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Review: Therabody's TheraFace Pro - an at-home massager for the face we put to the test

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If you love in-salon massage from professional facials and hydrated post-shine skin, you might be interested in hearing about a new device that promises to give you the same experience at home.

Famous for its percussion body massage devices used by professional athletes as well as those recovering from injury and those who need to lower blood pressure, Therabody has developed TheraFace PRO.

TheraFace PRO combines massage therapy to work facial muscles and release tense areas with other attachments 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. Now that I’m in my 30s and I’m starting to see fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes, this device sounded very appealing.

The best parts of the face in one stylish device. Release tension and relax facial muscles with Therabody’s signature percussion 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 by enjoying the LED light plugin

TheraFace PRO has a stand to keep it neat on the dressing table and a bag for fixing the attachments.

Zoe Griffin tested Therabody TheraFace PRO and enjoyed a variety of different attachments that target aging and acne as well as facial tension.

I’ve tried and loved the original Therabody massage gun for shoulder pain from hunching over a laptop before, as well as for curing a stingy calf from running, so I was excited to see how it would feel on my face.

Before I tried it, I knew there were three levels of massage power to choose from, but I was excited to see how my midlife skin would respond to the LED and other add-ons.

How I tested

I used Therabody TheraFace PRO for two weeks, watching the ‘Lift and Firm’ YouTube tutorial by TheraBody.

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

TheraFace PRO at a glance

  • Two percussion therapy devices: relieve tension on the face, chin, neck and head. Reduces minor facial muscle pain. Gentle 3mm 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 relieves pain.
  • Cleaning Ring: Cleans accumulated dirt, oil and debris. Percussion-based cleaning enhances the removal of pore-clogging debris and dead skin.
  • Cost: $399
  • Shop: Therabody website

Step One: Cleaning Ring

Therabody TheraFace PRO features a cleaning ring mode, a silicone brush filled with knots designed to push your cleanser deeper and boost circulation.

Therabody TheraFace PRO features a cleaning ring mode, a silicone brush filled with knots designed to push your cleanser deeper and boost circulation.

The cleaning ring is a silicone brush attachment filled with soft knots.

I wet my face as the video suggests and apply a small amount of cleanser.

The directions are to start at your chin and move up your cheek until it covers your entire cheek. Then move across the forehead and repeat the chin-to-cheek process on the other side. Finish with the sides of the nose and the 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 my usual finger application. As soon as I dried my face, I noticed a cleaner feeling, especially on my forehead, which is usually prone to excess oil.

Second Step: LED Ring Light Red Light Therapy

Zoe Griffin uses Therabody TheraFace PRO on her cheek in upward-to-ear movements, 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 upward-to-ear movements, 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 LED lights as I have tried the salon treatment before with great results.

The TheraFace PRO device is lightweight, easy to apply methodically and automatically works when placed half an inch from the face. You can tell from the light that it is in the right place, and if it is not in the right place, it has no color.

Initially I followed the YouTube video to make sure I was moving in the right direction but a week later 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 this continues with a few weeks of use.

Third Step: Micro Current Ring:

Therabody TheraFace PRO's microcurrent plug-in feels much nicer than you might expect when you look at it.

Microcurrent attachment magnetically attaches to Therabody TheraFace so you can easily switch between attachments

Therabody TheraFace PRO’s microcurrent plug-in feels much nicer than you might expect when you look at it.

Let’s face it, this tool looks a little scary. Also, the fact that you have to apply TheraOne conductive gel for it to work suggests this will do something powerful.

This can put you off for fear or get you excited to try something that was previously inaccessible on a home device. After a few deep breaths, I chose the second route and I’m so glad I did as it was less painful than I feared at first.

In fact, there is no pain when you use the microcurrent plug-in in Theraface PRO. It actually feels nice while convincing your skin to defy gravity. Lift it up and keep moving upwards and you’ll find things tightening in places you didn’t know were possible to tighten. After a week of use, my husband asked me if I had a haircut, which is code for something that suits you but I don’t know what.

Decision

Therabody has an LED plug-in that delivers blue light therapy to reduce mild to moderate acne and make them pop.

Therabody has an LED plug-in that delivers blue light therapy to reduce mild to moderate acne and make them pop.

For a device that can do eight effective salon treatments in one device, this is good value for money. While $399 is an investment, it’s well worth the money to spend on your face as it can help slow down aging and make you love what you see in the mirror even more. And if it reduces your need for in-salon facials, you’ll soon be paying for the device.

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

For more information and shopping visit Therabody.com.

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