Tria Age Defying laser review: smooth, bright, radiant skin

Tria Age Defying laser Laura G
Tria Age Defying laser

3.8

The Tria ge Defying laser is safe for all skin tones and types. It's your secret weapon to gradually fade wrinkles and discolouration. Boosts collagen and elastin to repair sluggish old cells for fresh, rejuvenated, youthful skin. Despite being time consuming and not the most pleasant to use, it works well.

Smooth, bright, radiant skin

👍 For all skin types & colours, but especially textured & discoloured skin

Visible effects: Smooths fine lines & wrinkles, reduces redness & pigmentation, plumps & smooths skin, creates a youthful glow.

Effort
10 mins daily for 8-weeks, then 4-weeks rest. Best results between 8 to 12 weeks. Repeat the cycle as you like.

Ease of use
Very easy to use, no faffy gels. Stings at first but this fades. Skin redness & tenderness after treatments.

Results
Boosts skin healing, gradually fades discolouration & smooths skin and wrinkles over the course. Some dry & flaking skin possible.

Pros

  • No messy gels
  • Easy to use
  • Clinically proven & FDA cleared
  • Money back gaurantees (90 days from currentBody.com & 60 days from Tria)

Cons

  • Patiently build up to the higher levels because they can sting!
  • Red, dry & flaky skin reactions. Fades with use.

 

Price range £149 to £450

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The Tria Age-Defying laser is a small hand-held at-home facial rejuvenation laser. It’s the same, although scaled down, technology doctors have used for over a decade. With clinical tests and FDA-clearance it’s proven safe for all skin tones and for home use.

In the US it’s called the Tria SmoothBeauty laser. And compared to newer home-use anti-ageing devices it’s a veteran because it’s been available since 2013. But its popularity isn’t fading yet.

Photo of the lilac Age-Defying laser lying on its side, and another standing in the small magenta charging cradle
At home fractional laser for facial rejuvenation

Tria Beauty say it gives you youthful, bright, supple and smooth skin by:

  • Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reducing pigmentation and
  • Improving texture

The UK guidance is to use it daily for 8 weeks then take a 4-week break. Full effects are visible during this rest stage. Start another cycle to get even better results. In the US the guidance is to use it daily for 5 days a week for 12 weeks.

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This is an in-depth review from real-life tests, with photos, feedback & loads of helpful information. Dip-in using the links below or read it all. Enjoy!

In this Tria Age Defying laser review:

— What it does & how —

What does it do?

The laser creates teeny columns of invisible injuries in the layers below the skin’s surface. The healthy areas around these micro-injuries start a repair job and so produce collagen and elastin. After each session, you get tiny bits of fresh skin and loads more shiny-collagen doing its thing. Over a few months your skin gradually perks up to look bright and clear and feel smooth and supple.

A hand holding the Tria age-Defying laser and a graphic showing the micro injuries it creates in the skin.

What’s collagen and elastin?

Collagen and elastin are the mesh of fibres that make up your skin.

  • Collagen makes your skin strong and firm.
  • Elastin keeps your skin tight.

Fibroblast cells found in the dermis layer of your skin produce both.

You’ve plenty when you’re young. But from around 30 you produce less and less each year. The result is fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin, rosy-redness and darker spots. Collagen creams can’t help because the collagen molecules are too big to sink into the skin.

An illustrated diagram of younger skin and aging skin showing the decrease in collagen and broken elastin in older skin.
As you get older you produce less collagen and elastin and so your skin shows sign of aging such as fine lines and wrinkle, dark spots, redness and texture problems like large pores. The Tria laser kickstarts collagen and elastin production in your skin. It works to refresh and repair the signs of aging.

The Tria Kick-start

To help, you must kick-start the fibroblast cells into action for a natural collagen and elastin boost. The Tria skin rejuvenating laser does this by creating tiny injuries in the skin. Your fibroblasts produce collagen and elastin to repair them. Plus, a load more that spread throughout your dermis repairing and revitalising. This gives you fresher, younger-looking skin.

But it’s not immediate.

Not immediate results

Because each session affects such a small amount of skin, you need loads of treatments to see visible results. 56 sessions to be precise. That’s once every day for 8 weeks.

During this, all the old, dull and discoloured skin naturally exfoliates away. The micro injuries heal and fresh cells replace them. And you’ve super-charged skin by the ongoing collagen and elastin party in its layers.

Thus, youthful, bright, supple and smooth skin.

So, how does this laser-thing work?

How does it work?

It’s a 1440 nm non-ablative fractional diode laser. That’s how.

And for the non-boffin crowd, here’s what that means.

Ablative vs Non-ablative

First, what it’s not. An ablative laser vapourises the outer skin layer (epidermis). Ouchy. Your skin reacts by producing loads of collagen and elastin to repair and build a new epidermal layer. This ‘resurfacing’ has a dramatic effect on ageing skin by continuously producing buckets of collagen, but it takes weeks to heal and there’s a risk of infection.

