Are Microcurrent Facials Worth the Hype?

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When asked to pinpoint the one major benefit behind microcurrent facials, Tera Peterson, cofounder and current CEO of NuFace, an at-home microcurrent-powered device, was quick to answer. "I think microcurrent-enthusiast Jen Aniston said it best: 'It's like a little workout for the face!'"

"Think about how good your body and muscles feel after a run or Pilates—microcurrent brings all of that feel-good energy to your skin," says Peterson. Below, the need-to-know facts behind the buzzy treatment.

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How does microcurrent benefit the skin?
"Microcurrent lifts and tones facial muscles, eyebrows and the jawline, and acts as a lymphatic drainage massage by eliminating excess water and toxins while improving circulation and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles," says celebrity aesthetician Cecilia Wong, who incorporates microcurrent into many of her signature treatments.

"Microcurrent stimulates skin all the way down to the muscle for an immediate improvement in facial contouring, toning and tightening, as well as an improvement in skin radiance," adds Peterson. "Over time, the skin becomes more taut and toned, texture becomes brighter, and overall the skin is smoother and more plump," says Wong.

How does microcurrent firm the skin below the surface?
According to Peterson, our body's natural current slowly starts to break down with age, causing sagging skin, loss of contour and the appearance of wrinkles. "This boost of energy travels beyond the surface of the skin to help address signs of aging, instantly and over time," she adds. 


Is microcurrent safe for everyone?
Both Wong and Peterson agree that, generally, microcurrent is extremely safe due to its noninvasive nature. "That said, we recommend that those who are pregnant, have a pacemaker, electronic implanted device, have epilepsy/seizures or active cancer, or are under the age of 18, avoid using microcurrent," says Peterson. Another plus: you can absolutely use microcurrent while breastfeeding.

Does microcurrent affect Botox or filler?
It's somewhat of a grey area, but Wong likes to err on the side of caution. "As with any type of injection, I recommend waiting two to three weeks after fresh filler or Botox to get a microcurrent facial."

How often should we getting professional microcurrent facials?
"I personally get a professional microcurrent treatment—from my mom and microcurrent pioneer, Carol Cole—every month, and I highly recommend everyone see their aesthetician once every three to six months." Then, use your at-home device between visits to maintain results at home. "It's just like visiting your dentist throughout the year and using your toothbrush everyday."

What about at-home microcurrent devices?
For best results, Peterson recommends using a device like NuFace for five minutes a day, five days a week for the first 60 days. "After that, two to three days will help you maintain your gorgeous results."