Oils for Skin Needling Rollers #3: The “Immortelle” Oil

There may be several cosmetic creams and essential oils, but not all of them can be used in a specific aesthetic procedure, such as skin needling.

First of all though, what is skin needling?

Skin needling or microneedling is a skin treatment and aesthetic procedure where the tiny needles (“microneedles”) prick the skin, creating tiny punctures (yes, seriously). As the needles create micro-wounds in the skin, it stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin which help the skin to repair itself and regenerate. The skin has become taut, tightened and thickened, resulting to a smooth, radiant and younger-looking skin.

The micro-punctures also allow active ingredients to be absorbed by the skin more quickly and effecitvely, allowing vitamins and nutrients that further nourish the skin as it regenerates.

The derma roller is one of the two most popular devices used in skin needling, the other being the Dermapen. Unlike the Dermapen though, the derma roller is widely for home use. Skin needling or microneedling using the derma roller is known as “dermarolling” (or “derma rolling”).

Immortelle oil in skin needling procedure

You cannot achieve the skin that you desire by dermarolling alone. You need to use creams, essential oils, serums and other active ingredients to keep your skin moisturized, nourished and protected from possible infections. You may use some oils recommended for dermarolling such as rose hip oil, but have you heard of “immortelle oil”?

Immortelle oil is obtained and distilled from Helichrysum italicum, sometimes called in its common name as “curry plant” because of the strong smell of its leaves. Other names of the Helichrysum italicum include the Italian strawflower or immortelle.

There are 500 species of Helichrysum, but the Helichrysum italicum draws the most interest (and curiosity). Its oil is the most expensive – not just of all the oils from the other Helichrysum species, but of all essential oils!

So, what does immortelle oil do to your dermarolling regimen?

The oil has many uses, both medical and cosmetic. Here are some of them:

1. Immortelle oil helps closing skin tissue and therefore speeds up the healing of wounds and scars.

2. It multiplies the natural collagen count present in our skin cells and diminishes wrinkles and creases with a high percentage of success.

3. Immortelle oil is one of the rare essential oils that contain a chemical compound called “diketones,” which help reduce unsightly discoloration on the skin such as age spots or sun spots.

4. It does its tough job of reducing wrinkles and age spots. However, immortelle oil is also gentle. So gentle in fact, that it’s recommended for people who have super-sensitive skin, and even for children.

5. It has amazing moisturizing properties which help prevent dryness on your skin.

6. A study published in the January 2001 issue of the Flavour and Fragrance Journal, documented that Helichrysum italicum oil is exceptionally high in tissue-regenerating diketones which may help to stimulate regrowth of skin tissue.

7. In another study involving 20 volunteer subjects, a product containing Helichrysum italicum was applied every morning over four weeks. The results were amazing: A decrease in the total surface area of wrinkles by 37.8%, a decrease in the number of wrinkles by 14%, and the average depth of wrinkles dropped by 19.8%!

Even though immortelle oil is quite expensive owing to its rarity, its reported effectiveness outweighs the cost. So, are you ready to shell out for the rarest and the most expensive essential oil in the world?

Some recommended products:

  • doTERRA – Comes in a 10 mL bottle.
  • Plant Therapy Helichrysum Italicum Oil – Comes in a 2.5 mL bottle.
  • Plant Guru Helichrysum Itaicum Oil – Comes in a 5 mL bottle.