The Tria rejuvenation laser is non-ablative. This means the laser beam heats up and damages the outer (epidermis) and lower (dermis) layers of skin, but it doesn’t destroy them. Your body produces a surge of collagen and elastin to repair and renew the damaged cells, which then freshens up the rest of your skin too.

OK, this sounds better. So, what does ‘fractional’ mean?

Fractional vs Non-fractional

Again, this is what it’s not. Non-fractional is where a single, larger beam of energy acts on the whole laser treatment zone.

The Tria Age-Defying laser is fractional and this means it’s a pixelated laser beam, into many evenly spaced tiny energy columns. One clinical study calls them microscopic thermal zones, or MTZs. So, the laser energy acts on a ‘fraction’ of your skin in the treatment zone.

Close up side view photo of the Tria Age-defying laser and the laser opening aperture

And because there’s loads of healthy undamaged cells around these MTZs, healing is fast and efficient. With the Tria anti-aging laser it takes under 24 hours.

1440 nm laser

1440 nanometers refers to the laser’s wavelength. Tria couldn’t confirm this for me due to IP restrictions, however based on similar Diode lasers, it’s water in the skin that absorbs this wavelength. The laser heats it, thus creating micro-injuries at the right depth in the skin layers.

So, in combination, this 1440 nm non-ablative fractional laser makes for more comfortable treatments with fast recovery and minimal side effects. It’s perfect for home-use.

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Now that’s clear let’s check how it compares to professional treatments.

How does it compare to professional laser rejuvenation?

In comparison to a doctor’s clinic, the Tria laser uses much less power. The power output ranges from 5 to 12 mJ/pulse. In comparison, a professional grade non-ablative fractional laser is maximum 70 mJ.

The depth the Tria’s laser energy reaches is 450 microns (a micron is a millionth of a metre, so it’s 0.45 millimetres). An example professional grade laser goes 500 to 1400 microns.

This means with professional treatments you need fewer treatments to see results. Most doctors recommend 3 to 5. And there’s a few days recovery before your skin heals and is back to normal. With the Tria Age Defying Laser you need many more treatments, but your skin heals within 24 hours.

Professional grade lasers have professional operators too. They’re medically trained specialists who configure the laser specifically to suit the patient. At home it’s just us, so it must be safe and simple.

So, this is all good stuff. It’s designed to keep us safe, work with minimal discomfort, repair fast and still give visible results overtime. Reassuringly, there’s clinical proof of the safety and results too.

Is there clinical proof??

Yes. There’s a clinical study. You can access a pdf download of the study abstract dated 2011 on the Tria Beauty UK website.

N.B. For readers in the US: Triabeauty.com doesn’t share the study discussed below, or any other study on the website. Keep reading to the ‘For “crow’s feet” only’ and ‘FDA-clearance’ sections below for more information.

The 2011 clinical study

The study of 34 participants lasted 20 weeks. The study was ‘split face’ which means each side of the face received a different 12-week treatment regimen with results recorded for each.

The participants visited the study site and treated their own faces / zones. The regimens for each zone were either x5 per week or x2 per week sessions at different intensity levels. They assessed the participants regularly for 8 weeks afterwards too.

Screen capture of the Tiria Age-Defying laser 2011 Clinical study
Screenshot of the 2011 clinical study extract pdf available on Triabeauty.co.uk. You can see the before and after photos from the study there.

Recording data

An independent and objective dermatologist assessed the treatment zones throughout the study.

To avoid any bias in the assessment it was a blind study too. This means the dermatologist didn’t know the treatment regimen assignment to each facial zone. They merely measured and assessed what they saw.

What data?

Using a 9-point scale, the dermatologist measured improvement in wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and diffuse redness. And with a ‘back-of-the-hand’ method they assessed skin texture too. At least a 1-point improvement was clinically significant.

The participants also recorded feedback during the sessions. They rated tolerability using a 1 to 10 scale where 0 is no pain and 10 is extreme pain. And they noted any side effects too. Periodically, they also answered satisfaction surveys.

The results

The 2011 study shared on the website shows the zone results for 5 daily sessions per week at treatment level 2. It includes three sets of before and after photos too.

