Since I am a huge fan of microcurrent devices, I simply had to try the newcomer Foreo Bear. And give you an honest review of the treatments I’ve done with this device.
If you’re new to microcurrent, I recommend you to read my post about microcurrent therapy for anti aging. And the home-devices I have been using for a while (Nuface, Ziip, and Myolift).
It will teach you all about the benefits of using microcurrent on your skin. As well as a review of these devices.
With that said. This review post will focus on Foreo Bear. But to give you something to compare with, I will include how it differs from Nuface Trinity. Since that is the microcurrent device that is most comparable when it comes to size and usage.
This is what I’ll cover. And you can jump to any part by clicking on the headlines.
- The basics about Foreo Bear
- Foreo Bear vs Nuface Trinity
- My personal experience of these devices
- Summary – Foreo Bear vs Nuface Trinity
The basics about Foreo Bear
– Foreo Bear is an at-home facial toning device that is said to use microcurrent technology to firm the skin and lift the face.
– The device has an anti-shock system for extra safety. And it also uses the so-called T-sonic™ pulsations that are included in all of Foreo’s products. This is a massage technique that is said to increase circulation, stimulate the fibroblast (which in turn increases the production of our skin proteins and hyaluronic acid), and help relax facial tension.
– The battery life is very long. And one charge will last for 90 uses.
– Foreo Bear has its own conductive gel, called Serum serum serum. But the device is said to be functional with any water-based gel or serum.
I have a separate blog post about conductive gels for microcurrent, so I refer to that post to see more details about this serum. In short, I can just say that I do not tolerate this serum due to its high content of the silicon called Cyclopentasiloxane (that ingredient gives me cystic acne).
Now, if you are all new to microcurrent, this is a technology that gives both an immediate effect, by increasing plumpness in the facial muscles. And a long term result by building muscle strength and volume over time.
Microcurrent also increases the production of both collagen and elastin for even more long term effects. See my separate post about microcurrent to learn more.
With that said. Let’s see how Foreo Bear differs from Nuface Trinity, the leader in the field of microcurrent home devices.
Foreo Bear vs Nuface Trinity
So how do these two microcurrent facial devices differ? Let’s talk about every feature separately.
Size and user-friendliness
- Nuface Trinity is a bit larger, but personally, I do not find that to be a problem.
- They both have the option to change intensity levels. And the probes (which deliver the microcurrent) are about the same size.
- Foreo Bear has a silicone cover which makes it very easy to clean. Nuface is in plastic, except for the probes.
- As mentioned above, Foreo Bear has super-long battery life. And one charge lasts for 90 uses. Nuface does not have that long battery life. But on the other hand, I do not feel I need to charge it very often either (and I use it a lot!).
- Foreo has an anti-shock system, which Nufae doesn’t. But personally, I have never experienced any kind of shock of any of the microcurrent devices I have used. Microcurrent is supposed to be super gentle and you should hardly be able to feel anything at all as long as you use a good conductivity gel.
- Nuface offers a 60 days risk-free money-back guarantee. So you can return the device if you’re not satisfied. Foreo does not offer this.
Targeted uses (the smaller muscles around eyes and lips)
- Nuface Trinity has a special attachment for the eye and lip area. It is called ELE and can be attached to the device instead of the two larger probes. These small probes will target the eye- and lip muscles super efficiently.
- Foreo Bear does not have any exchangeable attachment to use for the smaller muscles. Instead, they have a separate device that they call Foreo Bear mini. It has a lower intensity and a bit smaller probes compared to the large one. But these probes are still not as small as Nuface ELE attachment.
Tip: See my post about hooded eyes and saggy eyelids to learn the causes and natural treatments.
Microcurrent power and intensity
Now, this is the most interesting part of this review. Because I’ve noticed there are a lot of misunderstandings and misleading information out there regarding the microcurrent intensity of these two devices. So let’s set things straight.
Foreo claims that their Bear device delivers twice the power and intensity that Nuface does. But since I know more is not necessarily better when it comes to microcurrent, I asked them for clarification.
And I also asked them what microamps Foreo Bear delivered. Because anything above 500 microamps is not beneficial and does not produce more ATP (which in turn boosts collagen and elastin production). Instead, microcurrent intensity above 500 microamps depletes you of ATP.
The answer they gave me was that they didn’t even measure their intensity in microamps. And instead they measured it in Volt and mW. And that Foreo Bear was two times more powerful than Nuface when it comes to Volt and mW.
Now since microcurrent is only measured in microamps, this makes me question if Foreo Bear really uses true microcurrent. I have asked them for more clarification but never got an answer (I will update this post when and if they reply).
Foreo also claimed that they deliver power 6 times faster than Nuface Trinity. And that was based on a comparison of Hertz.
Since Nuface trinity has a frequency of 8.4 Hertz. That means that Foreo Bear uses a frequency of 50,4 Hertz.
