Let’s talk about my precious microcurrent devices again. And this time compare ZIIP vs Nuface. Two beauty gadgets I absolutely love and have been using for over a year now for firming, toning, and sculpting.
These are both extremely easy to use and incorporate into your daily (or weekly) skincare routine. And since I have both of them I often get questions about which one is the best. In this post, I’ll try to answer that in detail.
I will compare their functionalities, the results they give me, how much they cost, how I use them, and which one I use the most.
This is what I’ll cover:
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ZIIP vs Nuface – the basics
Here are the basics of these two devices.
- Both ZIIP and Nuface are FDA cleared as safe devices for microcurrent treatments.
- The ZIIP strength goes up to 400 microamps depending on the program that is used (It has 10 different programs).
- The Nuface strength goes up to 335 microamps and only has 1 program.
- ZIIP has a two-year warranty.
- Nuface only has a 1-year warranty. But they also have a 60 days money-back guarantee to ensure you get satisfied with your purchase.
Both devices use microcurrent technology to train your facial muscles, lift, tone, and improve skin quality over time. I’m not gonna go into more details about the technology itself in this post. Since I did that in my previous post about microcurrent.
I encourage you to read that post if you want to learn more about this technology itself.
The ZIIP differs from all the other microcurrent devices since it also includes nanocurrent. I’ll get back to that further down.
What they look like
Nuface Trinity has a replaceable head. So you can either use the large probes (for the most part of your face). Or change to the so-called ELE attachment, which is suited for the eye- and lip area (it also has a red light/infrared attachment that I have not tried).
Nuface also has a version called Nuface mini. It works just as the Trinity but without a replaceable head.
The ZIIP comes in one size and form, but with a lot of different programs (which I’ll get back to). It also comes in two different colors (see next section).
ZIIP GX vs OX
There are two editions of the ZIIP. The ZIIP GX (with a golden strap on the side) and ZIIP OX (with a silver strap on the side).
But don’t get confused since they work exactly the same and both give you access to all of the treatments via the ZIIP App.
When you buy your device the ZIIP GX comes with the conductive gel called the Golden gel. And the ZIIP OX comes with another gel called Crystal gel.
I have personally only tried the golden gel, and love it tons!
Tip: This post will explain more about conductivity gels for microcurrent. And I why I don’t use the Nuface gel.
How they function
Nuface has one frequency of waveforms (meaning how many times per second the electrical current travels through your skin). And this frequency is aimed to target your muscles.
ZIIP has a plethora of different waveforms in order to target many kinds of concerns. For example, they use lower frequencies to stimulate muscles (lifting and sculpting). As well as higher frequencies to increase circulation and plumping in the skin itself. And in most of their programs, they mix these together.
As mentioned, ZIIP also incorporates nanocurrent. Which is a current even more low level than microcurrent.
The company claims that nanocurrent results are even more effective and long-lasting (compared to microcurrent). And that it is so gentle that even the most sensitive skin types will respond well. I’ll get back to this under the next section.
My ZIIP treatments vs my Nuface treatments
Let’s compare how it’s meant to use these different devices. And how I prefer to use them personally.
I will start with the ZIIP, which also has the most comprehensive treatment options.
How to use ZIIP
The ZIIP device only has one button, which turns it on and shuts it off. Simple as that.
But it also has an app that you need to download and connect to your device. This app contains 10 different programs that you can use. All with different sets of waveforms and strengths. To target a variety of needs and concerns.
Here is a list of all the programs:
Primer – which can be used before any other treatment. And/or to help plump the skin of any part of your face.
Energize – to lift, tone, and give amazing glow.
Sensitive Energize – to tone, heal and give amazing glow (this program only use nanocurrent).
Lymph and Lift – to help with drainage and to reduce any puffiness.
Instant Gratification – to lift and sculpt. Especially effective for the cheeks and jowls.
Pigment – to work on pigmentation problems.
Total Clearing – To use on any kind of acne or impurities.
Quick Fix – To treat pores, under-eye-puffiness, and fine lines.
