Review of the Rio Neck Toner
Over the years I've tried several beauty gadgets, including CACI and red light therapy. Although both offer benefits like more glowing skin and fewer wrinkles, neither does much (if anything) for sagging. Now I'm over 60, I'm developing a serious "turkey neck", and I haven't been able to find any effective solutions - until I found the Rio 60 Second Neck Toner.
I'll give more details about my experience shortly, but you want to know whether it works - so let's cut to the chase.
Yes, It Works!
The science behind the Neck Toner is sound. It's a Faradic system, a proven technology that's been around for many, many years. So yes, the product should have a beneficial effect and I've been very pleased with the results. I suspect the reason some people say it doesn't, is that they're not using it correctly - or they're trying to fix a problem it can't help.
So, if you want to try this product, bear in mind:
- You need to be honest with yourself. This device tones saggy muscles - it can't dissolve fat. So if you have double chins, ask yourself - are they caused by sagging, or are they due to excess weight? If they're pads of fat, this toner won't help.
- You need to be realistic. This is not a facelift! Even the clinical research claims only a 33% improvement, so don't expect miracles (and let's face it, is it realistic to expect miracles for less than $100?).
- You need to use it consistently, every single day. Since it takes only 3 or 4 minutes, it's very easy to include in your beauty routine, but it does need to become a long-term habit: the effects wear off if you stop using it.
- You need to read the instructions, and follow them carefully. It's fiddly to find the right positions at first. If you can't see any muscles contracting while you're using it, you're doing it wrong and will get no benefit.
- You need to watch yourself in the mirror while you use it, so you can be sure the muscles are contracting with every pulse. So this is not something you can fit into your routine while watching TV.
- You'll have ongoing costs - so far, I'm finding that the batteries last well but they will need replacing from time to time. You will also need to buy conductive gel, which can be hard to find (and expensive) in pharmacies. Plan ahead and buy online!
How It Works
The video below shows the toner in action. You hold the toner against the skin for 60 seconds in each position (first directly under the chin, then on either side). Some people use it for longer than 60 seconds in the early stages, or use it twice a day, to speed up the results.
It's a pity they've chosen models whose chins really don't need firming, but you get the idea! It's not easy to see the muscle twitching in the video - personally, I like to put it on a higher setting so I can see the muscle reaction more clearly, so I can be sure it's working. You will feel a stinging/prickling sensation on higher settings, but that's useful as a guide - the closer you get to the right spot, the less it will sting/prickle. Also, being generous with the conducting gel will reduce the sting.
How It Feels
In a word - unpleasant! Faradic facials used to be quite popular, but I'm guessing they fell out of favour because they're not a comfortable experience. Comfortable or not, they are still the only treatment which can make any significant impact on sagging.
If you've ever had a CACI or galvanic facial, you'll be familiar with the slight tingle created by the probes. You'll get the same sensation from the Neck Toner on a low setting - but most of the time, you won't get any benefit when it's set at that level. To really see results, you must turn the device up high enough to get a visible muscle spasm - and that means it must be set high enough for you to feel discomfort. But "no pain, no gain", yes?
If You're Impatient . . .
On the box, it claims that you'll see results immediately. I didn't - it took weeks for me to notice a worthwhile improvement. Since then, I've discovered that one of my local beauty salons offers a Faradic facial (which is the same thing but with a more powerful salon machine).
If you can find one in your area, I'd say it would be worth going and having a few professional treatments which will give you faster results - then you can use your Neck Toner for maintenance instead of going back for regular top-up sessions.
Can I Use the Rio Neck Toner on My Face?
Before I bought this product, I had considered buying the Rio Face Toner, but it was four times the price! Besides, I had learned a lesson about whole-face treatments from using the home version of phototherapy: it's all very well to say each facial "zone" takes only a minute or two, but add them all up and you've got twenty minutes or more. I knew I couldn't make that kind of commitment every single day, so I decided to be realistic and concentrate on my neck because it's the worst affected by sag.
Now, I'm slightly regretting that! I'd love to do something about my jowls, my naso-labial folds and the hollows under my eyes. So the natural question was - could I use the neck toner on my face?
The makers, Rio, won't say - but the answer seems to be "Why not?" Fundamentally both devices appear to work exactly the same, so it's hard to see why the neck toner couldn't be used safely on the rest of the face. I have found reviews by other users who are using it on their face without any problems, so I'm certainly planning to give it a try. Obviously, I can't recommend either way, it's entirely up to you whether you'd feel comfortable doing so.
There's a chart available from Rio Beauty which explains how to position the contacts to tone the face:
One thing to note - if you have fillings, and you use the device on your cheeks, you'll feel pain in your teeth. I haven't been able to find out whether it's something to worry about or not, so I would advise taking care.
If you decide to do it, let me know how it goes!
One of the downsides of this device is that you need to keep buying conductive gel - which is expensive and can be hard to track down. I've just discovered that pure aloe vera gel works just as well - cheaper AND good for your skin too!