Has Therabody just created the ultimate facial treatment device?

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Photo credit: Therabody
Photo credit: Therabody

It’s clear to see the world of beauty-focused gadgets is booming: ask any skincare fanatic, and they’ll tell you enthusiastically about the benefits of LED light therapy, microcurrent, or microneedling.

If we were interested in at-home skin treatments before, the arrival of the first lockdown pushed demand into overdrive, as the shuttering of clinics – combined with, for many, a lot of extra time at home – led us to invest in skin tech that promised a similar outcome to our favourite professional treatments.

With demand comes options and, of course, innovation. There are now plenty of buzzy devices out there to satisfy your every beauty demand – but one new arrival is set to really take things up a notch.

Therabody is a brand you’ve likely heard of before: perhaps you already own one of its industry-leading massage therapy guns (another category that boomed exponentially during lockdown). Now, the brand has announced the launch of Theraface Pro: the world’s first muscle-therapy device for the face.

The satisfyingly ergonomic device is slick and simplistic by design, but offers a remarkable range of treatments, which you can switch between with very little effort thanks to the magnetic attachments.

First, the muscle therapy. The Theraface Pro uses the same ‘percussive therapy’ technology as the body-focused Theragun, precisely tailored to treat tension headaches, jawline knots and the dull ache that comes after a night of teeth-clenching. With three different shaped silicone heads and three intensities (the highest of which is indeed jaw-rattling), you can truly personalise your treatment to suit every whim, from light relaxation to sculpting lymphatic drainage.

So far so impressive, but it’s the range of additional protocols that tip this skin-tech newcomer into sell-out territory. The Theraface Pro also comes with an LED light-therapy ring, which can be used alone or in conjunction with the percussive massage. The red and near-infrared settings work to boost collagen production, while the blue kills the bacteria that contribute to acne, bringing breakouts down in a flash.

The softer-than-most silicone cleansing brush feels particularly welcome after a long day in the city, but perhaps most impressive is the inclusion of a brilliantly thought-out microcurrent head, which works to train the muscles beneath the skin, leading to facial contours that sit visibly higher and tighter. The two spherical probes send a low electrical current through the muscles of the face, training them to tone up both instantly and cumulatively. The probes themselves are perfectly spaced to lift cheekbones and jawlines, while the lightweight device makes it easy to run across your face with ease.

And that's not all: for those who want to take their at-home treatments into serious spa-standard realms, there’s a duo of heat and cryotherapy attachments that can be purchased separately.

If you're looking to invest seriously in your skin health – or perhaps you can't choose between the brightening potential of LED and the sculpting powers of microcurrent – this may well be the do-it-all tool to indulge in.

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