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I love trying new modalities when visiting my esthetician.
Even if you’re unable to get in for a facial as regularly as you’d like, here’s something that might make you feel better: most of your skin health can be maintained at home using high-quality products consistently.
Still, even the best skincare products can’t do much to tone deep facial muscles to prevent common signs of aging, such as sagging brows or loose skin around the jawline (commonly referred to as ‘jowls’). That’s where the concept of microcurrent devices comes into play.
These devices use low-voltage electrical current to stimulate the muscles and promote the regeneration of collagen and elastin – all of which decline over time and lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin. The electrical current gives your muscles a quick workout, much like if you went to the gym for strength training.
My first experience with a NuFACE Microcurrent device was during a routine facial. I was unsure what to expect, but I found it simple – all that was needed was a conducting gel and the device itself. There was no pain or discomfort, but I could feel slight tingling anywhere the NuFACE got close and didn’t have the conducting gel.
After the session, I saw a subtle but visible difference in my face. My skin felt tighter, my eyebrows slightly lifted, and my cheekbones were more defined than when I came in.
Of course, one session doesn’t make a dramatic difference, and it’s a tool that needs to be used consistently.
A Workout For Your Face
Results from using a NuFACE Microcurrent device aren’t permanent. Just like you need to consistently strength train your body to keep or build muscle definition, your facial muscles react the same way when exposed to microcurrent therapy.
Because I wanted to continue building on my results at home, I looked into different microcurrent devices to see how to incorporate them into my at-home skincare routine. NuFACE had the best reviews, and since it was what was used in my esthetician’s treatment room, I decided to splurge.
There’s a mini version of the device and a full-size one with or without attachments. I opted for the full-size device because it had the best reviews. Some Mini users left reviews about the device not lasting as long as they wanted, so in the end, I bought the full-size Trinity Starter Kit ($350), which was a better move. The kit comes with the NuFACE Microcurrent device, a charging cradle, and the Silk Cream Activator ($50). For easier application, I also purchased the Clean Sweep Applicator Brush ($20).
Even if you haven’t experienced the NuFACE Microcurrent in a professional setting, the kit comes with detailed instructions on what to do and what not to do. There’s also a guiding chirp that the device emits as you glide it across your skin so you get a feel for how to roll it and when to stop.
You can use the device anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on what goal you want to achieve. Applying the conductive gel took longer than using the device itself. Getting everything set up and ready before you start is a good idea so you spend less time on the preparation process.
Post-Microcurrent Skincare Routine
After using the NuFACE Microcurrent Trinity as suggested, I leave the Aqua Gel on my skin and massage it, then apply some extra serums and boosters before my moisturizer. I’m investing more time and money into Peptides, so I wanted to try out the NuFACE Super Peptide Booster Serum ($65) to use with the microcurrent routine.
I like the silk texture of the peptide serum and the Aqua Gel – both absorb nicely into the skin without leaving any sticky residue. To finish my routine, I seal everything in with SkinCeuticals’ Triple Lipid Restore ($150), which is worth every penny.
After using the device for a few weeks, it has become a regular part of my weekly routine. I have noticed a change in the overall appearance of my skin – it feels firmer, and my eyes look a bit wider after a treatment. I had no deep wrinkles or sagging skin, so I wasn’t expecting anything dramatic to happen. I plan to stick with it consistently, using it more for maintenance – just like you would facial yoga – to keep muscles stimulated.
Am I glad I paid $$$ for the kit? Yes! Aside from the confidence boost, I like the tool's other benefits: boosting circulation, which keeps skin cells healthy and feels good to release tight muscles after spending the day clenching my jaw.
I’d absolutely recommend giving it a go. Grab yours here.