I Can't Really Believe It Either, But I've Permanently Removed My Under-Eye Bags

“Have you had work done?” my mum asked a little too casually during a visit late last summer. “Your lips, right? Or Botox?”

“No!” I replied, shocked—I’ve always personally thought that injectables and plastic surgery of any kind are just not for me, and she knew that. But indignity gave way to glee as I realised my newfound micro-needling habit had hit a new stage of success. I had purchased a derma-roller on Amazon a few months earlier, after getting a treatment at a dermatologist’s office and watching my might-as-well-be-tattooed dark circles and puffy under-eye bags disappear (and stay gone in the weeks that followed). I seriously doubted I would get anything approaching similar results at home, but if nothing else, pressing tiny needles into my face seemed like a pretty badass thing to try—a funny story to tell either way. I’ve never been happier to be so wrong.