Last month, I did a paid Instagram story for NuFace (refer to this Instagram highlight for more on that!) and honestly the best part of that partnership was getting a sit-down training via Zoom with their education manager Michele Suviate, to learn how to use it! She taught me so many good tips and I learned so much from her, so I wanted to pass everything I learned along in a blog post. This is a product that I really believe in. It’s become something I use nearly every day and see a VERY noticeable difference from using. I really hope it’s helpful but if you have any further questions, please let me know in the comments section below.
Also, for the record: I have the Trinity + Eye and Lip Enhancer Attachment bundle.
NuFace Review And How To Use It!
NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device
Product Overview and Benefits:
The NuFace Trinity Facial Trainer is a microcurrent facial device that trains your facial muscles. Think of it as a workout for your face! With regular use it can reduce facial wrinkles and fine lines, help with sagging jowls and define the jawline, and provide a more lifted look overall. It even improves skin tone! This thing has been clinically tested and it WORKS. I have some before + after photos at the bottom of the post where you can really see a difference. I personally have the Trinity device and I like that because you can use the different NuFace Trinity attachments, but if you don’t care about the attachments you can get the mini – it’s a lot more affordable.
When to Use It:
There’s a little bit of debate here. Honestly, you can use it whenever you want – it’s being consistent that is the most important part. A lot of people like to use it in the morning as you see pretty immediate results. Or, before a big event to get that lifted effect right away. I personally use mine at night. This was at the recommendation of Michele. Her rationale is that the microcurrent keeps toning your face for 8 hours afterward, so it will keep working while you sleep. This is also conducive for my evening TV routine!
How often to Use It:
Like working out, consistency is key! I use mine almost every day. I plan for every day so that way if I mess up or forget a day, I am still doing it 4-5x a week which is the recommendation. What I’ve been told is that you need to use it 4-5x a week for the first three months and then you can go down to 2-3x a week to maintain your results after that.
How to Use It:
First of all, I can’t recommend watching NuFace’s how-to video enough. You will learn basically everything I learned from Michele by watching their video! Sephora has a good video, too. They will show you the basic treatment as well as a few advanced techniques, too.
Prep the Skin.
You want your skin to be clean and dry and makeup free. Wash your face using an oil free cleanser (or if you like an oil based cleanser, use a toner after to get skin extra clean). I spoke to the team about this and you can use a serum before you apply the gel primer, but only if it is a) water based and b) has no AHAs. The gel primer actually is packed with hyaluronic acid, and can be left on overnight as a treatment. I know it’s annoying but I typically wipe the primer off and then do my full skincare routine after.
Prime using the NuFace Gel Primer.
Don’t be stingy with the gel primer. This conducts the microcurrent so you want a nice thick mask-like layer. If you can feel sparks, the current is ricocheting… NOT being delivered into your skin! It’s not one of those cases where you want to feel sparks… if you feel sparks you aren’t using enough of the gel. I have dry skin which absorbs the gel very quickly so I apply it as I go (mask my neck, use the device; mask my cheek, use the device, etc.)
Work in upward glides.
Two things to note: the device has beeps which will help you to gauge how long you should glide for. Second, I use mine on the highest setting.
You want to focus on the three main areas: neck, cheek, and forehead. For each area you will use medium pressure and perform three sets of glides, three times. For the neck, start at the collarbone and glide up to the base of your neck. Then do the same thing mid-neck and then just under your jaw. Repeat three times. For the cheek, start at the base of your jaw and then glide to just below your ear. Then up a little higher and a little higher. And for the forehead, start in the middle just above your brow and work up to the hairline. Then work your way outward to the side of the face. The treatment takes about 10 minutes but can be done in 5.
Do you really need to use the Gel Primer?
Okay I don’t know the answer here. I am definitely a rule follower and I know a lot of people use other things (aloe vera gel or the Peter Thomas Roth gel mask) but I am of the mind that NuFace created this gel specifically to go with the device. So I may be drinking the Kool-aid, IDK, but I am not going to mess with that. I use the gel and like it a lot – I bought the large size during the Sephora sale!
My Honest Review of the NuFace Trinity
I love this device. In the months that I’ve been using it, it’s become my favorite beauty device. It’s highly effective and has been an amazing alternative to the microcurrent facials I used to get pre-quarantine. It can visibly improve the facial contour in just minutes, which is pretty amazing.
It is expensive though and it’s definitely an investment. If you don’t see yourself being disciplined with it, I wouldn’t bother. You need to stick with it to see lasting results. If you are on a budget, the attachments are more of a nice to have, so you could totally just go for the mini. I would also absolutely spend some time reading the NuFace Trinity reviews on Sephora – there are some good tips + tricks in there (and that way you’re not just taking my word for it!!!) Kathleen Jennings also has a great review, as does Jess Kirby, and I know Helena from Brooklyn Blonde is also a big fan. And read the clinical studies on microcurrent – here’s a good one!
I think the before and after are pretty telling. The biggest difference I see in my skin after using the NuFace is a more lifted jawline. But if you look closer it’s also noticeable in my cheeks + brow area – both are much more lifted! This is after just 5 minutes!
NuFace ELE Attachment
Product Overview and Benefits
NuFace sells a lot of wrinkle reducer attachments and the ELE attachment is NuFace’s eye and lip enhancer attachment. Think of this NuFace 2.0. Extra credit for brow furrows, crows feet, smile lines, etc. It has smaller facial wands to stimulate more delicate areas of the face.
While I use my NuFace nearly every day, I don’t always use this attachment. But when I have a little more time on my hands I will spend 20 minutes… starting with the Trinity and then swapping out the attachment for the ELE to give myself a mini brow lift and target those pesky nasolabial folds!
How to Use the NuFace ELE Attachment
Whereas the classic NuFace is all about GLIDES, it’s more about HOLDS with the ELE attachment. The first thing Michele told me was that she loves this to just pick up anywhere that’s sagging and hold the device there for the count 1-2 beeps. It’s amazing for the brow + lip area. I recommend watching this tutorial from NuFace to really master it. The eye area was a little tricky to master but it makes a BIG difference.
My Honest Review of the NuFace ELE Attachment
The ELE is a nice to have. You definitely don’t need it but if you are concerned with your eye + lip areas I’d definitely recommend it as an add-on. You can buy it bundled with the Trinity, or buy it solo.
Do you have the NuFace? Do you love it? Let me know if you have any questions.