For me, there’s nothing more luxurious than a facial. On the rare occasion that I treat myself to an appointment, I enjoy every second of the facialist enveloping me in a cloud of steam as she gently massages in expensive products and uses fancy tools to make me look moisturized, glowy, and rejuvenated. The problem? Those 60 minutes of relaxing bliss often come with a hefty price tag, and your girl is on a budget where she can’t be dropping $200 on facials as often as she’d like.
Right now, my at-home morning skincare routine consists of taking a hot shower to open my pores, followed by a deep cleanse (read more about that here!), and then a generous application of several lotions and potions. While this does help me start the day looking well-rested and dewy, I don’t have access to those magical, professional-grade tools that really make all the difference during a facial.
Scratch that: I didn’t have access to those tools at home—until now.
When I first heard about the FOREO BEAR, I was intrigued by this little skincare gadget that offered big results. As I read more, my intrigue turned into a bit of an obsession—I had to try it. Why, do you ask? Because this small-but-mighty device delivers spa-like results at home by using microcurrent and T-Sonic pulsations that tighten and firm your skin and give you a youthful, contoured complexion.
So how exactly does the BEAR work and what are its benefits? And is it really worth the investment? Keep reading for the answers to those questions—plus, check out my before and after photos from using this game-changing skincare tool.
What is the FOREO BEAR?
Besides hoping to look fresh-faced and well-rested on a daily basis (not trying to scare anyone with my dark circles during my morning coffee run), my biggest goal with my current skincare routine is preventing fine lines and reducing wrinkles over time. Sure, anti-aging moisturizers and serums are important, but I was seeking something even more high-tech to ensure results. Well, the FOREO BEAR helps with exactly that.
The BEAR is designed to reduce the signs of aging by combining microcurrent technology with T-Sonic massage to safely and effectively train, tone, and firm the 65+ muscles in your face and neck.
The BEAR is designed to reduce the signs of aging by combining microcurrent technology with T-Sonic massage to safely and effectively train, tone, and firm the 65+ muscles in your face and neck. By utilizing the BEAR for about three minutes per day as part of their normal skincare regimen, users can get a spa-grade facial treatment at home and improve their facial contour, reduce sagging, and combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How do you use it?
Perhaps the best part about the FOREO BEAR is how easy it is to use and that it delivers results in such a short amount of time. After I unboxed the device, I downloaded the FOREO app to learn more about the product and how to get started. I highly recommend using the app because it walks you through registering your BEAR, personalizing the device’s settings, and using the tool to get the best treatment possible.
Perhaps the best part about the FOREO BEAR is how easy it is to use and that it delivers results in such a short amount of time.
After applying FOREO’s SERUM SÉRUM SERUM—they recommend using their lightweight formula with the BEAR, but you can substitute your favorite serum, too—I used the app to select my first BEAR treatment, the “Total Facial Knockout.” From here, the app controls your device’s microcurrent intensity and walks you through the treatment step by step, with videos on where to hold the gadget on your face and neck and how to correctly execute the moves.
On FOREO’s site, they advertise the BEAR with the cute slogan “Feels Like Face Yoga,” and that’s a perfect way to describe the experience of using this device. As you use light pressure to glide the BEAR up your neck, across your jawline and cheek contours, and on your forehead up toward your hairline, you’re quite literally sculpting your face. It not only feels relaxing, but the pulsing massage from the microcurrent spheres also gives your skin a boost of energy that instantly leaves your face looking smooth, radiant, and lifted.
What are the benefits?
After only a few weeks of using the FOREO BEAR, I can already see some positive changes—and, most importantly, I can feel them. Not only do my neck and face feel more firmed and toned, but the device additionally keeps my skin looking bright, hydrated, and glowy because the BEAR’s spheres help all of my skincare products absorb into my skin.
After only a few weeks of using the FOREO BEAR, I can already see some positive changes—and, most importantly, I can feel them.
The most noticeable change I’ve seen so far is that my eyebrows and crow’s-feet area both look lifted and my jawline looks slightly more defined. The improvements are subtle, but I know that continuing to use the BEAR each day will compound my results—and that’s the beauty of this skincare process and investment. I have yet to notice a significant change in my neck after a few weeks of use, but I can already picture my future self thanking me for taking this preventative step to avoid the inevitable sagging that comes with age in this area (if I come across this article again in 2042, you’re so welcome, 50-year-old Julia!).
Below are a few more of the FOREO BEAR’s skincare benefits:
- An instant facelift: The BEAR’s microcurrent massage mirrors your skin’s natural electrical currents on a cellular level to tone facial muscles and tighten the skin over time.
- A more youthful look: The BEAR’s pulsations stimulate the skin’s circulation, help eliminate toxins, and ease facial tension, resulting in a smoother and softer complexion.
- Recharged and radiant skin: When used with FOREO’s SERUM SÉRUM SERUM, the BEAR renews, hydrates, and replenishes your face and neck and helps all of your skincare products better absorb into the skin.
- A personalized experience: The FOREO app allows you to customize your BEAR regimen as you use it. You can also easily change the device’s intensity and choose from different facial treatments and workouts to maintain a naturally lifted look over time.
To learn more about the benefits of using microcurrent treatments as part of your skincare regimen, watch the video below featuring Dr. Nina Bal, a cosmetic dental surgeon and facial aesthetic physician.
Is it worth the investment?
So how does the BEAR compare to those $200 professional facials I mentioned at the beginning of this article, you ask? The BEAR is definitely an at-home skincare investment priced at $299, but it’s an investment I highly recommend making for several reasons.
First, the BEAR is a one-time purchase (unlike getting regular facials), comes with a two-year warranty, and doesn’t require you to buy any replacement or add-on parts. The device is made to last and can be used up to 90 times between USB charges, making it one less thing you have to worry about recharging. Plus, its compact size and included storage pouch make it easy to pack when you’re traveling to bring your skincare on the go.
The BEAR is definitely an at-home skincare investment priced at $299, but it’s an investment I highly recommend making for several reasons.
Secondly, unlike other similar products on the market, the FOREO BEAR is more affordably priced and is the only at-home microcurrent device that features an Anti-Shock System. This eliminates any chance of the microcurrent spheres shocking your skin because the device scans and measures your skin’s resistance to electricity and automatically adjusts intensity to maintain a steady quality of treatment for maximum safety and comfort.
And unlike other tools, the BEAR emits the highest amount of microcurrent safely allowed for at-home facial tools—and does it in the shortest length of time. “Not only is this device superior in terms of power settings, but it also delivers the current faster than its competitor devices, so treatment time is quick,” Dr. Anita Sturnham, a general practitioner specializing in dermatology, told the FOREO team regarding the BEAR’s benefits. “Three minutes a day versus 30 minutes for most other at-home devices—this makes a big difference in terms of someone using the device consistently. I personally find three minutes a day easy to manage, but 30 minutes a day just wouldn’t work for me.”
With all of that in mind, I’m confident the BEAR is the right skincare investment for me (and you, too!), as it’ll save me money in the future that I would have spent on expensive facials, anti-aging treatments, and even Botox or fillers. The BEAR is already helping me build a better skincare regimen at home with real results in just a few weeks—and, to me, that’s worth *every* penny.
This post was in partnership with FOREO, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.