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.
– One of the most unique features of this device is that it has tremendously long battery life. 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 all in plastic.
- 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 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.
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 too 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.
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- 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 attachement 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 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 the same result on my face contouring.
Now I do know that many other reviewers seem to like Foreo Bear a lot. And claim they see great results. But honestly, for me personally, it does not seem to be as effective as 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 will continue to 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. Microamps 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. 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 necessarily more effective so that is very misleading. According to Nuface, their 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!