The dermatologist recorded:

  • 75% of subjects showed at least a 1-point improvement in dyschromia (uneven pigmentation), diffuse redness, periorbital wrinkles (around the eye), and perioral wrinkles (around the mouth) 4 weeks after final treatment as determined by a dermatologist.
  • 100% of the participants had at least a 1-point improvement in tactile roughness (skin texture irregularities)
Bar chart showing the study results for zones receiving 5 daily sessions per week at treatment level 2.
Subjects that had at least a 1-point improvement 4 weeks after final treatment for: dyschromia /uneven pigmentation (75%), diffuse redness (75%), periorbital / crow’s feet wrinkles (75%), wrinkles around the mouth (75%), smoother skin (100%)
 

At 4 weeks after their last treatment the participants shared:

  • 58% saw improvement in brown areas/spots
  • 67% saw improvement in redness and wrinkles
  • 75% saw improvement in skin texture
  • 92% were satisfied with their treatment
Bar chart showing the participant survey results for zones receiving 5 daily sessions per week at treatment level 2.
Participant survey results: 58% saw improved brown areas/spots, 67% saw improved redness and wrinkles, 75% saw improved skin texture, 92% satisfied with their treatment.

The study concluded:

“The study showed that the novel consumer 1440 nm fractional non-ablative diode laser is safe for at-home consumer use and well-tolerated. Blinded physician assessed efficacy showed clinically significant improvement in periorbital and perioral wrinkles, dyschromia (uneven pigmentation), diffuse redness, and tactile roughness. A majority of subjects were satisfied with their treatments and saw improvement in each of the parameters assessed.”

Thoughts on the study

Whilst the study uses fairly basic methods to measure results it’s seems comprehensive and objective enough. 75% is a good amount who saw improvement in uneven pigmentation, crow’s feet and lines around the mouth, but that does mean 25% didn’t.

Regardless, the study does reassure me I’ll see results with the Age-Defying laser, although I’m not certain how dramatic they’ll be.

It’s noteworthy also, the results are for level 2 intensity usage. Based on the higher intensity treatments being more effective you’d therefore assume level 3 will give even better and / or faster results.

So, I can’t help wondering why Tria don’t share the results for level 3 intensity instead. I also couldn’t help comparing the study abstract user satisfaction survey results to those shared on the website. They don’t match so I wonder where they come from too. I asked but Tria weren’t able to confirm based on IP restrictions.

There’s probably nothing to worry about here. I just don’t like inconsistencies but really should stop over thinking these things. 🤯

For “crow’s feet” only?

The study also notes the Tria laser “is FDA cleared for the treatment of periorbital wrinkles (crow’s feet) which may result in smoother appearing skin in the treated area”.

N.B. In the user manual for US users, it references a clinical study proving it works on “crow’s feet” too. This isn’t in the UK user manual.

This means that whilst this 2011 clinical study shows it also works to fight redness, even out skin tone and smooth out texture problems the FDA haven’t cleared it, or indicated it, for these benefits.

This doesn’t mean the clinical study is wrong. It’s just how FDA clearance works.

FDA-clearance

The US classes the Tria Age-Defying laser a medical device. The FDA governs these and so needs clearance before Tria Beauty can market it in the US.

US Food & Drug Administration logo

The easiest way is prove your device is similar or ‘substantially equivalent’ to another approved device. So, Tria Beauty have ‘substantially equivalent’ proof compared to other 1440 nm non-ablation fractional diode lasers already with FDA clearance.

And because they’ve clearance for smoothing “crow’s feet” only, that’s what the Tria laser also has.

This explains why the reported benefits and claims of the ‘Age-Defying laser’ differ noticeably in the UK to the US SmoothBeauty laser.

This is relevant for readers in the US where Tria promote it for a smaller range of anti-ageing benefits. More on this next.

UK vs US promotion

Tria Beauty use user satisfaction scores to promote the benefits of the Tria laser. And for the most part they’re identical for the US and UK. Both show high satisfaction scores for a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, in fine facial lines and wrinkles, smoother skin, and agreement it’s as effective as professional laser treatments.

Age-defying laser vs SmoothBeauty laser

But there is one key difference.

Tria Beauty UK claim the Age-Defying laser can even out pigmentation issues. They show a user satisfaction score too:

“80% of users reported a reduction in discoloration.” Triabeauty.co.uk

The 2011 clinical study supports this with results where 75% of subjects had at least a 1-point improvement. And as the FDA governs within the US only, Tria Beauty UK can promote this benefit without FDA approval.

However, Tria Beauty Inc, can’t make this claim. Instead they say:

“87% of users say their skin looks more radiant and youthful’.
Triabeauty.com

Sounds just as good to me. So, in conclusion the  Tria laser can also give even-toned and radiant skin, as well as smoothing wrinkles.

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Next, let’s look into what it’s like.

— What’s it like? —

First impressions

The device laser comes in a neat white box. It’s smooth and sturdy with silver embossed Tria logos. It looks expensive.

Photos of the Tria age defying laser box front and side
Attractive, clean & clear. It looks expensive.

The layout is clean and spacious with a feminine and classy feel. The lilac laser is on 3 sides of the box with an almost life size version on the front. My UK version is in both English and German with clear and neat typeface in dark grey and magenta.

On the front there’s a silver embossed ‘clinically proven’ stamp. The side briefly explains this is to “be safe and effective for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin texture and minimising discolouration.”

