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What is a Microcurrent Facial? The Best NuFACE Facial Toning Device

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At-home facial and beauty devices are on the rise and it’s no surprise. We’re a generation who never want to age and when devices like these are released, well, we all gotta have one! You can use them from the comfort of your home and they are very cost-effective! One particular brand has been making big waves with beauty technological advances over the last few years is the NuFACE Facial Toning Device! It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles through facial stimulation.

I know you’re probably tired of looking for ways to actually find the most effective and helpful tool to improve your skin. Going to the dermatologists and specialists can be expensive and time-consuming. For many of us, we don’t have the time and money, facial toning devices are our best bet! They are cost-effective and time-effective.

Before getting into the nitty gritty’s of the NuFACE and the microcurrent facial toning devices, you really need to understand what microcurrent facials are and what their benefits are too.

So…what is a Microcurrent Facial?

Microcurrent Facial is a “natural” or “non-invasive” facelift. It is basically electricity that stimulates the muscles in your face. These are weak electrical signals – low-voltage enough that it is painless and ‘micro’ that you can’t really feel it.  Microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is soothing, and usually, you don’t feel anything at all. It is a completely safe and painless treatment! I don’t know about you, but a painless facelift certainly sounds tempting to me! Why have all the pain when you can get the same results pain-free? Definitely my kinda thing!

On a cellular level, these electric signals mimic your body’s electrical current, which repairs damaged skin stimulate collagen and elastin production. It stimulates your facial muscles to give a natural lift and triggers an increase of collagen that will tighten and smoothen your skin’s appearance.

In basic terms, microcurrent facial is simply a facial toning or a work out for your face. The way that microcurrent facial works is pretty similar to exercising – skin cells break down and then grow back stronger, just like what muscles do when you are lifting weights. Studies have shown that microcurrent Facials really work and that they are effective in improving your skin!

And it’s not just studies that have shown that these facial devices actually work. People have been raving about these NuFACE devices and claim they have taken years off their faces. From fewer lines and wrinkles, it’s like we’re ageing backwards. And I’m not complaining!

Do you want to know what the overall result is? A healthier, toned and younger-looking skin. Who doesn’t want that?

Benefits of a Microcurrent Facial

  • Safe and Painless
  • Fast Results
  • Helps Erase Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Firms Skin 
  • Define your Features – Pronounced Cheekbones and Defined Jaw Line
  • Improve Muscle Tones
  • Tighten Pores
  • Increase Cellular Activity of Skin
  • Performs Lymphatic Drainage

Who are Microcurrent Facials for?

The short answer to that is – everyone! There’s no limit to who can benefit from these devices. However, for best results, I recommend starting in your 20’s, this way you are preventing the problem before it even becomes a problem! If you’re looking to enhance and also fight ageing, getting a microcurrent facial will help your skin phenomenally well.

Be aware that pregnant women or anyone with any heart conditions should avoid microcurrent facials.

Microcurrent Facials: Professionally vs At-Home

There are Microcurrent Facial devices for home use, and there is also the option of going to have it done professionally. But of course, not everyone can afford nor, have the time to visit the beauty spa every week. I have made a small chart below so you can decide what treatment is most suited for you.

ProfessionalAt Home
Expensive Affordable
10 to 15 sessions, 2 per week3 to 5 sessions per week for at least 2 months to get the best results
The practitioner will perform the session based on your skin conditionPersonally learn and follow the instructions of the device which is configured upon receiving the product
Regular maintenance for every after 4 to 8 weeksDoing regular sessions per week will give an improvement in results, you can drop the sessions to 2 to 3 times a week
Results are more noticeable and faster Results take months to build
Need regular maintenance sessions

Getting it done professionally, definitely has its perks. However, with an at-home device, you will be able to have it on hand and do facials whenever you need some upkeep. Also, it’s a one-time payment, unlike booking sessions and having maintenance sessions to keep your face toned.

