Will the Droplette Device Revolutionize Skincare?
The droplette skincare device is an at home treatment designed to ensure your skincare products penetrate deeper. While skincare has grown in popularity over the past years, it is no secret that we as consumers do not know everything. And while we try our best to understand skin and use products that are said to be beneficial, we don’t always have the time and money to get our hands on those expensive in-office treatments.
- A good routine is important, but not always enough to achieve certain results. Lasers and other in-office treatments are used to target areas of concern that topical treatments can’t improve
- Lasers are much more effective than topicals because they are physically able to penetrate to the dermis layer of the skin; the layer of skin where most skin issues occur and therefore must be treated
- The droplette device has been created to allow deeper penetration of ingredients at home for a fraction of the cost of lasers
- While the droplette device has great features and can be beneficial to the skin, it cannot replace in-office treatments, but it’s a damn good alternative
So what’s with these treatments you hear about? Are the products I’m using in my everyday skincare routine not enough now? The answer is yes and no. While having a solid morning and evening skincare routine that is catered to your personal skin mood is crucial to maintaining your skin, it is true however that topical treatments can only do so much.
Your Skin Has Layers
Your skin has three layers. The epidermis is the most superficial layer where breakouts, whiteheads, blackheads, milia, and almost everything shows. But many skin issues occur much deeper than the epidermis. The dermis is the second layer of skin, containing nerve endings, hair follicles, and oil and sweat glands. Most common skincare issues such as acne, fine lines, and sun damage occur in this layer.
Acne occurs when a hair follicle becomes clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Because the root of the hair follicle is located in the dermis, this is where acne needs to be treated as well.
Most topical treatments don’t have the power to penetrate deeper than the epidermis due to the molecular size and weight of the molecules in the product. So those spot treatments you’re using, only help to minimize the appearance of a blemish rather than attack the breakout at its origin. This is where in-office treatments can help.
Laser Treatments and How They Help
Laser treatments are the most common form of in-office dermatology treatments. There are several issues lasers can help with; acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of collagen, and much more.
It may sound scary, but the way many lasers operate is by destroying the epidermis and simultaneously heating the dermis to stimulate collagen production to promote new skin cell growth and faster cell turnover.
Lasers have several benefits:
- Collagen production
- Healing breakouts quicker
- Preventing acne scars
- Preventing possible skin cancers due to sun exposure
While this all sounds great, the realty is, laser treatments are expensive and oftentimes not covered by insurance. A typical carbon dioxide fraxel laser treatment costs anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500 for a single treatment.
Which brings us to our next con of in-office laser treatments: upkeep. As with anything in life, but especially skincare, consistency is key. You cannot use a product once and expect immediate results overnight. Unfortunately, no skincare product has the power to do that.
The same goes for laser treatments and facials; you have to be consistent with them. One laser treatment may reduce your risk of developing skin cancer or promote collagen production by only a fraction of a percent. The only way to see results is to keep up with these treatments roughly once a month. Which can obviously become extremely expensive and time consuming.
The Droplette Device
This brings us to the droplette device. This device is catered towards the everyday individual who cannot afford or access in-office treatments but wants to get the most out of their skincare products and routine.
The device turns serums containing active ingredients such as collagen, retinol, and different acids into small droplets. The product claims to propel these droplets at such a high speed that they penetrate into the dermis layer of the skin where the real healing occurs. Its purpose is to ensure that the active ingredients are reaching their highest level of efficacy in the most efficient layer of skin.
Droplette also provides the active ingredients that you’ll be using in the droplette device. Because it’s a technological piece designed to allow only certain capsules to be inserted, you must use the capsules sold on their website rather than your own personal skincare ingredient concoctions. Currently droplette sells a 10.0% collagen, 0.15% retinol, and 8.0% glycolic acid capsule.
Droplette states that to ensure best results, use the device after cleansing your skin and patting dry with a towel. You then are able to insert the capsule ingredient of your choice and begin misting about an inch to an inch and a half away from your skin. The device mists until the capsule runs out. It’s up to the consumer to evenly cover their face with the droplette device, meaning there is no built-in timer to let you know when to move on to a different section of your face. Once you have completed misting, apply your favorite moisturizer and you’re good to go!
Droplette claims that the device doesn’t leave your skin feeling wet or damp, making it an ideal tool to incorporate into a morning or evening skincare routine after cleansing. However, because glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant, you may experience a slight burning upon application.
To begin, I think the best thing about the droplette device is the fact that it brings attention to laser treatments as a whole. Being in the age of social media, comparison is an inevitable component of our everyday thought processes. And so many of the celebrities and influencers we follow appear to have “flawless” complexions. Flawless is never the goal because it’s not real! Facetuning and smoothing filters are not realistic and healthy skin does not equal flawless skin.
It is important to recognize as well that these celebs and influencers have the money and access to these laser treatments that the average person may not. And these treatments, when done correctly, can make a huge impact in the appearance of your skin. What I love about Droplette is that they are not only bringing awareness to these laser treatments and facials, but they are also providing a more affordable and accessible alternative.
The droplette device retails for $299. The capsule refills retail for $79 for a 30-pack and $39 for a 12-pack. While $300 for a skincare tool seems steep, if you calculate the total amount you’d be paying for a year's worth of laser sessions, it is significantly cheaper.
I also love that it serves as an educational lesson that topical treatments and skincare can only do so much, and that other types of skincare treatments and procedures exist and may provide more results for your skin.
Overall, I think this device is revolutionizing at-home skincare. For years, certain treatments and even ingredients were strictly prescription, or expensive procedures that required you to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. While I think the droplette device is breaking down barriers and is definitely a great investment, at the moment nothing can fully replace in-office treatments. Certain procedures that are approved by the FDA require a licensed professional to perform.
Although the droplette device is not necessarily a stand-in for the big-time procedures and facials, it is certainly an incredible piece of technology that can elevate a skincare routine. I hope this review sheds light on not only the droplette device but skincare treatments you may have not known existed! I know what I’m adding to my Christmas list this year.
Written by Jordan Hammaren