Microcurrent; it’s the facial workout technology that is loved by every aesthetician and beauty editor alike. Dubbed the ‘non-invasive facelift’, microcurrent encourages the production of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), which leads to the creation and stimulation of structural proteins like elastin and collagen.
When using microcurrent, skin cells break down and then grow back stronger as your muscles do after lifting weights. But like any smart skincare device, microcurrent can be daunting if you’re new to the technology.
NHS GP and Aesthetic Practitioner Dr Arora distils 5 common microcurrent myths and explains why this technology is the perfect anti-ageing solution for your skincare routine.
MYTH #1: Microcurrent is painful
Microcurrent facials are completely painless. In fact they can feel rather relaxing! The FOREO BEAR device uses a low-grade electrical current to stimulate the facial muscles, almost like a “workout” for the face.
FOREO BEAR features a patented anti-shock system, which measures skin’s resistance to electricity and adjusts microcurrent within your chosen intensity for maximum safety and comfort during the treatment. The goal is to encourage the muscles to look more defined, promote collagen production and enhance the growth of ATP (muscle energy).
MYTH #2: Microcurrent is only for older age groups
Microcurrent facials are preventative and anti-ageing, which places them well for ALL age groups. Starting in your 20s can mean that you are reaping the benefits of a full-face workout a lot earlier, enhancing the anti-ageing effect. A device like BEAR is super easy to use and is loved by all age groups!
MYTH #3: Microcurrent isn’t safe to use at home
Microcurrent devices like FOREO BEAR have been designed to be user-friendly and easily used at home. They use low-grade electrical currents and are super efficient; they are also compact and therefore easy to travel with so that you can still do your treatments on the go.
However, there are a few conditions where Microcurrent devices like the FOREO BEAR would not be suitable. These include pregnancy, active skin conditions like acne or if you have a heart condition with an implantable device. Always check with your doctor /aesthetic practitioner before purchasing if you are unsure.
MYTH #4: Microcurrent can’t be used if you have had botox
You can absolutely use the BEAR device if you have had a botox treatment. However, we always advise you to consult your doctor for specific post-treatment advice. Generally speaking, if you have had a botox or dermal filler treatment, I would usually advise you to wait 2 weeks post-treatment to use your FOREO BEAR device or to have a microcurrent facial.
MYTH #5:Microcurrent is expensive
Dr. Arora says "I would say that at-home microcurrent devices like FOREO BEAR are generally inexpensive and good value for money. You can use them frequently in the comfort of your own home to get great toning and anti-ageing results.
This savvy piece of kit hooks up to the FOREO app and cleverly guides you through your 1-3 minute microcurrent facial. There are different intensities, so you can generally build up your face “work out” over time. It is a super empowering experience, and I think it is priced fairly for the results you get!"
**Information provided by Dr. Arora in association with FOREO UK.