Having previously worked with plastic and cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic injectors and dermal clinicians, I'm certainly well-versed in treatment options when it comes to invasive and surgical anti-ageing procedures. I must say, it's good to know there's options. But what if you want to avoid the knife, and you've got no patience for downtime?
Luckily, there are some less hectic options out there too. I'm majorly into skincare devices (you name it, I've tried it) so I was first to use FOREO's new Bear microcurrent device to perform an at-home microcurrent facial - a pilates workout for your face, if you will.
Firstly, What Is A Microcurrent Facial?
Used by a number of well-known celebrity facialists, including Joanna Vargas, this treatment involves using tools which emit a low-voltage electrical current into the skin (which mirror your own body's electrical currents) to promote a more lifted, refined and contoured appearance.
Sounds like total BS, I know, but hear me out. According to Elle, this technology has been approved by the FDA as a muscle stimulator since the 1980s.
"After noticing improved results in patients with atrophied, sagging facial muscles, microcurrent was then adopted as an anti-ageing tool," claims Elle's Kristina Rudolfo.
While skin therapists are likely to use a two-pronged apparatus to complete a microcurrent facial, the devices you can use at home, including FOREO's Bear, look much less scary, and you can control the intensity and function of your treatment via the FOREO app.
The concept involves moving the microcurrent device in an upwards motion across muscle bands in the face and neck to stimulate or "train" the muscles to appear more lifted. Microcurrent facials are often dubbed a non-invasive version of a face lift (and in my opinion, so are tight, slick ponytails).