Anti-ageing treatments and device options are never-ending. Since lockdown doesn’t seem to be either, the hunt for at-home salon treatments is growing (for me anyway). Microcurrent facials are one of the latest trends.
What Are They?
Initially, the treatment was to stimulate muscles in people with facial paralysis conditions to promote cell growth in the skin. Face-lifting side effects are the reason behind the growing popularity within the beauty industry, and Microcurrent facials have been rising ever since. Despite the name, this noninvasive procedure has immediate results and is also pain-free.
Microcurrent facials have been shown to tighten and smooth the muscles, particularly around the forehead.
Salon vs At-Home
At-home device offering is growing, which presents challenges since results will vary compared to a salon machine. Compared to a salon machine, the critical difference is current and wavelengths’ strength. Since each skin type is different, an at-home device won’t provide as much tailoring abilities as a salon device. Price is another consideration. Those reviewed on-line as better-performing comes at a higher cost. When it comes to delivery, consistency is key to microcurrent facials as its effect is cumulative, meaning they add up and stick around. Best results are from 3-5 minutes daily use for the first two weeks, followed by three times a week top-up sessions after that. Before using, you’ll also want to make sure the product you choose comes with a conductive gel or recommends one to purchase. Alternatively, aloe vera seems to be the generally accepted substitute to a conductive gel. You can then apply this before proceeding with treatment on a cleansed oil-free face. (do not clean with oil cleanser)
In terms of which to go with, then there are a few. NuFace has dominated relatively unchallenged with Trinity for years until Foreo entered the market. If you have a Foreo UFO, then you’ll be please to know that their Bear and Bear Mini device connects to the Foreo app. A more affordable alternative is the Magnitone Liftoff which I personally picked up and will share my thoughts in a separate review.
It is worth mentioning that if you have epilepsy, are diabetic, pregnant, or have heart failure (pacemaker fitted), a Microcurrent facial device is not suitable. Additionally, the microcurrent may stimulate inflammation in those suffering from chronic acne.
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