Few beauty tools are as revered as the NuFace. Anyone who spends time reading the slew of NuFace reviews that have been published since the coveted microcurrent treatment device burst onto the scene in 2005 will see a clear pattern: People rely on it to achieve enviable sculpting, toning, and contouring around the face and neck—or, nowadays, even the eye and lip.
Does NuFace Really Work?
In short, yes—the NuFace does really work. It’s been described by many as a dessert-island must-have by industry insiders and editors alike. Vogue alum Steff Yotka previously said that despite her clean, minimalist approach to skin care, the one thing she can’t give up is her NuFace. “It’s a microcurrent tool that comes with a soothing gel to lift, firm, and tone. I find that a thrice-a-week regimen keeps my skin looking taut and glowy.”
What’s more, the device can be found everywhere—in the beauty bags of your favorite cosmetics enthusiasts, backstage at fashion shows, or from renowned estheticians prepping stars’ skin for the red carpet. Or, celebrities like Cynthia Erivo and Madelaine Petsch love it too—unveiling the tool in their beauty secrets installments. When Petsch walks us through her preferred treatment, we see the actor glide the tool seven times across her cheek and chin (at level medium), demonstrating the resulting sculpting effect along her cheekbone. The entire treatment is completed in minutes to produce visible benefits instantly. But how exactly does it work?
What is Microcurrent Technology?
“Microcurrent uses low level electrical current to tone, tighten, and lift the muscles,” explains Los Angeles-based esthetician to the stars Shani Darden. Tera Peterson, co-founder of NuFace, describes the technology as the “external battery that jumpstarts our cellular energy.” As we age, the body’s cellular frequency starts to slow down, so microcurrent helps our cells work at a healthy level. When you do use the device, it increases the tone of the muscle, the circulation and nutrients to the cells, creating a sort of domino effect. “It’s lifting, toning, and contouring, and at the same time, the microcurrent is known to increase collagen and elastin as well,” she says.
“It’s essentially exercise for your facial muscles,” says Darden. “It will retrain your facial muscles to stay in a more lifted position,” She often pairs the technology with the likes of vibration therapy (thanks to her Facial Sculpting Wand), LED light therapy, and cryotherapy, to name a few. While we know the device to work well on its own, Peterson notes that it is the perfect supplement to in-office sculpting treatments, too.