Does Panasonic Ion Effector actually help your moisturizer penetrate your skin better?
There is a lot of bizarre beauty and skin care products out there who make wacky claims about their effectiveness – that crazy-looking LED robot mask comes to mind – but you never really know if they’ll really do what they say they’ll do until that you try them. Fortunately, at SoraNews24 we have very few reservations about what we’re up to, so we can try them out for you!
Today, our Japanese-speaking journalist Natsuki Gojo wanted to share his experience with the Panasonic ion effector, which is admittedly a much safer device to experiment with than, say, a dollar heated eyelash curler. It is a multi-function skin care device, although its main purpose is to help your daily skincare products penetrate the skin better–In particular moisturizers and vitamin C serums.
Since trying the Medi Lift facelift, Natsuki has gotten really interested in skin care technology. In fact, she thought about getting something to help make her skin care lotions and serums more effective, and after some research, she went with the Panasonic Ion Effectector.
The reason she chose this particular product was not necessarily because it was more effective than others, but simply because it allows you to use the care creams and serums you already have on hand. Many other “better” devices require you to use a special beauty serum, or specify that you can only use products from that brand, which Natsuki was not a fan of.
The type she bought is the “High permeation type” (model number EH-ST98). The price varies depending on the place of sale, but you can expect to pay anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 yen (270 to 360 USD). He has two different and interchangeable heads: the “pre-care head” and the “ionic head”. As you can guess, the “Pre-care Head” is meant to be used before starting your skin care routine. It prepares your skin to absorb as much product as possible by relaxing its top layer. You don’t need to use any creams with the pre-care head.
the Ion Head is used with your skin care products. For toners, essences and other light care products, you affix a cotton ball in the triangle-shaped frame and soak the pad with the product, then apply it to your face. For lotions and creams, you can apply them directly to your skin and then use the ion effector on them to maximize their penetration and effectiveness.
After trying it the first time, Natsuki said the device feels really good on the skin. The Ion head in particular was nice and warm, and when she used ‘cool mode’ at the end, the super cool surface made her feel cool. “It was the best!” she said.
The wand itself was light and comfortable in his hand, so her arm didn’t get tired while she was using it either. Overall, she was very happy with the feel of using the product. But the real question is… did it work? Did it help her moisturizers penetrate her skin deeper?
Discover, Natsuki measured her skin’s moisture content both before finishing her skin care routine (after getting out of the bath) and after. On the first day, as a check-up, she recorded the results of not using the wand. After putting on her face creams with her hands like she always had, Natsuki was shocked to find that the percentage of water in her skin was actually lower after doing her skincare routine than before!
▼ On the left, after bathing (55%). Right, after skin care (52%).
Natsuki had often heard that you must apply your moisturizer right out of the bath, but she hadn’t realized how true it was until then. She has resolved to be more diligent about it, at least!
The next day, Natsuki tried to use the Ion Effector. She started with Precare mode, continued in moisturizer, and then finished with Cool mode.. This time, unlike the day before, the percentage of moisture in her skin increased by 4 points at the end of her skincare routine! Since she used the same creams as the night before, she concluded that there may be some truth to the claims of the ionic effector.
Natsuki also measured the moisture in her skin every morning after waking up., and there was also a big difference in the humidity retained between the two nights. The ion effector actually seemed to help her skin retain more moisture throughout the night than when she applied the creams only to her hands.
▼ 21 percent humidity when she applied the creams with her hands the night before, compared to 30 percent when she used the ion effector.
This seemed to confirm Ion Effector’s claims to help your skincare products penetrate the skin better. Additionally, Natsuki only used three modes in her experiment, but the device actually had six different modes:
- Skin care – to exfoliate or deeply cleanse your pores
- Pre-care – to make it easier for your skin to absorb the larger particles of your skincare ingredients
- Hydrate – to facilitate the penetration of moisturizing ingredients into the skin
- Brightening – to facilitate the penetration of vitamin C into the skin
- Multi – to facilitate the penetration of vitamin C and moisturizing ingredients into the skin
- Fresh – to soothe and firm your skin
There are no rules on how to use the wand; Natsuki says if you’re busy you can only use one mode, and if you want a self-care night, you can go through as many modes as you want. You can even adjust the ion level and wand temperature as well as.
▼ From top to bottom: ion level adjustment button (3 levels); Heat adjustment (3 levels); Power and mode switch; Low battery indicator
As a result, Natsuki became a big fan of the Ionic Effector. After using it for a month, Natsuki says her skin is much more hydrated and has a lot less pimples than before, making it Ion Effector, an essential part of his skin care routine.
His only complaint is that the battery life of the device is quite short. A full battery only lasts about three or four uses, so it’s essential to remember to charge it every day, lest it run out of juice mid-routine.
Although this is quite an expensive product, in the range of 30,000 or 40,000 yen, compared to the repeated purchase of expensive skin care creams and serums, Natsuki thinks it was well worth the price for its apparent effectiveness in increasing the penetration of products she already owns.. In fact, she uses it religiously every day, and even wonders why it took her so long to buy it!
If you are interested in skin care technology, Natsuki highly recommends that you give it a try. While this model appears to be available only in Japan, there are similar models from Panasonic available overseas, so take a look if you’re interested!
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