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Comparing FOREO to NuFace Microcurrent Devices

In this photo you will see both the FOREO BEAR versus NuFace Trinity microcurrent devices for a detailed review of each.

Comparing FOREO to NuFace Microcurrent Devices

January 28, 2021

This post is in partnership with the Swedish Brand Foreo. All opinions remain my own.

Over the years, I have noticed that my skin does have a bit of sag to it. Nothing alarming, but there’s definitely a point when you start to notice there could be a bit more lift to the skin. I know what you’re thinking... Therefore, I started diving into treatments that could help improve the lack of elasticity and plumpness. That’s how I discovered microcurrent treatments. I started using the NuFace Trinity about a year ago, but I was really excited when I discovered FOREO Sweden had a wonderful device called the BEAR and I had to try it! But first, what are microcurrent treatments?

In this photo, Adaleta Avdic is showcasing the NUFACE and the FOREO BEAR while using the BEAR on her skin.

Introduction to microcurrent treatments

“Microcurrent therapy treatment utilizes a low-grade electrical current to “train” all those muscles. It contours, tones, firms and lifts the muscles and the skin. The result is a healthier complexion that makes you look younger.”

Microcurrent emits a low-voltage of electrical currents (hence ‘micro’ current), that mirror your own body’s electrical currents on a cellular level to help refine and contour the skin. The technology behind this is very unique, and it is incredible that professional at home devices exist making these treatments more accessible.

 When using microcurrent, skin cells break down and then grow back stronger, the same way your muscles do after lifting weights. Typically when it comes to treatments of this kind, dermatologists and other medical professionals mention that nothing magical happens “overnight” and even though there are clear and visible short term effects of using microcurrent devices like this, consistency is still key for longer-lasting more noticeable results. Some of the short-term immediate effects can include all or some of the following: contouring, toning, prevention of wrinkles, cheek raise, eyebrow effect, immediate decrease of most visible lines around mouth, eye and forehead area. In the long-term with consistent treatments, you start to see a more youthful appearance, significant decrease in wrinkles, and overall a face lift with tighter and more youthful skin.

The best analogy I’ve seen about microcurrent treatments is that it is a “gym workout for your face” which is really what this feels like to me.

Here’s a  few benefits of microcurrent treatments that I’ve noticed:

  1. My skin feels firmer, my pores look tighter and there seems to be a bit more definition in cheeks, chin and jawline area. Over time this definition becomes more prominent. What really blew me away is this is a great treatment that shows results after every treatment. 
  2. On top of the definition in cheeks and chin, there is also a major boost of collagen to the skin. I also find that these microcurrent treatments help with a little bit of lymphatic drainage, depending on the amount of pressure being applied.
  3. It’s virtually painless which is a huge plus in my mind, especially since I'm such a wimp. “Beauty is pain” is my least favorite quote.

What are at home options for microcurrent treatments?

There are several options when it comes to at home microcurrent treatments, and the first device I used and found earlier last year was the NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device. After a couple of treatments, I saw a difference in my skin. With repeated treatments over the next few weeks, I noticed that my skin felt firmer and tighter and it really did feel like a facial workout. With gravity weighing down so heavily on the face, it is logical that using a device of this kind would only be beneficial when it comes to lifting the skin as well as tightening it. For just a couple minutes a day, I was happy to see visible results.

After using NuFace for a while, I discovered BEAR by FOREO Sweden. BEAR is the world’s safest microcurrent device and guarantees a shock-free treatment thanks to it’s Anti-Shock System that automatically adjusts the current intensity according to your skin’s resistance to electricity. I was relieved I wouldn’t have to feel the zips I experienced with NuFace! BEAR is the perfect device for those who are just getting into microcurrent as it delivers unwavering quality with maximum safety and enhanced results. The most immediate difference I noticed with the BEAR is the lightweight and smaller design. Not to mention, it fits perfectly in the palm of my hand. With the NuFace being a larger device, it simply doesn’t feel as seamless in my hand making it harder to perform the treatments. 

This is a close up of the FOREO BEAR sitting on the bathroom counter.

BEAR is an FDA-cleared anti-aging device which combines powerful microcurrent and FOREO’s signature T-Sonic pulsations to tone and contour the skin, improve tone, texture, and facial wrinkling. The T-Sonic pulsations make the microcurrent treatment feel like an energizing facial and if the pulsations are just not for you, luckily you can always turn them off. Not to mention the battery life is incredible and the treatment time is a lot shorter, which helps with efficiency on a day to day basis. The safety of the device is really important because as I mentioned above, there is no need to have any discomfort with the treatment and the BEAR device ensures this is the case. With the BEAR device, I use FOREO’s Serum Serum Serum as these devices require a water-based serum so they can glide seamlessly across the skin and deliver current.

