Facial microcurrent devices have been used in professional treatments for years – the benefits of stimulating the skin with low-level electrical currents range from increased brightness to plumper and firmer skin. Like many other (previously) professional-only treatments, including LED and microneedling, we’ve seen the trend pick up and several brands have launched at-home devices, so you can DIY the treatment from the comfort of your own bathroom.
One thing it’s important to remember is that microcurrent devices like the Foreo Bear and Solawave need to be used with a conductive formula (typically a gel or serum) to allow the current to pass effectively to the skin. The formula must be water-based and oil-free as the current passes easily through water but is blocked by oils.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best products to use with your microcurrent device.
By BEAUTY BAY Moisture Complex + Algae Face Mask
With its thick gel texture, this mask is perfect because it doesn’t absorb too fast, so you won’t need to constantly reapply it whilst you’re using your device. Not only is water (aqua) the main ingredient, but the formula is also boosted with aloe (an ingredient which itself is 99% water).
Skin Proud Smooth Talk 2% Hyaluronic Acid Gel Serum
If your skin is prone to dryness and dehydration then a hydrating serum should already be a regular feature in your daily skincare routine. Powered by hyaluronic acid, an ingredient which has the ability to draw large amounts of moisture into the skin, this serum simultaneously rehydrates skin and provides the perfect texture and formula to use along with your microcurrent device.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask
This soothing mask is incredible for soothing skin that’s sore or sensitive, and thanks to its water-based formula and silky gel texture it also makes the perfect companion to microcurrent devices. What’s more, you can leave it on after you’ve finished your microcurrent treatment for long-term hydration.
Holika Holika Aloe Soothing Essence 80% Moist Cream
Microcurrent devices have best results when used consistently, so if you can fit it into your daily skincre routine, you’ll soon see the benefits. The easiest way to do this is after you’ve applied your moisturiser, so choose a formula like this – gel-cream textured and packed with water and aloe to conduct the current.
Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel
If you want to target your eye area (microcurrent devices are great for targeting fine lines, loose skin, and wrinkles), use this refreshing eye gel. It will effectively conduct the microcurrent while also minimising the appearance of puffiness. Perfect for morning use!