What Is Conture Skin Enhancement System?
According to the company website, the Conture Skin Enhancement System is a “safe, painless and non-invasive way” to enhance the appearance of your skin and make it look years younger. By utilizing low frequency vibrations and isometric compression, the Conture Toning System claims to gently stimulate and tone your skin to create a healthier glow.
Relying on technology that Conture claims is otherwise only available in professional skin centers and medical spas, the Kinetic Skin Toning System is advertised for removing the overall signs of dullness and aging in order to leave you with radiant skin.
The system claims to work like a handheld sonic vacuum to gently lift and release your targeted skin zones and stimulate them to improve blood flow. As a result, the company claims that using the device daily to massage the trouble spots on your face will improve the overall health of your skin by removing dull, dead skin and leaving your face with a younger, tighter appearance.
Designed specifically for the eyes, face and neck, the Conture Toning System is meant to treat fine lines and wrinkles before they get out of control. The system is advertised as dermatologist approved and meant to be used as a regular part of a daily skin care routine, with the best results occurring after two to three months of twice daily use.
What Does the Science Behind Conture System Look Like?
Conture claims to have partnered with leading skincare experts to conduct their clinical testing. Dr. Bradford Patt, MD (board certified facial plastic surgeon in Houston) and Dr. Dendy Engelman, MD (the personal dermatologist of actress Sophia Vergara), who are credited in the creation and testing process for the System’s “isometric compression.”
This technology is defined by the company as a gentle vacuum action that “lifts and releases the skin zone within the treatment head.” Of note, our online searches for use of the term ‘isometric compression’ came up empty, which could indicate that the company might be one the only one using it.
To back up their claims on the benefits of isometric compression, though, the product website cites a clinical study that looked at the rates of oxygen-filled blood in the skin when the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System was used. However, no sign of this study can be found on the device’s website.
When we reached out to customer service, we were told that we would be emailed a copy of the study. We’ll be sure to update this article as soon as a response is received.
The system also relies on “Low Frequency Vibrations” that are claimed to stimulate aging skin and give it a younger appearance. The Conture treatment head radiates these vibrations outwards, where they are supposed to increase the absorption rate of your skin so that it can take in lotions and creams more deeply.
The website cites a clinical study that the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System can improve the absorption rate of skin by 300%, but again, we hadn’t received a copy as of this writing.
As a basic concept, though, our research indicated that the use of low frequency vibrations seemed rare in clinical skin products, though they are used in a procedure called “Tickle Lipo” that relies on them to break up fat and ease the discomfort of a liposuction procedure. We’ll talk about some of the over-the-counter competition in a second, but in the meantime, what will you pay for Conture’s technology?
What Is Conture’s Pricing, Refund, Warranty, and Contact Information?
There are two models of Conture Skin Enhancement System available; the original three speed model with special setting for the neck, cheeks and eyes for $299, and a newer model for $199 that has just a single speed; meaning it has less versatility for treating the most sensitive parts of your face like your eyes. The three speed Kinetic Skin Toning System can also be purchased for an initial $19.99 and five monthly payments of $59.99.
Each system comes with a ‘Risk Free Satisfaction Guarantee’, meaning that it can be returned for a full refund at any time in your first 60 days. You can order the system online or call the company toll free at 1-800-976-9432.
How Do You Use the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System?
According to the website, finding success with this toning system requires starting with completely clean skin. Next, you choose where you want to target the treatment, which should be somewhere on your face or neck.
To use the system, apply a pea-sized amount of the included Kinetic Treatment Serum to your treatment area and choose the power level (only on the $299 model) on the back of the device. The ‘FACE’ setting is the default and designed to work for most areas.
Once started, you can slowly glide the handheld device around your face, spending no more than five seconds on each area. This process can be repeated as many times as necessary to cover your entire treatment area. Some Refinery29 users report that they spend ten to fifteen minutes on their face per session.
After you finish with the device, you can apply lotion to your face (either the Kinetic AM Ignition Lotion, Kinetic PM Recovery Crème or your personal lotion can work) to complete the renewal process for your skin.
Will Conture’s Lotion & Serum Help Boost Your Results?
According to the website FAQ, the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System is designed to be used with any facial lotion, though they note that the claims made in their clinical results only relate to the use of their brand’s topical treatments and lotions.
The system does require that you use the included serum (which is a different product than the lotion) when using the device, which the company claims is formulated with encapsulated retinol and indinyl. According to the Conture website, each of these ingredients are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by between 10-50%.