The same side also lists the reasons you should not use the Age-Defying Laser (more on this later). And there’s a very favourable quote from a very qualified Dermatologist.

Close up photo of the dermatologist quote on the outside of the Tria age defying laser box
The testimonial read: “the professional anti-ageing results that only laser treatment can provide are now available at home, stimulating the skin’s natural collagen regeneration processes to reduce wrinkles and improve skin within just a few weeks” Zakia Rahman, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist and Stanford University Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology
photo of the inside flap of the well-designed Tria Age defying outer information sleeve
More information inside the flap.

There’s more information in the open up flap too. It briefly explains how the laser works to generate collagen and highlights key user satisfaction scores from the clinical trial. It briefly shows the safety and helpful features of the laser and the 3 simple steps to use it daily in minutes. There’s another doctor’s quote thrown in for good measure too.

It’s attractive, well laid out and concise. It does a very good job of selling the Tria Age-Defying Laser.

Inside the box

The information sleeve slides off with a bit of wiggling. Beneath is a smooth white and beautiful magenta colour box.  Remove the white lid to see the lilac device nestled in a white plastic mould.

photo of side view of the compact magenta box with the laser inside and the slide-off white box lid next to it
The compact box is beautiful with a silver-embossed Tria logo. It measures 15 x 25 x 10 cm. Keep it to store the Age Defying Laser in when not doing a treatment cycle.
Multiple photos of the Tria box inside showing the magenta pull ribbon on the plastic mould, laser in the mould and contents underneath
There’s a magenta ribbon you can use to lift the mould, and underneath see the user manual, quick start guide, charging cable and small charging stand.
Photo of the Tria Age Defying laser box contents
What’s in the box? The Age-Defying Laser, Charging stand, Charging cable in a small magenta cardboard box, User manual, Quick start guide

The laser device

The Age-Defying laser is light-weight, smooth, cool to the touch and fits comfortably in my hand. It’s easy to lift and manoeuvre and is pleasant to hold.

2 photos of a hand holding the Tria Age Defying Laser at various angles
It fits comfortably in your hand and is lightweight

There’s a single power button on top with other light-up level indicators. It’s a simple design that’s not in the least bit scary.

To use it you must charge it for 2.5 hours. The charging cable is 145 cm long so you need to charge it close to a power outlet. Choose somewhere where it won’t be accidentally knocked over, kicked or dragged off a shelf. Once you’ve found a secure spot get it going whilst you read the user manual.

Photo of the Tria laser charging in the charging cradle with the user manual booklet in front of it
Charge the device for 2.5 hours whilst you read the user manual.

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Before you start

Before you start using the Tria Age Defying Laser you must read the user manual This helps you understand how everything works and checks the warnings and precautions. You should also do a sensitivity test and understand what the possible skin reactions are.

Read the user manual

Close up photo of the warnings page in the Tria laser user manual booklet
Read the manual paying close attention to the warnings and safety info.

It’s quick to read the UK version. There’s just 16 pages in the English section.

The booklet is small and neat, well-laid out and written. There’re plenty of diagrams to acquaint you with the device and understand how to operate it.

It’s in a logical order. First, what the key components of the kit are, and how to operate and charge it. Then, how to divide your face into zones and how to treat each, the different intensity levels, what to expect, and tips for use. It runs through how to clean and store it and has a troubleshooting guide.

Warnings & precautions

The warnings and precautions are at the back of the English section. Most of them are common sense. The warnings prevent potential skin injury.

They say DON’T use it:

  • on your eye or eyelids or shine the laser in your eye
  • on tattooed or damaged skin
  • more than once a day & don’t treat the next day if your skin is still red or swollen
  • if you’re pregnant or under 18 as it’s not tested for your use
  • if it’s damaged or wet
  • if your skin appears to darken. Continuing use means your skin could get darker and take more than 3 months to clear

To prevent injury DON’T:

  • use it on other body areas (it’s not tested safe)
  • focus on one spot without moving the device
  • Stop using it if wrinkles appear to worsen and see your doctor
  • use it after a professional skin peel, laser resurfacing or Botox and fillers
  • use it if you take oral retinoids e.g. isotretinoin. Accutane, or other steroids
  • use it if you’ve a medical condition which increases your sensitivity to light
  • use it if you have a significant medical skin condition, skin that’s unusually sensitive to light, or you easily develop a rash or allergic reaction

To prevent device damage:

  • Store it between -20°C and 50°C,
  • Don’t drop it,
  • Only use the charging cradle provided
  • Don’t open or repair the laser

Sensation test

Photo of me testing the Tria age Defying laser on my inside arm
Test the Tria laser on the inside of your arm so you can feel what the sensation is like. Wait 24 hours, if there’s no side effects do your first facial treatment at level 1.

