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Tips on how to use SONATAP skincare device

In this blog post, we explain the why in every instruction steps from the maker's perspective and offer tips along the way to help you operate the device for the best experience.  

Step 1: Uncap the device

The idea of a skincare device with a closing cap was quite new to people when we started out that we often got asked: what is it and what the purpose (in fact, we didn't find any device on the market with a closing cap either, and the concept was so foreign even in patent search).

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The cap, while looking decorative, does serve an important purpose of keeping the applicator and all dispensers underneath protected from dust and particle after usage - so technically, if you only use the device to apply products to your freshly cleaned skin, you don't need to clean it after every use (the applicator surface made of medical grade silicone has the ability to inhibit bacteria/micro-organisms growth, so any product residue - while may feel icky -  really just contains dead and harmless bacteria). As daily users of the device and ones with sensitive skins, we usually clean the applicator after every few days without issues, but ymmv!

TIP #1: the compact design also allows you to keep alcohol pads inside it to get access to disinfect the device anytime (the original idea was actually to make the cap integrated with UV light to self-clean and disinfect the applicator, but there were challenges when putting it in practice - we may save the idea for another day!)

Step 2. Open the device up 

While there is a triangle indicator to tell how it can be opened, most people can feel the applicator loosened up when rotating and pull it opened with ease (the rotation may feel a bit stiff the first time you unbox the device, but don't be afraid to rotate anyways! If anything breaks, we have a 60-day warranty.)

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TIP #2: remove the applicator after using so you can wipe it inside out as well as wipe off any residue (usually on the tips of the cartridges/dispensers) to keep your device clogged free and always cleaned. 

The fact that you can break up every components in this device easily is the key to help maintain the device for a long-term usage, as it simplifies cleaning significantly.

Step 3: Disinfect (before first use) and fill the cartridges

Did you know that you should always disinfect an empty cosmetic bottle bought from the store before first use, especially if it will be used to keep your skincare products? While other companies skip that fact, we stress it quite often that we probably stood out like an abnormality. But it is something important to know to protect your skin!

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While empty cosmetic bottles look clean (and they are in fact cleaned), they are not required to be disinfected or sterilized like medical/surgical instruments. Sterilization often requires bottle manufacturers to contract the service to a 3rd party contractor, and packaging will have a special seal. While searching for manufacturing partners throughout the industry, we couldn't find one that is doing sterilization for empty cosmetic or skincare packaging - empty skincare bottles are typically disinfected or sterilized by the brands right before filling, so that's why we suggested you to do the same. Using 70% alcohol solution (either wipe, rinse, or shake the bottle with the solution) is a lab based, proven method to effectively disinfect a bottle before filling. 

TIP #3: the key is to just leave the bottles air dried after the alcohol solution and don't do anything else (don't rinse with water that may contain microorganisms - distilled water is ok but unnecessary, and never use a dishwasher). Alcohol will evaporate, so don't worry about it being mixed in your formula without rinsing off. 

TIP #4: When filling the cartridges, you want to fill it fully but also leave a small gap to avoid overflowing when the pump is screwed back. 

Oops, too much filling here - it happens to all of us the first time!

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Perfect filling level!

TIP #3: the key is to just leave the bottles air dried after the alcohol solution and don't do anything else

It will start feeling so satisfying every time these 6 cartridges got filled up. You know your time are freed up, and your skin will be taken care of for the weeks to come!

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Step 4: Select and dispense

Rotate again, and when you hear a clicking noise, you know it is in good position to be dispensed!

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Dispensing by pressing from the bottle from the bottom and pumping the liquid out. 

TIP #5: When dispensing, you want to hold the device slightly tilted as below to let the liquid flow onto the applicator surface and not back to the hole. 

sonatap skincare device korean routine cosmetic beauty product for travel 10 step k-beautyKeeping the device still being upward like pictured would be an ideal position to operate the device (completely tilting the device or putting it upside down will cause airless cartridges to dispense less effectively in later pumps - it is not difficult to correct that problem but still an inconvenient if you later run into it)

Perfect filling level!

This method applies for thicker serum or cream/gel type of product (we will post another detailed post for applying watery product like toner or essence - stay tuned!)

Step 5: Apply

It may seem self-explanatory but there is an art to applying with something that is not your fingers.

TIP #6: Pump enough liquid before applying so you don't tug or pull your skin during application. Usually 2 pumps are enough to apply one side of the face - you don't want to pump too much at once either, as thin liquid may flow to the outside of the applicator. 

Avoid tugging or pulling your skin

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Make gentle and smooth application stroke instead

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Check out the full video below if you are not into reading - special thanks to @skincarebysnega for helping us create this demo.

 


          
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