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Microcurrent at home device face off

Reviewed by Marta March 13, 2013 25 Comments

When I wrote about my salon microcurrent treatments a few weeks ago, many of you commented on using at home devices. Now I  have never tried one on grounds that the effects of microcurrent are due to the way the probes are used to massage the muscle. As I don’t really have the experience of a trained esthetician, I’ve always felt that I’d be wasting my money on an at-home device. Well, I’m going to have give them a try, at least in the interests of science. So I did my research and here’s what I found:

The NuFace Facial Toning System was launched by the Carol Cole Company in 2008 with the fanfare that it was the first FDA approved microcurrent facial for use at home. The device itself is not much bigger than a cell phone and is sold as a package with the “conducive” lotions (they stop it tingling unpleasantly) for around $250 to $300. Reviews are mixed and I am concerned that it cannot be used around the eyes or mouth (or so I have read). Still, NuFace crops up all over the place and in the interests of science I am going to have to try it. I just ordered one and will come back with a review in a few weeks.

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I must admit that the more that I looked at the Suzanne Somers FaceMaster, the more I took to it. It bears at least some resemblance to the salon versions (which cannot be said for NuFace).  The indefatigable Ms Somers seems to have given FaceMaster a complete overhaul including adding in finger wands for one-handed use. Much to my surprise, the serums that it comes with don’t look too bad either. Both JC and Bev commented that they use and like FaceMaster. OK, so I suppose I am going to have to try that one too.

I also found a microcurrent device called Electrolast by Intelligent Skin Sense. It has the advantage of being significantly cheaper than the others at $150, but it looks very flimsy somehow.  I couldn’t find any reviews of it and so for now will pass.

Same for the Isomers Nutritone, which looks like an electric shaver and not as if it can be manipulated at all. Surprisingly for Isomers, the accompanying serum is also unappealing (vitamin C and not much else). This is the least expensive system at $56.18.

So NuFace and FaceMaster will be put through their paces. Get ready for the microcurrent face off.

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  • February 13, 2016

    by Susan

    I have been using the dermal wand diligently now for 3 weeks. I don't see any change in the tone or tightening of my skin.can you recommend a device I can use to get results? Many thanks. Susan

  • January 30, 2014

    by Reem


    What do you think about the Nuskin microcurrent vs. the serious skin egg microcurrent? Any testimonials?

    Thank you!

  • February 3, 2013

    by Judita

    I've just finished reading Perricone's Forever Young and he recommended microcurrent treatments, saying results are cumulative so the longer you use them for the better. I'm 25 - is it not too early for me to start using micocurrents?

  • September 15, 2011

    by Mari

    I am looking for a device that can help me with my sagging cheeks and eye wrinkles, I just read about the benefits of Face master and Nuface, which one would you recommend? I am in my 50's and I would like to age with grace!!!!! I am a bit concern about the comments of the teeth tingling, since my front teeth are crowns.....

  • August 27, 2011

    by Madeline

    I have purchase the FaceMaster and have been using it for a couple of days. MY face fill a bit tighter and I have not seen much difference yet and I am not surprised as everything needs time. What I noticed is during use my front teeth are sensitive to the current and after use. I am using the pre-programmed dial but when I use it around or near my mouth area some of my teeth tingle and after use become sensitive. Any information if anyone knows would be appreciated. I am not sure if I am doing any damage to my tooth nerves.

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