Why I Quit Using My Derma-Roller
Updated: Apr 9
There’s a reason I’ve not been using this thing, and I feel compelled to tell you why.
It's not because it's painful. It's not because it doesn't work. If I've said it once, I've said it 1,000 times. This crazy tool is the shiz. It's the bomb-diggity.
So why did I quit using it? Just one word.
As much as I LOVE my skincare products, and this tool, and as much as I preach CONSISTENCY to my girls and to my customers, I’ve fallen down on the job. I’ve gotten lazy, and my skin has suffered.
Just like working out, or eating healthy, if you fall off the wagon, you will notice a difference in how you look, feel, and how you present yourself in the world.
And when that difference starts to stare you in the face, and impacts your confidence, you realize that it just takes a few small steps each day - being consistent - to get back into a routine that will get that confidence right back up where it needs to be.
This little tool, with it’s 200 high-precision micro-exfoliating tips (well, little tiny needles, to be honest), is the bomb. It might sound like a scary, torture device, but I promise -- it's not. The tips look like little whiskers (can you say 2pm shadow?), and feel like a cat's tongue when you gently tap it with your finger.
And it actually feels really good to roll that bad-boy across your face.
It's really super cool and extremely effective. I've been using it for 1 minute as part of my nightly routine for the past few nights, and it's already improved the tone, texture and firmness of my skin. In just a few days.
And by the end of the day, I feel like I don't look as tired and worn out. I feel like my skin looks younger. And that makes me feel more confident.
Here’s the thing. I’m not upset about aging.
When I was in my 20s, I was carefree, in college, and I thought 30 was OLD.
When I was in my 30s, I was married with small kids, and I thought 40 was OVER THE HILL.
When I was in my 40s, I was a stay-at-home mom coordinating carpools, driving to kid's activities, and I thought 50 was REALLY old, and not very fun.
When I turned 50, I had been through breast cancer, and it made me re-evaluate a lot of things. I was so FREAKIN' happy to still be here to see my oldest daughter graduate from high school, and it was then that my priorities in life shifted.
I realized my best years were ahead.
I embraced my experiences, and embraced my passion to learn new things.
I wanted to live my life with PURPOSE,
I wanted to spend time on the things that were IMPORTANT,
I definitely saw the value of sharing my story, and not letting my journey go to waste.
I’m 54 years old now. I’m happy to be growing older, because the alternative is not so fun.
I’m grateful and blessed for each day and recognize what a beautiful gift it is.
I know I have a lot more living to do, and a lot more lives to change along the way.
I’m also ok with the fact that I’ll never look like I’m 25 again. But I also realize I have a choice in how that plays out. I think it's important to take the steps that empower us to feel confident, whether that's eating right, taking care of your skin, working out, and using your gifts and talents to help others.
I will never judge anyone who wants to let nature take its course, and just let the aging process happen naturally. We are all beautiful creatures of God, and it's totally a personal decision on how we decide to take care of ourselves.
But I also totally understand the value of wanting to take control of the process to ensure we look and feel our best, even as we get older.
I truly believe when you look and feel your best, you believe more in yourself, and in your ability to go after big dreams. And when that happens, you become unstoppable in the quest to truly live a life full of meaning and purpose.
In 2007, I was a busy stay-at-home mom who barely took time to take care of herself.
In 2008, I went through breast cancer, chemo, lost my hair and lashes.
In 2012, I was introduced to a product line that would not only change my skin, give me gorgeous lashes even better than before chemo, but would eventually become a vehicle that would change my life, the lives of many others, and would enable me to fulfill my purpose.
The picture below in 2012 was the day I got my Rodan + Fields business kit, which included all of my products. I was encouraged to take my "before" picture so I could compare my results as I started using the products. I honestly didn't think my skin looked that bad -- I was just thrilled I didn't have an active pimple on my face.
As I started using the products, and experiencing amazing results like never before, I quickly realized I wasn't expecting enough from the products I had been using in the past. Not only does my skin look much better as I've aged, my life is more full, I've made amazing life-long friends who are always there to cheer me on, and my confidence has soared through the roof.
If you'd like to learn more about the crazy-good products I am so passionate about, and the business behind this brand that has given me the freedom and flexibility to live out my purpose, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been" -- David Bowie.