Can an LED device really give me plumper lips in 3 minutes per day?
Disclosure: The CurrentBody Skin LED lip perfector was provided by the brand for review
If you follow me on Instagram, you might recall a Reel I posted a few weeks ago, in which I looked a bit like Maggie Simpson, sucking on her pacifier.
(It’s here, if you haven’t had the pleasure yet…)
But this is no pacifier, people. (And thank goodness for that, or this post would be even more awkward than it already is, no?) No, this is the CurrentBody Skin LED Lip Perfector (BUY IT HERE), and it claims to give the user plumper, smoother lips, in just 3 minutes a day.
Here’s what they say about it:
The CurrentBody Skin LED Lip Perfector is a revolution in wearable lip anti-ageing. In just 3 minutes per day, smooth feather and smile lines, increase fullness while evening out lip tone for a youthful flush. It’s also for anyone who wants plumper, fuller and even-toned lips
The 4 wavelengths of LED (light-emitting diode) light therapy across 56 individual bulbs helps you achieve a fuller lip with fewer lines and wrinkles in just 3 minutes
Well, I was sold. For a while now, I’d actually been toying with the idea of getting a tiny amount of filler put into my lips: not to puff them up like a Love Island contestant (Although, side note, I used to have a lip plumping gloss that made my lips look exactly like that, and I LOVED it. So, naturally, it was immediately discontinued. Shame.), but purely to try to smooth out the wrinkles, which had started to make my lips look like a couple of dried-up prunes, and made applying lipstick even more of a trial than it already was.
Like I say, I toyed with the idea. But not for long, because the idea of injecting something into my lips was kind of scary, really, and if there was an easier/less painful way to make them look even slightly better, I was all for that.
And, fortunately for me and my lips, there is. And it only involves making myself look stupid for 3 minutes per day. (And, well, FOREVER MORE, in the form of this blog post, obviously. Didn’t think of that, did I?)
The Currentbody Skin LED Lip perfector has a silicone-covered light, which you basically hold gently between your teeth, as shown in the photo above. It feels less weird than it looks, trust me. Then, all you have to do is switch the device on, by pressing the button on the front, and off you go.
The device will light up, and stay on for three minutes, after which it automatically shuts off, and you’re done. It’s THAT simple. It’s not remotely painful either: I don’t feel anything at all while I’m using it – not even a warm sensation on the skin, which you can get with some similar devices.
Once it’s finished, you give the silicone end a quick wash, then put it back into its charging base, ready for its next outing. It can be used once a day, and I’ve been using mine for a few weeks now: I keep it on my desk, so I don’t forget to use it, which means that although I don’t have a set routine for use, I have been using it consistently, at least 5 days per week. (I tend to forget at the weekends, because I’m not at my desk then: whoops!)
But what about the results, Amber? Because that’s all we really care about…
In my case, I don’t feel the device has made my lips any plumper, necessarily, which is why I haven’t bothered to embarrass myself by trying to take close-up photos of my mouth for this review. If there is a difference in size, it’s not dramatic enough for me to have noticed it, so it definitely hasn’t given me that, “Look at my lip filler,” look – which is probably a good thing, really.
After a couple of weeks of use, though, I was putting on my lipstick one morning, and I realised it was going on much easier than usual. My lips have a tendency towards dryness, so lipstick can really drag against them when I’m trying to apply it, and then it just ends up emphasizing the lines and dryness – awesome!
Now, however, it was almost gliding on, and this, I discovered, was because, on closer inspection, my lips were much smoother than usual. The lines on them haven’t disappeared, but skin feels softer and less dry, which is a pretty good result, I’d say, as this is something that no amount of lip balm in the world has ever been able to achieve.
One thing to bear in mind with this is that, like most of the facial devices I’ve tried, the effects are dependent on continued use. We went away for the first week of half term last month, and because I didn’t think to take the device with me, and wasn’t at my desk much when we got home, I didn’t use it for a couple of weeks, and could definitely notice a difference in my lips after that. I’ve started using it again now I’m back into my usual routine, but if you’re going to splash out on one of these, it’s definitely worth thinking about how you can make it a part of your routine, so you get the maximum benefits from it.
Along with this, I’ve also been using the CurrentBody Eye Perfector, which, as you can probably guess, claims to perform pretty much the same function as the lip one, only on the eye area instead. Here’s what it looks like:
I haven’t been using this one for long enough to be able to tell you about the results, yet, but what I can tell you is that this is really easy to use: probably more so than the full LED face mask I reviewed previously, as the strap on this device feels more secure, and doesn’t slide down my head, which means I can put this on, then just go about my business for the 3 minutes it takes for it work. I generally put it on right after my morning shower, and by the time I’ve finished making the bed (Yes, it takes me 3 minutes to make the bed: look, I have a LOT of cushions, OK?), it’s done its business, and I can get on with the rest of my day.
As you’ve probably gathered by now, one of my biggest issues with any kind of skincare or device is actually finding the time to use this, so I find the ease with which I can fit these two into my day without really thinking about it a huge advantage. Will it get rid of the crepe-like skin under my eyes, though? Hopefully the next few weeks of use will provide the answer for that one…