Aging can be super scary, and unfortunately, a lot of people go to the wrong places to try and reverse the signs of their time on earth. Here I review an alternative to needles and scalpels, the NuFace microcurrent device.
If you aren’t familiar, microcurrent devices are like a boot camp for your face muscles, unlike Botox which literally freezes them in place. It sends waves of current through your skin similar to the current already present in our body to wake up collagen and elastin production. The treatment doesn’t hurt at all and does not leave your face red or burning and it’s something you can do for five minutes a day or more. The catch is, you have to keep up with it, they recommend five times a week for the first 60 days and then you can start ramping down, but honestly, with the results I’ve had, I will use it each and every single day for the rest of my life.
Every morning after washing my face with a non-oil based exfoliator (oil will block the microcurrent!), I apply my eye cream and the NuFace Booster Copper Complex. Then I use my NuFace for five minutes and follow up with the rest of my routine. The NuFace has honestly shocked me with how well it works, I am only 31 years old but I have started to get a few lines on my forehead and smile lines that were bothering me. I’ve been using the NuFace for over a month now and I know that with continued use I can push the hands of time, the lines that have been taunting me are almost completely smoothed out. I’ve also noticed that my cheekbones have been more defined and my skin tone is glowing!
The NuFace also helps with product absorption, so using your favorite serums before a session will amplify them that much more. One caveat is that you need to use a conductive gel while using the NuFace to help the device glide on your skin and to allow the microcurrent to reach your skin. The gel primer that comes with the device has to be rinsed off which doesn’t work if you want to layer your serums underneath. They do have a hydrating leave-on gel primer but it burned a little on my face. I started using an aloe vera gel with vitamin C which does not need to be rinsed off and allows me to layer my serum underneath.
Adding this simple step to your day can really reverse many signs of aging and make your skin glow. I tried the device on my mother when she was in town and it did wonders for her mature skin in just three days. It does take commitment and a well-rounded beauty routine to get the best results along with continued use. The results were enough to convince me to use it daily so that I don’t have to meet men on my back like Blanche here.
Have you tried a microcurrent device facial? Do you think it’s worth the time, money and effort?
The key to working what you already got is hydration. Shocking right? The key to that youthful glow will always be hydration and preventing dehydration of your skin and lips. Drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, don’t consume too much salt or alcohol. But there are also topical ways to keep lips plump and youthful.
Fresh Sugar Lip Line
I am obsessed with the lemon tart scent of Fresh’s Sugar lip line, they have an array of products that are absolutely worth the money with the way they make your lips look and feel. My all-time favorite is the Lip Treatment with SPF 15 in the color Nude. It has the perfect nude color to get you through the day. The Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy is meant to be layered under a balm, it feels a little dry on its own. I’ve been using it after I brush my teeth morning and night, then follow it up with the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment in the morning and the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish at night. The serum has really made a difference in how smooth my lips are. If balms aren’t your jam then they also have the Fresh Sugar Cream Lip Treatment that comes in a tube. To me, it has the same smell and consistency as the balms. If you like dipping your finger into a pot, the Fresh Sugar Caramel Hydrating Balm is a dream. There is a Fresh Sugar lip treatment for everyone!
Lip Masks & Exfoliants
These gel collagen lip masks are a nice pampering treat. I’m not too sure if they work, but they look cool and claim to seal in hydration and give a dose of collagen to your lip area. Fresh also has a Sugar Lip Polish that works great as a lip mask and exfoliant duo. As stated before I like to apply it over the Fresh Lip Serum right before bed, no need to rinse. If you wake up with flaky skin in the morning you exfoliate, and it shouldn’t be any different for your lips! You may have heard to take a basic toothbrush to exfoliate your lips, but I think they are too harsh for the delicate skin around your lips. I like to take these simple little silicone scrubbers and gently rub them over my lips after I apply my face oil to wipe away any dead skin. The stimulation also plumps and pinks!
DIY Lip Plumper
Many store-bought lip plumpers are too sticky and make very lofty claims for the price they are selling for. With a few ingredients, you can make one at home and customize for your needs, everything has to be edible since it’s going on your lips. Just grab an empty lip balm pot and follow along.
- Honey is antibacterial and hydrating, it will also give this balm some consistency. Manuka Honey specifically is said to be a godsend for beauty and hydration though I have not tried it before. Any honey should do.
- Vegetable glycerin is a great humectant and will make sure the balm lasts
- Ground cinnamon will act as a bit of an exfoliant while also irritating your lips enough to plump and get all nice and rosy. Do not cinnamon oil since this can be too irritating.
- Peppermint oil is optional and can be used in small amounts as a breath freshener. The oil will also act as an irritant to plump your lips.
- Olive oil for moisture
- Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel or Rose Water for mixing and consistency
- Vitamin E is very nourishing and also acts as a preservative.
The following instructions are for a lip scrub and treatment. I like to put it on in the bath and let it sit while I soak. This is a little runnier and will set a bit on your lips once you stop scrubbing. You can adjust this recipe to fit your needs, for example, less ground cinnamon will not be as harsh of an exfoliant. Or more honey and less oils/rose water will be more of a balm.
- Put equal parts ground cinnamon, olive oil and rose water or witch hazel in the bottom 1/4 of the pot. Add the optional peppermint essential oil here, but use very little! Mix with a fork.
- Fill half the pot with honey so you are at 3/4 of the way up. Mix well.
- Top it off with a few drops of vitamin e and vegetable glycerin. Mix a little then put the cap on and shake well before each use.
How do you keep your pout perfect? Any life-changing products I’ve missed?
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