Vital Eyes – To especially target the eye areas (and very effective for plumping the lips too).
11S – The newest program, specifically made for the forehead (the elevens as well as the horizontal lines).
These programs are anywhere from 2 minutes to 12 minutes long. And you can (and I recommend you to do so) combine them.
Every program has a specific movement pattern, and you can follow along with the very detailed instructions videos.
I would also say that ZIIP is very well suited for treating the lips and the area around them. See my post about smokers lines to learn more about the kind of wrinkles that can form above your upper lip.
How I personally use my ZIIP
Even though I got my ZIIP over a year ago, it is not until recently that I have started to use it more often, and really taken the time to explore the different programs. And I can say I am amazed by what it is capable of.
To have this arsenal of treatment options feels so luxurious. And it sure makes it a lot more fun to use my ZIIP than any other microcurrent device.
I love to combine the programs. In the beginning, I did about 15-20 minutes per session. But now I love to do even longer series of different treatments. So I now do at least 20 minutes (if I’m in a hurry) and all the way up to 40 min.
And if I do the longer (40min) session, I always let my skin rest the day after.
My favorite programs
My personal favorites (at this moment) are the Lymph and Lift, Energize and Sensitive Energize, Instant Gratification, and the 11S.
I usually start with the Lymph and Lift. Follow up with either Energize and/or Sensitive Energize (sometimes just half the program). And finish with the 11S or the Instant Gratification.
Sometimes I add the vital eyes, and/or a few minutes with the primer.
In the beginning, I followed all the instructions carefully. Since there are different movement patterns for different programs.
But nowadays (when I feel confident in how the different programs work) I like to freestyle with some of the programs. For example with the Instant Gratification where I focus mostly on the cheeks.
I have just recently discovered the 11S program and found it truly amazing. I don’t have any elevens, but I do have some shallow horizontal lines. And I think for sure they have become even more shallow after I started to use this program.
I have also started to use the Vital eyes program at least once per week. Around my eyes and even to plump my lips. It is a hack I learned from the company itself. And it does really plump the lips for at least 4 hours (for me personally it stays the rest of the day)
I also want to mention that when I used to have occasional outbreaks, the Total Clearing program was fantastic!
Nowadays I hardly ever get outbreaks any more thanks to finding my triggers (see this post to learn more). But if you are struggling with outbreaks of any kind this will be a great help.
Lastly, I want to mention how effective I have found this device to be on lifting the lower part of the face (aka jowls). In my post about jowls and marionette lines, I describe a technique I have started with that makes an incredible difference for me.
I simply move the device (with the instant gratification program on) horizontally from my jawline to my cheeks. Quite slowly, and several times. Definitely try that if you get this device!
How often to use ZIIP
The company recommends you use your ZIIP 3 times per week, and no more than 6 times per week. With the exception of the Pigment and Total clearing program. These two should only be used a maximum of 3 times per week and no more than 1 time per 24 h period.
For the other programs, you can use them almost daily. And the company recommends rotating between the treatments. Just make sure to always take at least one day off per week, to let your skin rest and process.
I personally like to use my ZIIP every second day. As described above I love the lymph and lift program, followed by any of the Energize programs, and finished with a few minutes with either Instant gratification or 11S program.
I have no strict rule as to how often I use it and which programs I use. But the one I use the most often is Lymph and lift.
How to use Nuface
The Nuface device is very straightforward since it only has one program of waveforms. You turn it on and besides adjusting the intensity, you’re good to go.
With the device, you’ll get basic instructions on how to perform the glides (super easy). And on the company’s website, you can also find instructions videos for both the basic movements as well as the advanced techniques.
To work on your eye- and lip area you’ll need to switch the attachment head to the one that can target these small muscles. This ELE-attachment has a lot smaller probes and provides a lower strength on the current as well.
How I personally use my Nuface
Personally, when I do my Nuface treatments, I like to always prioritize the advanced techniques (but I often do the glides as well). And I work my whole face for a total of about 20 minutes. That includes the eye area (above and under).