Tria advise you to test a small area on your forearm at the level you intend to use. This gives you a heads up on how it’s going feel. They advise you to wait 24 hours to see if you have any side effects. It’s a good idea to understand how it’s going to feel on your face.

Try the 3 different levels and see where you want to start.

Possible reactions

In the user manual warnings and precautions I see hints of 2 possible side effects: wrinkles getting worse, or skin getting darker.

The manual implies the former could be a result of a more serious underlying condition, so go see a doctor. I checked in the US user manual and it shares more on skin darkening.

It says that if you notice your skin darkening and don’t stop using the Tria laser it could result in temporary skin darkening. They go on to share some study data.

“In the clinical study, 16 out of 60 participants (27%) experienced temporary skin darkening, 5 of which experienced skin darkening lasting longer than 3 months. Users with darker skin tones are more prone to persistent redness that can result in skin darkening. If persistent redness occurs, discontinue use until it resolves.”

So, it’s something to be aware of and weigh up in your decision to buy the Tria anti-aging laser.

It’s very easy to use the Tria laser. Learn how in the next sections.

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— How & when to use —

Treatment schedule

Use the Tria Age Defying laser every night for 60 nights.

Make using the Tria laser part of your evening before-bed routine. It takes around 10 minutes once you reach level 3. It’s easy to fit in, but you need to keep at it. Make time for it and don’t skip a night.

Simple steps

You’ll need a mirror to start.

  1. First, wash and dry your face
    You can use the Tria Cleanser or your own preferred cleanser.
  2. Choose your treatment level
    Press the power button to cycle through the 3 levels: low (1 light), Medium (2 lights) and High (3 lights). start with low to get used to the sensation.
  3. Treat your face in zones
    Looking in a mirror, start with zone 1 and swipe horizontally back-and-forth all the skin in that area. When you hear the buzz, move to zone 2, then 3 then 4 (see below for zones and technique)
  4. Soothe and moisturise
    Apply your favourite moisturiser and / or serum.

TIP: Always pop the laser back on the charging cradle. That way it’s fully charged and ready to go the next evening.

The routine

The following diagrams from the instruction booklet show the correct zones and motion to treat your face.

Divide your face into zones. Start with your left cheek (1), then move to your right cheek (2), then your forehead (3), and finally your chin and around your mouth (4).

Around your eyes, only treat where you can feel bone beneath the skin, and don’t treat your eyelid or  above your eye.

Graphic from the Tria laser user manual of the 4 facial zones to use the Tria laser on
Treat the 4 facial zones in turn avoiding your eye area and lips.

On your cheeks, chin and around mouth hold the device vertically against your skin and swipe it from side to side (see below diagram)

On your forehead, use the same action or you can rotate the device 90 degrees and swipe it up and down.

Don’t press it too hard or hold it on one spot.

3 graphic illustrations showing how to slide the laser across the skin in the treatment zones
Diagrams showing the correct holds and direction to move the laser

DON’T move the device in an up and down motion as you hold it vertically. The laser penetrates your skin in an unintended pattern and can cause discomfort and facial marks that appear like scratches.

A graphic illustration showing how NOT to slide the laser across the skin in the treatment zones.
Diagram showing the incorrect hold and motion which can cause scratch like marks on your skin.
Close up photo of the bright pink contact light on the Tria age Defying laser
2 pink indicators light up when you have good skin contact and the laser is working. The device also makes a whirring noise as it works.

The laser makes buzzing noises to let you know when the timer is done for  a zone so you can move to the next. At the very end of the treatment it makes a ‘fanfare’ serious of beepy-buzzes. It’s like a victory call and it makes me smile every time.

A green tick also illuminates on the control panel to let you know the session is complete.

TIP: Wear a sunscreen (SPF 30+) every day. A tinted moisturiser with SPF doesn’t count! You may not apply enough of that to make a difference. Invest in one that’s going to protect your sensitive skin and prevent future sun skin damage. This is my favourite.

It’s that simple. But there is more you need to know.

— Is it easy to use? —

Shape & action

A hand holding the Tria age defying Laser angled towards the camera.
It’s lightweight and easy to slide over your facial contours.

The Tria laser is lightweight and comfortable to hold on the long handle. It’s rechargeable, so there’s no cord to get in the way either.

It’s easy enough to glide smoothly over your skin. But takes a bit of practise to keep good contact on curvy areas so the laser doesn’t cut out. But it gets better with practise.

At first, it’s not obvious how quickly to slide the device. Also, it’s not clear how much of your skin is being lasered in a swipe! And as you progress up the levels the time for each facial zone increases. Therefore, you need to get used to and adjust your speed on each level.

If I finished a zone before the timer beeped I simply started it again. But after a few goes I could slowly and meticulously cover each zone between the timer beeps.

I tried both suggested swipe directions on my forehead. And managed to activate it part way to the bridge of my nose too (that’s not shown in the instructions). And by squidging my nose to either side with my fingers I could zap in the nose / cheek crease too.

