DermaWand is a handheld device that works to smooth your skin in the comfort of your own home by using radio frequency (RF) energy. This method of skin treatment positions itself as more effective than anti-aging lotions and creams, but not as invasive and expensive as plastic surgery or injectable. With regular use, the tool claims to tighten and tone sagging skin, decrease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, reduce enlarged pores, even skin texture and reduce the look of puffy eyes. There are more than 2.5 million devices sold in the world, but DermaWand's claims seem to be extremely attractive to consumers. The tool has been promoted on network television, due to spots on Dr. Oz. and Rachel Ray. But can this device really deliver the higher mentioned anti-aging benefits? To answer this question, we will need to take a look at the technology behind this tool, how it works, and customer reviews of their experience but first let's check who is behind the product.
The inventor of DermaWand is Christina Boves, a cosmetic advisor and instructor who has worked in the field for 30 years. In her video, she says that she was inspired to create this device after she realized that aging skin needed treatments. Anti-aging lotions and creams are just not enough. Boves was interested in radio frequency (RF) treatments because of their effectiveness for smoothing, lifting, and making the skin younger. The creator of the device states that skin needs moisture and that the DermaWand does not completely replace your skincare routine. But Boves is sure that none of the topical products could match the results she faced from daily RF treatments. So, she was inspired to create a tool that would be safe and effective at the same time. Christina Boves partners with International Commercial Television Inc. (ICTV), a health and beauty retailer that currently manufactures and sells the product. ICTV advertises mainly via infomercials.
So, the device works using radio frequency waves that create thermal energy that is delivered through microcurrents down past the skin's surface. Thermal treatments provoke the body's wound-healing response, resulting in better collagen formation responsible for firming your skin. The tool reaches the temperature of 40-45 degrees Celsius to promote collagen production. In one video it is stated that DermaWand reaches approximately 42 degrees Celsius (107 degrees Fahrenheit). Higher temperature is undesirable because the thermal energy affects the fatty layer under the skin. Another aspect of the device's treatment is stimulation, since it delivers gentle microcurrents at 100,000 cycles per second. This creates a massaging effect improving blood circulation and supplying the skin with more blood and oxygen. Massaging motions are effective for increasing blood flow and encouraging lymphatic drainage to prevent fluid retention. This is probably the reason why DermaWand reduces under eye puffiness.
The device also claims to provide "enriched oxygen", covering your skin with fresh fragrance, tightening your pores and improving your complexion. One of the DermaWand's claims perpetuates a myth: that pores can be "tightened." The matter is that pores are not tubular muscles that can constrict and relax. They are actually hair follicles that emit sebum (oils). The size of your pores is determined by genetics and it cannot be changed. You can temporarily reduce the appearance of pores by applying icy water but this effect will not last long. Pores tend to get larger throughout your lifetime. According to the official website of the company, DermaWand promises to reduce signs of sagging, tighten your overall complexion and make your aging skin look younger. These claims sound too good to be true. Unfortunately, we did not find any research proving the claim that pores can be cajoled into a smaller size. To find out whether the company's promises are true we will take a look at the customer feedback on third-party websites.
There are many terrible reviews about the product claiming that it is a scam; however, there are also some positive testimonials stating that the device worked well. Most of the reviewers felt that the price point is too high when compared to similar methods of skin treatment. They are also unsatisfied that DermaWand should be used many times before any effects appear on their skin. They say that it isn't worth the results they achieved. Some other complaints about the device includes an odd smell when using the device, fear of using the tool near the delicate eye area, discomfort (uncomfortable zapping sensation) when increasing power levels. One reviewer reports that the device irritates the skin creating the appearance of being tighter and smoother. Some reviews stated that the product did not make their skin tone more refined and pores look smaller. DermaWand currently holds a 3.3-star rating on HighYa. Take into account the caution: those suffering from neuropathy should avoid using DermaWand, as the RF treatments can cause nerve conditions and undesired reactions. Let's read some of the reviews available online.
"DermaWand is not a good product. The glue in the tool must have dried out, so that the bulb popped off the end. I did not see it and stepped on it by accident. I called the customer service for a replacement but they refused to help me. They did not provide a proof of my purchase even though I did buy the product from them. Then I asked them to sell me a new bulb but they also refused. They told me to buy a new set that costs more than $100. The bulb is only $25 on their website. I cannot understand why they don't want to sell it to me. What awful customer service!"
"DermaWand is a scam. I owned an original product that was high power and good quality. I saw positive results in 4-6 weeks. This "DermaWand" is just a cheap imitation. It is powerless, poorly constructed, and has no results. The price is too high for such a device. This is a rip-off product. The company is making false claims and the "30-day" return policy does not work! I would not recommend this product to anyone."
"I bought DermaWand because one of my eyes is droopy. The product promises to combat this condition, according to the official website. So, I decided to try it. I took the device out of the box and read the provided instructions. When I started to use it, my face felt well, like a face massage. I finished the procedure and about an hour later I had needles feeling in my face and down my neck. My state was getting worse and I felt like bee stings in my skin. I called my neurology doctor and he said that was a definite no-no. She said I had probably aggravated the nerves in my skin, which triggered this kind of reaction. I will never use this device again!"
After years researching different kinds of anti-aging products and devices available on the market, DermaWand does not seem to be a safe and reliable tool. Based on customers' reviews, the device if not only ineffective in fighting skin aging signs but it can even be dangerous to use. There is high risk to damage nerves hidden in the skin, which can lead to extremely undesired reactions. Many users report that this product is a scam. It does not function as advertised and the money-back guarantee doesn't work. People are unable to return their money. If you suffer from serious skin-aging issues, you should first of all consult a doctor before using any at-home anti-aging devices. Taking into account all the negative things we have learnt about DermaWand, I cannot recommend this device to usage. It can be unsafe.
If you are thinking about ordering DermaWand, you need to know that the device comes with a few accoutrements, including DermaWand Cosmetics Bag, DermaWand Radio Frequency Wand, DermaWand Beauty Guide, and Instructional DVD. DermaWand is sold as part of the DermaVital System, a set of the following skin care products: DermaVital Hydra Infusion Treatment, DermaVital Pre-Face Treatment, Hydra Support Moisturizer and Hydrating Skin Mist. The total cost of the system is $120, plus $14.95 shipping, and a $19.95 processing fee ($154.90 in total). However, DermaWand can be tied risk-free for 30 days for just $14.95 P&H. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you can contact their customer service within 30 days at 1(800) 799-6808 and ask a refund. The $14.95 is not refundable. If you keep your purchase, your card will be automatically charged $39.95 plus $19.95 P&H. The remaining two payments of $39.95 will be charged to your card in 30-day increments. In this way, risk-free doesn't mean that the product is completely free. Many customers are shocked being charged.