Despite the slightly scary sounding name, microneedling is anything but.
In fact, the reason the procedure—which has been around for decades—is currently gaining popularity in Hollywood is because of its now almost-painless appeal. Think: pamper, not puncture.
That, plus the effects are immediate and incredible.
So it's really not surprising that stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts have turned to medical aesthetician Mashell Tabe, who swears by the skin care therapy.
Tabe has perfected an hour-long treatment in which she uses a stamping pen (instead of those old-school rollers) to make more precise, nearly-invisible pokes in the skin on the face, neck and décolletage. These itty bitty pricks start up the skin's internal wound healing process, which spurs the production of collagen and elastin—basically one's BFFs in the fight against aging.
Then Tabe slathers the skin with vitamin A and C charged serums and uses an ultrasound machine to penetrate the nutrients deep into the teeny channels that the stamping pen just created.
The finish touch is quite literally an ultra-hydrating face mask.
The whole process clocks in at just under an hour and is so relaxing that naps have been known to happen on her table. So if you've been skeptical reading this—maybe flinched while reading the words "pricks" or "pokes"—fear not. There's no blood or bruising and honestly you've probably had facials with extractions more distressing.
But don't take our word for it, go on and watch Mashell work her magic in the video above.