THE IN-TRAY

The road-test: NuFace Trinity

I’m not going to lie, being a MECCA insider has its perks: peeking at products months before their launch, getting to rub shoulders with the deities of Planet Beauty and being “tasked” with road-testing futuristic beauty tools—all in the name of research, reporting and a happier reflection.

One such tool is the NuFace Trinity—a space-age device that employs microcurrent technology to nudge facial muscles into action, helping to lift and smooth skin, and define natural contour (no makeup trickery required)—all in the same time is takes to scroll through your morning Insta feed.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

Sitting in an editorial meeting a couple of months ago, I agreed to write a personal account about using the NuFace for The MECCA Memo. Me, a gal in her early 30s, blessed with the kind of bone structure I’m convinced was carved from, say, Play-Doh rather than the razor-sharp diamonds I imagine lies beneath Taylor Hill’s luminous visage. Hang on—all I had to do was road-test the device, offer an inside word on the experience, and, hey, maybe cultivate a cheekbone or two in the process? I was in.

FOLLOW THE RULES

And so I began, setting out each morning, ready to fight fate—and gravity. Here’s what I learnt: do apply the “mask-like layer” of the gel primer. The primer acts as a conductor, ensuring the microcurrents penetrate the superficial layers of skin to get to the muscles and do their stimulation thing. Any light-on patches of primer will feel the slightest of prickles—just enough to remind you it needs more.

THE WORKOUT PLAN

There are two “workouts”, basic and advanced—the latter of which I impatiently added to my daily routine from about day three. The basic workout involves gliding the NuFace over skin in an upward manner starting on the sides of the face before moving to the forehead. This is great for general lift, tone and smoothness, though not for a radical change for “younger” skin like mine. The advanced is more about pushing up and holding (underneath jawlines and cheekbones) for an immediate effect; lifted, contoured cheekbones, and a jawline with distinctly less wobble to it.

FORGET YOUR COMMITMENT ISSUES

It’s true: you really do get out what you put in. Sure, the suggested workout calls for NuFacing (go with it) five days a week for the first 60 days but it’s only five minutes—seven if you’re taking the advanced course. I started seeing a sustained change around day 50, so be vigilant. It’s training the facial muscles, nudging them into action to help lift and shape the face, so think of it like a softly spoken but stern ballet teacher, correcting your shape and form, moving your limbs into submission until one day your turn out just happens. Commit to the schedule and you’ll see the benefits—promise.

THE RESULTS

Overall, the contour and definition of my face has definitely improved, so I can only imagine the results are even more dramatic on more mature skin. After using the device for five days, I started receiving compliments on how smooth my skin looked. And after committing to regular treatments for about a month, according to friends and family, my skin looked “tighter” and “more lifted”. Even my hooded eyelids appear lifted and the whole eye area more open—and I haven’t yet tried the eye-specific ELE attachment.

On Saturdays, I’ll skip NuFacing before my morning spin class and wait ‘til dusk to do pre-makeup advanced moves only. Because let me tell you, I would look in the mirror, see shadows and definition appear where only planes of moonface once lived, and, girl, I was feeling myself; the perfect mood for hitting the town.

THE FINAL WORD

I really believe it’s a great way to kick-start your skin-care routine. I changed nothing in my regime except for adding the NuFace treatments but found that each layer of skin care I was using started fusing together better. My skin not only looks glassy but feels it, too. I’ve since read that, aside from stimulating ATP production—responsible for collagen and elastin production—microcurrents help with hydration, circulation and absorption. So, there it is: #research.

Words by Helene Pappas
January 2018

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