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Gadget gal: Slendertone Face

Don’t try this in company

WHY? Well, people will laugh. The Slendertone folks are famous for their fitness products, which use Electro Muscle Stimulation technology to get those muscles fit without actually having to break a sweat.

This process was adapted to tone the face.

OH? Yes. It’s all about antiageing, friends. As we grow older, our facial muscles naturally sag, and this purports to get down to brass tacks, to get underneath to where those lotions and potions can’t reach.

REALLY? Yes, really. There are two pads on the headset that sit about a finger’s width in front of the ears, on top of the cheekbones. You charge up the controller and choose the degree of intensity of the facial massage. You can also choose the amount of time you want to spend, stimulating.

IS IT EASY TO USE? Well, I had to find my cheekbones. They are not readily apparent, sadly. Once found, I sat back — and then almost immediately sat forward again. My face was sent through a series of contortions, which, after a glance in a mirror, looked pretty comical. If you lean back and close your eyes, the time passes in a flash (and a grimace).

AND THE RESULT? Nobody asked me if I had suddenly got Botox or anything, which I suppose is a good thing. I can’t say that there was a marked result, but I felt virtuous, and I think that, in many cases, your attitude is reflected in your face. I felt pretty good, so I looked pretty good. Like anything else, you have to be serious about this, and for the lackadaisical among us, it won’t do much good if you don’t commit.

The Slendertone Face retails for €300, and is available exclusively at Brown Thomas