This easy-to-pack device is my best-kept secret for looking fresh after a long flight.

This easy-to-pack device is my best-kept secret for looking fresh after a long flight.

As an acne prone person, my skin always takes a beating with the amount of traveling I do. Whether it’s soaking in the air of a recycled airplane, getting too much sun exposure, or adjusting to changing time zones, it’s not uncommon for my complexion to need a little boost when I’m on the road.


In the past, spending hundreds of dollars on a facial was the only way to keep blemishes at bay. But recently, I was able to mimic the same salon-level glow and softness using the Foreo Bear Mini, a portable and easy-to-package micro facial and toning device that instantly refreshes my appearance after a flight.


The wearable gadget, which takes its name from its adorable bear-shaped body, uses micro-current technology to deliver toning and firming T-sonic pulsations that visibly shape, lift and awaken the face. With time and regular use, it can also act as a way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And, despite being high-tech, I found the Foreo Bear Mini to be incredibly easy to use and could be integrated seamlessly into any existing skincare routine.


Microcurrent facial toning device connected to the Foreo Bear Mini app.

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To buy: amazon.com, $219


To use it, I simply cleanse my skin, dry it, and apply Foreo’s Micro Capsule Youth Preserve Serum, which contains ingredients rich in antioxidants and hydration (however, any serum that gives your skin a little slipperiness will do the affair) . After waiting a few moments for it to seep in, I then turn on the microcurrent device and sweep it gently over my skin in an upward motion.


I typically use the Foreo Bear Mini on my forehead for 30 seconds, then my cheeks for 15 seconds each, and along my jawline and neck for another 30 seconds or so. When I’m short on time, I do a shorter circuit that just focuses on my forehead and cheeks (about a minute) and I still see noticeable results.




As part of my routine, I then add a little rose water to hydrate myself about a minute after turning the device off. My best results have been with Jurlique’s Activating Water Essence+, which – for my sensitive skin – gives it gentler yet long-lasting hydration. If I have had a very long flight and my skin is really dehydrated, then I will apply a thin layer of Crème Douce La Mer.


The Foreo Bear Mini comes with a handy stand, which I use for traveling so I can stand it upright on even the smallest of hotel sinks. The box also contains a USB charging cable, which makes it easy to charge whether I’m traveling domestically or abroad.


Microcurrent facial toning device connected to the Foreo Bear Mini app.

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To buy: amazon.com, $219


Newbies to home micro-current devices will be pleased to know that you can use the Foreo smartphone app for tutorials; it will guide you through your home facials with video tutorials lasting between 1.5 and two minutes. The tutorials are very informative and offer guidance throughout, and because it connects via Bluetooth to your phone, the Bear Mini easily knows when to take short breaks between each step so you have time to move it around your face. . But after a few uses I stopped following the tutorials and just turn the device on and use it as much as I want, targeting areas where I feel I need it most, like my forehead , my jaw, my cheeks, and around those damn crow’s feet.


Notes: Foreo claims that the anti-shock system analyzes your skin’s resistance and adjusts the intensity of the micro-current for maximum safety and comfort, and while it does a pretty good job, I’ve come across occasional, very fast zaps when I swipe the device. on my face, usually on my cheeks. It’s not painful though, and the more you use the device the less you notice or feel it.


As for the results, I have always found myself pleasantly surprised and satisfied. My skin looks great immediately after using Bear Mini by Foreo – and it usually looks even better than before my flight, despite the amount of moisture I give my skin. I recently used it on a brutal travel day when I took an overnight flight to Paris followed by a two hour train ride to Bordeaux. After arriving at my accommodation, the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, I wanted my skin to be as cared for as the grand hotel lobby. Take a look at the results side by side.


Microcurrent facial toning device connected to the Foreo Bear Mini app.

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You may also be familiar with the popular Bear device from Foreo, a larger version of Bear Mini that is a favorite among beauty lovers because it covers a larger area of ​​the face. I’ve used both and I prefer the Mini version because it gets closer to areas of my skin that are harder to reach with the full-size Bear device, like under my eyes and under my jawline. With the Bear Mini, I feel like I get a really good lifting and toning facial in just a few minutes, and it’s become my number one every time I step off a long flight (or even of a short) to refresh my skin.


At home, I even got into the habit of using it about every three days just to give my skin a boost and get that elusive, hard-to-get healthy glow. Amazon shoppers agree with me, with one reviewer reporting, “Only used for a week, my skin looks firm and rejuvenated[d].” Another customer confirmed my perception of tingling when using it, but it’s not painful. “I felt a slight zapping here and there but nothing that hurt. I added more serum while gliding the device and I don’t feel any more zaps,” they noted. And it looks like this a must-have for fellow travellers, with one mum sharing that she bought it for her “flight attendant” daughter who “adores” it.


As a bonus, the Foreo Bear Mini is available on Amazon for $219, which includes free two-day shipping for Prime members and hassle-free returns. While it’s equally adored by men and women, as a guy, I’d be remiss not to mention that it currently only comes in a lavender purple and pearl pink color. But this feature is worth compromising for brighter, more radiant skin, and the Foreo Bear Mini will continue to be a mainstay in my skincare routine at home and on my travels.



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