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Review: Therabody’s TheraFace Pro – an at-home massage device for the face that we put to the test

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If you love the massage that professional facialists do in the salon and the dewy skin after-glow, you may be interested to hear a new device promises to give you the same experience at home.

Therabody, famous for their percussive body massage devices used by professional sportspeople as well as people recovering from injury and others needing to release tension, have developed the TheraFace PRO.

The TheraFace PRO combines massage therapy to work out facial muscles and release tense areas with other attachments such as LED rings and cleansing brush rings to calm acne, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and tighten and tone skin. As I’m now in my late 30s and I’m starting to see fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes, this device sounded very appealing.

All the best parts of a facial in one chic gadget. Reduce tension and relax facial muscles with Therabody’s signature percussive massage therapy, now designed for the face.

This multi-tasking 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 out the TheraFace PRO, enjoying the LED light attachment

The TheraFace PRO has a stand to keep it neat on the dressing table and a bag to secure attachments

Zoe Griffin tested out the Therabody TheraFace PRO, enjoying a variety of different attachments to target aging and breakouts as well as facial tension

I have previously tried and loved the original Therabody massage gun for shoulder pain caused by being hunched over a laptop as well as to heal a niggly calf caused by running, so I was excited to see how it would feel on my face.

Ahead of my trial, I knew there were three levels of massage strength to choose from but I was excited to see how my midlife skin would respond to the LED and other attachments.

How I tested

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

This three-minute video has three steps to follow to transform skin, starting with the cleansing brush attachment, moving onto the red LED attachment and finishing with the futuristic-looking micro-current tool.

TheraFace PRO at a glance

  • Two percussive therapy attachments: relieves tension in face, jaw, neck, and head. Reduces minor facial muscle pain. Gentle 3 mm of amplitude.
  • Microcurrent ring: Firms and tightens skin. Improves muscle tone in face / neck. Gentle stimulation helps firm and plump for 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 reduces pain.
  • Cleansing Ring: Removes build up of dirt, oil, debris. Percussive-based cleansing enhances removal of pore-blocking debris and dead skin.
  • Cost: $ 399
  • Shop at: Therabody website

Step One: Cleansing Ring

The Therabody TheraFace PRO has a cleansing ring mode, which is a silicon brush full of nodes designed to push your cleanser in deeper and boost circulation

The Therabody TheraFace PRO has a cleansing ring mode, which is a silicon brush full of nodes designed to push your cleanser in deeper and boost circulation

The cleansing ring is a silicon brush attachment, full of soft nodes.

As the video suggested, I wet my face and applied a small amount of cleanser.

The instructions are to start at your chin and move up across your cheek until the whole of your cheek is covered. Then move across the forehead and repeat the chin to cheek process on the other side. Finish with the sides of the nose and upper lip area.

By massaging the cleanser into my face like this, it felt like an even amount was applied across my entire face rather than my usual rub in with my fingers application. I actually noticed a cleaner feeling as soon as I dried my face, especially in my forehead area that’s often prone to excess oil.

Step Two: LED Ring Light Red Light Therapy

Zoe Griffin uses the Therabody TheraFace PRO on her cheek, in upwards motions towards the ear, following the Therabody YouTube tutorial.  The red light promises to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles

Zoe Griffin uses the Therabody TheraFace PRO on her cheek, in upwards motions towards the ear, following the Therabody YouTube tutorial. The 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, having tried the treatment in-salon previously with great results.

As the TheraFace PRO device is lightweight, it’s easy to apply methodically and will automatically work when it’s placed half an inch from the face. You can tell it’s in the right place by the light and if it’s not in the correct place then there is no color.

At the start, I followed the YouTube video to make sure I was moving it in the right direction but after a week I knew exactly what to do myself.

After two weeks, I did notice a slight reduction in the lines around my eyes and I’m excited to see how this continues with a couple of week’s more usage.

Step Three: Microcurrent Ring:

The microcurrent attachment for the Therabody TheraFace PRO feels a lot nicer than you expect from looking at it

The microcurrent attachment magnetically attaches to the Therabody TheraFace device so you can easily switch between attachments

The microcurrent attachment for the Therabody TheraFace PRO feels a lot nicer than you expect from looking at it

Let’s face it, this tool looks slightly scary. Plus, the fact that you need to apply the TheraOne conductive gel for it to work shows that it’s going to do something powerful.

This can either put you off because of fear or make you excited to try something previously unattainable in an at-home device. After a few deep breaths, I took the latter path and I’m very glad I did as it was less painful than I initially, incorrectly, feared.

In fact, there’s zero pain when you use the microcurrent attachment on a Theraface PRO. It actually feels pleasant as you coax your skin into defying gravity. Lift upwards, and keep moving upwards and you’ll find things tightening in places you didn’t know it was possible for them to tighten. After a week’s use, my husband asked if I’d had a hair cut, which is his code for something looks good on you but I don’t know what.

The Verdict

The Therabody has an LED attachment that offers blue light therapy to reduce mild to moderate acne and to blast zits

The Therabody has an LED attachment that offers blue light therapy to reduce mild to moderate acne and to blast zits

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

After just three weeks, my skin feels softer, looks smoother, and has a lot more color. Even better, is that some of the crow’s feet around my eyes look less noticeable.

For more information and to shop, visit Therabody.com

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