She was once so slender she was dubbed ‘Skinny Trinny’.
Now Trinny Woodall appears keen to regain her former super-slimline physique after embarking on a course of body micro-needling – using tiny nails to penetrate the skin and ‘break down fat’.
The 53-year-old beauty blogger showed off the results of her latest aesthetic experiment, telling her 300,000 Instagram followers about the bizarre practice.
Now Trinny Woodall appears keen to regain her former super-slimline physique after embarking on a course of body micro-needling – using tiny nails to penetrate the skin and ‘break down fat’
Whilst microneedling – a treatment designed to boost collagen levels, and plump-up skin – is traditionally used on the face, Miss Woodall has taken to prodding a dermaroller all over her body.
In the video she can be seen wielding the £95 Swiss Clinic device, and rolling it up and down her legs.
While a 0.2cm set of blades are usually used on the face, Miss Woodall tells fans she has plumped for a bigger model – one using 0.5cm nails.
How micro-needling works
By puncturing the surface with hundreds of tiny holes, the body stimulates a wound-healing process which, in turn, causes blood to flow to the area making it look smoother and revitalised.
As the skin repairs, the production of collagen and elastin is triggered to give an almost immediate plumping effect.
Microneedling – also known as Collagen Induction Therapy – can help tackle other skin damage such as scarring, dark marks, sun damage and ageing.
A dermaroller, meanwhile, is the titanium device rolled over the skin to create thousands of tiny contact points.
Treatment can last anything between 30 and 60 minutes.
She says: ‘Some of you might know how much I love a bit of micro needling and I always talk about doing it on my face.
‘But recently I have been doing it on my body and I’m using a really great roller, Japanese steel, looks gorgeous, and it works.
‘The needles are a little bit stronger – they’re 0.5 but you can use 0.2 on your face when you start micro needling but I use it on areas where I feel I want to firm up my skin, especially that kind-of saggy knee, and I’ll go in different directions.
‘I’ll go up and down and then I’ll go left to right. And the most important thing is that it is stimulating your collagen and then whatever serum you put on afterwards – and I’m actually putting on the Swiss Clinic’s body serum which has good fat burning ingredients in it – it will penetrate, like, 300 times more than if you just put a cream on your body. Quite miraculous and it might firm up those knees!’
In the accompanying blurb to her post, which had had around 30,000 views by last night [weds], she claims that regular sessions can aid weight loss.
She also advises viewers to sterilise the needles afterwards to prevent infection.
She adds: ‘Tip of the day – do it on your body to firm skin and break down fat.
What to dare: Some of the more unusual procedures she has previously promoted including a mask (left) and lip gel (right)
‘Remember always to sterilise your needle after use with some surgical spirit!!’
Microneedling, tipped by fashion bible Vogue to be the biggest beauty trend of 2017, is said to rejuvenate skin by causing a micro-trauma to the top layers.
Although not the most relaxing of treatments, it is nowhere near as painful as it sounds as the needles only puncture surface levels of skin.
Over the past few months the former What Not To Wear’s social media career has flourished.
For this unorthodox procedure, the blogger could be seen having a Dracula facial
The garrulous star, who was at one time a tiny size 4 but is now a more healthy size 8-10, regularly posts videos of her fashion and cosmetic tips, gaining something of a cult following amongst women over 30.
Despite plugging several brands, she is not paid by any retailers and states on her website that she does agree to ‘PR product placement.’