There has been a lot of back and forth between my ecommerce partner, OpenSky, and the lovely Rob at Nu Skin over the past few weeks. Because I use Nu Skin’s Galvanic Spa and like its results, I wanted to sell it in the Truth In Aging Shop. However, I wanted to offer the TIA community  options to buy and use it: Galvanic Spa with gels, device only, the age-Loc set without the serum (which has a few to many fillers), or the whole shabang. Rob has been amazingly flexible and we have a veritable Nu Skin smorgasboard to pick and choose from.

The Galvanic Spa ($339.59 in the TIA shop) is a handheld device that emits a direct electronic current and, like other electrical current treatments (LED or microcurrent), it is supposed to encourage firmer skin, clear up breakouts and fade wrinkles. Nu Skin recently updated the device and it now works faster, the settings are more intuitive and the “head” (part that touches the skin) is ergonomically better than the old version (which sadly I still have).

In my experience, Nu Skin works very well on horizontal lines on the brow, vertical lines between the eyebrows, and the eye area. For an eye lift look, Nu Skin is impressive (and it only takes five minutes). Nu Skin is very good at tightening the forehead and smoothing lines across the brow. The Galvanic spa also works well on the jaw line. As well as the face, it can be used on the body to tackle cellulite and sagging arms, and on the hair.

Then there are the gels ($43.59 in the TIA shop). There are two types of gel in the pack: a Pre-Treatment gel and a Treatment Gel. The Pre-Treatment Gel has calendula and macrocystis pyrifera, a sea kelp as a whole is thought to be useful in skin care products thanks to its high iodine, vitamin and mineral content. The Treatment Gel has Nu Skin’s signature antioxidant botanical, schizandra chinensis, a fruit native to China and Japan that has long been used as a tonic for skin disorders. Recent studies have shown it to have antioxidant properties. It has also been found to have phytoestrogens and there are conflicting studies as to whether these cause or prevent cancer.

In the interests of full disclosure, I should admit that the gels are glooey and gloopy and dry quickly to form a crumbly mess. Plus, there are several preservatives, such as chlorpenesin and phenoxyethanol, that I’d rather avoid. Still, I haven’t found, despite experimentation, anything else that works as well with the Galvanic Spa device. The device and gels also come in a set, with a how-to DVD for $371.29 in the TIA shop.

Amongst the age-Loc products, my favorite product is the night cream, which has the botanical formula of pea extract, narcissus tazetta extract, bambusa vulgaris stem extract and schizandra chinensis. Pea is an antioxidant and bamboo is a source of natural silica. In fact, bamboo is 70% silica and silicon is humans is important to the integrity of the skin, ligaments, tendons and bone. The night cream also has glucosamine HCI, an anti-inflammatory. Shea and sodium hyaluronate moisturize. The cleanser is a good pore tightener and the day cream has an SPF. We are offering the option of this set without the serum, as I wasn’t too wild about it for $177.29 in the TIA shop.