How to Use BEAR

  1. Connect your BEAR to the FOREO App.
  2. Begin treatment in the App.
  3. Apply Foreo Serum Serum Serum to the skin by gently massaging and then pressing the serum into the skin.
  4. Follow the instructional video in the app to do the BEAR treatment (more routines will be available soon).

Note: It is possible to use the device without the app. Simply press the universal button to activate microcurrent. The lights underneath the universal button indicate the microcurrent intensity setting. You can change the microcurrent intensity by quick pressing the universal button once for each level. To turn off T-Sonic pulsations, double press the universal button.

Adaleta Avdic is pressing the serum into her skin before she starts her microcurrent treatment with BEAR.

Comparison of NuFace Trinity to FOREO BEAR

I was shocked to realise that the Bear gave me faster and more significant results with just one usage compared to the Nuface which makes me believe in the fact that it's definitely a more powerful device.. According to the treatment time I've realised it's also a lot faster than NuFace Trinity, which makes sense as it emits current at a higher frequency thus shortening the treatment time to only 2 minutes! Another thing I loved is the battery life - it lasts up to 90 uses per charge! I have yet to charge my BEAR and I’ve used it for at least 30 treatments thus far. I also love that BEAR is built with med-grade silicone, making it waterproof and easy to wash after use. Add Anti-Shock Feature and T-sonic pulsations and we have a winner!

The FOREO BEAR is waterproof and in this photo, the water is running onto the device to clean it after a treatment.

Experience Using BEAR

After using BEAR, my entire beauty routine has improved substantially. Once I’ve cleansed my skin, I apply the serum and go through this swift treatment. I prefer to do this in the AM because I see immediate results, and my makeup looks even more flawless with the tighter skin and a bit of lift. Right after using BEAR, my skin feels like it’s refreshed, tighter and like it got a bit of a workout. Something I’ve really enjoyed about BEAR is the anti-shock system because I don't need to worry about how I'm using the device, especially when I'm in a hurry and need the fastest yet most effective treatment I can get.

While I had noticeable results with the NuFace Trinity, the BEAR wins for my day to day microcurrent toning device for a number of reasons. Apart from the immediate and clearly visible results, I love the lightweight design that is easier for me to manage on a day to day basis, and has no awkwardness to it. The fact that this device is waterproof also makes it so much easier to clean and I can just run it under the tap! If you are looking for a microcurrent solution that will give you professional level results at home, the BEAR by FOREO would definitely be my best pick.

Subtle Noticeable Differences After BEAR Treatment
This is a before and after shot of Adaleta Avdic from using FOREO BEAR.

Have you been looking into microcurrent treatments? 

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Comments

I’ve been really wanting to try a product like this! I think it’s so neat that you can connect it to an app for easy use. Thanks so much for sharing your review and the comparison between products. Super helpful!

I am intrigued by these devices but I haven’t yet considered using them. I feel I am already stretched thin with all the care different body parts need each day, I don’t know if I will have time to add more. I appreciate your honest views about the both here for when I am ready.

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The NuFace is SUCH an awesome little device! I definitely love that you shared you results along with your thoughts – thank you for that!

I also have the mini Nu face device. Been using it for almost a year, I’m faithful in using the device as recommended with not very good results. So I would like to see how the Bear would work. Thank you

Such an awesome review! I appreciate that you used both devices and gave detailed feedback! I am very intrigued by what MicroCurrent can do. Great Post! xx Julie

What is the price difference, if any ? I’ve definitely been looking into micro current devices, specifically Nuface, until now ! I think the price could be a big factor in my final decision. I already use NIRA and like it but it’s obvious I want something that shows faster results.
Thank you so much for your detailed observations.

Such a great question Debbie! The NuFace is $339 (the full set) and it does go on sale occasionally (Nordstrom sale for example, Black Friday, Xmas, etc.) The Bear from Foreo is $299, and it also goes on sale during major sales of the year if you can wait. In my opinion, the Bear is better (sponsored or NOT) because I had the NuFace for a long time BEFORE I got the Bear and I saw better results with Bear really quickly!