There’s no denying that new-gen skincare technology is having a moment right now. No longer are we having to schedule in appointments with our facialists, derms and aestheticians to sculpt our way to a plumped-up complexion. Instead, there are a number of small, pocket-sized tools that seem to be delivering demonstrable results from the comfort of our homes. Enter the (not so humble) microcurrent device.
Beloved by swathes of celebrities including Millie Mackintosh and Kim Kardashian, a quick Google search reveals an abundance of impressive before and after results from micro current face devices. Consider us intrigued.
So, what exactly is a microcurrent facial device, and how does it work? In a bid to get to grips with skincare’s buzziest beauty buy, Grazia got some time in with Ridah Syed, Senior Medical Aesthetician at Skinfluencer London, to find out everything we need to know. Plus, we’ve rounded up our edit of the best at-home microcurrent devices to shop how:
How do microcurrent devices work?
'A microcurrent device usually has two electrodes which deliver tiny currents of very low-voltage electricity (similar to the natural electrical currents that already exist in the body) to the face,' explains Ridah. 'The idea behind these devices is that the microcurrents will stimulate the skin and muscles to offer a lifting and firming boost to the area of the face where the device is being used.'
What skin types benefit most from using a microcurrent device?
While there's evidence to suggest that microcurrent devices can improve the appearance of skin - thing plumping and firming effects - Ridah explains that it's important to be realistic about results.
'You can always incorporate them into your skincare routine as a way to maintain healthy skin - they'll also help to prolong the effects of in-clinic treatments. However, it's still important to note that the benefits of microcurrent devices are temporary.' Got an event you want to look fresh for? A good microcurrent device has the potential to deliver.
How should you use a microcurrent device?
Good news, using a microcurrent device is pretty fool-proof. Simply press the tool against the area of the face you'd like to sculpt and glide it upwards in gentle, sweeping movement. The microcurrent will do the rest. Always read the instructions carefully.
Is a microcurrent device painful?
While a microcurrent device delivers deep muscle-toning, it's non-invasive and not painful. It's no wonder that it's being touted as an excellent alternative to the sharp sting of a Botox needle. Expect a bit of a prickle at most.
How often should I use a microcurrent device?
'At home devices have to be used consistently to see any substantial results,' warns Ridah. 'Indeed, one of the most well-known manufacturers of such devices recommends using their devices for five minutes per day, at least five days a week, for the first 60 days before you notice any real result.'
Consistency, then, is key. As is patience.
What treatment is good to use with a microcurrent facial device?
'It's always a good idea to combine microcurrent devices with serums,' advises Ridah. 'I especially love to use hyaluronic acid, an ingredient which rehydrates the skin. It also provides plenty of glide and stops your microcurrent device from tugging on your skin.'
Can you use microcurrent devices around the eye area?
'Sometimes these devices have attachments that you can use around your eye area,' explains Ridah. 'Combining these devices and their specific eye area attachments with a refreshing medical-grade eye product in the morning - something like the iS Clinical’s Youth eye complex, £90 is a great idea.' That said, if your microcurrent facial device makes no mention of the eye area and comes with no tailored attachments, err on the side of caution and avoid going anywhere near that delicate area of skin around your eyes.
Is there anything to be mindful of when it comes to microcurrent devices?
One downside? Microcurrent tools can be an expensive option.
'I would always recommend that if you do want to invest in your skin, then it's helpful to schedule in a consultation with a skincare expert at an acclaimed clinic. They can devise a skincare routine tailored to you and advise you on the exact tools and products that can work with your skin type,' says Ridah.
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