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Review: Therabody’s TheraFace Pro – the at-home face massager we tested

Review: Therabody’s TheraFace Pro – the at-home face massager we tested

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If you love the massage that professional facialists do in the salon and the glow of your skin afterward, you may be interested to know that a new device promises to give you the same experience at home.

Therabody, known for its impact body massagers used by professional athletes, as well as people recovering from injuries and others who need to relieve tension, developed TheraFace PRO.

The TheraFace PRO combines massage therapy to work facial muscles and release tense areas with other accessories such as LED rings and cleansing brush rings to soothe acne, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and tighten and tone the skin. As I am now in my late 30s and starting to see fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes, this device sounded very appealing.

All the best parts of facial care in one chic device. Reduce tension and relax facial muscles with Therabody’s signature percussive massage therapy, now designed for the face.

This multitasking device doesn’t stop there – from skin-toning microcurrent to rejuvenating light therapy, you can combine and customize more facial health treatments than any other device.

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Zoe Griffin tested TheraFace PRO, enjoying the LED light accessory

The TheraFace PRO has a stand to keep it tidy on the dressing table and a bag to attach it to

Zoe Griffin tested Therabody TheraFace PRO, enjoying a variety of different supplements to target aging and breakouts, as well as facial tension

I tried it before and liked the original Therabody massage gun for shoulder pain caused by hunching over a laptop, as well as healing a skinny calf caused by running, so I was excited to see how it would feel on my face.

Before my trial, I knew I could choose between three levels of massage power, but I was excited to see how my middle-aged skin would react to the LED and other additions.

As I tested

I used Therabody TheraFace PRO two weeks, after ‘Lift and Firm’ YouTube video tutorial made by TheraBody.

This three-minute video has three steps to transform your skin, starting with a cleansing brush attachment, moving on to a red LED attachment, and ending with a futuristic-looking microcurrent tool.

TheraFace PRO at a glance

  • Two shock therapy attachments: relieve tension in the face, jaw, neck and head. Reduces minor pains in facial muscles. Mild 3 mm amplitude.
  • Microcurrent Ring: Firms and tightens the skin. Improves facial/neck muscle tone. Gentle stimulation helps firm and plump for a youthful glow.
  • LED Red Light Therapy: Helps reduce wrinkles around the eyes.
  • LED Light Ring Blue Light Therapy: Helps reduce mild to moderate acne.
  • LED Light Ring: Red + Infrared Light Therapy: Helps reduce wrinkles around the eyes. Warming temporarily reduces pain.
  • Cleaning Ring: Removes dirt, oil, residue build-up. Percussion-based cleansing improves the removal of pore-blocking debris and dead skin.
  • Price: $399
  • Shop at: Therabody website

Step One: Cleansing Ring

Therabody TheraFace PRO features a cleansing ring mode, which is a silicone brush full of knots designed to push your cleanser deeper and increase circulation

Therabody TheraFace PRO features a cleansing ring mode, which is a silicone brush full of knots designed to push your cleanser deeper and increase circulation

The cleaning ring is a silicone brush attachment, full of soft knots.

As the video suggested, I wet my face and applied a small amount of cleanser.

The instructions are to start at your chin and work your way up across your cheeks until your entire cheek is covered. Then go over the forehead and repeat the process from chin to cheek on the other side. Finish with the sides of the nose and upper lip area.

By massaging the cleanser into my face like this, it felt like an even amount was applied to my entire face rather than the usual rubbing with my fingers. I actually noticed a cleaner feeling as soon as I dried my face, especially in the forehead area which is often prone to excess oil.

Second step: LED Ring Light Red light therapy

Zoe Griffin uses Therabody TheraFace PRO on her cheek, in an upward motion towards her ear, following the Therabody YouTube tutorial.  Red light promises to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles

Zoe Griffin uses Therabody TheraFace PRO on her cheek, in an upward motion towards her ear, following the Therabody YouTube tutorial. Red light promises to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles

This was my favorite part of the treatment. I feel comfortable with the LED lights, as I have previously tried the treatment in the salon with excellent results.

As it is TheraFace PRO the device is lightweight, easy to methodically apply, and will automatically work when placed half an inch from the face. You can tell by the light that it’s in the right place, and if it’s not in the right place, then there’s no color.

At first I followed a YouTube video to make sure I was going in the right direction, but after a week I knew exactly what to do.

After two weeks I noticed a slight reduction in the lines around my eyes and I’m excited to see how that continues with a few more weeks of use.

Step Three: Microcurrent Ring:

The microcurrent attachment for Therabody TheraFace PRO is much more beautiful than you expect when you look at it

The microcurrent attachment magnetically attaches to the Therabody TheraFace device so you can easily switch between attachments

The microcurrent attachment for Therabody TheraFace PRO is much more beautiful than you expect when you look at it

Let’s be honest, this tool looks a little scary. Plus, the fact that you need to apply TheraOne Conductive Gel for it to work shows that it’s going to do something powerful.

This can either put you off out of fear or get you excited to try something that was previously unattainable in a home appliance. After a few deep breaths, I went the other way and I’m so glad I did because it was less painful than I had initially, wrongly, feared.

In fact, there is no pain when using a microcurrent attachment on a Theraface PRO. It actually feels good as you coax your skin to defy gravity. Go up and keep moving up and you’ll find things tightening in places you didn’t know it was possible to tighten. After a week of using it, my husband asked if I had a haircut, which is his code for something that looks good on you, but I don’t know what.

Verdict

The Therabody has an LED attachment that offers blue light therapy to reduce mild to moderate acne and breakouts.

The Therabody has an LED attachment that offers blue light therapy to reduce mild to moderate acne and breakouts.

For a tool that can perform eight salon-effective treatments in one device, this is good value for money. While $399 is an investment, it’s worth spending money on your face because it can help slow aging and make you like what you see in the mirror more. And if it reduces your need for salon facials, you’ll soon recoup the cost of the device.

After just three weeks, my skin is softer, looks smoother and has much more color. Even better, some crow’s feet around my eyes look less noticeable.

For more information and to purchase, visit Therabody.com



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