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I have been testing an at-home microcurrent device called the Myotone Facial Toning System ($279) that – much to my surprise – is a keeper. I am very enamored with its results and now beyond my official 30-day testing period, it will continue to be part of my routine, alternating with my Ultra Renew Plus with ultrasound, ionic and LED.
So why should I be surprised that Myotone is a keeper. The key reason is that I have never before found at-home microcurrent to be effective. I have tried Suzanne Somers FaceMaster and it is way too fiddly and barely effective. I have also tested the NuFace Facial Toning System and it was way too clunky and barely effective. Yes I know I sound like Goldilocks.
The thing is that I have been having salon microcurrent treatments for years and have a healthy respect for the skill of my esthetician, Ildi Pekar, as she wields those wands, taking real care about how she approaches each facial muscle. Replicating that at home is nigh impossible. FaceMaster tries to be a scaled down salon microcurrent system with the same kind of wands that need a professional touch and the NuFace’s large metallic probes are just too big to do anything with.
So when the Mytone came along, I wasn’t optimistic. The first thing to note is that although it is an all-in-one device (no wands) like the NuFace, the metal probes are small. This turns out to be a good thing as Myotone is not only easy to use, but it can be effectively be positioned and small, precise intervals.
The Mytone instructions advise starting along the jawline at the tip of the chin, hold for four seconds, then reposition further along the jawline and hold for four seconds. Then you move up, starting from the corner of the mouth towards the lobe of the ear and so on. You then repeat the whole thing four times. There are three intensity levels and I quickly found that I was perfectly comfortable on the highest setting.
The Myotone can be used on the forehead as well as the face, but not on the eyes or (per Mytonone) around the mouth. I believe that latter caution is because microcurrent devices sometimes give the user a strong metallic taste if used around the mouth, especially for someone who has had a lot of dental work. I tried the Myotone around the mouth and experienced no discomfort or unpleasant tastes or sensations and continued to flaunt the Mytone instructions for the rest of my test.
The results following a session are immediate and impressive. There is a definite plumping and firming of the skin – by far the best results I have had from an at-home microcurrent device.
Microcurrent works at the muscular level and so is a good complement to LED and ultrasound, which plump and tone the skin. Microcurrent uses a subsensory electric current that delivers a pulse to the facial muscles and stimulates them and the surrounding tissue. The theory is that microcurrent improves the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the chemical in muscles that provides energy.
One last point about microcurrent is that, like ultrasound or ionic (galvanic), it needs to be used with a water-based gel for conductivity and comfort. Myotone comes with its own Myotone Conductive Gel, a grim formula of propylene glycol, glycerin and phenoxyethanol that I used once and promptly jettisoned for my Ultra Renew Gel Serum. That aside, Myotone is a keeper.