vampires It Got Right (& 5 Things It Got Wrong) - Screen Rant - June 17th, 2020
- Stay Home, Watch Horror: 5 Unconventional Vampire Movies to Stream this Week - Bloody Disgusting - June 17th, 2020
- The Vampire Diaries: 5 Times It Proved To Be The Best Teenage Vampire Saga (& 5 Times It Fell Short) - Screen Rant - June 17th, 2020
- The Vampire Diaries: 10 Outfits That Show How Katherine's Style Changed - Screen Rant - June 17th, 2020
- 9 Scenes From "The Twilight Saga" That Are Genuinely Terrifying And 8 That Are Unintentionally Hilarious - BuzzFeed - June 17th, 2020
- Skyrim: 5 Ways Vampire Is The Best (& 5 Werewolf Is Better) - TheGamer - June 17th, 2020
- The Horror Collective Set Sails With Justin Dix's Vampire Creature-Feature BLOOD VESSEL This July On VOD + On Demand - The Fan Carpet - June 17th, 2020
- What We Do In the Shadows season 2 review: You won't regret sinking your teeth into this bloody good caper - Firstpost - June 17th, 2020
- When will The Vampire Diaries Season 9 be published? Who will be the Cast at Season 9? - News Lagoon - June 17th, 2020
- Exclusive Clip: Horror-Comedy VAMPIRE DAD in Theaters & VOD June 16th - Dread Central - June 17th, 2020
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Every Main Character Who Almost Died Sooner - Screen Rant - June 17th, 2020
- 19 in development PlayStation 5 games not announced at the PS5 event - TechGeek - June 17th, 2020
- Never Say You Can't Survive: Don't Be Afraid to Go on Lots of First Dates With Story Ideas - tor.com - June 17th, 2020
- Vampires Never Left: A History of Vampires in Young Adult Fiction - tor.com - June 12th, 2020
- When The Vampire Diaries creator Julie Plec revealed the Salvatore brothers almost had a different last name - PINKVILLA - June 12th, 2020
- When The Vampire Diaries Paul Wesley revealed he wanted Stefan and Damon to die and find peace together - PINKVILLA - June 12th, 2020
- NOS4A2 Viewing Guide: What You Need to Know Going into Season 2 - Anglophenia - June 12th, 2020
- Dracula: When Will Season 2 Release On Netflix? - NationEditions - June 12th, 2020
- 16 Feel Good Fictional Books To Read - The Nerd Daily - June 12th, 2020
- Legacies Season 3 Netflix Scheduled Release Date, Spoilers And Other Updates. How Many Episodes Are There ... - The Global Coverage - June 12th, 2020
- What We Do in the Shadows: The Vampiric Council Explained - Den of Geek UK - June 11th, 2020
- The upcoming vampire RPG launching later this year on PS5 and Xbox Series X along with Xbox One, PS4, and PC. - Finance Rewind - June 11th, 2020
- Here's How You Can Get A Shout-Out From Members Of The Vampire Diaries Cast - Spin1038 - June 11th, 2020
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Every Failed Spin-off (& Why They Didn't Happen) - Screen Rant - June 11th, 2020
- Hops and Box Office Flops: 'VAMPIRE'S KISS - Caged Uncaged' - Revenge of The Fans - June 11th, 2020
- This Week in Comedy Podcasts: A Couples Therapy Revolution - Vulture - June 11th, 2020
- What We Do In The Shadows Season 2 Finale Recap: Noveau Thtre des Vampires - The Workprint - June 11th, 2020
- 'What We Do In The Shadows' Might Be The Funniest Show On TV - UPROXX - June 11th, 2020
Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero