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Serums to use with ultrasound and LED

May 9, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 15 Comments

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 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).


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.

  • July 19, 2016

    by leigh

    will the 'Yes-to-Blueberries-Intensive-Skin-Repair-Serum-30ml' from boots work with the LED Lights Mask?

  • September 12, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Mai-anne, yes the LED mode on the Ultra Renew should help with broken veins. Here is an explanation of how it works:

  • September 12, 2012

    by Mai-anne

    Will this help my broken/spider veins?
    I'm trying to look for a good, not too expensive option!
    thank you :)

  • August 27, 2012

    by Marta

    I have now launched my own Gel Serum for use with the Ultra Renew. It has antioxidants and 5% YBF Control. There is more info here:

  • August 12, 2012

    by Gloria

    Thank you Marta for the information, and another big thank you for working so hard at helping us all look and feel as beautiful as we all are!

    TIA is such an awesome place to visit everyday!

  • August 11, 2012

    by Kate Z

    Please hurry with the YBF serum/gel. It sounds like this will make using ultrasonic and LED so much more convenient no pressure :))

    I haven't been doing ultrasonic as much because, like Gloria, I didn't want to wash away the effects of my serum by using Tonique. Thanks for the info Marta (but please still hurry!)

  • August 10, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Gloria. The ultrasonic is supposed to make ingredients absorb better. The trouble is that most of these serums don't give enough slip unless you put a ton of it on, which is a waste of good money. Hence, a spritz of the Tonique can help and I don't think it will "wash" the serums away. I am working with Your Best Face on a serum/gel that will give great slip and deliver some useful actives. A matter of weeks away, I hope, so hang in there. And, yes, you can only use an oil-based product like Private Reserve with LED - ultrasonic has to have water-based products in order to be conductive.

  • August 10, 2012

    by Gloria

    Marta I am a bit confused about using the serums like the AQ, E'shee, or Reluma with the Ultrasonic. I have been putting on the AQ and then using the Tonique after it has absorbed some. I just don't want to wash away the effects of the serums with the Tonique. I use the Private Reserve with the LED. Could you just clarify if I am doing this correctly. Thanks so much.

  • June 26, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Tara, we are hoping to announce it is back at the end of the week. We will email everyone who has left us a message to confirm when it is ready to ship.

  • June 26, 2012

    by Tara

    Hi Marta,
    When will he Ultra Renew be back in stock? Was hoping to get mine soon! :)

  • June 6, 2012

    by Laura

    Thanks Marta! I am thinking about trying the Mad Hippie vitamin C serum to use with the LED. It got great reviews and has some potent antioxidants.

  • June 5, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Laura, vitamins such as B (niacinamide), C and E are antioxidant, many botanical ingredients and then there are free radical scavengers like resveratrol, spin trap etc.

  • June 5, 2012

    by Laura

    Hi Marta,

    I have a Baby Q and also the LED untrasonic device on its way to me. I have a variety of products at home and was wondering how I would be able to tell which contain antioxidants? What am I looking for on the ingredient list?

    Thanks a bunch!

  • June 4, 2012

    by Marta

    Yes Tara that would be fine. I do find that I need a good amount of the Tonique for there to be enough slip and for the device to be comfortable to use.

  • June 3, 2012

    by Tara

    Thank you for such great info Marta! Would it be ok to use the 100% pure tonique with both modes and then put an antioxidant serum on and get the same kind of absorbancy as I might if I just used an antioxidant with the ultrasound mode alone? Thanks! :)

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