If I’m in a hurry I only do the eyes and the cheeks. I find Nuface to be incredibly effective for my whole eye area. And I used to find it superior compared to my other devices when it comes to under-eye bags. But since discovering more programs with the ZIIP, I am not so sure. Because the great thing about the ZIIP is that you can work even more targeted with lymphatic drainage.
When it comes to intensity, I always use the highest setting. Which are 335 milliamps (and 200 with the ELE attachment).
How often to use Nuface
Nuface can and should be used 5-6 times per week. Which means almost every day.
The company recommends that you start with using the Nuface 5 times per week for the first 60 days. And after that, you can retain results by using it 2 times per week.
I would personally recommend using it at least every second day though. Just as with the ZIIP.
Because microcurrent gives so much more than just muscle training. It also boosts your circulation and ATP production (meaning your skin cells will be more energized and promote more collagen and elastin). See this post for more information.
My own routine with my Nuface varies. Since I have several devices I alternate between them. But always with at least 1-2 days off every week.
In the beginning, when I only had the Nuface, I did use it every day for 6 days per week (that is how I got sold on microcurrent!). And that is what I recommend you to do as well if you get this device.
Today, I actually use my ZIIP more often.
Prices and ZIIP discount code
Both devices are a bit of an investment. But if comparing to different salon treatments they do become very affordable in no time. Since you can do the treatments as often and regularly as you want.
ZIIP [+ promo code]
If you live in the US, I have a ZIIP promo code (annziip) that gives you a 20 % off. Which means a saving of almost $100.
You find the product on this link. Just don’t forget to add the discount code ‘annziip’ before you check out.
If you live in Europe you’ll find the ZIIP beauty device on this link. It takes you to Cultbeauty (a store with tons of beauty products) and they ship free to all of Europe. No promo code though but they do offer you 10 % off on your first order.
The Nuface Trinity (with the ELE attachment included) costs $429. And you find it on Dermstore using this link. The trinity alone costs $315.
You will also find the Nuface mini on the same website if you’re not interested in being able to add the attachment for the eye- and lip area. The mini costs $199.
If you live in Europe you find Nuface on this link (Cultbeauty) with 10 % off your first order.
These links include Nuface money-back-guarantee. This means you can try the device for 60 days risk-free.
In short, here is my experience of the ZIIP vs Nuface.
- Nuface was my first microcurrent device, and I love it big time. But after I started to use my ZIIP more often I do feel it is a bit more powerful in results. And it does a lot more than the Nuface can achieve.
- Nuface has one program with one set of waveforms. Which targets the muscles (for lifting and sculpting). And it goes up to 335 microamps.
- The ZIIP has 10 different programs and goes up to 400 microamps. It has many different waveforms and can work more specified on a diversity of concerns (and more effectively on different parts of the face).
- The ZIIP also utilizes nanocurrent (in some of its programs). An even lower current than microcurrent and believed to give even better results in increasing collagen and elastin. And overall skin health.
- I have found my ZIIP to give me better results with overall tightening and sculpting, lymphatic drainage, and skin glow! With that said, I still find the Nuface to be a great tool for lifting and sculpting. And it does give a great glow afterward.
- For the eye area, I find the Nuface ELE attachment to be amazing. Especially for reducing under eye-bags. But the ZIIP is just as good, and what is great with the ZIIP is that you can use different programs for the eyes and give that area varied treatments.
If you want to try the ZIIP you find it on this link (USA). And you’ll get a 20 % discount if you use my promo code ‘annziip’ before you check out.
If you live in Europe I don’t have any promo code to offer. But Cultbeauty on this link gives 10 % on your first order. And free shipping within all of Europe.
The Nuface can be found on Dermstore on this link if you live in the US. In Europe, you find it here (10 % off your first order). Both links include a 60 days money-back guarantee. So in case you are uncertain about it, you can try it risk-free.
I hope this helps! Let me know in the comments below if you have any more questions.
Also, once you’ve decided what device to chose, I recommend you see my post about conductivity gels for microcurrent. It will give you some great tips on how to save money on the gels.
Until next time, love your skin!