A new trend emerging from Europe is beauty products that claim to function like a microcurrent treatment. RoC  has brought out something called ROC-E-Pulse Sublime Energy and Estee Lauder has come up with the Power Correcting Patch. I have microcurrent sessions every month with my esthetician and so was curious to find out how an electronic charge could be captured in a cream or patch.  So I bought a pack of Estee Lauder’s Perfectionist Power Correcting Patches ($100). Suffice it to say that the only charge I got was to my credit card.

Estee Lauder’s patches fit under the eye and down across the cheek. The idea is to leave them on for 20 minutes and then remove and throw away. They adhere so well that I was able to move around and go about my business - I even feared it might hurt to peel them off. But they came away painlessly and revealed surprisingly smooth skin. There was, however, absolutely no sensation of the microcurrent.

Estee Lauder says that its “highly targeted eye patches dramatically reduce the look of eye lines and wrinkles in just 20 minutes. Powered by a gentle micro-current of energy, they give the eye area an incredibly smoother, years-younger look.”

So what is it about these patches that justifies Estee Lauder’s claim of a “micro-current of energy"? Well, the second most dominant ingredient in the Perfectionist Power Correcting Patch is polyacrylate-4.  You won’t be reassured to know that this a very common addition to nail polish. However, for Estee Lauder’s purposes, acrylate polymers also possess an anionic charge.

Estee Lauder recommends donning a patch in preparation for a big night out. A quick fix is about all you’ll get as there is not much else in these patches other than acetyl hexapeptide 3 (also known as Argireline), the neuropeptide that temporarily inhibits the formation of expression lines.

There are eight sets in every $100 Power Correcting Patch, making them an expensive and pretty lame gimmick aimed at customers that Estee Lauder must be betting just aren’t all that switched on.

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Water, polyacrylate-4. Glycerin, potassium choride, acetyl hexapeptide 3, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol