If you’ve been intrigued by DermaWand’s infomercials, or have seen the device featured on Rachael Ray or the Dr. Oz show, you’ve probably wondered if it really delivers “the gift of younger looking skin.”
According to the company, DermaWand manages visible signs of aging, removes lines and wrinkles, and even improves your skin’s tone and texture using radio frequency treatments of under five minutes, just twice per day.
Made and sold by International Commercial Television Inc., a health and beauty retailer that advertises mainly through infomercials, the company is accredited, but is not rated by the Better Business Bureau (as of 1/19/15).
DermaWand is endorsed by Dr. David J. Applebaum, a plastic surgeon in Boca Raton, Florida, as being safe for in-home use, while being just as effective as $3500 radio frequency treatments performed in spas.
But can a handheld device be as useful and effective as those treatments performed by professionals?
How DermaWand Works
DermaWand claims to use radio frequency energy — the same technology (but at a lower amplitude) as the machines used by spa or medical specialists in radio frequency facials designed to help relieve the early signs of loose or sagging skin.
It’s claimed that this 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.”
Understanding Radio Frequency Skin Therapy
High-frequency beauty therapy has been in use since the early part of last century, starting with a functional device created by French inventor Jacques-Arsène d’Arsonval.
Modern versions of d’Arsonval’s device work by delivering alternating high-frequency electric currents to skin through an electrode made of glass. Both thermal and electrical energy are delivered when the device comes into contact with the skin. This energy stimulates underlying skin collagen and cells, and kills bacteria by producing oxidized oxygen.
Apparently, radio frequency skin therapy isn’t just a trend. A study conducted by Spanish researchers has shown that high frequency therapy may provide increased skin elasticity and collagen production. This means it is possible that, with repeated use of the technology, patients may find that their skin appears tighter, more supple and fuller. The study can be viewed here.
How to Use DermaWand
Using the DermaWand is a simple, straightforward process with steps outlined in an accompanying 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 moisturizer, 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.
While the device is FDA certified for safe in-home use, users are directed to take care and discontinue use if you experience any excessive peeling, redness or persistent dryness.
If you’re prone to broken capillaries, then you shouldn’t use DermaWand for risk of further irritating your skin. Those who suffer from heart conditions, have pacemakers, conditions of the nervous system, or who are pregnant should also avoid using DermaWand.
The Cost Of Home Radio Frequency Therapy
For $120 (plus $14.95 S&H and $9.95 processing fee), DermaWand customers will receive a complete kit, which includes:
- DermaWand Radio Frequency Wand
- DermaWand Cosmetics Bag
- Instructional DVD
- DermaWand Beauty Guide
However, red flags go up when reading the fine print for their special offer. Buyers interested in DermaWand’s “try it free for 30 days” offer might be in for a few surprise credit card charges:
- An initial processing charge of $9.95 for your free trial
- An additional charge of $39.95 plus $14.95 for shipping, 30 days after receiving your DermaWand
- The remaining balance will be charged in $39.95 increments every 30 days until paid off
Unhappy buyers are invited to return their devices for a refund, but shipping and processing fees are not included. Something interesting is that DermaWand states there is no risk to try their device for 30 days, but how long you’re allowed to own the device before returning it if unhappy, isn’t clearly stated. In other words, the length of time you’ll be eligible for a refund isn’t clear, although 30-days is generally an industry standard.
Buyers should also be aware that no warranty is provided.
What Reviewers Are Saying about DermaWand
While many reviewers felt that the price point is attractive when compared to other surgical methods (or even repeated spa treatments), DermaWand doesn’t work overnight, and users complained that its cost wasn’t worth the results they achieved. Other criticisms of the device included:
- Fear of using DermaWand near the delicate eye area
- An odd smell when using the device
- Discomfort when increasing power levels due to an uncomfortable zapping sensation
One reviewer points out that “DermaWand 'irritates' the skin – causing it to swell and give the appearance of being smoother and tighter – thus the reason it is promoted as 'temporary.'”
Positive DermaWand reviews stated that the product did make their pores appear smaller and skin tone more refined. Others stated that it was very effective on their neck and chin, although some reviewers hypothesized that older users might be more pleased with the results, as changes in their skin are more apparent.
Final Thoughts On DermaWand
Based on numerous online customer reviews, we found that the majority of reviewers who felt the product worked only reviewed it after performing treatments for many months, and often performed longer treatment periods than advertised to see results.
It is important to realize that individuals have diverse skin types and different skin conditions, depending on their genetic makeup, age, background, and past damage to the skin, such as overexposure to UV light. Therefore, each person will likely experience noticeable outcomes at varied rates using DermaWand.
See also: The Ultimate Skincare Guide
Stay Away if you have Neuropathy
I bought the DermaWand because one of my eyes seem to droop. Since it said droopy eyes I figured I would try it. Took it out if the box and read the instructions. Then decided to try it. At first, my face felt great, like a face massage. I didn't use it for that long and I put it away. About an hour later I had pins and needles feeling in my face. Then down my neck and it kept getting worse. It felt like bee stings in my face. Because of the bee sting sensation I called my neurology doctor and told him what was going on and what I had used. The nurse called me right back and said that was a definite no-no. She said what I did was aggravate the nerves in my face from the DermaWand and due to my neuropathy triggered a reaction.
She said things like that are not good for people like me to use. I called that day to return it. They weren't pleased about adding a warning on the wand for people with neuropathy. I was able to return the item without a problem and get my money refunded.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I never start my day without it!
I absolutely think everyone should have one. I saw a difference in my skin the first time I used it. My pores are nice and my skin really glows. I'm 59 and I wish I had this years ago!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
2 out 3 people found this review helpful
Worth the investment
I've been using this device off an on for over a year, and I must say that I can tell a difference when using it. Results are subtle, and regular use definitely helps, but I can see improvement in texture and pore size, also a slight plump for lips (temporary, of course) and reduction of puffiness around eyes. Hasn't seemed to help elasticity of lower face/neck, nor tone or dark spots. However, I would say it is worth the investment, especially when compared to price tag for fillers at a doctors office.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend