What Is a Microcurrent Facial and How Does It Work? – NuFace Review – Women’s Health

If theres anything Ive learned from years of interviewing dermatologists, estheticians, and other skincare experts, its that prevention is more powerful than any skincare product. Just as we exercise to stay healthy and avoid disease later in life, we apply skincare to prevent environmental damage (the anti-aging benefit is a bonus!). And, if putting on sunscreen is cardio, doing microcurrent treatments is weight lifting.

Microcurrent uses low-grade electrical current to train facial muscles to look more lifted, firm, and tightened. If youre wondering if this is even legit, yes. Very. Originally introduced in medicine in the 1980s, microcurrent was first approved by the FDA as a treatment for Bells palsy and muscle paralysis. Now, its every facialists secret weapon.

Ive had microcurrent treatments done professionally before at fancy spas using expensive equipment, but latelyand out of necessity while in quarantine with the rest of the world Ive fallen back in love with doing at-home microcurrent facials with my palm-sized NuFace device. With the help of Tera Peterson, esthetician and co-founder of NuFace, I became a pro.

In fact, you shouldnt feel anything during the five to 10 minute treatment. Peterson suggests I use NuFace in the morning, after cleansing skin. To start, I apply a quarter-size amount of conducting gel around my collarbone, neck, gliding the NuFace on level five (high) in an upward motion. Each glide is five seconds, after which the device conveniently beeps as a guide for when to follow up with another glide in the next section.

I do this three times per area, continuing to glide upwards all the way up the contours of my jawline, cheeks, and above my brows toward my hairline. PS: There shouldnt be any actual tugging on your skin.

Go slow with each glide, Peterson says. Think about a bicep curl. Were delivering all of that microcurrent to this area of the face, which is in turn going to make the muscle stronger and tighter. For an extra boost, I detach the main NuFace head and use the Eye and Lip Enhancer attachment. It has two tiny prongs for delicate areas that I glide it below my lower lashes (to depuff) and to raise my brows for five second intervals (to lift).


After just five minutes of doing the microcurrent treatment, I can see a visible difference: My eyes are less puffy. My jawline is sharper and more defined. My brows are way lifted. My skin looks much firmer and brighter (or toned as my boyfriend put it when I showed him a before and after photo. See? Even his beauty-clueless self noticed!). Over on my Instagram stories, people piled my DMs when I posted before-and-afters saying they could really see a difference and wanted to know my secret, immediately.

While the product doesnt come cheap at $325, I was still enthusiastic about recommending it to people because I think of it as a major investment in my skin health. You could pay $800 for an injectable down the line...or $300 now and maybe not even have to prod your face with needles later on. As Peterson puts it, Microcurrent is all gain, without the pain.

Theres no set prescribed usage, but for results youll want to do microcurrent treatments three times a week, five minutes each time. Its all about consistency. Think of NuFace like exercise. Were working with muscle reeducation, Peterson says. Even if you say I have such a busy schedule and you stop using NuFace for a week, then start it back up, thats fine.

I kept up three times a week for a couple weeks now and already see a major difference that encourages me to keep it up, although I will admit its tempting to be lazy. Sometimes I just want to slap on SPF and be done with it. But, the awake and just-went-on-vacation-and-slept-10-hours look I get right after a treatment, and the long term benefits like stimulating collagen production, are supremely worth it.

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