Monday 13 January 2014

Tried And Tested: Sqoom Review (Part 2 Of 2)

8  Week Test - Final Results

In part one of my Sqoom review (posted 6 January) I reported on the subtle early results I was getting with the device – noticeably more nourished and moisturised skin. Did the results build over the eight weeks?

To recap, Sqoom is a device which uses a combination of ultrasound and ionisation to push active Sqoom anti-ageing ingredients deep into the skin, deeper than is possible with topically applied creams. The treatment is designed to stimulate the production of the skin’s own collagen and elastin, thereby smoothing out wrinkles and giving a more youthful complexion.

Did Results Build?

Over the course of the trial I found benefits to be accumulative, with my skin at first feeling more nourished and later also starting to look more radiant. By the eighth week the fine lines on my forehead and around my crows feet were definitely a little smoother, and there was a slight plumping of the skin around those pesky nasolabial folds (the skin folds that run from the sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth).

The Sqoom also calmed the skin, so anyone suffering from redness may find this useful – there is an optional xCential gel specifically for reddened skin and conditions like rosacea.

Technique Tips

The Sqoom really is lovely to use and the instruction manual comes with clear diagrams on the different techniques required for treating the face in the various modes. For example for cleansing, you move the transducer in small clockwise circles around the face; for massage you use sweeping movements; and in lifting mode you move the transducer gently up and down or side to side, depending on the area of the face you are treating.

As I became more familiar with the techniques, I did find myself galloping along a little. So I had to keep reminding myself to slow down – it’s easy to get a bit carried away. Also, as I progressed in lifting mode I did find myself naturally going slower on the upward strokes than the downward ones. As it happens, this is actually a good technique as you are gently easing the face muscles upwards. 


There are ongoing costs. The HyaGel H+ is £84 for 50ml and the cleanser £25 for 50ml. (both at Selfridges). Manufacturer Schick Medical says the gels are a key part of the Sqoom, with ingredients optimised for the device, and are necessary to deliver full results. But ongoing maintenance costs need to be considered.

Sqoom's Cleanser Gel
The gels do dry out quite quickly on the face too and I was getting through them at quite a pace, particularly in the early weeks when I was treating daily. There is a new vitamin enriched water spray, Acqua+, which will be available from Sqoom UK later this month – I am still awaiting confirmed UK price but it costs 27 Euro at Sqoom online. The vitamin water will rehydrate the gels and help them last longer.

Early adopters of the Sqoom on some of the beauty forums have been discussing possible alternative gels to use with their devices because of the cost issue. I, and some of them too to be fair, would highlight a few potential issues here: 1) using alternative products could invalidate your Sqoom product warranty 2) some ingredients are known to damage transducer heads, such as certain alcohols 3) will the active ingredients deliver the same results?




The Sqoom is a superb skincare tool which is a delight to use and delivers results. But it isn’t cheap and the Sqoom gels are ongoing costs to consider as well. For further information visit Sqoom here. Or for Sqoom shop at Selfridges click here.

  • As reported last week, the Sqoom has been out of stock at Selfridges online. At time of post Selfridges informed me that they had four Sqoom devices left in stock at its Oxford Street store, but that more stock was due later this week.

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