Light therapy and microcurrent facials have been getting lots of attention, and the Nuface and Illumask are two very popular products in the beauty world. But do red and blue lights really help with acne and skintone, and does sending currents on your face regain some of your youth? I purchased them to find out.
Nuface mini facial toning device (here)
The Nuface might be the most popular electronic beauty device on the market right now. It claims to diminish 3 of the greatest concerns of aging skin: facial contour, wrinkles and skintone! So, I was very curious to see how this little device would perform.
After 45 days of using this item every other day, I'm happy to report that it does provide a slight improvement in face shape. The change is very minimal and is most noticeable in pictures. Before regular use with Nuface, my face appears a tad wider and fuller, especially around the cheeks and jawline. If I didn't take such regular pictures for blogs, it may have been harder to notice. Regular exercise vs being a couch potato would have more effect.
I also noticed that after doing just one side of my face, the crease above my eye is slightly higher than the other eye until I do both sides of the face.
This device has not made my skintone more even or brighter, and since I have yet to get wrinkles, I can't say much to that either. According to reviews around the web, facial firming seems to be the most common reward for using this device.
Here's a tutorial on how to use the Nuface:
There is one big gripe with this product though. The gel primer included with it is less than ideal. It irritated my skin, and even if you used the gel, it would not last very long. If you don't use the gel generously, the device doesn't glide well against the skin, and even worse, you will literally feel zaps (at least I did)!
Other than that, the device is well designed aesthetically and functionally. My initial battery charge is still going strong 45 days later, and I always use it on the highest setting!
If you are interested in this product, don't purchase this device off of Amazon or eBay. This item is counterfeited, so it is best to purchase direct from a department or cosmetics store.
The Nuface I bought and used is the Nuface Mini. It is the exact same as the Nuface Trinity including current level and settings. The only difference between the Trinity and Mini is that the Trinity is slightly larger and can support 2 additional head attachments (light therapy wrinkle reducer, and lip and eye focus).
Illumask anti-acne light therapy mask (here)
Even though my acne is nothing compared to what it used to be during my teenage years, I still suffer from mild acne. So, when I saw a light therapy device for only $30, I was tickled. Light therapy devices are commonly a couple hundred dollars.
But, this thing did not do anything to my skin except cause it to be very dry. Even with lotion afterwards, it irritated my skin greatly. I forced myself to go through 11 sessions over the course of 2 weeks, and it did not provide any improvement to my skin, acne or otherwise. My skin became irritated, and I did not want to further aggravate the issue.
The lights are SUPER bright when they are on. Even though they have eye holes suggesting that your eyes can be open during treatment, I wouldn't open them.
Perhaps the most annoying thing about this device is that there are only 30 sessions. This is ridiculous on so many levels. It is certainly not the most environmental product, and the cost can certainly add up too.
There is no reason why this unit can only be used 30 times. The LED's in this device probably have an average lifespan of 100,000 hours. The wavelength of the light would not change after 30 uses. For those who are interested in the Illumask, see these instructions on how to reuse and reset an Illumask device.
Have you used any of these products or similar products? Let me know your experience and opinions below. And, of course, if there are any questions, put them below. :)