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Review Roundup: Comparison FOREO BEAR™ and NuFACE microcurrent facial devices

Woman receiving microcurrent therapy

Find out all the similarities and differences between FOREO's BEAR™ range and NuFACE's microcurrent devices. Have you noticed all the buzz around microcurrent facials lately? The treatment has emerged as a noninvasive yet super-efficient alternative to facelifts and Botox, thanks to its ability to tone the muscles in your face and minimize the look of wrinkles and fine lines without pain or recovery time.  Nowadays, you don't have to book appointments and visit estheticians for a microcurrent treatment: at-home devices work just as well, saving you time and money in the long run. But there are many devices to choose from so if you're looking for reviews, comparisons and in-depth tutorials, we scoured the internet to narrow it down for you. 


Two devices that stand out by popularity in the skincare world are FOREO's BEAR™ range and NuFACE's microcurrent devices. Before we get to independent reviews of both, let us explain how does microcurrent work to rejuvenate your face.

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How Does Microcurrent Affect the Look of Our Skin?

Long story short, it has a lot to do with ATP. ATP molecules act as our body’s cellular energy. They assist with collagen and elastin production and cell regeneration. As we age, ATP levels decline, as do collagen and elastin—the most abundant proteins in our body that give support and elasticity to our skin. This results in wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging.  The good news is that even though we cannot reverse time, we can nudge it to flow a bit slower (metaphorically speaking)—at least when it comes to our skin. Except for a healthy lifestyle and proper skin care, microcurrent treatments have been scientifically proven to remarkably increase ATP concentration in cells (by up to 400%!) and thus combat signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging. 

What Do You Need to Know Before the Treatment?

Microcurrent has been used for medicinal purposes for decades and is a safe, non-invasive anti-aging treatment for the face and neck. If you’re new to the practice, you should know a couple of things. Microcurrent facial devices are designed to be used on your face and neck only - do not use the device on the chest/breast area, eye area, mid-line (orbital bone) of the neck, and genitals/groin area. Microcurrent devices must be used with a conductive gel or serum. Without it, microcurrent will not penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and will just prick the surface without any effect. 

Independent Reviews of Microcurrent Devices

Now that we explained how microcurrent works to keep your face and neck tones, and things you should know before the treatment, let’s check the reviews for both FOREO’S BEAR™ range and NuFACE’s microcurrent devices.


After seeing it in action on Instagram, Kara from PureWow decided to test and review FOREO BEAR. And after a couple of treatments, Kara was left with just one regret:

The bottom line? I wish I’d given facial toning devices a try sooner.

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Joanne has been reviewing beauty & lifestyle products on her blog for over 12 years. However, some products still manage to surprise her. And BEAR™ did just that! She was already using NuFACE Mini for 18 months when she got hold of BEAR™. One of the things that blew her away was the Anti-shock™ system, unique to FOREO:

The anti-shock system used by Foreo is something I think will reassure anyone new to using a microcurrent device. This works by scanning your skin as you use the device, measuring your resistance to electricity at the rate of 100x per second. It then adjusts the microcurrent intensity (in just 0.002 seconds) to best suit your skin.

Unboxing Beauty

The unboxing beauty herself unboxed BEAR™ mini, followed the app tutorial and concluded she prefers BEAR™ mini over NuFACE because it was smaller, more compact and didn’t shock her face. She also loves T-Sonic™ pulsations that come along with this mighty device!

This is a better alternative to NuFace Mini.  I found that I used this several times a week whereas my NuFace Mini was collecting dust ever since I purchased it the other year.  I really love that it doesn’t shock my face and therefore, I am more inclined to use it.  My skin looks more smooth and feels softer.

Woman packing FOREO BEAR device into a gym bag

Beauty Beyond 40

Trina from "Beauty Beyond 40" focuses on beauty devices and skincare, so no wonder she wanted to try out our BEAR™. In the video, she talks about how much she loves all her microcurrent devices but remains impressed with BEAR™'s unique features, like the Anti-Shock™ system and the T-Sonic™ pulsations. 



Briana is a wonderful YouTuber who went above and beyond to illustrate the differences between BEAR™ mini and NuFACE mini. She showed us how to use BEAR™ mini and the FOREO For You app and even talked about Serum Serum Serum. Want to check it out for yourself? 


Simply Ije

Ije loves microcurrent, so she discussed various microcurrent devices at great length. She compared BEAR™ with NuFACE and Ziip. She also demonstrated how to use BEAR™ and provided some helpful tips and tricks! 


Paulina Beauty

Paulina reviewed BEAR™ mini and talked about NuFACE mini. She loves how fast and easy to use BEAR™ is, adding that it takes her a lot longer to use her NuFACE, which means she skips her treatments more often. And Paulina knows that microcurrent for your face is like going to the gym for your body - you must be consistent for long-term results. 


A Couple of Additional Info on BEAR™ Range From Our Editorial Team

BEAR™ 2 is the world’s first FDA-cleared medical microcurrent device with Anti-Shock System™,  T-Sonic™ massage, and four revolutionary types of microcurrent. It is also the strongest microcurrent device on the market, with 680 μA of microcurrent. 


The device is clinically proven to significantly improve deep wrinkles, fine lines, skin firmness, and elasticity in just 1 week of use without any potential complications connected to invasive treatments such as surgery. 


By effectively toning 69 muscles in your face and neck (just like exercise tones the muscles in your body), promoting collagen and elastin production, improving lymphatic drainage, and stimulating microcirculation, it tightens and contours the face, minimizes the look of wrinkles and fine lines, decreases puffiness, fades pigmentation, and boosts radiance. 


As mentioned in the reviews, the patented Anti-Shock System™ makes sure to increase microcurrent gradually to avoid shocking your skin and measures how moist or dry your skin is to determine its resistance to the current. Then, it slightly adjusts the microcurrent within your chosen intensity level to best suit each square millimeter of your skin - so you can glide care and prickle-free.   




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Jennifer Gram 06/01/2021

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carly 15/02/2021

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