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Gadgets! You know how much I love a new toy to play with, and this is the latest facial device I’ve been road testing – the Age-R Ussera Deep Shot by Korean skincare specialists Medicube.
So what’s that then?
Well, this is it:
Nice and shiny, eh? But what’s going on under the silver exterior?
Already popular in Korea, the Medicube Age-R Ussera Deep Shot is a hand-held device that uses ultrasound and high frequency. The technology means it can work with deeper layers of skin to help stimulate new collagen growth.
BTW Medicube sent me the device to review and I’ve been using it for around 6 weeks, every other day. All of my thoughts are independent and this is not sponsored.
I had experienced something like this before. About 5 years ago I had a deep tissue radiofrequency facial, and it really did impress me at the time. It made a big difference to my skin immediately and went on working for weeks afterwards. I intended to have the treatment again, but then the pandemic happened and, well, you know the rest.
Lockdown life has seen a big growth in the popularity of at home facial devices. And at the same time, the technology available is always changing so you don’t necessarily need to go out to a salon to get a cutting edge treatment.
Medicube Age-R Ussera Deep Shot – how it works
On the head of the device, you can see the ultrasound electrode head in the middle. The flat bits on each side are the high frequency electrode heads which maximize contact with skin.
As with other microcurrent devices such as NuFace Mini, you will need a conducting gel to protect the skin and help the device operate properly. Medicube have an Age-R Booster Gel which is designed to work with the device and can be left on afterwards as skincare.
Apply gel to the head of the device, then pass it over the face to spread the gel around before turning it on.
Place the device on the face, press the top button to release a high frequency ‘shot’, then move on and repeat around the face. In total you’ll do 80 shots before the Ussera Deep Shot shuts off. It takes a bit of thinking about before you get started, but once you get into it it’s very straightforward to use.
This is a good video from Tati Westbrook to show you how it works:
And this is the instruction video from Medicube that takes you through what to do:
Note that in the video, they don’t show it being used on the forehead, but I checked with Medicube and you CAN use it on the forehead, albeit at a lower lever of intensity.
There are levels of intensity from 1 to 5. Normally I would just whack a device like this up to 5 and go for it (I’m 53, I haven’t got time to hang around). But this is powerful enough that you’re recommended to keep it to 1 or 2 around more sensitive areas such as forehead and neck, and work up to level 5 on the rest of the face over time.
I tend to start on level 1 then work up to level 5 as I’m using it. The levels are easy to change via the button on the handle.
The main thing to remember is not to deliver a ‘shot’ twice in a row in the same spot. The device has a safety function that will stop you doing this.
Recommended use is 3 times a week, so I got in the habit of using it every other day. A full 80 shot program takes around 5 minutes so it’s very quick.
It’s not a cheap device, but I don’t think it’s excessively priced – currently it’s £336 on the Medicube site (with a special deal that brings it down to £237). Compare that to £80+ a time for a salon facial and I think you get a lot of bang for your buck here.
I was very happy with the effect this device had on my skin, especially in terms of feel – more firmness, better elasticity and definitely more glow. Some lines were softened around the forehead, mouth and eyes, but not so’s you’d notice in a photo. So I don’t have any dramatic before and after photos to share with you. There’s a difference, but it’s not an instant facelift.
I did take before and after pics, and on examining them side by side the most visible difference I could see was in softening of the lines in between my eyebrows. I know it’s not major, but something’s going on there.
Couldn’t see any difference on jowls, those guys are hanging in for the long run.
Medicube Age-R Ussera Deep Shot – The verdict
All in all I am encouraged by the results so far and am going to continue using the Ussera Deep Shot. With devices like this, you have to be in it for the long haul. It’s very easy to slot into my routine and I think you get a decent result for such a short time. It’s not going to suddenly lift decades off you, but if you want a fresher, more glowed-up version of where you’re at now then this is a good choice.
What I liked: I love that I can get a professional-level treatment like this at home. It’s a very quick and easy device to use and I do think it produces decent results. The heat it produces is quite calming and comfortable. I’m going to carry on using it and check back in six months.
What I didn’t like: Just a few minor niggles.The instructions could be clearer, especially on use around the forehead. There is no warning that power is running out, so sometimes it just won’t turn on. A charged up device lasts a long time – around 3 weeks for me – but then it would just stop. Other than that it has been very simple and straightforward to use.
The Age-R Ussera Deep Shot device is available here on the Medicube website. The full RRP is £395, currently reduced to £336, or they have a special offer M-Club member’s deal which gets you 40% off all products and brings this down to £237.
What do you think of the Age-R Ussera Deep Shot? Got any questions? Leave a comment below and I will try to answer
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