The upper lip is tricky. I found it easier to rotate the laser 90 degrees and use small up / down swipes in this narrow area.

It’s easy to get good contact around your crow’s feet at the sides of your eyes. But tricky under the eye area along the orbital bone, especially next to the nose.

Is it safe?

Yes. the Tria Age Defying laser is clinically proven safe for use at home. It’s also FDA-cleared for extra reassurance.

Here’s a quick review of the safety features.

Safety lock

Photo of my finger long-pressing the power button and activating the security lock, shown by a bright blue padlock icon illuminating on the control pad.
The blue padlock shows the safety lock is activated.

There’s a handy safety lock you can activate to stop prying hands playing with your Tria. This is especially useful because when it’s charging, it’s likely to be visible on a shelf or table. So, the lock means any big or small curious investigators can’t turn on the device.

To activate the lock, press and hold the power button for several seconds until the lock icon lights up. To turn the lock off, press and hold the power button for several seconds until you hear 4 beeps, then release.

Note: when unlocking it, if you hold it longer than 4 beeps it keeps beeping but doesn’t unlock. 4 is the magic number – release the button after 4 beeps and it unlocks with a happy sounding series of beeps!

Skin & eye safety

Below you can see a small slit opening about 22 mm high and 2 mm wide. This is where the fractional laser energy exits. It has skin sensors inside the device (not visible) and two small motion ‘displacement’ sensors either side of the slit that check the device is moving over your skin.

3 photos of the Tria age defying laser laser opening slit
The laser opening, skin sensors inside the opening and small displacement sensors either side.

Charging

You must charge the Tria laser close to a power socket because of the 145 cm short power cable. It’s steady in the small purple charging cradle but easily knocked over if kept on the floor. Try a shelf or table instead. And lock it so curious hands can’t turn it on!

A full charge takes 2.5 hours. Pop it back in the cradle after each use so it’s ready to go the next day.

Note: I received a 2-prong Euorpean mains plug with my Tria which required an EU to UK adaptor.

3 photos of the the Tria Age defying laser in the charging cradle next to the power cable, and aclose up of the power cable inserted into the cradle base, and of the European power plug.
The Tria laser, charging cradle and cable.

Tria say there’s no special requirements to maintain your Tria laser. If you use it regularly and charge the battery after each use, this will keep the battery life long.

In the user manual, it says the Age Defying Laser should work for years. The US user manual says it’s a minimum of 3 years, and probably more. It’s an expensive item, but you can use it for multiple cycles throughout the year.

close up photo of the Tria age Defying laser control panel with the battery charging icon illuminated blue
The battery icon on top of the control panel flashes blue to let you know the battery is charging. If a fault develops with the battery the icon will show red when you try to charge it.

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Treatment levels

There are 3 treatment levels on the Tria Laser. You cycle through them by pressing the power button. Indicator lights show which level you’re on. Each level lasts for a different duration and has more or less laser power (measured in millijoules (mJ)).

3 photos of my finger pressing the power button to cycle through the intensity levels. The level is shown by 3 small green indicator lights just above the power button.
Start on level 1. It’s the least intense and quickest. Once used to the sensation, move up to level 2 then 3. These levels give the best results.

Tria say start at level 1 and ‘train’ yourself to the sensation.

  • Low lasts for 30 seconds on each zone and has a power output of 5 mJ per pulse
  • Medium lasts for 1 minute on each zone and the power output is 10 mJ per pulse
  • High lasts for 2.5 minutes per zone with a power output of 12 mJ per pulse

The zone timers are there to make sure you don’t spend too long on one facial area. It’s the optimum duration for the energy level to cover your skin and allow overnight healing.

The US user manual shares that levels 2 and 3 significantly improved results for most study participants (for wrinkles around the eyes). So, it follows that you should get up to level 3 quickly.

So, how quick can you get there? That leads nicely to…

— What to expect —

How does it feel?

Level 1 is fine, like tiny pin pricks but no redness or lasting discomfort afterwards.

Level 2 and 3 need more focus.

Tria say it’s a mild discomfort like a slight warming or prickling. It’s a bit like sunburn, and it fades shortly after use.

Users describe it as a stinging sensation, like tiny needles penetrating your skin. It leaves a burning sensation which is more intense on the higher levels. This feels weird at first but is bearable.

Some describe their skin afterwards as pink and stinging, whilst others say it’s like terrible sunburn with red skin. So, the sensation during and afterwards differs by person. However, the sun burn sensation fades quickly, usually within an hour. Reassuringly, it gets less and less the longer you’ve used it until you feel virtually nothing.

TIP: I started my first treatment on level 2. Mistake. I lasted a few seconds! It was surprisingly uncomfortable so I switched to level 1. I suggest you start on level 1 to get used to it. It doesn’t take long to progress up the levels.

