Micro Infuser vs. Facial Mister: Why Droplette is More than a Mist
What Your Facial Mister Is Missing
You’ve most likely spritzed your skin with a facial mist, which seems like a refreshing and effective way to deliver ingredients. News flash: The large, slow-moving particles often pool on the skin’s surface, simply making it wet. In fact, over 90% of topicals (such as creams or serums) just sit on top of your skin and don’t allow the actives to actually absorb. There are two reasons for this:
1. Large mists sit on the skin barrier
Our skin is intended to be a barrier, designed to keep things out. The surface of the skin is protected by the stratum corneum, a thick, tightly packed set of cell layers that can only be penetrated by very small molecules. Larger molecules get stuck outside because they cannot be physically pushed in.
2. Penetration enhancers can irritate skin
Before Droplette, the only way for molecules to enter the skin is through diffusion. Diffusion is a slow process (on the order of many hours) which is limited by the distance a molecule must travel. Many topicals contain penetration enhancers designed to disrupt the stratum corneum and help diffusion. However, large molecules like collagen or hyaluronic acid, or even many proteins are unable to get into skin, even with the use of penetration enhancers. Additionally, penetration enhancers are drying and irritating to your skin, and can accelerate the appearance of aging. Ultimately, the vast majority of topical skincare ends up getting sweated or wiped off. Spray-based skincare products and traditional facial misters also rely on diffusion as the primary means of getting skincare actives into your skin. That’s because those products result in the mist pooling on the surface of the skin, not actually penetrating.
Why the Micro Infuser is different from Face Misters
The Droplette system is fundamentally different than any spray or facial mister you’ve used. Originally engineered as a painless, injection-free delivery solution for a rare genetic disease, it has three parts that work together to help you maximize your skincare routine:
Micro Infuser Device:
Droplette delivers ingredients deep into your skin via enhanced mist with droplets at least 1000X smaller than average skincare sprays.
Our face serum capsules contain daily doses of skincare actives like collagen serum, retinol serum, and glycolic formulations and feature built-in chips that sync with the app.
The app allows you to customize your delivery strength and optimize delivery for specific applications like under-eye lines, hollowness, or blemish treatments.
The Mechanics Behind Microinfusion: How Does Droplette Work?
The secret to Droplette’s enhanced aerosol is two unexpected electro-mechanical parts that bring new physical forces to the table to get the actives deeper into your skin.
Also known as a piezo, this component converts fluids into aerosol, or mist, using electricity at set frequencies to create vibrations. The piezo contains a steel mesh with very small holes (about 4 microns in diameter), and when it vibrates, fluids pass through the mesh and emerge as a mist. (Think of it as shaking a sieve to sift flour).
The mist that comes out of the piezo alone is still not small enough or moving quickly enough for penetration, so we added a unique airflow pump system that does three things no other skincare delivery technologies can do:
- Reduces the size of the droplets by sucking in the mist and expelling it at high velocity, which makes them 30-50 times smaller upon impact with skin. These accelerated droplets can snake their way through the skin more easily.
- Concentrates the actives via convection that evaporates water from the droplets, but not the active molecules. The more concentrated a droplet is, the more effective diffusion will be.
- Slightly disrupts your skin to enhance molecule delivery. This temporary effect lasts microseconds and is just enough to help deliver molecules deeper into skin with no long-term damage.
Benefits of Microinfusion: An Ultra-Hydrating Experience
The good news doesn’t stop at deeper-penetrating actives. Droplette also delivers a lot more water into your skin than other skincare formulas because of the unique method of delivery. Droplette formulations are completely water-based with minimal preservative systems. In fact, our microinfusion device delivers about 50% more water than topical application—and it stays in your skin longer, too. That means active ingredients that could normally be drying or irritating can be used without any negative effects on the skin.
Facial Mister Meets Medical-Grade Technology
Need proof? We conducted a test to demonstrate Droplette’s ultra-effective hydration in action. Here’s how it went:
We administered 50 µl of distilled water to the hand region continuously for 30 seconds with Droplette vs. 100 µl of distilled water via topical administration. Both regions were blotted dry 5 seconds after administration, and hydration was assessed by visual inspection and the Corneometer CM825 device.
After 24 hours, hydration was increased 58.7% on average when water was administered by Droplette, versus only 22.8% in the control (topically administered) group. No discoloration or discomfort was reported in either group, and subjects described Droplette spray as feeling like a slightly cool mist.
It’s hard to argue with numbers like that. The way we see it, there’s no point in spending time and money on skincare that’s not going deep enough to do its job. With the game-changing Droplette system in your skincare routine, you’ll be making the most out of every single application. Need we spray more?