First look: DermaWand

Can non-surgical facelift devices like the DermaWand help you manage the visible signs of ageing?
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Price: $200

1 star out of 5

Intrigued by infomercials promising younger-looking skin? Non-surgical facelift devices like the DermaWand claim to manage the visible signs of ageing, remove lines and wrinkles, and improve your skin tone and texture. While this sounds promising, what kind of results do they really give? Our two triallists gave the DermaWand a whirl to find out. Read their verdict.

How it works

The DermaWand is claimed to work by using radio frequency energy – the same technology (but at a lower amplitude) as the machines used by medical specialists to help with the early signs of loose or sagging skin. The energy penetrates the surface of the skin and “provides instant stimulation causing a massage effect while at the same time delivering thermal energy and enriched oxygen”. The device is claimed to tighten and improve the underlying tissue structure.

Using the DermaWand

To use the DermaWand you need to strictly follow the regimen outlined in the detailed instructions and DVD:

  • After cleansing and drying your skin, you start on the lowest setting and gradually increase the power to a level that you’re comfortable with (always use the lowest setting around the eyes).
  • Apply moisturiser and then use the DermaWand again for two to three minutes.
  • You can also target specific areas like the lips, neck, chin, eyes and eyebrows.

Take care – and discontinue use if you experience any excessive peeling or redness or a persistent drying sensation. If you’re pregnant, have a pacemaker, have a skin condition or are prone to broken capillaries, then you shouldn’t use the DermaWand at all.

How our triallists fared

Our triallists, CHOICE staffers Leonie Sly and Lynda-Maree Morgan, used the DermaWand for six weeks but at the end of the trial neither was impressed or convinced. They both found it quite easy to use and experienced only mild redness, which quickly faded. At its best, the DermaWand made their skin feel softer; however, this effect also faded, and for the most part there were no noticeable differences or improvements. Leonie didn’t like the smell produced – describing it as akin to “burning flesh” ­– nor the zapping sensation she received when placing the DermaWand on her skin. She found it uncomfortable to raise the power level and only very gradually got to level 8 (the second-highest) in the sixth week of the trial. Lynda-Maree also commented on the unpleasant odour produced by the DermaWand, which is said to be “the natural scent of clean, enriched oxygen being produced and delivered to your skin’s surface”. When using the highest setting around her neck she experienced a little spark if the wand was lifted only slightly away from her skin.

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CHOICE verdict

Our triallists found the DermaWand to be ineffective and not worth the price paid. While radio frequency treatments can tighten skin, the concentration of energy in this device is too weak to give most people the results they are looking for. Results can vary from person to person; however, we think that looking after your skin and a good daily moisturising and skin care regimen is a better bet.



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