I’m turning 30 this year, which for me, means I’ve graduated from preventing pimples to fighting fine lines and wrinkles. In the process, I’ve added a whole arsenal of products and anti-aging devices to my beauty routine. This isn’t always travel-friendly however. Especially since I’ve strived for so long to pack fewer toiletries. That’s why my approach now is still to pack less, but pack better and bring products and tools that really make a difference. Enter the microcurrent facial at home.

Are microcurrent devices worth it?

Microcurrent devices are relatively new to the beauty scene. They use little electric currents to contract your facial muscles to lift and tone your face. Consider it the futuristic version of the ancient Chinese Gua Sha tool. Many dermatologists and facialists have used them in professional settings. The at-home variety, like most things in the industry, came from a desire to get pro results without the price tag and hassle of regular spa appointments. Because I travel so much, I also love anti-aging devices I can take with me to keep up my routines. And, during the pandemic when most things were closed, having these devices at home was awesome. 

Microcurrent devices are all about consistency. This face-firming device is literally a workout for your face, so just like an exercise routine, you will see results over time, but nothing is permanent. If you slack off, it’ll show. For that reason, having an easy-to-use, compact, and effective microcurrent device is the key to getting a more lifted and defined face.

The claims for microcurrent devices include: 

  • Stimulates the recovery of damaged tissue
  • Re-educate the muscles
  • Improve muscle tone and contour in the face/neck
  • Temporarily improve local circulation
  • Aid in lymphatic drainage
  • Enhance product penetration
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Firm and tighten skin
While this may be true with consistent and prolonged use, we’re only human, and I skip days all the time, so consider this my warning that these devices can *help* but it all depends on how committed you are.

Microcurrent devices comparison

The BEAR mini by FOREO Sweden

The NuFACE Mini

How much is the BEAR mini vs the NuFACE Mini?

How big are the BEAR mini and NuFACE Mini devices?

What's the battery life for the BEAR mini vs NuFACE Mini?

The BEAR mini has a 1 Lithium Polymer battery that can be charged in 1.5 hours and last for 90 minutes of use. It’s recharged with a USB charger.

The NuFACE device has 1 Lithium Ion battery and requires a 12-hour charge and lasts 280 minutes.  The device is charged with a proprietary cable.

I love that both devices hold a charge for quite a bit of time. Not only is this just one less thing to think about, but when travelling for a week-long trip for example, I can charge it up and bring it with me without the cable. However, once I do need to charge the device, the BEAR mini is the winner for me. I have other FOREO devices, so being able to share the same cable across my facial brush, toothbrush, and the BEAR mini is such a space saver. Also, when visiting foreign countries, being able to plug it into a USB port rather than fumble with International adapters is a huge bonus.

microcurrent serum

NuFACE Primer vs Foreo Serum Serum Serum

BEAR mini vs NuFACE Mini, which one was easiest to use ?

foreo app

Which one gave better results?

Final call