I’ve never had a professional microcurrent facial, so I really had no clue what to expect or what it would feel like to have currents pulsating through my face, and honestly, it took some easing into. The device comes with a head that has two round nodes on top. You can get separate attachment heads also. One has two prongs for the eye and lip area, and there’s also a red-light therapy option that’s made to treat fine lines and wrinkles. The device also comes with a hyaluronic acid-enriched gel that you apply before using the Trinity. The gel is key for getting the best results and for a pleasant sensorial experience.
“The gel is a conductor that will transfer the current from the device to the muscles,” Peterson explains. The salts and polymers in the formula are what help move the ions into the muscle. Cosmetic chemist Ginger King confirms that these gel ingredients are needed to direct the current through any metal (gold, copper, silver, or iron) into the skin and to the muscle. “The salt helps with ionization, and the polymer is a delivery system,” says King.
Before starting the treatment, your skin needs to be completely clean and free of any oils. Peterson says that oil will block the current from getting to the muscles, so cleanse your face with a formula that will break down any excess sebum. If you want a deeper treatment, try exfoliating with a scrub or chemical exfoliator first. “An exfoliation really enhances the results and balances the skin’s pH before the treatment,” says Peterson.
After cleansing, I read the instruction carefully, which said to apply the serum and not rub it in. Your skin should look and feel wet when it makes contact with the nodes. I powered up the Trinity, which, after fully charging beforehand, was automatically set to a level five — the highest setting. Ouch. I was not expecting the little shock-like sensation that I felt on my skin. A little jarred, I powered down to a level two, and then once I got going, I inched it up to a three.