- Value: 19/20
- Functionality: 19/20
- Ease of Use: 16/20
- Aesthetics: 18/20
- Effectiveness: 18/20
- TOTAL: 90/100
The NuFACE Trinity Device Is the Secret to Sculpted Cheekbones & It's 25 Percent Off Right Now
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Working in the beauty industry for several years has turned me into a bit of a skeptic. Ninety-five percent of skincare products just don’t live up to their lofty claims and life-changing promises. I would know—I’ve tried nearly all of them. The only thing that’s ever transformed my skin before my eyes has been baby Botox, which smoothed out my crow’s feet in mere seconds. But when trips to the derm were put on pause during the early days of the pandemic, I went back to just slathering on eye cream and hoping for the best. Only, I was left wondering why I even bothered since it seemingly had zero effect, no matter how diligent I was with it.
But there was one at-home treatment I hadn’t tried: the FDA-approved NuFACE Trinity microcurrent device. I’ve gotten microcurrent treatments during facials before (where they deliver tiny electric currents that stimulate your muscles to improve facial contours, facial tone and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles), and can attest to their totally safe, cheekbone-sculpting, eyebrow-lifting benefits. Surely the at-home version wouldn’t be as good, right? Well, even I, a beauty skeptic, was floored after using the NuFACE Trinity device for the first time.
To be sure I was getting the most out of my device, I set up a one-on-one Zoom session with co-founder and CEO of NuFACE, Tera Peterson, to get a tutorial from the pro herself. In the past, Peterson and her team of NuFACE aestheticians have made “house calls” to celebrity and VIP homes (from Kate Hudson to Molly Sims). But over the pandemic, those in-person meetings have shifted to virtual sessions that are free to anyone (even if you’re not an A-lister). So, of course, I jumped at the chance.
How to Use the NuFACE Trinity:
The device is easy to use whether or not you have a tutorial, thanks to the comprehensive directions and online videos. It also has multiple interchangeable accessories for targeting different things (like red light therapy for reducing acne scars and a pronged attachment for smoothing smile lines and eye wrinkles). But I highly recommend taking advantage of a 20-minute one-on-one lesson if you can. Peterson showed me how to use the product like a pro: The NuFACE Hydrating Aqua Gel is a must (it ensures the microcurrents get deep down into the muscles) and both metal nodes should be lightly pressed into the skin to activate the microcurrent.
You basically can’t mess it up. The device is super light and comfortable to hold, little beeps cue you when it's time to move onto the next section of your face and the gel primer ensures everything goes smoothly. Peterson assured me that as long as I was moving the device in upward motions, I’d achieve optimum lift. And lift, it did.
I started at my neck on the highest setting per Peterson’s recommendation, did a few passes from the center out toward the back of my neck, moved on to my cheeks (my favorite spot, because I love a chiseled cheekbone) and then up to my forehead. This was probably the most shocking part because after lifting the right side of my face, my eyebrow was visibly higher than my left and those aforementioned forehead wrinkles were nowhere in sight. No joke. I thought it would last a few hours at best, but I was shocked to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror the next morning and my face still looked sculpted. See for yourself.
How Long Do NuFACE Results Last?
The results lasted about two to three days as Peterson said they would, and then I went back in with my NuFACE to re-lift everything. Because the microcurrent trains our muscles, the results only get better with time. The whole treatment only takes about five minutes, so I have no problem doing it three days a week to help my face stay sculpted. Plus, the gliding motion is so soothing. The only warning: Make sure you put on enough gel primer before using the device, or it can give you a minor shock (which doesn’t hurt, but it certainly doesn't feel pleasant).
Which NuFACE Device Should I Buy?
It’s important to note that the NuFACE Trinity lets you use multiple attachments, while the almost identical-looking NuFACE Mini doesn’t (it's also smaller in size). Peterson recommended the NuFACE Trinity for the 30+ crowd, while those in their twenties can get away with using the Mini. If you're torn, I’d suggest going for the Trinity because it has the added attachments that will come in handy as you age up. When you take into account that one microcurrent facial can cost over $150, the NuFACE pays for itself within a week of consistent use.
Where Can I Buy the NuFACE Trinity?
Right now, you can get the NuFace Trinity Starter Kit, which includes the gel primer, for 25 percent off during the Skinstore Friends and Family Sale. Just be sure to use coupon code FRIENDS at checkout before the sale ends on October 7.
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