I was very happy to learn I was chosen to try and review the Trophy Labelle Ultrasonic Spatula ($149 in the shop). I am a male in his very early 30s with both sensitive and oily skin type: a very tricky combination, a sort of oxymoron, so to speak, since the products that are commonly suggested for the oil proneness don’t help the sensitivity and the other way around. I am particularly careful with my skin and like to try products, but I usually get quite disappointed when it comes to scrubbers or exfoliators, which tend to feel very satisfying in the short term, but end up worsening my sensitivity in the long run. I have been using faithfully the device for more than six weeks now, and not a bit of disappointment is even threatening to emerge.
The Trophy Labelle Ultrasonic Spatula is a cleansing device and an infuser that helps products penetrate. It is quite handy and definitely manly in shape and colors (so it doesn’t look odd in a guy’s bathroom) and comes in a cozy box containing also a travel case, the charging cable and the instruction booklet – a 3-minute read that adds very little to what you might already gather intuitively. What I have found helpful was to watch some demo videos posted by real people using the device in front of a camera. That will give you the initial idea of the process, after which you need to get ready to do the dirty job by yourself.
To start my journey with the scrubber, I decided I was going to have fun with it, so I found a quiet moment during my day where I could easily fit in the procedure, which is eventually pretty fast, but will initially imply some learning curve before you find the best way to glide and slide the probe on your skin. The guys will discover the motion around their features to be not so different from the ones we’re already used to when shaving.
For practical reasons and to help my skin recover, I decided the best moment to use it was at night, during my washing routine. Since I moved to New York from Europe three years ago, I have acquired the habit to double clean my skin at the end of the day. Therefore, I use the Labelle in between cleansing, being careful to have my skin always wet when I’m using it. This is important: the scrubber works best if it’s used against the grain of skin and therefore there has to be the least friction possible; hence your skin needs to be always wet. As it will slowly dry you’ll find that you can still work with brief strokes on the more problematic areas, but you’ll have to eventually add water again if you have a large area of your skin to still cover.
As I was trying to get familiar with the additional step in my routine, I was scrubbing lightly every day for the first 10 days and moved to every other night after that. Once your pores get progressively cleaner and your most problematic areas settle, you will find you need little maintenance and enjoy the extra flush of increased circulation – which subsides very quickly – and enhanced penetration of whatever you apply afterwards. Due to my sensitivity I can afford to shave only every other day, so I use the scrubber the night before the day I’m going to shave and find that my shaves have become incredibly smoother and closer with no sight of ingrown hair.
In terms of the ‘infusion’ function, I have to confess I have not used it much to help with serum and/or cream penetration other than around the eye area, first thing in the morning, to help with drainage of any puffiness. You’ll be amazed at how fast that works. You don’t necessarily want to switch to the dedicated mode, the sonic mode of the scrubbing being as effective – and more pleasant, I found, as the infusion mode to achieve your results. What you have to do, instead, is turn the probe the other way and follow the direction of the grain of the skin with gentle and slow strokes.
Overall I have to say I am very pleased with the results this product is providing in the long run; texture, brightness, smoothness are definitely improved. I can control the pressure I apply to the skin and have as much exfoliation as I desire without triggering my skin’s reactivity and reaching every area and angle of my skin, neck and eye contours included.
The only flaw I could detect is related to its charging autonomy: there is no way to know the status of the battery once it’s charged and, depending on how long you have been using it, you might find yourself in the middle of a session with the battery dying. Not a big deal, it charges very fast, but still a piece to improve.
Thank you Truth In Aging.