Tria and user reviews say, and our trial supports, it takes about 1 to 2 weeks to get used to the sensation and move up to level 3. Some reviewers simply stay on level 2.

How does your skin react?

During and after the treatment you’ll likely have noticeably pink or red skin, and it may swell a bit too. One online reviewer reports looking like a tomato!

Photo of a bright red tomoato next to the Tria Age defying laser
Skin reactions vary and are temporary. Immediately after, some reviewers say they look like a tomato! This usually fades within an hour.

You may experience some swelling and stinging for a while afterwards. It feels like sunburn. And that’s not pleasant. Aloe Vera, cooling sprays / toners or other cooling gels help. Use a good moisturiser and serum afterwards to nourish the skin.

A few online reviewers won’t use it directly before bed because the stinging stops them dropping off to sleep. It can take anything from a few minutes to an hour or two to fade. It gets less after a few weeks of use.

TIP: Try a facial mist or toner to cool your skin. Or Princess-it-up and treat yourself to a silk pillowcase. It cools your skin and takes the edge off.

The next day, skin can feel tender and dry. Be gentle when washing and applying make-up. Your skin may even flake a bit. But go easy on the exfoliator. If it’s still uncomfortable the next evening, rest your skin before doing another treatment. Our tester and the reviews share these effects lessen later in the regimen too.

The user manual also mentions you may develop small brown dots on your skin. These are temporary and should disappear quickly.

When will I see results?

In the UK, Tria Beauty advise you to treat daily for 8-weeks, then take a 4-week break. The 4 weeks break is as important as the first 8 weeks. Your fibroblasts are still producing collagen and elastin and it’s important to let it balance out.

Most notice some effects after just 2 weeks of treatments. But expect your best results between weeks 8 to 12. Our user trial confirms this. Do another 8-week on and 4-week off cycle for additional effect.

Related: My user trial with before & after photos

So, results are not immediate and it takes commitment.

“Don’t expect immediate results. It took you a while to get the wrinkles; it will take time to get rid of them.” Amazon.com SmoothBeauty laser review

60 day money back guarantee graphic from Triabeauty.co.uk
Tria 60-day money back guarantee.

Thankfully, you can try the Tria Age Defying Laser with a money back guarantee.

Buy from Tria and get a 60-day money-back guarantee. This isn’t long enough to see your final results. But buy from CurrentBody.com for a longer 90-day money back guarantee. This is long enough to complete the 8-week regimen and almost the 4-week rest period. So, it’s long enough to thoroughly test it and return it if you prefer.

Here’s a round-up of the results reported in the user reviews.

Reported results

Of those who don’t see results on wrinkles or pigmentation, most don’t say how long they’ve used it. A few are just a few weeks in. Just a couple have completed one cycle.

A few neutral reviewers are early in the regimen so have no results yet. They’re undecided on continuing.

And many report good results with the Tria laser. Some don’t say how long they’ve used it. But the majority share their results early on. Several mention they have a ‘daily glow’ despite being just a week or so into the regimen.

“My skin is baby smooth, it is much clearer, and looks more even toned. I’m glowing.” Amazon.com Age-Defying laser review

Many leave their reviews between 3 and 4 weeks. A few receive compliments on their younger looking skin and this prompts them to leave their review. They report seeing some subtle effects such as fading redness, and are looking forward to seeing the full results later.

Results after one cycle

Reported results are best in the ‘rest’ phase after treatments. Dedication pays off. Dark spots clear, redness and small wrinkles fade, and skin feels lifted and more ‘meaty’. Many are happy they have an even skin tone without any make-up on.

Most first-time users are keen to start another cycle after the rest stage.

Long-term users

A few longer term users have completed more than one cycle or have been using it for several years. It’s a firm favourite in their skin care routine.

“I have used the Tria Age-Defying Laser for four years now and it does improve skin tone, tighten and reduce wrinkles. Results are subtle, but noticeable.” Tria laser review from CurrentBody.com

Users share the Tria anti aging laser results are:

  • Softer, smoother & plumper skin,
  • Faded fine lines & age spots
  • Wrinkles plumping up
  • Softened acne scars
  • A ‘glow’ & cleared skin tone
  • No more red splotches or ruddiness
  • Large pores now smaller

Related: Learn the results from the WeAreBodyBeautiful.com test from My user trial with before & after photos

How much effort is it?

If you’re on high level, you’ll use it for 10 minutes every evening. So, over the course of one 8-week treatment cycle you’ll spend around 9.5 hours lasering your face.

A few reviewers comment they’re not sure it’s worth the effort or they have mixed feelings. It demands commitment and a space in your evening routine which can seem like a chore because it’s not exactly a pleasant experience. And it may seem like nothing is happening because results are subtle and gradual over 12 weeks.

