By Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Updated: Apr 10, 2019 @ 1:38 pm
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Just when you have the concept of jade rolling and dermaplaning down, another skincare buzzword pops into your radar: the microcurrent facial.

If the technique has you like, "huh?", here's the gist: The microcurrent facial uses stimulating electrical currents to smooth, tighten, and contour skin. It's what Jennifer Aniston deemed "a workout for your face."

"Microcurrent facial devices stimulate the muscles and skin," says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified New York City-based dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "This type of technique helps to bring oxygen to that area."

That boost in oxygen means increased collagen production and blood flow, as well as decreased inflammation, says Jaliman, who is also the author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist.

And now you can skip the in-office treatment and use at-home microcurrent facial tools, instead. 

At the top of the list for at-home devices is NuFACE, a company that offers a variety of at-home tools that can help improve the appearance of your skin. Want to know more? Here's everything you need to know about NuFACE, the at-home microcurrent facial. 

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What Is A Microcurrent Facial?

Here's the gist: A mircrocurrent facial is exactly what it sounds like. Tools like NuFACE rely on low-level microcurrents to stimulate facial muscles, leading to tighter skin, a more contoured jaw, and even emphasizing those gorgeous cheekbones of yours. Bonus? Using stimulating microcurrents over an extended period of time is said to help to boost collagen production. 

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Microcurrents? That Sounds Like It Hurts.

While using a tool that uses currents to help you achieve anti-aging results might sound a little scary, don't worry. There's no "zapping" included in microcurrent facials, and, in fact, the NuFACE website reports that the treatment is soothing and "most clients feel nothing at all."

However, it's not for everyone, and this is important. NuFACE says that the devices should not be used if you're pregnant, have a pacemaker, electronic implanted devices, have epilepsy/seizures, have active cancer, or are under the age of 18.

So What NuFACE Tools Are Available? 

OK, so if you're into this idea of trying out an at-home microcurrent facial, then NuFACE offers a few different options, starting with NuFACE Fix ($149), a wand-like line-smoothing device that comes with the NuFACE FIX Serum ($49). The pair are ideal for working to smooth out fine lines around the eyes, lips, and forehead.

Up next is NuFACE Trinity ($325), an ergonomically-designed facial-toning device that can be used all over the face to contour, smooth, and tone. On the other hand, the NuFACE Mini ($199) packs all of the benefits of the Trinity in a stow-and-go size. 

And if you want to give the rest of your body a bit of TLC, then you'll want to also check out NuBODY ($399), a skin-toning device that is intended for toning and firming the rest of your skin. Users have even reported a decreased appearance of cellulite

How Do I Use Them? 

There are a variety of video tutorials available on the NuFACE website to help guide your experience, but the rules for getting started are the same no matter the device you are using. Start by cleansing the skin and applying the gel primer, then apply the device to targeted areas. If you are using a facial-toning tool, then you'll want to target your cheekbones, jawline, forehead, and around the mouth; the body tool will call for the upper arms, abs, buttocks, and thighs.

But like with any beauty treatment, if you have any hesitations, you should always check with your doctor first to see if it's right for you.

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