But again. More is not necessarily better. And I asked Nuface about their input on the frequency used in their device. The answer I got was that their frequency is what allows the microcurrent to penetrate deeper into the muscle. For longer-lasting and cumulative results. And that high frequency means the current will go more superficial. And not cause a long-lasting and impactful result.
I am hoping to get some more answers from Foreo about their technology. And will update the post once/if they get back to me on this matter.
Tip: I have another blog post about ZIIP vs Nuface, if you are interested in learning about another microcurrent device.
*Please note, this post contains affiliate links, and I may receive a small commission if you purchase through any of those links. It doesn’t cost you any extra and I only recommend products I truly love and use myself. You can read my full disclosure here.
- Foreo Bear is 299 dollars.
- If you want to add the option to work on the eye and lip area with Foreo you will need to buy their mini version (Bear mini) for another 199 dollars.
- Nuface trinity alone is 325 dollar.
- If you want to work on the eye and lip area you can purchase the Nuface kit with the trinity and ELE attachment included for 425 dollar.
- Nuface also has a mini version, for 199 dollars, but this one is just as powerful as the trinity. The difference is that you cannot replace the head. So you cannot add the ELE attachment to it.
- And finally, one of the most important aspects when it comes to costs. Since this is quite an investment. Nuface offers a 60 days risk-free money-back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied you’ll get your money back. Foreo does not offer this.
If you want to take a look at the Nuface Trinity, including its ELE attachment for the eye and lip area, this link will take you to the whole package.
If you just want the Nuface Trinity without the ELE attachment, use this link instead. Or if you want their mini version (without the option to add ELE later on) use this link.
If you want to try Foreo Bear, you find it on this link. But for adding treatments for eye and lip area you will need to also buy their bear mini.
My personal experience of these devices
As I explain in my post about microcurrent (and the devices I love) I really like Nuface a lot. It gives me great plumpness of my cheeks, and it is incredible for my eye area.
After pausing my Nuface and instead use Foreo Bear for a few weeks, I must sadly say that it doesn’t deliver the same result to me. It does make my skin glowy and refreshed (probably due to the massage effect), but I do not see any result on face contouring, lifting, or tightening.
Now I do know that many other reviewers seem to like Foreo Bear. And claim they see great results. But honestly, for me personally, it does not seem to come close to the results I have with Nuface.
One reason might be that Nuface uses lower hertz and can go deeper into my muscles. But I do not want to speculate too much. All I can say is that I definitely get better results with my Nuface.
With that said, I do like the feature with T-sonic pulsations. It makes the treatment very relaxing (and fun). And using that kind of massage on your face is probably beneficial in other anti aging aspects. So I might use it from time to time. As a variation in my skincare routine.
Tip: If you’re interested in massages for anti aging, I have a review post of LPG facials that might interest you. It’s a patented treatment that uses another kind of pulsations to stimulate the fibroblast.
Summary – Foreo Bear vs Nuface Trinity
- I personally find Nuface Trinity to give me more noticeable results when it comes to face contouring and lifting. But Foreo Bear has its advantages too.
- Foreo Bear has an ultra-hygiene silicon cover. Which makes it easy to clean. And its battery life is huge. As with all Foreo products this device also uses a patented t-sonic pulsation technology.
- What I am skeptical about with the Foreo Bear is that they told me they don’t measure the microcurrent intensity in microamps. And that makes me wonder if they are even using true microcurrent at all. Milliamps is also important to know since it shouldn’t be too low, but not too high either since that will be counterproductive.
- What Foreo Bear does claim is that they are twice as powerful as Nuface when it comes to power measured in mW and Volt. But those are not measurements for the microcurrent itself. Also, the voltage should not be too high either. True microcurrent should be low-voltage.
- Foreo Bear also claims they deliver power 6 times faster than Nuface, referring to their frequency measured in Hertz. But having a higher number of Hertz is not more effective so that is very misleading. Lower frequency allows the current to penetrate deeper into the muscles. For more long-lasting results.
- I found both these devices to be simple to use. Foreo Bear is a great tool thanks to its silicon-cover and long battery life. But for results, I definitely prefer my Nuface.
- Also, Nuface offers a money-back guarantee so you can try it out risk-free. Foreo does not offer this.
If you want to purchase the Nuface plus its ELE attachment for the eye and lip area, you find it on Dermstore using this link.
If you just want the Nuface Trinity without the ELE attachment (but with the option to add it later on), this link will take you there. Or if you know you will not need the ELE attachment at all you can just go for the mini, using this link.
If you want to try Foreo Bear, you find it on this link. And if you want to have a smaller device to target the eye and lip area you will have to purchase the smaller version too (Forebo Bear mini).
I will keep updating this post if I get new information about Foreo Bear. And/or if I get any new experiences with the device that I want to share.
Meanwhile, I would love to hear if you have tried any of these devices? Or if you have any questions about microcurrent and facial workouts in general. Let me know in the comments below.
Also, if you want to learn more about conductive gels for microcurrent. I highly recommend my separate post about the most common gels and substitutes. And which ones I recommend, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Until next time, love your skin!