While the professional devices give faster results, for many like me, a home device is much more practical. Firstly, it’s a lot cheaper and more economical, secondly, I have young kids and getting out of the house whenever I want is like making grass blue. Ye, practically impossible. A home device gives me the flexibility I need to use it when I want and from the comfort of my home!

If you’re like me then an at-home device is the way to go!

Let’s dive into NuFace facial toning devices and see how they pioneered microcurrent into the daily lives of an everyday woman. 

Who is NuFACE?

Launched in 2015, NuFACE is from the genius of Carol Cole alongside her daughters Tera Peterson and Kim Morales. Spanning a 30-year career in aesthetics and beauty, Carol Cole is a pioneer of microcurrent technology. 

During her aesthetician days at Golden Door Spa in California, she often received concerns from clients about loss of definition in the face, sagging eyelids and more of the regular ageing concerns. 

With that in mind, she made it a mission to develop a hand-held device that will be able to do the same professional microcurrent facials professionally, on a more personal, hands-on level. Out came – The Trinity Facial Toning Kit, one of the best inventions ever!

With Carol’s persistence and hard work, she personally made house visit calls to her clients to use the microcurrent device for in-between their professional facials. Soon enough, clients spread the incredible innovation of NuFACE and it now has been marked as a cult-beauty favourite!

NuFACE, today, is a leader in microcurrent and at-home beauty devices. They have award-winning products that are sold in over 1,600 spas around the world. Not just that, these devices are recommended by professionals and used by celebrities alike. 

NuFACE was founded by women for women. They are wholly centred in helping transform skincare that is clinically proven, effective and non-invasive for the skin. Carol Cole is passionate to give the everyday woman the power of a microcurrent facial right at the palm of their hands.

NuFACE Products

Today, NuFace has expanded their line to include skincare gels & primers. 

NuFACE offers different devices that will cater to each person’s different needs. First off, they have the NuFACE Trinity – a facial- toning device that is used all over the face to tone, smooth and define. For a smaller size option, they have the NuFACE Mini that has the same benefits as the Trinity but in a smaller, travel-friendly size. 

Next up is the NuFACE Fix – this is in a wand-like form that targets lines to completely smoothen out fine lines around the eyes, lips and forehead. The Fix also comes with a NuFace Fix Serum that works simultaneously with the Nuface Fix device.

For the rest of your body, there is the NuBody. It is designed to tone and firm the rest of your body and larger surface areas. I won’t be covering the NuBody in this review, I am limiting this review to the NuFACE facial devices.

Currently, they have 6 devices available on their website – with two minis, the Mini Trinity and Mini Refreshed Trinity and a full-body skin toning device, NuBody. 

The NuFACE Facial Toning Devices

The NuF Trinity

The NuFace Trinity is one of the first microcurrent facial devices on the market and in fact, is an award-winning product. This device is a true innovation that has been clinically tested to improve facial tone and definition.

It was made to contour, smooth and tone your face. I.e. get rid of wrinkles, lines and sagginess.

In the box you will get:

  • NuFACE Trinity Device
  • NuFACE Trinity Facial Trainer Attachment
  • NuFACE Hydrating Leave-on Gel Primer 2 fl oz / 59 mL
  • User Manual & Quick Start Guide
  • Charging Cradle

The NuFace Trinity is really easy to use and comfortable to hold. Do you know those devices that tire your hand out? Ye, I hate them too, with the NuFace Trinity you don’t need to worry about your arm getting tired because you won’t be having such problems.

With the help of a gel primer, the device passes a 335 microamps (μA) current through your skin. The current is broken down by 5 settings that you can easily adjust. The process mimics the bioelectricity of your body, which then gives a little boost production of adenosine triphosphate or ATP. In simple English, it helps your skin rejuvenate itself!

The cells then use this to strengthen collagen and elastin, heal and improve muscles on your face. The result? A much healthier and younger appearance plus improved facial contour and reduced wrinkles. A dream device if you ask me!

