ICYMI, Clarisonic recently introduced a brand new device, the Smart Profile Uplift, a souped-up face massager designed to fight 15 signs of aging. How does a massage improve the look of skin? The vibrating applicator–27,000 micro-massages per minute–stimulates collagen regeneration and strengthens the skin. It also claims to help any creams, oils, and other treatments penetrate deeper into the skin. Each treatment takes just three minutes a day in 30-second intervals per area on your face and neck (it beeps when it’s time to move to the next area).
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The Smart Profile Uplift is the product of nine years of research with the help of four scientific research institutes: the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI) and the Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) in Singapore, the Institut Langevin, and the Denis Diderot University in Paris. The device marks L’Oreal’s first-ever foray into applying mechanobiology, a relatively new science that explores how mechanical stimuli (vibration, stretching, torsion) affects how biological tissues behave, to a device.
Beyond feeling great on the skin and being easy to maneuever, the L’Oreal team landed on three prongs because “the distance between the [three] contact points is equal to the wave lengths of the vibration propagating into the skin. This maximizes the amplitude,” Elisa Caberlotto, L’Oréal R&I, Project Manager for Instrumental Cosmetics explains, “It’s a very light massage on the top [of the skin] and very intense deep in the tissue. Applying mechanical stimulation when you apply the cream you increase the penetration of your cream.”
Caberlotto worked with the Institut Langevin to use advanced imaging techniques to study the movement of vibrational waves in ex vivo skin models (human biopsies). The research was essential to finding that skin prefers a certain vibration frequency–most optimal at 75 hertz, which is the frequency the Uplift actually uses–and at that rate, can enhance skin’s expression of proteins significant to anti-aging (read: more elasticity).
The before and after pictures of the 12-week clinical trial L’Oreal ran say it all. Participants included seniors 65 to 75 years old who used the device twice a day, three minutes each. After one use, fine lines were visibly reduced and moisturizer absorbed better, as I observed. After four weeks, pores appeared smaller and skin felt smoother, After eight weeks, the face and neck looked lifted and tightened. At 12 weeks, all 15 signs of aging–including wrinkles, firmness, face and neck sagging–were lessened.
“This field of mechanobiology has been essential in inspiring us to create a disruptive innovation in the world of beauty by opening up the possibility of influencing wrinkles and sagging without invasive procedures,” Jacques Leclaire, L’Oréal Scientific Director, says in a statement.
I put the Smart Profile Upilft to the test to apply my normal moisturizer, Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream. Usually my heavy duty face cream leaves a greasy film behind, but with the Uplift, my skin looked shine-free and extra springy. While it’s too soon to say what the long-term results are–and considering I’m in my early 20s there are not many “aging” signs to fight–I can say the Smart Profile Uplift has noticeably improved the look of my skin. Combined with the cleansing brush Clarisonic–which attaches to the same device–manually putting on lotion with my fingers just doesn’t cut it anymore.
Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift , $349 ($54 just for the massage head), clarisonic.com