nuface trinity

Reviewed by Marta on March 3, 2014


I bought a NuFace Trinity ($325) at-home microcurrent device for two reasons. I didn’t really like the original NuFace and wanted to see if the new version with its smaller probes would win me over. I also thought I’d be buying a device that came with an interchangeable head for LED light. Not so – I’d have to fork out another $149 for the NuFace Trinity LED panel.

So I reasoned that I would try the NuFace Trinity microcurrent, and only if it wowed me would I would add on the LED panel. Unfortunately, NuFace Trinity did not wow me. In fact, I was mostly underwhelmed by the results. Furthermore, I found NuFace Trinity very uncomfortable to use. More on this to come. First, what’s good about NuFace Trinity?

Well, the ergonomics of the NuFace Trinity are a huge improvement over the original version. As I wrote in my review of the original NuFace, the “spherical probes”, as NuFace called them, were two steel balls that were way too big and made the device unwieldy. On the NuFace Trinity, the probes have been scaled back and the device itself is also a more comfortable fit in the hand.

These enhancements make the NuFace Trinity easy to hold and move around the face. However, my sessions were not enjoyable as I found the Trinity gave me a prickling sensation that was uncomfortable even at a low 1-2 setting. The sessions would start out comfortably enough, but after a few moments the tingling would start and become an uncomfortable prickle. The device settings can go up to 5.  At all times I was wearing an adequate layer of water based gel – either the NuFace Primer or our own Ultra Renew Gel Serum.

Microcurrent, by definition, is almost sunsensory. The tiny currents are barely perceptible and a microcurrent session (and I have had many of them at a salon or with various at-home devices) should be extremely relaxing. Instead, I found NuFace Trinity uncomfortable to the point that I would end sessions prematurely and gradually, over a couple of months, began to put off using it.

I did notice some plumping of the skin after each session. Microcurrent uses a subsensory electric current that delivers a pulse to the facial muscles and stimulates them and the surrounding tissue. The theory is that microcurrent improves the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the chemical in muscles that provides energy. Although I have experienced good results with other microcurrent devices such as Myotone Facial Toning Device ($279), NuFace Trinity’s results are not enough for me to endure the unpleasant sensation of the device.

Finally, a word about the primer that comes with the NuFace Trinity. It’s main purpose is a water-based conductor, but somehow NuFace saw fit to throw in a handful of irritants: 1, 2-Propanediol is propylene glycol, a petroleum derivative, acrylic acid polymer is a film forming agent, and the preservative, methylisothiazolinone, is also a neurotoxin.