For its sessions, you can do 5-minute to a 20-minute microcurrent treatment, the device will auto-shutoff at 20 minutes. 

Claims:

  • Contours –  improves the definition of facial features
  • Smoothens – enhances the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tones – enhances the appearance of sagging skin
  • Part light therapy device, part facial toner, part wrinkle reducer
  • Reduces Wrinkles
  • Gives Face a Radiant Glow
  • Youthful-Looking Skin

This device is quite an investment, but nothing is free in life, especially the good things! A big advantage to the NuFace Trinity is that its multi-functional and you can decide what skin problem to target when. It has a few different attachments for different skin concerns. 

Do note that they do not all come included in the box of NuFACE Trinity device, some need to be bought separately.

The attachments are:

Facial Trainer attachment – two rounded silver bulbs that improve the contours of the face. (this comes with the device.)

ELE attachment – two antenna-like attachments which target fine lines and wrinkles. 

This attachment targets harder-to-reach areas like around the eyes and lip line. The level of power changes to 208 Micro Amps since it aims to be gentler on the delicate areas. 

Wrinkle Reducer attachment – has 32 LED Lights in red and infrared that target fine lines. 

The Red Light has been shown to help with skincare conditions like eczema, and you can use it on face, neck and the rest of your body. Try not to use this around the eyes. 

With the Wrinkle Reducer Attachment, the session is 21 minutes, and it is recommended do this treatment before the microcurrent facial. 

How To Use the Trinity device:

Use this 5 minutes a day per area of your face. For the first 2 months, use 5 days per week.

After 2 months, you can reduce to 2-3 days per week for maintenance. 

For the facial toning and ELE attachment, you will need to apply a thick layer of the Gel Primer, which comes with the device. The primer will help the device to move easily on your face and improve the flow of microcurrents to penetrate your skin better. Plus, the gel has hyaluronic acid which will keep your skin hydrated.

If you’re using the Wrinkle Reducer attachment, you won’t need to apply the Gel Primer. 

There are helpful videos on NuFace’s Youtube channel on how to use the NuFACE Trinity. They have a 5-minute method as well as a 15-minute method, the choice is yours.

In the video, Tera Peterson, Co-Founder & CEO of NuFace, demonstrates how to use the Trinity, effectively.

Step 1: Cleanse Your Face With An Oil-Free Cleanser 

Make sure that you are entirely removing any makeup, dirt and oil 

Step 2: Apply The Gel Primer Included

When applying the gel, make sure to apply as much as you can almost a mask-like amount onto your face and neck.

Step 3: Start Lifting 

 Starting at the centre, slowly glide the device upwards until you hear a beep. Do this 3 times.

Step 4: Tap in the remaining gel primer to hydrate your skin. 

In her demonstration, she starts on the neck. You can start on whichever part of your face you prefer.

If you have a little bit more time and want to make the most out of your Trinity device, there is a 15-minute method that will maximise Trinity’s potential.

15-Minute Method

Step 1: Cleanse your face well with an oil-free cleanser and make sure that you are completely removing any makeup, dirt and oil that is on your skin.

Step 2: Apply the gel primer that is included

When applying the gel, apply a lot, as you would for a face mask.

Step 3: Lift and Hold

Place both spheres of the attachment on the specific area and hold them there for 1-2 beeps. Then move to the next position on the area and hold once again for 1-2 beeps. Remember to place the device on the area that you want your skin to be lifted.

Step 4: Tap in the remaining gel primer to hydrate your skin. 

The NuFace Trinity is one of the best microcurrent facial devices available for home use. This device will effectively deliver its claims to contour, smoothe and tone your face. It is gentle on the face and will be a super relaxing way for you to improve your skin. Don’t forget that in order to see the desired results, make sure you use it consistently.

It is quite an investment, but it will save you time and money in the long run. In my opinion, that’s a win-win!

It gives you the convenience of being able to tone your face at any time of the day or night, no matter where you are. The Trinity will also give you the maximum benefits and target your whole face and neck. 

