Many people don’t realise that good skin is so much more than just good genes and overpriced skincare. If you want healthy, glowing skin, the first step is to keep it clean, the right way. Too many people either over, or under-cleanse their skin. Both these mistakes can lead to irritation and sensitivity for the former, and congestion and breakouts for the latter.

I have heard great things about the brand Nu Skin, so when I was asked to review their newly launched smart cleansing device, the LumiSpa iO, I was quite excited. I had been considering investing in a facial cleansing device for the longest time, and interestingly enough, the LumiSpa (the first generation) was on the shortlist, but I had yet to actually make a purchase.  

Because I have to try different products for work on an almost daily basis, my skin can veer towards the sensitive side, so I wanted a cleansing device that would not in any way damage my skin’s delicate microbiome. And one thing I know for sure is that the new LumiSpa iO was created after much R&D to not damage or irritate the skin’s microbiome in any way. 

Why I Would Rate This As My First Choice

Unlike traditional cleansing devices and brushes, the LumiSpa has a soft disc-type silicone head that is infused with antimicrobial silver, which makes it far more hygienic and safe for use, especially since silver prevents the growth of bacteria and microbes, so you don’t need to worry if your cleansing device is a breeding ground for bacteria every time you use it on your face.

With its soft silicone treatment heads, the ageLOC LumiSpa iO moves at the precise frequency needed to help promote skin renewal, to reveal smoother, softer skin after just one use. It is said to be able to gently—yet deeply—cleanse away dirt, oil, makeup, and pollutants, through its counter-rotating, pore-purifying action, leaving the skin smoother and cleaner, while reducing the appearance of pores. 

Plus, the device’s micro-pulse oscillation, gentle silicone treatment heads, and activating cleansers are all microbiome friendly. Simply put, the LumiSpa iO respects the skin’s pH, helps preserve its natural moisture barrier, and doesn’t disrupt the skin’s natural microbiome balance, no matter your age or skin type, making it ideal for those with troubled skin (like myself). 

What Makes The LumiSpa iO A Smart Device?

In just one step (which takes all of two minutes), the LumiSpa is able to deliver seven clinically proven facial skin benefits – softness, smoothness, radiance, clarity, purified skin, reduced pore appearance, and visibly improved firmness, after just one use, with your skin improving over time, with results showing in as little as two weeks. 

The LumiSpa iO goes beyond regular cleansing with its proprietary Micro-pulse Oscillation technology, a pore-purifying action that draws out dirt, oil, makeup, and pollutants and lifts them gently away without irritating the skin.  

This smart device recognises which treatment head is attached, and will alert you when it’s time to replace it. It is able to intelligently guide you to use the correct treatment pressure and motion, pausing if you push too hard down onto your face.

Here’s Why You Need To Combine It With Its Activating Cleanser

This was initially a bug-bear for me, but here’s the thing. The cleanser has been designed for use with the LumiSpa iO, and has been proven to maximise the skin-perfecting and cleansing benefits of the device. 

There are five cleanser options to choose from, each designed for different skin types: dry, normal to combination, oily, sensitive, and blemish-prone, and each of these cleansers has been specifically formulated to enable the precise cushioning, cleansing, and interaction with the skin, optimising the effectiveness of LumiSpa’s proprietary treatment head action. 

Most importantly, the activating cleansers are formulated with Nu Skin’s proprietary ageLOC ingredient blend to target the sources of ageing and help preserve your skin’s youthfulness. So having to buy a new face wash every few months to keep your skin looking younger is really not that much of a big deal in the grand scheme of things. 

Here’s Why The Smart Vera™ App Makes All The Difference

Let me start off by confessing that I have not synced my LumiSpa iO to the app yet, as I was far too impatient to start using it. However, syncing it to the app will enable you to get guidance about your treatment pressure, movement, and coverage, and enjoy the whole LumiSpa iO experience. 

The Vera app can also send, and save personalised treatments from your phone to your device, or allow you to create your own treatments by adjusting the time and facial areas you wish to focus on. 

The app will also enable you to get personalised product recommendations from Nu Skin’s comprehensive range of skincare products, which I have personally found to be very effective, in fact, their Tri-Phasic White® Mask made our Best Sheet Masks List, and is still one of the best sheet masks I have Tried & Tested to date). These recommendations from Vera, based on your skin condition and type will better help you reach your personal skin care goals.

So if you find it difficult to navigate through the many products available in the market, or if walking into Sephora leaves you feeling confused and overwhelmed, I would suggest syncing to the app and having at least the skincare aspect of your life made simple.

Vera also enables you to see your skin’s progress over time with its selfie timeline. So you can literally see how much your skin has changed and improved since using your LumiSpa iO. 

Final Thoughts

So would I recommend you invest in the LumiSpa iO? The short answer is yes. 

While I am not ecstatic that I need to use the ageLOC Activating Cleanser with my LumiSpa for optimal results, I don’t hate this part too much either, because the cleanser is really good, and works well on my skin. 

And at the end of the day, it still lasts me several months, and costs far less than a trip to my dermatologist. So for me, I would say yes to investing in this cleansing device. It has the science and research to back it up, and it really has made a big difference in my skin health and condition, I only wish I had invested in it sooner, and saved myself unnecessary skin issues. 

For those of you who think that cleansing devices are just hype, all I can say is that you should try it out for a week, and then see if you still feel that way. For me personally, switching from manually washing my face twice a day, to using the LumiSpa iO, completely improved my skin’s texture, pore size and overall appearance.

The LumiSpa iO retails for $515 and is available here