At FOREO we can sing about our love for our best-selling BEAR™ microcurrent device for hours. But when handed to a dermatologist, does it truly hold up to its standards? Dr. Cara McDonald gives her raw and very honest review on one of our favorite devices after putting the device to the test. Namely, Dr. Cara McDonald is a highly trained specialist dermatologist with extensive knowledge and experience in cosmetic dermatology and anti-aging treatments. With all this expertise up her sleeve, we’ll let Dr. Cara Mcdonald dive into her blog takeover!
I’ve spent the last month or so trialing the FOREO BEAR™ microcurrent device. Microcurrent devices have been used for in-clinic facials and treatments for many years but are now more readily available to use in the comfort of your own home. Microcurrent devices have become extremely popular for good reason. They are a safe and non-invasive facial therapy with no real risk or downtime. They provide immediate benefits in all skin types with absolutely no recovery time.
The way microcurrent devices work is that they pass a low-strength electrical current across the skin tissues between a positive and negative conductor on the device. The electrical stimulation has a number of apparent effects on the skin including stimulation of cellular turnover, increased collagen production, and improved tone of the facial muscles. They have been shown to promote wound healing and have several other benefits including reduced inflammation, increased circulation, and improved muscle function. Many people notice a tightening and lifted appearance due to changes in muscle tone.
FOREO BEAR™ is super user-friendly
The FOREO BEAR™ microcurrent device has a host of great features. One thing I love is that it connects via Bluetooth to an app on your phone, which guides you through various treatment protocols. This makes it super user-friendly and helps you know that you’re doing it correctly, ensuring you’ll get the most out of your device! The device also has an anti-shock system which means that the electrical current adjusts in 0.002 seconds to ensure there is no discomfort while you are using it. Another unique feature is the T-sonic™ pulsation, which adds a massage-like component to your treatment, giving added benefits such as decreased puffiness and increased circulation.
I committed to using the device every day for a month to really see the benefits. I added it into my evening routine when I brush my teeth and put on my skincare so that it seemed easy. The treatment literally only takes a few minutes, which is brilliant for me because anything more than that sometimes feels like too much to fit into my day! It actually felt like a bit of a treat rather than a chore.
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The procedure itself is very easy and can be modified and done freestyle if you don’t feel like using the app every time. The most important thing is that the skin is cleansed prior and is then nicely hydrated with a water-based serum, like the FOREO SERUM SÉRUM SERUM. Oil-based products will inhibit the flow of the current through the skin. I used the FOREO SERUM SÉRUM SERUM which is loaded with hyaluronic acid and therefore perfect for hydration and conducting the electrical current through the skin. From here, you just follow the directions and glide the device upwards and outwards addressing the neck, jawline, cheeks, and forehead.
Easy procedure for long-term benefits
Personally, I felt that there was some immediate tightening effect after using the FOREO BEAR™. I think this is the perfect device for those of us that are a little bit skin-obsessed, and keen to optimize the appearance of our skin. My motto with skin treatments is that a little bit of everything is best, but most importantly, consistency will get you the best results. This is a quick and easy procedure you can incorporate into your skincare routine which will more than likely see some cumulative, long-term benefits with ongoing use.