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  • Ergonomically-designed
  • Helps Strengthen The Muscles on Your Face
  • Multi-Functional

CONS

  • Expensive

NuFace Trinity can be bought from Amazon


The NuFACE Fix

The NuFACE Fix is a much smaller version of the NuFace Trinity. It comes in a wand-like shaped device that is very easy to carry with you. Unlike the Trinity, the Fix focuses on a smaller area, such as your lips, eye and forehead. 

The NuFACE Fix is a thin, portable version of NuFACE Trinity. It is best used for targeting the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just three minutes. Since it is a lot smaller than the Trinity, you will be able to reach the harder areas on your face, like around your nose and under your eyes.

What’s in the box:

  • NuFACE FIX Device
  • NuFACE FIX Serum 0.25 oz / 7.4 mL (avg. 30-day supply)
  • Protective Cap
  • Micro USB Charging Cable
  • User Manual & Quick Start Guide
  • 1-Year Warranty

Since the Fix is smaller than the Trinity, it is also less powerful. That is on purpose! The Fix is designed to be a quick fix for fine lines and wrinkles and all you need is three minutes. Fix by name and fix by nature!

Claims 

  • Brightens – helps achieve a more radiant-looking skin
  • Firms – improves the skin’s strength
  • Smoothens – enhances the look of fine lines and wrinkles

The Fix is compact and you can even throw into your purse to use on the go. You can use it in the day, and the night after cleansing your face and applying the NuFACE Fix Serum that comes with it. The serum activates the microcurrent treatment of the device, and at the same time, it helps with moisturising and firming your skin. 

Unlike the Trinity, Fix doesn’t come with other attachments. Instead, you have the Facial Trainer attachment, just like the one that you see with the Trinity. These are smaller circles compared to the Trinity.

The Fix also includes a NuFACE Fix Serum that is different from the gel primer available with the Trinity. The NuFACE FIX Line Smoothing Serum is the first-ever Microcurrent Skincare formula, that has supercharged active ingredients which help with smoothing, tightening, brightens and moisturises. Although you can use other serums or primers, it is recommended to use this serum for maximum benefits. 

According to their website, the NuFACE Fix Serum has three key ingredients that NuFACE claims no other product has. Its special formulation will “effectively deliver bursts of energy and will continue those skin benefits throughout the day.” 

The NuFACE Fix Line Smoothing Serum contains:

“PŪRE ENERGY™ BLEND A proprietary complex with magnesium enriched gemstone, snow mushroom extract, and Hyaluronic Acid to recharge skin with bursts of microcurrent energy while locking in moisture.
SMART PEPTIDE SYSTEM Maximise efficacy by targeting and fighting the look of expression lines helping to smooth the look of skin.
IONISED FORMULA Delivers supercharged skincare benefits at every level by interacting with your skin’s natural charge to help restore its firmness and suppleness.”

How To Use:

Just like the Trinity, NuFACE also has a helpful demo video on how to use the Fix. It includes 4-steps that are easy to follow through. 

Step 1: Start With Clean Dry Skin

Step 2: Apply the NuFace Fix Serum on the area that you want such as the eyes or lips 

Apply the Serum generously on a particular area

Step 3: Use “feathering and eraser-like” motions on undereye wrinkles or crow’s feet

It is 3-minutes per area and will shut off after

Step 4: Tap in any excess Serum 

If you are looking for a more compact device, The NuFACE Fix will be the right choice for you. This device will also be great if you’re on a bit of a budget and still dipping your toes into facial devices. With Fix, it will effectively target smaller areas of your face which The NuFACE Trinity would not be able to do if you don’t have the ELE attachment. 

It is also a lot less time-consuming as you get 3-minutes per area as you use the Fix. If you’re looking for a quick fix, that’s exactly what this device will give you!