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The frequency of the Bear is actually 185 Hz, as stated on their manual.
I got the information from Foreo themselves 🙂 So I think the number on the manual is not the frequency of the microcurrent waveforms that goes out from the device into your skin. But rather the electrical current waveform that is needed for the device to work. So two different things 🙂 I will email them to ask just to be sure what they mean. Let me know if you have any more questions!
Thank you for a great post! Did you get some more information from the company about the levels and intensity in the Foreo Bear product? If you cant be sure they are using true microcurrent- is it at all a good investment and comparable to the other devices on the market? I really want the results of sculpting and lifting but Foreo Bear is easier for me to buy where I live…
Hi Anna! And thank you 🙂 Nope, I never got a reply about the microamps intensity (will send a reminder). But I have heard from others it is the same as Nuface, 335 microamps. Either way, the frequency in Foreo bear is very high (over 50 hertz) and a lower frequency is better when it comes to microcurrent. Since that allows the current to penetrate deeper into the tissue. I would personally try to get the Nuface or ZIIP if I were you. The link I give in my post goes to a European shop that has free shipping to all of Europe. They will even cover the duty cost for you 🙂 Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.
Thank you Ann! I really appreciate you giving your personal recommendations based on so much knowledge. So valuable! The reason I am still considering Foreo is the feature with T-sonic pulsations. I can feel my facial muscles are very tense and I think it would have its benefits if the product also works on this? Of course, it is subordinate to the lifting effect (so I think I’ll go for Ziip), but I had an idea that it would be great to get both and in a product 🙂 – what do you think about that reasoning? To buy an expensive product like this is quite a big thing for me, sometimes I feel that it is just not justifiable to spend so much money on trying to prevent a natural process (aging). But I’m really not comfortable with how my appearance is starting to change due to (what I believe) loss in volume in my face. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and recomendations!
You’re very welcome Anna 😊 I understand completely. I was thinking the exakt same way with t sonic pulsations. That is why I got the Foreo Bear even though I already had 3 microcurrent devices. But since it does not give me any effect I just never use it.
About the investment of a device. I like to compare it with doing facials at a salon. Those are quite expensive, so the device will soon save you money. Plus you can use it a lot more often and for many years. So it will definitely be worth it 😊. Also, aging is natural. But keeping your skin healthy and vital and improving your skin cells and muscles makes it a lot more fun. And makes us feel better too. That is how I see it 😊. I am all for natural beauty and aging with grace.
Thank you so much Ann! You are very sweet 🙂 Ok, that’s it- I am going for the Ziip 🙂 Currentbody.se seem to have a discount of 15% now- I guess that is a good deal?
Thank you Anna! And yes, that is a great deal if you live in Europe! I’m excited for you! 😀
Thanks for such an informative review. I’m not very familiar with microcurrent devices but you’ve given me some great things to consider. Love your wonderful, thorough explanations on skincare ?
Thank you so much Ana! 🙂
Can you please comment or post an article on the routine you do with Nuface? I purchased base on your article and now I’m noticing more time consuming routines. I’m wondering what is needed for good results. I have the eye attachment also. Thank you!
Yes, you’re right. I should do a post about my Nuface routine. Or a video. I am now working on a post about conductive gels. But I will make a video when I’m done 🙂
For now, I would say, if you want to treat your whole face and neck, it will take you about 20 min. With the advanced techniques and the eye attachment.
I do the glides first. And then I spend some extra time with advanced techniques over my cheeks and jawline. After that, I do 4 glides with the eye attachment over and under my eye.
If you just want to treat certain areas it will be quicker 🙂 And sometimes if I am in a hurry, I just do the cheeks and eye area. But I prefer to do the whole face for the long term effects of more collagen and elastin.
Let me know how it goes! 🙂
Yes please do a video of your 20 min routine! Thank you in advance for covering gels. The Nuface gel is expensive and dries way to quickly on each small face area during treatment.
You’re very welcome Terri! I will have the gel post done in a few days 🙂
Amazing review! I really appreciate the great detail you go into in regards to all these devices.
I have a question about the microamps the Foreo Bear uses though? I searched for days online, and even contacted the company twice myself, but yet, still have not found any info or heard back from Foreo. To me, that seems suspicious and downright unethical that Foreo refuses to provide such. Since it’s supposed to be twice as strong as Nuface, that worries me that the mU is over 500 too.
Hi Emilee and thank you so much!
Yes I know, they are very suspicious in many ways. I had to email them several times and again and again before I could get an answer to that. And the answer is that it has the same microamps as nuface. But what they meant with twice as strong is that it has higher voltage and frequency. But that is not a good thing. When it comes to frequency it should be low in order to penetrate and reach the muscles. They have a frequency of 50 hertz and nuface has 8 hertz. Which explains why I could not see any effect at all with the foreo. When it comes to voltage they are twice the number. But I cannot see why that would be an advantage in any way. And they cannot answer either.
Super helpful and very thorough reviews!
Both products look amazing!
What great option for anti-aging devices!
Thank you Sarah ?