When skincare devices hit the scene at home, we knew only a little about the benefits of microcurrent facials. However, the Foreo Bear microcurrent facial device was an instant success. I will review my thoughts on the device in this post.
What is microcurrent technology?
For hundreds of years, the use of microcurrent technology has been evident. In 1748 Swiss professor Jean Jallabert used a series of electric shocks to regenerate muscles in the paralyzed arm of a locksmith. The at-home devices use a low-voltage electrical current to contour and lift the skin and muscles by stimulating the 69 muscles in your face and neck. Estheticians discovered the benefits when used as a workout for your muscles which aids the definition of areas such as the cheekbones, eyebrows and even firm sagging skin. If that isn’t enough, microcurrent facials can also reduce the signs of ageing and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The silicone-wrapped Foreo Bear device with indicator lights of levels 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest intensity of the electrical current. You can double-press the activation button to initiate the accompanying T-Sonic pulsations. The device automatically switches off at the end of its 3-minute cycle. However, an extended power button press can also end the treatment session earlier.
One of the most significant features of the Foreo Bear is its Anti-Shock System. It is the only device in the world with this integrated technology that adjusts the microcurrent to perfectly match your skin’s conductivity for maximum safety with optimal results. The Foreo-developed technology adjusts the treatment according to your skin’s conductivity levels using sensors to measure the skin’s resistance to electricity at a rate of 100x per second and accurately control it. Bear also delivers current faster than its competitor devices so that your treatment sessions are quicker. The speed of use also makes it easier to integrate it into your daily routine.
How To Use
It would be best to start with a freshly cleansed face, as with all at-home treatments. The primary reason for a ‘clean’ look is to be free of oils that naturally build up throughout the day. For the device to work, you will require a conductive layer. This layer also assists in the ease of using the device throughout the treatment period.
Foreo recommends its brand waster-based serum, which is packed full of hyaluronic acid, antioxidant powder and squalane to plump the skin giving it a more youthful look. The serum quickly absorbs into the skin, so apply it in sections or a thick layer.
The device runs on a three-minute cycle which you can extend if required. You can use the Bear alone or with the Foreo app, which guides you to ensure you get the most out of your treatment.
Frequency of use
To see the full and long-term results, you must maintain daily treatment sessions over some time (ideally 30-60 days).
I treat my Foreo Bear treatments like a workout session for my facial muscles. I use a combination of both with and without the app. Generally, I use the app in the evenings when I have more treatment time and then in the mornings when I want to wake up my muscles and depuff my face. If I only use this once daily, the most value is in the morning as it also depuffs. The Foreo Bear is the most comfortable microcurrent device I have used. I don’t even notice any of the immitted currents. It took me only a short time to build intensity to the highest level, mainly because of the comfortability of use. The comfort could be more noticeable with the Foreo Bear mainly because of the in-built Anti-shock system. This system uses real-time sensors to measure your skin’s resistance to electricity. The feature would interest you if you found alternative microcurrent devices uncomfortable or painful.
I will do a follow-up detailed comparison review with the Magnitone lift-off device soon.
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