Inexpensive serums for anti-ageing devices

Inexpensive serums for anti-ageing devices
It’s taken me over a year to write this post. I wanted to make sure my facts were correct and I didn’t want to mislead anyone, or be the cause of anyone’s face falling off because of poor advice.

But I’m ready now and in a nutshell, you DON’T have to spend money on expensive ‘recommended’ serums for certain anti-ageing devices. To be clear, I’m only talking about the ones I’ve actually used and I can truthfully testify that you will still see results if you use these inexpensive gels instead.


Aesthetic beauty treatments with ultrasound, microcurrent and radiofrequency equipment use conductive gel because it allows for the distribution of electric impulses. It doesn’t (and shouldn’t) need to be fragranced, or contain special ‘firming’ ingredients.

I use Anagel ultrasound gel (from Amazon UK) for my Newa and iluminage devices and Aloe Vera gel (Holland and Barrett’s own brand) for my NuFace Trinity.

This is not a new revelation, I’d read lots of articles over the years about using these gels, but I’m forever cautious. If you’ve ever used one of these gadgets over skin that’s not completely protected by gel, then you’ll know that you can experience a brief, but unpleasant sting.

Also, what finally convinced me was this notice from Newa which popped up when I tried to replenish my stock of gel.

Newa notice


Anagel Ultrasound gel

I can’t recall the name of the alternative gel, but I do know it cost approximately £3.50 when I looked it up online and that it was an ultrasound gel.

The newly safe and ‘official’ Newa gel has indeed been relaunched and costs £35.00 for 130ml. That’s £3.50 versus £35.00, if there was a pursed lip emoji, I’d put it here.

Beauty salons have been using this gel (no doubt bought for mere pence in huge vats) for years on clients when carrying out treatments and now manufacturers have caught onto this and realised that us mere mortals want to get in on the action too. Anagel was originally labelled ‘ultrasound gel’ but I’ve noticed in the last year they’ve re-labelled it ‘cosmetic gel’.


Aloe Vera gel

I’m not sure why I use aloe vera gel for my NuFace and not the ultrasound gel, I must have had better results with it.

Aloe Vera gel may be used with just about any non-invasive cosmetic skin care tool, or facial machine equipment requiring the use of a conductive gel.

Many clients use the gel in conjunction with modalities such as (but not limited to): Ultrasonic and Microcurrent.

I was really happy to find this video by ‘beauty guru’ Lisa Eldridge. She’s talking about new skin care discoveries and one of them is the NuFace Trinity.

I feel it validates what I’ve posted in the past, because I’ve always said the Trinity works and here she is saying exactly the same thing. The only difference here is that Lisa buys a whole aloe vera leaf (posh) from her local greengrocer and applies the gel straight from the leaf.

It is possible to achieve tangible results from these devices. Eventually you will see – I mean, literally see, a return on your investment, but you have to use them regularly and that’s time consuming and sometimes a bit inconvenient. But hang on in there, because the good news is that now, you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive gels for your devices.


  1. Margaret Thomas
    February 28, 2020 / 2:08 am

    Thankyou so much for writing this. I never liked the Newa gel after I read about the recall. I make a herbal massage gel for horses, and I have been using this, and now you have confirmed what I have been thinking all along.

  2. unfadedbeauty
    April 14, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    Hi Margaret,
    Apologies for not replying sooner.
    The NERVE of the Newa people though! We’ll send you this cheapo £3.50 gel until our own £35 gel is reformulated – who the heck is going to buy that now?
    That said, I still love the device – and all the other gadgets and I’m going to dig them all out and start using them.
    By the way, if you read this, what are the ingredients you use for the herbal gel for your horses?

  3. Cathy Egan
    May 2, 2020 / 12:13 pm

    I’ve just purchased a tripoller v and using the conductive gel from the company which costs 35 pounds what would you suggest as a alternative thanx cathy

    • unfadedbeauty
      May 4, 2020 / 6:36 pm

      Hi Cathy,
      I understand the Tripollar uses radio frequency, my Illuminage device works in the same way and I use an ultrasound gel called Anagel. I buy mine from Amazon UK. A 250ml bottle costs £4.95. Larger bottles are better value, but I’d suggest getting a small bottle first and see if you get the same results.

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