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I never gave collagen much thought but as I get older, understanding what it is and how to keep my body producing it has become important. As we age, our body produces less collagen and elastin and this is what causes our skin to begin to sag. I know, how terrible right? You aren’t alone if you feel discouraged by the inevitable effects of Mother Nature. However, as science and technology continues to advance, so do opportunities to combat her effects. When NuFACE released their first at home anti-aging device over 10 years ago, it was a huge success. The device uses microcurrent technology to tone muscles and has been shown to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. While this was previously only available in professional settings, the first device released in 2005 for home use by NuFACE was approved by the FDA and got rave reviews.
Let’s discuss the latest facial toning device that has been released, the NuFACE mini! A smaller, portable, less expensive device that offers the same facial toning features that their award winning Trinity device offers.
The NuFace mini Facial Toning Device
The NuFACE mini is a smaller version of the NuFACE Trinity which is their best selling device. These devices are made in the USA, FDA approved, and professionally recommended. Today, they are sold all over the world. The latest FDA-cleared device, the NuFACE mini features the same microcurrent technology as their top selling device in a petite, portable travel-friendly size. Unlike the NuFACE Trinity, there are no additional attachments to swap out. The mini is just used for facial toning.
The NuFACE mini is very easy to use. Inside the box is a wall charger that plugs directly into the device , a tube of gel primer, and a users manual. The gel is applied prior to use to help conduct the microcurrent. The NuFACE mini takes 16 hours to initially charge so be prepared to wait a day before you get to try it out. Patience, my beauties! Once charged, when you press the power button in the middle, the device will light up. You can control the intensity to be light, moderate, or intense.
The reviews on NuFACE products have been consistently positive. Interestingly, it wasn’t too long ago that I was researching exercises to tone my facial muscles. Shocker but….I didn’t keep up with the routine. It was too time consuming and I couldn’t figure out if I was doing the exercises properly or not. I felt like an idiot trying to do them. It makes sense that those muscles should be exercised to stay firm and tone. The NuFACE mini is easier to use and within 5 minutes is designed to tone and contour your facial muscles. It’s touted as a 5-minute face lift. I’m on board with that!
The NuFACE device has been featured in InStyle, Cosmopolitan, People magazine, and Vogue! An article was also published in 2011 in Elle Magazine about microcurrent technology
and they recommend to use it alone or in conjunction with botox to help avoid muscle atrophy. Dr. Nicholas Perricone also offers microcurrent facials in his flagship clinic. The technology has certainly been gaining popularity over the years.
What is the NuFace Microcurrent technology?
To achieve the contouring and lifting of the facial muscles, NuFace technology uses microcurrent technology. What is that? Microcurrents are low level currents that help stimulate muscles under the skin and help lift, tone, and contour the facial tissues. It’s described as a mini workout for your facial muscles, many of which aren’t used a lot over time like other muscles which causes sagging. It works from the bottom of the skin layers up to lift up tissue in a gentle non-invasive way. This is very effective with facial toning because the skin is attached to the facial muscles.
Microcurrent is a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current and can provide both instant and cumulative results. Because microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is painless. Although when using the NuFace mini device on the medium or highest setting, I do feel a bit of a needling sensation but it’s not painful. It feels as if though my skin is being poked by fine needles but not hard enough to penetrate the skin. That’s the best way I can describe the sensation to you.
This is a safe and effective technology and when used consistently, can produce dramatic results. Clinical studies and research from NuFACE* have shown microcurrent helps stimulate ATP production, which is supposed to help stimulate structural proteins, such as collagen and elastin.
How is the NuFace product used?
I thought I might get fancy with this post and make a video for you but NuFace has already thought of that! They have a video that shares how to perform the 5 minute treatment. This a great way to see how the manufacturer recommends you use the product so I have included the video for you here.
Within the packaging, there are a few things to note about use of the device:
- Not recommended for use on the neck, groin, chest, or eye muscle within orbital rim
- Not recommended to use more than once daily
- Not for use if you are pregnant
- Device should not be used while plugged into the charger
- Do not use while driving or in the bath or shower (not to be used in or near water)
There are a few other warnings but these are the ones I thought I’d point out. There are also a few contraindications for use that should be carefully reviewed. For example, the device is not approved for use if you are pregnant, have a history or seizures, cancer, or electronic implants. There are additional contraindications in the users manual that should be carefully reviewed to ensure you are a suitable candidate to use this device. Of course, if you have any doubts or concerns, check with your doctor or call the support number provided by NuFACE. You should never be afraid to ask all the questions you want to.
My thoughts on the NuFACE mini
Overall I really like this device and I believe it is capable of affecting the muscles and skin tone. There’s certainly no harm in using it if you are a candidate for the device. As with any muscles in your body, if you exercise them, they become stronger and tighter. Facial muscles follow suit and shouldn’t be neglected. An important question that I don’t have the answer to is how does the strength of the current differ, if at all, between what is approved for use at home versus in a medical setting. If there was a difference, at what level does it really matter and have a profound affect on the results?
Some users of the device experience an immediate lifting in the treated area. That was not my personal experience but I would expect with consistent use the tone of my facial muscles will improve. I plan to continue using the device daily and I will provide an update in 2-3 months.
Where to purchase the NuFACE mini
The NUFace mini can be purchased at B-Glowing for $199 USD
. An additional 10% discount on your first purchase can be obtained if you sign up for their mailing list. Shipping is free with orders over $75 and B-Glowing offers a 30-day money back guarantee. International shipping is also available.
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*The ENGAGE Clinical Study demonstrates a significant improvement in facial contour, skin tone and wrinkle reduction after 60 days of use of the NuFACE Trinity® Facial Trainer.