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Even as a self-proclaimed skincare obsessive, I know that all the powerful retinol serums and fancy creams in the world can’t quite stop natural skin aging, especially when it comes to sagging. Ingredient-focused topicals can be helpful when it comes to treating the signs of premature skin aging, but I’m looking for skincare that goes deeper than the skin’s surface – without having to go under the skin. scalpel to get them.
Microcurrent devices had been on my curiosity radar for a few years. The idea behind these tools is that they use low level electrical impulses to stimulate facial muscles to achieve a number of skin benefits, in particular firming and toning effects. Now that these devices have left the exclusive domain of medi-spas and landed on the shelves of mainstream retailers, I’ve managed to get my hands on one in particular: the Bear, which is made by Foreo, a brand of Swedish beauty determined to bring this clinically effective technology right into your home. (The Bear’s is also available with a significant Black Friday discount of 30% off until December 2.)
Foreo’s Bear is classified as a medical device by the FDA and, like its competitors, uses a range of 10 different electrical pulse intensities that trigger muscle movements and help exercise the underlying areas of the face that are partly responsible for maintaining skin. more prominent facial contours. Although there are no studies that support the company’s claim that bear can help improve elasticity and collagen production over time, there are studies that show that the micro-currents can reduce the appearance of fine lines.
The Bear combines its micro-currents with sonic massage, a transdermal technology found in all Foreo products that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
If you’re wondering if I think this device actually achieved all that in the two months I’ve been using it, the short answer is yes.
Immediately after my first two and a half minute full face session, I saw my cheeks appear more plump and pronounced and the contour line that ran under my cheeks to my jawline was more defined. Whether this is a permanent or more temporary change remains to be seen, but the company claims that with consistent use, the muscles are trained to maintain this appearance.
As for long-term results, I noticed a softening of some of my most stubborn fine lines, like the eleven between my eyebrows and the marionette lines around my mouth.
Other reviewers say they have seen similar results with one person saying that “after three weeks of use I see improvement in my neck and forehead, especially all eleven. My jawline also appears more sculpted. The short processing times make it easy to fit into my morning routine. The bear exceeded my expectations.
To use the bear, I simply sync it to the Foreo app on my phone (a completely painless process, I assure you), choose the intensity I want, and choose from a library of short guided facial workouts that target a variety of muscles. , such as the forehead or along the jawline. This is probably one of my favorite aspects of The Bear, as it ensures that you exercise every part of your face evenly and don’t go over the recommended time limit.
I then generously apply the hydrating conductive serum to my face, an essential step because the gel helps transfer microcurrents into the skin while avoiding any uncomfortable static electricity feeling when using the device. Finally, following the instructional video, I glide the Hypoallergenic Spheres along my skin in an upward motion, a process that takes some getting used to as you can feel and see your muscles contracting uncontrollably as the pulses electricity reach under the skin.
If the idea of electricity being applied to your skin is scary, know that Foreo has an anti-shock system that uses smart sensors to scan and measure your skin’s resistance to electricity and keep it level. optimal for your skin. I will also add that by making sure to keep both spheres on your skin at the same time, you will avoid feeling a “hit” of electricity on your skin.
All in all, if you have the cash to spend and are concerned about loss of facial volume, elasticity, and fine lines, I think it’s worth going back and splurging on. , especially since from today until December 2, you can snag the Bear for 30% off it’s regular price.
You can also continue below to find two other sonic skincare gadgets from Foreo that are currently on sale, each promising clinical and effective results.
The UFO 2 5-in-1 Facial Device (50% off)
The Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device (32% off)