The NuFace trinity is a handheld facial toning device that has taken the beauty industry by storm. It’s considered by many users, beauticians and professionals alike to be the top microcurrent facial device over the last 20 years.
With only a five-minute use per day, a sizable number of NuFace users report seeing a visible lifting and toning effect on their face and neck. Some have touted it as the “mini facial” while you get toned, smoother skin, all within a short treatment and period of time, from the comfort of your own home.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a NuFace device, you may have gone through the options. However, identifying the differences between the performance of these devices can be a tricky one.
Here we break down the differences between the NuFace Mini and the NuFace Trinity + in terms of their performance and the attachments they come with.
NuFace Mini vs NuFace Trinity +
(Nuface Trinity +)
Both the NuFace Mini and the NuFace Trinity + are microcurrent facial devices. This means that they deliver a small electrical current to your skin and the muscles of your face. This low-voltage current can help make your face look more lifted and your skin texture smoother.
The NuFace Mini uses microcurrent technology to treat large surface areas of the face and neck. It helps enhance facial contour, skin tone, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The same microcurrent technology is used in the NuFace Trinity + but with the option of adding targeted attachments—the Effective Lip & Eye or Wrinkle Reducer Attachment in which you may choose between focusing on delicate areas or switching on the red LED therapy.
B. Who Is It Suitable For
Entry-level users or those looking for a simple Microcurrent Facial Device that’s easy to maneuvere and portable should definitely opt for the NuFace Mini.
On the other hand, those who wish to take their treatment to another level with multiple attachments options may go with the NuFace Trinity +. Not only does it allow you to target different problem areas, it also mimics a professional treatment done in a professional salon.
C. Interchangeable Attachments
What sets them apart is that the NuFace Mini doesn’t come with attachments that allow you to target different areas of your face whereas the NuFace Trinity + does. The former can only be used with its built-in attachment—the standard 2 ‘silver balls’ that is seen in all NuFace devices.
Despites lacking interchangeable attachments, the NuFace Mini still makes a great option for many users. It’s lightweight, small and portable, and not to mention it’s just as powerful as the NuFace Trinity + while being more affordable.
However, that also means that users of NuFace Mini aren’t given the flexibility to treat different areas of the face such as the skin around the eyes and lips, which call for a separate attachment.
The NuFace Trinity + on the other hand, comes with a regular microcurrent attachment and 2 additional attachments you can utilise:
- ELE attachment (Effective Lip and Eye area)
- Provides target microcurrent therapy
- Rejuvenates skin around the eyes, forehead and mouth
- Significantly reduces the appearance of crow’s feet
- Wrinkle Reducing attachment for red LED light treatment
- Treats wrinkles and fine lines using a combination of amber, red and infrared light
- Reaches deeper levels of the dermis where anti-wrinkle creams can’t
- Leaves skin feeling smoother
- Delivers a radiant, youthful glow on the skin
- Visibly improves the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead
However, if you own a NuFace Mini but wish to treat your skin around the eyes and lips, you can always purchase a separate FIX device. The only drawback is that it has a lower output of 200 microamps and doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as the ELE attachment.
The NuFace Mini is significantly smaller in size (roughly 4” long) whereas the NuFace Trinity + is about 5.5” long. Regardless of the size, both the Mini and Trinity + have the same strength of microcurrent, a maximum of 335 microamperes.
The NuFace Mini costs $245 (as of Jan 2023) whereas the NuFace Trinity + costs $449 (as of Jan 2023) on Amazon respectively.
If you’ve always wanted to eliminate stubborn fine lines under your eyes and lip area, the Trinity + would make more sense even with the extra cost. If that’s not what you need, you can opt for the Mini.
What Is NuFace and How Does It Work
Both the NuFace Mini and Trinity + are facial toning devices that deliver a low voltage electrical current of 335 microamps, through the skin and muscles of the face.
When this current goes through all of the skin’s layers, it stimulates the skin cells, making them produce more collagen and elastin—two vital proteins that make your skin look plump and youthful.
