Review: NuFACE Trinity

My first official review is a big one. Go big or go home, it’s the American way. The NuFACE Trinity is a device that is supposed to ‘train’ your facial skin to be firmer, by subjecting it micro-currents (yes, that’s electricity) which in turn help to promote collagen regeneration. Obviously this is for the 30+ crew. I believe it was originally marketed towards men and women over age 50, however now it is being promoted to those of us in our 30s as well. The idea is that not only will it help to firm up skin that is beginning to age and lose collagen, but it will help to prevent sagging in the future.

Bottom line: It works, immediate results, and long-term. YAY!!!

Don’t go and buy it just yet. There are caveats, and they are sizable. Let’s go over the key points, because if you object to any of the following, this review is tldr;

  • It is expensive. My set came with the original Trainer attachment, and the ELE targeted trainer and some of the gel. From a 3rd party distributer, it ran about $300. The IR Wrinkle Reducer attachment is an additional $150. Ouch.
  • It is a big upfront time investment. Minimum of 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 60 days. Using all 3 attachments, my daily time investment was 20 minutes a day. This is not a joke.
  • Longterm time investment, 2-3 days a week, to keep results.
  • The primer gel you must use with it, is $30 for 5 oz. I went through 1+ tube for my initial 60 days. I would estimate that the long-term routine would be about half of that.

If you said yes, I’m totally cool with all of those key points, then you are as crazy as me. Read on!

The Machine and it’s attachments


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The futuristic NuFACE Trinity. Fixes your face and helps you communicate with alien life forms.

Left to Right: NuFACE Trinity, Trainer, ELE, Wrinkle Reducer

The NuFACE Trinity et al, looks like a futuristic personal defense weapon. And when you use it on your face it blinks and makes noise. My hubby kept asking me if I was getting signals from the mother ship. It honestly does not feel that solid and well put together, but it fits well in my hand. Let’s go over the pros and cons.

Pros

  • One device, several attachments so you can target different issues without buying separate devices.
  • Rechargeable via sitting it on a base that plugs into a two prong outlet.
  • Holds a charge through several 20 minute uses.

Cons

  • One device, several attachments. Changing out the attachments feels clunky, and they do not always connect well with the base device. I had to remove and reattach on several occasions. It always feels a little loose and misaligned. I think this should be a magnetic mechanism, so everything aligns well.
  • The device does not always align with the rechargeable base.
  • You have to keep the Facial Trainer and ELE free from oil, so you really need to clean them with rubbing alcohol after each use. It says you can use a water dampened cloth, but they recommend rubbing alcohol.
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Recharging dock and adapter

Using the NuFACE


As I stated above, you have to use this 5 days a week for 60 days. I adhered to a 20+ minute routine, that utilized all of the attachments. Though there are immediate effects (reducing puffiness and superficial firming/lifting), I did not experience lasting results until after week 6.

Let’s go over the general steps and what the overall experience is.

PRIMER

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This is a thick, clear gel (I never used the 24k gold primer). You generously spread it on, but do not massage in. It is simply a layer that allows the metal attachments to glide over your skin and conduct the electricity. Do not skimp on it. A thin layer will cause you to feel too much of the electricity. Believe me, that sucks. Also, if it gets dry, you have to add more, or lightly moisten it with some kind of water based spray. Otherwise it won’t glide, and again, you will feel the pain. I applied and ‘massaged’ my face in two parts, chin to temples, and then forehead/brow. You remove the gel afterwards with a damp cloth. I washed it off, because I didn’t want it to be part of my skincare product routine.

Trainer

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This is the basic attachment. You glide both balls over you skin, in upward movements, or hold it in place. The device beeps in 5 second intervals to signal when to move to another place. The basic routine from chin to forehead should last about 5 minutes. It feels great, and weird. The cooling metal rolling over my skin immediately helped to reduce puffiness and fluid in my face. The electrical pulses felt like barely perceptible static electricity. If my primer was dry or too thin, it was VERY perceptible static electricity – which is a no-no. I do a bit more than the basic routine, to help target my cheekbones, under my chin, and forehead lines. From the reduction of swelling, and what I am guessing is the electricity, my face looked more firm, smaller, and more lifted. Of course, it only lasted through the day, until week six.

ELE

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After I finished my entire face with the Trainer, I attached the ELE. I only used it on my brow and between my brows. I have monolids, and as I am aging, they are puffier and droopier. It is extremely important that you never apply the NuFace directly to your upper eyelids below your orbital bone. Overall, this was the area where I saw the fewest results. My eye shape may or may not have something to do with the lack of results.

Wrinkle Reducer

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This attachment uses red-light technology to penetrate deeper into the layers of skin to help stimulate collagen and elastin production. It supposedly helps to reduce wrinkles below the surface of the skin, instead of topical treatments that apply only to the outer layers. It’s a very odd experience, because of the bright, constantly flashing red lights. The device will beep every 3 minutes to indicate when to move to the next area. It can get warm after continued use, so if you use it on many areas of your face, you will need to let it cool off for a minute before continuing. I used it in my forehead wrinkles, under my eyes, and on my fine smile lines. That is 15 minutes! I started out doing this in the morning after the Trainer and ELE. The last 2 weeks, I switched to using it at night, because I had not realized I could use it after applying my skincare products. It helps them to absorb and allegedly increase the effectiveness of those products.

Results

Let’s look at my completely bare skin before and after photos! I just want to say, how excited I am to reveal my morning, tired, makeup-free face to the world in my second blog post. It can only get better when you start at the bottom, right? Hehe. I have many friends who say, well, you don’t look like you are in your late 30s, but…that is after applying full makeup. Mid-week, without enough sleep, and in the morning , I don’t look 20, that is for sure.

Also, I really apologize for the dark ‘before’ photos. I should have used a flash, since it was mid-winter and still dark outside at 7 AM. I tried to brighten them a bit during post-processing.

BEFORE

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Before: Left side of face
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Before: Right side of face
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Before: Forehead – lines from too many WTF? expressions

AFTER

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After: Left side of face
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After: Right side of face
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After: Forehead – Expression lines are reduced in center of forehead

Do you guys see the difference? The lower half of my face is significantly firmer and lifted. My jowl area and under my chin is firmer and less flabby. Smile lines are reduced. My brow and forehead is smoother.

Not joking, I now get carded when I’m not wearing anything more than minimal concealer and some eyebrow groomer. For those of you with more aging concerns, I think the results will be magnified. I’m going to continue using this 2-3 days a week. I will report back in about 6 months.

Sneak peek: This is the next device I’m going to check out. VERY EXCITED!!
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How about you guys? Have you tried the NuFACE, or any other devices? How did they work out for you? If you have any more questions, just let me know. Have a great weekend!