Would You Get a Workout Machine for Your Face?

By now, you probably already know about microcurrent facials. On the most basic level, they’re founded on the belief that small zaps of electrical currents to your skin can rejuvenate, tone, and plump—Botox without the needles, in other words. Sound too good to be true? It might be. Many dermatologists say the results are nowhere near as noticeable as other procedures (namely, fillers).

But before you go back to booking your next derm appointment, allow us to introduce you to the concept of at-home microcurrent devices. Currently, there are a few that already exist, one of the most popular ones being the NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device ($325). To use it, you apply a primer over areas you want to target to ensure proper conductivity, then glide the device all over your face. The belief is that doing this will lift and tone your face muscles, increase circulation, and help products penetrate deeper—advocates say that they can see results after just a few minutes.

Recently, skincare brand StriVectin got into the microcurrent game, too, releasing its very first facial device, the Facial Toner ($199). Why is this a game-changer? According to the company, this hands-free device goes beyond stimulating blood flow and actually directly targets your facial nerves and muscles. (Also, it kind of looks like a Walkman, which appeals to our nostalgic side.) As someone who’s used an at-home microcurrent device (NuSkin’s Galvanic Spa II ($399), specifically) and seen noticeably brighter, more even skin, I have to admit that I’m pretty excited to see more companies making at-home devices like these available. Are these the next Clarisonic? Will wearing these in public ever become socially acceptable? (Hopefully not.) I’d like to open this up to discussion—have any of you ever had a microcurrent facial or used a microcurrent device at home? Tell me about your experiences below!