Included in the line are two kinds of lotions, one designed for the AM and one for PM. Each retails for $50 for 15 ml, and they contain the following active ingredients to help your skin retain moisture and improve its elasticity:
As the patented name for the derivative of the seeds from Indian senna, Indinyl is structurally similar to hyaluronic acid and used for forming a protective film at the surface of the skin to improve water absorption and retention.
The company lists a double-blind randomized clinical studhy conducted on 12 volunteers, which evaluated skin complexion at 3, 15 and 30-minute intervals after application.
They also list another study, this time among 15 volunteers with very dry legs, that was found to increase skin softness (+21%), suppleness (+26%), and moisturization (+23%). Neither of these studies were available for public review on the Laboratories Serobiologiques’ website.
Popular with anti-aging cosmetic manufacturers, sodium hyaluronate can penetrate skin layers, hold onto water, and act as a lubricant to create a younger look.
However, Truth In Aging indicates that, compared to hyaluronic acid injections, the topical application of sodium hyaluronate will not stimulate collagen production in the skin.
This is a form of vitamin A, retinol can be taken as a supplement for nutrition or to enhance skin elasticity when used topically. According to WebMD, retinol may help unclog pores, shed dead skin cells, and help other medicated creams work better.
Originating from a Mediterranean shrub, Longevicell is a combination of hydrolyzed myrtle leaf extract and and water that the manufacturer claims works as a cell regenerator to help keep collagen in your skin and slow down the signs of aging.
Unlike Indinyl, the company didn’t provide any clinical evidence on their site to support Longevicell’s claims.
What Do Users Think of the Conture System?
According to the product’s website, the Conture system has been featured on many prominent networks, including the Today Show, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan. The website itself also contains dozens of positive testimonials with before and after pictures, and about ten reviews from verified customers that currently average 4 out of 5 stars.
A blogger review from Fabulous Chic over 50 noted that the system was easy to use, took just five minutes to do her entire face, and immediately created significant improvement in her skin tone and coloring.
She also noted that family members noticed the improvements, even when she was Facetiming them. Refinery29 also reviewed this system, and they concluded that the system did work to enhance the youthful appearance of their skin, at least temporarily.
Seven Amazon customer reviews for the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System were less positive, giving it an average rating of 1.5 stars. Why?
Many users reported little-to-no results and difficulty using. Some noted that they believe the system is an expensive vacuum that only temporarily causes their face to swell so that it looks plump and youthful, while others complained about how loud the system was, and some even claimed that Conture refused to refund their purchase.
Are There Any Products Similar to the Conture System?
During our research, we found a few examples of over-the-counter skincare products that used some form of ultrasonic vibration to stimulate skin and boost circulation (compared to Conture’s low frequency vibration). Most were also targeted specifically at cleansing skin, versus anti-aging.
Contrastly, DermaWand ($90) uses radio frequency (RF) energy to deliver many of the same claimed benefits by Conture, while LightStim ($170-$250) uses LED rays and NuFace ($199) relies on a “microcurrent” system that uses gel to prime your face before the treatment.
Another, the DDF Revolve 500X Micro-Polishing System, is advertised as being dermatologist-grade and an effective deep cleansing system for creating radiant skin through “micropolishing” to provide improvement in skin texture after daily use for several weeks, like the Conture System.
This system is designed more for cleaning pores and evening out your skin tone than providing anti-aging benefits, but it is similarly marketed for everyday use for the best long term results. Including three modes for different levels of cleaning, the system retails for $79.99.
All three of these products had generally positive reviews and promised to improve the appearance of your skin to help you look younger. The three-speed Conture system is priced the highest, though it claims to have the most scientific evidence to back up its claims for skin renewal and wrinkle removal. Again, we haven’t seen this research first hand so we can’t comment on it.
Who Is the Conture System Best For?
According to their website, the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System is designed to be one part of an overall routine for healthy skin. The company recommends using the system along with a well-balanced diet, good hygiene habits and lots of sunscreen to keep your skin in top shape.
From a clinical perspective, Conture seems to have some evidence supporting its claims, although we didn’t encounter any other devices during our research—whether related to OTC ones or those used in professional settings—that combined gentle suction, low-frequency vibration, and lotions and serums. We’re currently waiting on a copy of the company’s studies to verify their results.
Another factor to consider is that Conture’s customer feedback on Amazon seemed to indicate that the system might not match everyone’s needs, so your mileage may vary.
With this said, the manufacturer seems to stand behind the system with a 60-day refund policy, which, when used daily, should be more than enough time to discern whether or not the Conture system is right for you. Just keep in mind that the results will only be temporary and you might lose a few dollars in return S&H charges.