A couple of years ago, I thought I had the greatest idea ever. I was like, I train for races all of the time, why isn’t there a skincare product that capitalizes on the fact that my skin is warm and the pores are dilated while I work out? And then I found FaceGym Multivitamin Training Stick, and I was like, Oh, hey, somebody already created this. Cool.
Turns out her name is Inge Theron, and she was the Financial Times’ Spa Editor, trying every potion on the planet, and then developed FaceGym to help people lift, sculpt, tone, and tighten their facial features.
Now, the real SkinGyms in NYC at Noho and Midtown actually offer full-fledged personalized facials, IVs, and even facial exercises. It’s not a bad idea, by the way — the face has 40 muscles, and as you age, the muscles in the center of your face deteriorate first, which is why so many of us tend to look like our noses are expanding or drooping as we get older, or we get more of a punched in look. But I digress.
The products, on the other hand, are motion-activated, so they’re designed to be kicked into action as you sweat. Put less fancily, they’re oil- and wax-based ingredients that are most effectively released into the skin once your face is warm, the pores are open, and, yes, your skin is a little sweaty.
The FaceGym Multivitamin Training Stick glides across the skin, and it feels a little like you have a lip balm applied across your face. It tingles a little bit, but nothing earth-shattering.
So here’s the thing. I kind of like FaceGym Multivitamin Training Stick, but not for the usual reasons (ingredients are reviewed in peer-reviewed research, high concentration of said proven ingredients, optimized delivery system), although it does have element #1, with vitamins C and E and hyaluronic acid.
The thing I like about FaceGym Multivitamin Training Stick is that it gets you a surge of antioxidants and hydration in the middle of your day. Or, if you work out first thing in the morning, it gets you another dose of skincare before you get home to apply your skincare and makeup. As we age, our antioxidant stores decrease (at age 80, you have 10-20% as many antioxidants in your skin as at age 20), so it’s theoretically not a bad idea to find more times throughout the day to reapply skincare, and the FaceGym Multivitamin Training Stick makes it pretty easy.
That said, if you have $49 to spend on treatment skincare products, I wouldn’t invest in FaceGym Multivitamin Training Stick. But if you have already jam-packed your skincare repertoire and are looking for an extra boost, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little extra hydration and antioxidants from FaceGym Multivitamin Training Stick.