To sum up, NuFace devices can offer you a complexion that’s more:
- Tone and lifted
How to Use NuFACE?
In order to start the treatment, you need to first apply their primer gel to the face until the treated area is fully covered.
This conductive gel helps the electricity to penetrate well into the skin, and prevents you from feeling electric twinges or shock.
Then, reach out to your device and glide it over your area of treatment in upward motions, moving between three different positions. You repeat these positions three times until you hear a beep, which happens every five seconds after it first occurred.
When you’re done with the session, you can move onto the next area of treatment, until you have covered the cheeks, forehead, and neck areas.
What is the NuFACE Gel for?
The NuFACE gel is a water-based primer that facilitates the conduct of electricity from the device to your skin. Without it you would feel slight electric shocks, so the gel makes it easy for the device to glide more smoothly across your skin.
It’s a leave-on primer, therefore if you wish to leave it on after the treatment, there’s no need to wipe it off.
Apart from helping conduct the microcurrent, it also contains:
- Hyaluronic acid: To seal in moisture, making the skin appear more plump and hydrated after the treatment.
- Phytomoist complex: To even out skin texture and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
NuFACE Results – Before and After
Realistically speaking, there’s a reason the “over 40” reviewers talking about NuFACE (who have signs of aging that are much more visible than a 20 or 30 year old) don’t appear like they’ve had a facelift just by using NuFACE diligently. Any results the NuFACE devices make will be so subtle you’ll probably be the only person who notices them. At the end of the day, no skincare products or devices work like magic potions and even if they do give results, they are often subtle and not as pronounced as that from a cosmetic procedure like Botox. But that doesn’t make the microcurrent devices any less than. They still make a great at-home alternative in between in-office treatments so you can amp up the results.
Our Final Verdict
The NuFace Mini is as good as the NuFace Trinity + when it comes to treating the face and neck as they can both release an output up to 335 microamps. The former is popular as a petite and portable device that allows you to enjoy microcurrent facial treatments at home, at a more affordable price point compared to the Trinity +.
With that being said, the NuFace Trinity + surely outperforms the NuFace Mini in the sense that it comes with other attachments that allow you to target the area around the eyes and lips, while the Mini counterpart can’t. Aside from the ELE attachment, the NuFace Trinity can also be used with the red LED treatment attachment aka the Wrinkle Reducer.
The NuFace Trinity + also has a slightly higher output at 400 microamps (vs the 335 microamps) so if you’re interested in this model, this could also offer you an advantage over the NuFace Mini.
Whether you choose the Mini or the Trinity +, it should depend on what areas of your face you want to work on. If you’re satisfied with the main facial areas and you want something more portable and economical, then the NuFace Mini is your best bet.
Either way, both make a great addition to your skincare routine.
1. Who isn’t a good candidate for NuFACE?
According to the brand, their facial toning devices shouldn’t be used by anyone who’s pregnant, has a pacemaker or an electronic implanted device, is suffering from active cancer, has epilepsy, or under the age of 18.
2. Does NuFACE help reduce wrinkles?
A microcurrent device is known for toning and firming, as well as promoting the production of collagen and elastin too. Their Wrinkle Reducer attachment is used to address visible wrinkles and fade their appearance over time.
3. What are the NuFACE side effects?
You may feel minimal tingling or small “shocks” when using the device. Worry not, this is just the electrical current and is considered a normal phenomenon. There are, however, certain side effects which are unusual and rare, including nausea and drowsiness. Should you encounter any of these, stop using the device immediately and consult your local healthcare provider.
4. Is NuFACE safe to use on the neck?
Yes! Microcurrent therapy offered by NuFACE is generally safe to be used on the neck and the face. Just make sure you don’t use it near the eyes and lip area.
5. Can NuFACE be used under eyes?
No, you can only use it on the cheekbones and around the eyes. For under the eyes, you must opt for the ELE attachment from the NuFACE trinity.