Therefore, I suggest take some before and after photos so you can compare your skin throughout, and at the end of 12 weeks. That way you’ll see results you may not have otherwise noticed. And you can decide if you’ll continue using it for further cycles.

Prices & Buy Now

Next, learn if there’s anything important shared in the online feedback.

Tria Age Defying laser reviews feedback

You’ll find reviews for the Tria Age defying laser on CurrentBody.com, Amazon and Tria Beauty (.com and .co.uk).

A note on the Tria website reviews: There’s a few things that irk me about these reviews. Firstly, the score shown for the SmoothBeauty laser is actually a combined score for all their anti-ageing products (skip past page 10 and you’ll see the other product reviews too). This is a tad misleading.

Secondly, Tria authorise which ones to show and they’re overwhelmingly positive. They don’t match the sentiment and content of other non-affiliated sources. I focused on the other independent sources.

And there’s a mixed bag of feedback in there. Here’s a quick round-up of the good and bad stuff:

The good stuff

  • Beautiful packaging
  • Very easy to use
  • No messy gels!
  • Facial zone timer is similar to an electric toothbrush
  • Quick to progress up to the higher levels
  • It works! See the results section above.

The bad stuff

  • A large chunk of early reviews experience charging faults or errors
  • Some faults occur within the 1 year Tria warranty
  • Some faults occur after the warranty expires
  • Several are disgruntled with the short 1-year warranty
  • A couple have scratches and marks on their skin (possibly from incorrect use)
  • A couple report persistent dark spots & wrinkles looking deeper
  • Red, swollen, tender and dry skin reactions (reduce after a few weeks)
  • Some don’t think these skin reactions are worth it

Clarification on charging problems

Photo of the Tria laser in the charging cradle and the power cable unravelled beside it
Older negative reviews report charging faults. It’s probably fixed now. Buy from CurrentBody.com for a longer 2-year warranty.

The main negative comment in the reviews is charging faults with the laser. This skews the overall rating somewhat. Some devices won’t switch off and then won’t hold a charge, show an error or simply won’t charge at all.

The faults start at different times. For some it’s within the first few uses and for others it takes weeks or months. But note, these reports are most frequent in 2015 and 2016, with just a few recently in 2017/18. I asked Tria Beauty UK if it’s an ongoing fault or perhaps now fixed an updated model. They shared:

“Tria is always looking to improve its products. Several changes have been made to help customers who were having difficulty with charging.” Tria Beauty UK Customer service team

That sounds a round-about way of saying the fault is now fixed. Regardless, you’ll want the protection of a good warranty.

Try CurrentBody.com. They give a 2-year warranty as standard on all devices they sell (N.B. you may need to pay return postage). They also offer a 90-day money back guarantee.

Prices & Buy Now

— In summary —

Should I buy it?

Yes, it’s an effective at home anti-ageing tool you can use to get noticeable results. Multiple cycles can give even better results too. But there’s a few things to weigh up in your decision.

Photo of the Tria rejuvenation laser charging in the cradle in front of the white and purple box

The Tria rejuvenating laser has reassuring clinical study results. But the study shows after 1 cycle not everyone gets noticeable results for every sign of aging. So, results vary by individual.

And you must commit to it. It takes 10 minutes every day so it’s easy enough to make part of your evening routine. But results are gradual and it may seem like it’s doing nothing. Therefore, you must be patient and stick with it. Take a before, during and after photo to compare your progress.

It can sting to start, but as you adjust to the sensation it fades. And you may have red and / or slightly swollen skin afterwards. Dry skin is common too.

Here’s a quick recap of the pros and cons of the Tria Age-Defying Laser from this review.

Pros

  • Clinically proven & FDA-cleared
  • Level 1 to ‘train’ your skin to the sensation
  • Quick sessions: 10 minutes max
  • Easily fits into evening routine
  • Very easy to use
  • Safety skin sensors
  • No messy gels!
  • Could help with scarring (based on online feedback)
  • 60-day money back guarantee from Tria
  • 90-day money back guarantee from CurrentBody.com
  • 2-year warranty from CurrentBody.com

Cons

  • Could be months before you see noticeable results
  • Not as pleasant or pampering as other devices
  • Stings to start on high levels
  • Can cause post-session tenderness & dryness
  • Expensive at full RRP
  • 1-year warranty (buy from CurrentBody.com for 1 extra year)

Tria Beauty is a trusted brand, but the online feedback reports a worrying number of charging faults with the laser. Based on Tria’s comment it sounds like they’ve fixed the fault in current models. However, I think a 2-year warranty is important. Tria give only a 1-year warranty, but CurrentBody.com offer 2-years as standard.

Many happy online reviews share positive anti-aging results. These vary in significance. They include:

  • Glowing skin with a cleared tone
  • Faded wrinkles, fine lines & age spots
  • Smaller pores & no more redness
  • Smoother, plumper, softer skin
  • A few reports of reduced acne scarring

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