To get the most out of LED and ultrasonic (see the launch of the new Ultra Renew from Truth In Aging, or use with your existing device), there are potions and lotions that optimize the experience and ensure the therapies work correctly. Start with clean skin with clean skin using a gentle cleanser and then choose your weapon and your serum.

Ultrasonic

Ultrasonic is supposed to draw out impurities (so using it straight after cleansing your face is a great idea) and help serums be more effective. You should not use an ultrasonic device on bare skin – in order conduct the waves, you need at the bare minimum either water, a gel or a spray mist. The gel could be something like pure aloe vera, or you could spray something like Sevani’s Rose Hyaluronic Tonique ($39 in the TIA shop), this is what I often reach for or 100% Pure Jasmine and Green Tea Tonique ($19 in the TIA shop).

Ultrasonic will also prep the skin for topical products, so this would be a good time to apply your favorite anti-ager. A thick cream is not a good idea, and you definitely would want to put a mask in the way of you and the ultrasonic waves.

I would recommend light-weight serums with the best anti-agers you can find, such as ReLuma ($135+ in the TIA shop) or AQ ($149 in the TIA shop).  You may feel you need to spritz a little water or mist to help the conductivity of the ultrasonic waves.

Vitamin C serums. such as Nutra-Lift Maximum C Plus Growth Factors ($34) or E’shee Vitalizing C ($119 in the TIA shop), would also be a great idea. I have also tried it with the fast-absorbing and super potent Your Best Face Control ($160 in the TIA shop), which also imparts potent antioxidants important for LED (as I explain below).

LED

The thing about LED light therapy is that although it is antioxidant over time, the short-term effects are pro-oxidant. This means that I like to apply an antioxidant product while I am using the LED on my Ultra Renew.  There seems to be some confusion about this, a serum is not always high in antioxidants. Your favorite serum may focus on peptides - these are proteins that signal to cells to do things, and very useful they are too, but they are not antioxidants. An antioxidant is a free radical scavenger that will counteract the pro-oxidant effect of the LED.

Your Best Face made a simple antioxidant serum with LED in mind, Antioxidants Concentrate ($65 in the TIA shop) and I also like to use YBF Private Reserve ($75 in the TIA shop), a simple facial oil with high concentrations of the antioxidants spin trap and Lipochroman-6.

I like the “slip” that an oil-based product gives with LED and so another one that I like is Kahina Serum ($90 in the TIA shop). Other antioxidant serums that would work well include Sevani Advanced Omega Night Repair ($68 in the TIA shop), Osmosis Replenish Antioxidant Repair Serum ($44),

The 100% Pure tonique mentioned above would be good for both ultrasonic and LED modes as it has an aloe juice base with green tea antioxidants. Apart from antioxidants with LED, there are no hard and fast rules, so let me know what you love using with your device.