Foreo Bear is a micro-current facial toning device, but what does that mean, how does it work and what can you expect when using one? I recently spoke to UK-based Dr. Anita Sturnham about the benefits and considerations of this type of dermatological treatment. With over 20 years of medical experience, Dr. Anita is known for her meticulous attention to detail and an empathetic approach. Her interests lie in natural rejuvenation techniques combined with a holistic approach to skin health. Foreo is sponsoring this post, but did not instruct neither myself, not Dr Anita on what we had to say or could not say, so you can consider these thoughts our own.
What to know about Foreo Bear and Micro-current facial devices
Can you explain what exactly BEAR is doing to my skin? How exactly does BEAR help my skin?
The Foreo Bear uses micro-current to stimulate muscle contraction and leave the skin looking lifted and toned. The microcurrent is delivered at different intensities which are selected according to your needs, combined with T sonic pulsations, which boost the skin’s circulation, aiding delivery of skin nutrients and increasing skin radiance.
Micro-current has been used in the world of dermatology for many years. Studies have shown that microcurrent can aid wound healing, stimulate fibroblasts, which are the skin’s collagen making cells and also reduce inflammation in the skin, as well as stimulating muscle contraction, all beneficial when it comes to slowing skin ageing.
Can you explain how to properly use BEAR and any considerations or areas I should NOT use it on?
I personally use this device at night time and do 2-3 minutes of treatment each day. I apply a water based serum to cleansed skin, enriched with ingredients such as Squalane and Hyaluronic acid to aid hydration. The serum also helps to conduct the microcurrent effectively into the skin.
Cleanse your skin using a gentle cream or gel based cleanser. I don’t recommend using the Bear after using a strong exfoliating cleanser, as this could increase your risk of sensitivity. After cleansing, remove any residue and ensure the skin is dry. Apply a water based serum such as Foreo SERUM SERUM SERUM to your skin, distributing it evenly across all the areas you wish to treat. Massage until fully absorbed into the skin.You can either use a pre programmed routine, through your Foreo app and follow the steps as directed. Once your routine is complete, your device will automatically switch off. You can also use your BEAR in Manual Mode by pressing the universal button to activate themicrocurrent. The lights underneath the universal button indicate the microcurrent intensity setting and you can go up or down as needed by pressing the same button once for each level. To turn off T-SonicTM pulsations, double press the universal button.
For the treatment itself, gently press both metallic spheres to your face and glide the device across your cheekbones and forehead, around your lips, and over your jawline and neck as desired. Make sure that both microcurrent spheres are touching your skin at all times. Always glide the device slowly, in an upward motion, and with light pressure for enhanced results. Once you have finished your treatment, press and hold the universal button for 3 seconds to turn off the device. I like to follow with a hydrating mist and moisturizer.
When should I begin using BEAR? Is it for younger or mature skin?
Treatments designed to support skin health and slow skin ageing can be started in your 20’s and 30’s as a preventative approach and in the later years to help to reverse signs of skin ageing, making this a suitable option to incorporate into your beauty routine. As we lose 1-2 % of our collagen stores every year from the age of 20, it makes sense to counteract these changes with treatments that support the skin structure and muscle tone.
Is BEAR safe?
The Foreo Bear can be used as part of your everyday skincare routine. Its design features ensure that you can’t ‘overdo’ things and thanks to its built-in anti-shock system, it is a pain free treatment. Some of the older microcurrent devices can be uncomfortable to use. Foreo has also outlined some steps to follow, such as ensuring that the device is not wet when in use and also that your hands are dry when using it too.
There are certain areas where the device should not be used, for example the breasts, chest, gential region, middle of the neck and also close to the eye (within the orbital rim)
As with any treatment of this nature, you should not use the device if you have angry or inflamed skin and you should also avoid using over raised moles. If you have any metal implants (dental or jaw) the device should avoid these areas too.If you have any implanted medical devices, such as a pacemaker, you should also avoid using microcurrent devices.
Will using BEAR hurt? Why not?
The BEAR has built in safety features that ensures the device can be used safely and is comfortable to use. Most people describe a slight tingling sensation when using the device, which is normal and not cause for any concern. Lowering the intensity may reduce or eliminate this sensation. As the device uses industry leading settings, the treatments are quick and effective with just 2-3 minutes required per treatment session.
What results can I expect from using BEAR; will I see immediate/noticeable results?
Microcurrent devices work in a variety of ways but the aim of them is to help to lift and tighten the skin by stimulating facial muscle contractions. Clinical studies have also shown microcurrent to be effective at stimulating collagen making cells too, so this would also aid the skin benefits of this type of treatment, resulting in smoother, less lined skin. As with any treatment designed to support skin health, a series of treatments would be expected before you would start to see significant results, although I do notice some lifting and plumping with each session.
I personally recommend using this for two minutes daily for six weeks and then move to using it once or twice a week to maintain results.
Should I use any skincare products to boost the benefits of BEAR?
To complement any rejuvenating treatment device, your daily skincare routine can be a gamechanger. Your AM serum should be antioxidant rich, to protect against free radical damage, with ingredients such as Vitamin C, Niacinamide and Panthenol. Your PM serum should be rich in ingredients that help to build and repair connective tissue, such as Granactive Retinoid and hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid and Squalane. These dream team combinations provide your skin with the 24/7 building blocks that it needs to protect the skin, repair damage and boost skin health.
Which is better for me; BEAR or BEAR Mini… does one target certain areas better? Why are there two sizes?
The BEAR mini is perfect for those new to microcurrent devices. It also works well for those smaller, more delicate contours such as the mouth, smile lines and jawline. The Foreo Bear is perfect for those looking for overall facing toning.
Thanks to Dr. Anita Sturnham for answering my questions about Foreo Bear.