Tria Skin Rejuvenating Laser

Posted on November 22nd, by Helen in Products, Reviews. 18 comments

Tria Skin Rejuvenating Laser

I recently wrote an article about at-home laser devices for Elevate magazine. You can read it here (page 44). I included the The Skin Rejuvenating Laser by Tria Beauty, which was just approved by Health Canada for at-home use back in the summer. There are currently very few unbiased reviews of this device online because it is so new, and it takes quite some time to see results. I’ve been using it for three months now. But before we get into my review, here’s the 411 on it.

What it is:
This device is designed to help treat multiple signs of aging, including skin dicolouration such as age spots, rough skin, texture irregularities and wrinkles.

Who it is for: 
Been clinically proven to perform safely and effectively for all skin tones.

What it claims to do: 
Uses the same non-ablative fractional laser technology previously available only through dermatologists. Unlike topical products, the Skin Rejuvenating Laser emits microscopic columns of laser light to help stimulate new collagen and reduce pigmentation below the skin’s surface. By using the Skin Rejuvenating Laser several minutes a day, the company claims you can expect to see visible improvement in as little as two weeks. Unlike other at-home anti-aging treatments, the Tria Skin Rejuvenating Laser uses the same laser technology used by professionals for in-office anti-aging treatments. The Tria Skin Rejuvenating Laser is clinically proven to deliver dermatologist-observed significant, visible results. Results are seen quickly, with textural improvements seen in as few as two weeks, and improvements to wrinkles seen after four weeks. Best results are seen after a full eight week course of treatment, and results continue with ongoing use.

Cost $495

What experts are saying:

At-home versions of anti-aging devices potentially are effective because of the proven technology that they use, says Dr. Ronald Moy, who is president of American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). But their lack of power reduces their effectiveness, he says. To ensure consumer safety, “their designers had to make them much less effective,” echoes Dr. Ranella Hirsch, who is an assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University. (Source: Consumers

My experience:

After three months of daily use, I can confidently say that I LIKE it. Not love, but like.

I was really skeptical at first, but after two weeks, my skin did feel tighter, and my skin tone was slightly more even. I read in Flare magazine that it may help fade pigmentation after three months of use, but I didn’t see this at all. The only thing that has EVER faded sunspots for me are IPL lasers performed in a clinic.

The DIY laser has three settings for comfort level; I started on the first setting for the first month and increased it to the second level. Haven’t been brave enough to go to level three yet! It is totally tolerable after the initial use. After the first night of using it, my skin looked slightly sunburnt. Each zap feels like a little electric shock against your skin. There is some heat, but for obvious safety reasons, it is not the same intensity as in-office machines. If you have done laser treatments before at a clinic, then the sensation of the TRIA would be no problem for you. That said, this device could never replace the near-instant results you get from clinical treatments. For example, I got a SilkPeel one week before an IPL treatment, and the luminosity and clarity in my skin does not even come close to the results of using the TRIA anti-aging laser for three months.

Now I don’t think it is a complete dud, it’s always good to be able to effectively boost collagen and elastin production in your skin, and if it’s in the privacy of your own home, then that’s a huge bonus! But my advice is to not treat this device as a replacement for in-clinic treatments. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting a looooong time before you see impressive, if any, results. I’m going to continue using it in-between my treatments (Note: my three months of testing the TRIA were done with no clinical treatments done on my face within that period). So maybe by summer time, I can say I LOVE this thing. Time will tell.

  • Veronica

    Thanks for the great and unbiased review of the product! I agree with you I love the results of a good IPL, but the Tria sounds like a great preventative that can be done at home. Kind of like investing in a good moisturizer in between facials.

    • Helen Vong


  • Kelly

    I find the Tria can really sting some days, other days it’s more tolerable. Upside: It’s helping my fine lines and I can see the difference in my skin – looking plumper and more radiant – after just a month. Downside: it can leave my face looking red, feeling raw and holy crap! Does it ever dry my skin out!! I’ve been peeling like crazy every day even though I’m slathering on moisturize every few hours. The winter cold doesn’t help. Gotta admit though, prefer this little at-home gadget to getting laser treatments done in a clinic. It definitely does work.

    • Helen Vong

      Thanks for your feedback! So I’ve been using it for a total of 4.5 months now, and I must say, I’m starting to like it more and more. I stopped using it for a week just to see if there was a difference. To my surprise, my skin did not have that glow I get with using it almost every day. I’m very close to saying I love it!

  • Kelly

    Oops! Meant to say slathering on “moisturizer”.

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  • Jess

    I am curious to know if anyone has used it at the 3rd level? Just a thought, but would the highest setting be the closest you could get it to a low powered fractional or IPL laser? Then maybe you wouldn’t need to use it everyday??
    I am just waiting for mine in the mail, and am super excited to get started. I am not sure I will be dedicated enough to use it every night though!

    • Helen Vong

      Great question, Jess. I think the only true way to tell is to perform a half-face study; using the Tria on one side of the face every day for the full 8 weeks and then doing a clinical treatment on the other side. Keep me posted on your progress!

  • Debbie Menard

    I’ve had it for 8 months now and can honestly say it does nothing . I have sensitive skin and got to level 3 in less then a week. If you do feel anything it is the cleanser. Ladies save your money.

    • Helen Vong

      Thanks Debbie for your input. At this point in my skincare progress, I agree with you! (It’s been over a year since I posted this review.)

  • Daniella

    These posts are from a year a go. I would love to hear an update on how you feel about it now and if you’ve had any issues with it.

    • Helen Vong

      Hi Danielle, I pretty much gave up on this after posting this review last year. Since then I’ve been doing laser resurfacing treatments at my derm’s clinic, and using her pharmaceutical-grade skincare products. I’ve seen great improvements in clarity and texture with this professional approach so I feel no desire to resume using this gadget at home. I feel that the effort is not worth the minimal outcome. I think you can get better results from using a quality retinoid.

  • Baaarb

    Does it get rid of brown spots? I am 60 and think I look pretty good for my age..except for the brown spots. I tried the stimlight but it caused brown spots to get darker

    • Helen Vong

      After three months of use, It didn’t affect my sunspots negatively or positively. That said, heat is known to make pigmentation worse. So if you want to safely fade your sunspots, I suggest consulting a dermatologist and staying away from at-home laser devices altogether.

      • Baaarb

        Do you know about how much those average treatments costs? I ordered one as a qvc today’s special, but now I am afraid to use said heat makes pigmentation worse? I thought it was the sun or the infrared light (which I found out after using the Stimlight.

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