Therabody, the brand behind Theragun massage guns, is now looking to tackle the tension above your shoulders. the Therabody TheraFace Pro is a new facial health device that proves that skin-focused beauty isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The wellness brand is a forerunner in self-massages that “hurt so bad,” with its beloved at-home massage tools; now it’s tackling beauty with skincare as a natural adjacent category.
With more than two years of the pandemic behind us, we have been brought further into the idea of health-focused beauty rather than makeup-first beauty. We started using more topicals, treatments, tints, and tools to combat the physical manifestation of stress on our skin instead of just covering it up with expensive foundation. Now we are not just focusing on our pimples, dull complexion or newly created fine lines, but also on how we To feeland how this translates to the health of our skin.
Maybe you’ve tried a little facial massage with your hands, picked up a gua sha tool, or tried a soothing ice roller. The new TheraFace Pro is a more effective 4-in-1 device that’s basically an inflated massage gun for your face.
What is TheraFace Pro?
Lest you think you don’t have space for more beauty tech gadgets, this one is portable, ergonomic, and fills the role of up to eight other facial tools. The TheraFace Pro comes with four magnetic attachment heads: a flexible silicone cleansing ring, a microcurrent ring, an LED light ring, and three soft, squishy percussion massage attachments (cone, microtip, and flat). Once you’ve displayed the accessory you want, use the simple buttons and digital interface to customize your treatment.
Percussion massage attachments use the same proprietary technology you know from your handy Theragun to help release tension in your facial muscles. Pointed head delivers targeted stimulation to smaller places like your eyes, naso lines and pressure points (to combat jaw pain); the flat head can be used for your face, neck and chest; and the microdot head helps increase circulation. If you think the heads look, well, scary in photos – this author did – know that each one is made from soft, easy-to-clean silicone. You can choose from three massage intensities, each reaching a muscle depth of 3mm (compared to your massage gun, which has an amplitude of 16mm).
You can use the percussion heads in tandem with the targeted LED light therapy attachment, which offers red light to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blue light to kill acne-causing bacteria, and a red light with infrared to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and provide heat to temporarily soothe sore spots.
The gentle silicone cleansing ring can be used for deep cleansing and exfoliation, but we encourage you not to use it every day as physical exfoliation can be harsh on the skin. The microcurrent therapy attachment can, if used consistently, create a « lifted » and toned contour effect on the face and neck. Just be sure to slather on conductive gel before use, cute little glazed donut, or you’ll literally be zapped.
TheraFace Pro Hot and Cold Ring Accessories
You can buy hot and cold ring attachments separately if that’s your jam. If you’ve ever put a spoon in the freezer and used it to depuff your eyes or used a warm compress to soothe inflammation, you know the sweet, mild cryothermal powers. The Therabody cold ring helps reduce puffiness, while the warm ring can help your skin absorb the goodness of your creams and serums and leave you looking glowing.
The technology is FDA cleared for safety and efficacy and is backed by multiple dermatologists. But we always encourage you to discuss with your dermis before starting a specific treatment with the device. According to board-certified orthopedic spine and neck surgeon Dr. Rahul Shah, you should « avoid using massage guns in areas where there are muscle tears, skin tears or other ulcerations. which can predispose you to greater damage ».
With the Therabody TheraFace Pro, you have the ability to perform a handful of facials from the comfort of your bathroom (this author even used it while lying in bed). At nearly $400, it’s not cheap, but for all its bells, whistles, and mods, it can easily be added to your daily skincare routine, instead of collecting dust like your other complicated wellness technology devices.
[Editor’s note: At the time of writing we have not fully tested the TheraFace Pro to comment on long-term use.]