PROS

  • Pen-form
  • 3-Minute Use 
  • Easy To Travel With
  • Cheaper

CONS

  • Does not cover a large area of the face
  • No other attachments

NuFACE Fix can be bought from Amazon


The NuFACE Trinity Mini

If you’re looking for a smaller option of The NuFACE Trinity, NuFACE offers the Trinity Mini. It has the same benefits as the regular Trinity in a much more petite and portable size. For size reference, the Mini is about 4″ long while the Trinity is 5.5″.

The lovely thing about the NuFACE Mini is that it has the same power as the full-sized device, the Trinity. The microcurrent is split into 3 settings. A big difference between the 2 devices is that the Mini does not have different head attachments such as the ELE and Wrinkle Reducer. 

The Mini also has the same claims and how-tos of the regular Trinity. Be aware that the Trinity Mini has a shorter microcurrent treatment of 5 minutes and it auto shut off’s at 5 minutes. 

PROS

  • Portable
  • Mini-Size
  • Cheaper

CONS

  • No Attachments 
  • Shorter Cycle

If you want more than what the Fix has to offer but less than the price of the Trinity, the NuFace Trinity Mini will be your best bet! The Mini is a lot more affordable but still has the same functions as the regular Trinity.

NuFace Trinity Mini can be bought from Amazon


What is The Refreshed NuFACE Trinity and The Refreshed NuFACE Trinity MINI?

Part of the NuFACE range is The Refreshed NuFACE Trinity and The Refreshed NuFACE Trinity Mini. I won’t do in-depth reviews of these two devices because they are essentially the same as your regular NuFACE Trinity and Mini.

NuFACE released the Refreshed devices as repackaged devices. They have all the same settings as the standard NuFace Device but cheaper.

The reason they’re cheaper is that they have according to NuFACE, “very slight cosmetic imperfection” on these Refreshed devices. Think of it as those devices that you see displayed in store. Nonetheless, these are fully functioning devices that still include the charger and primer.

The Refresh is a cheaper option, but unlike your regular NuFace devices, this does not have 90-day money-back guarantee and the devices only have a 6-month warranty.

Comparison of the models: Trinity, Mini and Fix

Both the Trinity and Mini use a low-level electrical current of 335 MPA which is great for facial stimulation. The difference between the 2 models is not just in size but also that the Mini cannot be interchanged with the other attachments like the ELE and Wrinkle Reducer.

The NuFACE Fix, however, uses an even lower level of microcurrent of 207 MPA and targets areas around the eye, lip and forehead. You can compare its functions to an ELE attachment which also works on some regions of the face.

The differences are pretty easy to understand. Really it all boils down to your budget and facial concern.

My Thoughts

I know that’s quite a whirlwind of information! But when it comes to choosing the best NuFace Facial Toning Device, you need to really understand what you’re in for! These devices are an investment, but they are a great solution when you don’t have the time and money for professional services.

I personally love the Fix! It is compact, quick and gets the job done in less than 5 minutes. But for the long-term effect, the NuFace Trinity is the one to go for. It will help improve the skin and give the proper toning that the face needs.

When it comes to anti-ageing and skincare, the earlier you start, the better! Taking care of our skin is vital to looking great and feeling great. The time to start is now!

What are your thoughts on NuFace? Which Facial Toning Devices are you most likely to buy?

Let me know in the comment section below!

Hollie xx

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2 Responses

  1. Michel

    I am so for not having a facelift, so when I read articles like this it always piques my interest. I go somewhere at the moment for non-surgical facelift sessions every 6 weeks or so. Maybe this option will work out cheaper, as I don’t see much difference in the explaination. These sessions always promise to stimulate collagen production, but I always wonder how a massage makes this possible?

    The problem is with home devices is that everything gets in the way and you don’t do it as often as you should unless you are super disciplined. 

    • Hollie

      I think the final decision needs to be if you will actually be motivated and disciplined. For some people, it’s super easy and for others, it’s the opposite! I always rather do beauty treatments from the comfort of my home, whenever suits me!

      Thanks for stopping by:)

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