The Tria SmoothBeauty Laser is a solid machine that offers all the features of professional laser treatments in a handheld package. The Silk'n Titan however opts for combining Infrared Radiation, Low-Level Laser Therapy, and Bipolar Radiofrequency to provide a similar treatment that is less demanding on the user and their skin.
When it comes to wrinkles, sagging and other details in our face the list of home remedies is... Endless. Juices, massages, creams, and even diets; I've tried em all and I'm sure you have too. Our face is the first thing people see of us, so it makes sense that we all want it to look spotless. But I wanted to find a more consistent alternative that had real and undeniable results.
And that's how I found myself researching the world of beauty gadgets. Specifically, I started searching for handheld devices that could improve my skin's health. After all, being able to enjoy the benefits of professional treatment right at home is the dream.
This has led me to two particular devices I want to share and discuss with you today. The Tria SmoothBeauty Laser and the Silk'n Titan Skin Tightening and Lifting. On one hand, we have a laser device that aims to provide the complete laser treatment experience right at home. On the other, we have the Silk'n Titan with its own "Harmonized Energy technology". Both are really interesting devices all on their own. But only one of them can come out ahead in this Tria vs Silkn versus, so stick until the end so you can know which one is the perfect purchase for you.
How Do Lasers Help Our Skin?
Laser is a tried and true skincare method, though I feel it's one where many of us still have doubts. Years of Sci-Fi movies have made me scared of them and for good reason, but it's important to note that lasers aren't inherently dangerous. At its core, a laser is light, focused light emitted in a specific manner. But it's just light and its intensity varies, so most lasers are harmless for people.
That said when it comes to beauty treatments I'm not sure "harmless" is the word I'd use. Laser treatment is designed to damage your skin after all. Lasers target the epidermis or top layer of our skin and destroy it. At the same time, this process stimulates the lower layers to restore the skin, resulting in a healthier skin texture overall.
The Tria SmoothBeauty might be a more compact alternative, but the basic principle remains. Both the description and user manual confirm that the Tria causes "cellular disruption" which means that it's still targeting our epidermis. While laser treatments do work, and when handled by a professional are great; I do feel the way Tria is handling it is kinda reckless.
Laser treatments require a lot of external aids to be truly functional. Not all skins are healthy enough to recover from laser damage on their own. A professional treatment is accompanied by creams, vitamins, and even special diets. The idea is to stimulate your body and skin to be ready for this regeneration process. The Tria SmoothBeauty laser... Doesn't include even a gel, and has no real recommendation for any extra products either. This means that success will heavily depend on your skin's default regenerative abilities. In short, it's too much of a gamble for me, and I can easily see more sensitive skins getting singed by it.
How Does It Feel to Use the Tria SmoothBeauty Laser?
Now when it comes to the actual user experience the Tria SmoothBeauty Laser is as reliable as you'd expect from a Tria product. The SmoothBeauty is a compact handheld device that fits on my grip perfectly, and it's one of the most comfortable grips I've experienced. And the experience continues to be very positive when we take a look at its overall design.
To avoid making it bulky its power button works both for turning the device On and Off as well as changing the power settings. There are only three treatment levels, which feels limited for something that goes on my face, but it's still a good feature. The SmoothBeauty also counts with a battery indicator, so it'll let you know ahead of time when it's running out of charge. But by far my favorite feature is the contact light. Trying to see the perfect angle on your face can be tricky even with a mirror. So the SmoothBeauty cleverly lights up when the emitter is in perfect contact with your skin. It's simple, but it sure comes in handy.
As far as application goes it's as straightforward as it comes. Hover the SmoothBeauty over your skin and let it flash over the affected areas. The flashing isn't very intensive as far as light goes, but you'll probably close your eyes the first few times out of instinct. The closes thing to an issue with its use will come down to the actual sensation you feel. Lasers tend to feel hot, but due to the area of application, I felt it much more with the SmoothBeauty. I don't think my face is particularly sensitive, and the SmoothBeauty still managed to sting.
What Is Harmonized Energy Technology?
To be perfectly honest when I began my research on Tria vs Silkn I was fully on-board for team Tria. After all, we are talking about an established brand against a device whose technology I can't even understand. Because the Titan looked like a smart design, but I had never in my entire life heard any talk about "Harmonized Energy technology".
Harmonized Energy sounds like the kind of made-up term you see on dubious health products, and it took me a while to find an answer to what it is. Harmonized Energy sounds like a made-up word because it's one of those terms a company coins and trademarks, which means you'll only see it on Silk'n products. But there's real technology behind it.
Harmonized Energy groups Infrared Radiation, Low-Level Laser Therapy, and Bipolar Radiofrequency together to improve the health of our skin. Which is both a lot to explain and a lot of features in a single device, so let's go one step at a time.
Infrared Radiation is mostly felt as heat and here it targets the epidermis of your skin, while LLL Therapy targets the lower layers of our skin to once again stimulate skin healing. It might sound similar to laser therapy, but Infrared doesn't try to damage your skin cells, rather it aims to power them up. So there's no skin damage to speak of whatsoever.
Last but not least Radiofrequency uses electrodes to stimulate the muscles of our skin. In short, it causes it to react and get stronger, hence the lifting effect, It's straight to the point, but it's a proven method.
How Does It Feel to Use the Silk'n Titan?
The Silk'n Titan has a super straightforward design. It's a rectangle with rounded corners and exactly one button. This button works both to turn it off as well as to set it on one of its 5 power levels. There's also a light on it to confirm it's on and/or charging, but don't expect anything fancy beyond it.
Since it has no grip to speak of it's not as comfy as the SmoothBeauty, but the size is small enough to not be a bother. Before application, you are expected to apply the packed gel to your face... But I'm not the biggest fan. The included gel dries up too fast, and in the long run, I recommend replacing it with a more fluid one. But once you have applied the gel you just need to rub the electrodes over your face and go at it at your own pace. At this point, it becomes apparent that the Titan is much less aggressive and while it does feel warm it never was uncomfortable at all. So it might be a simpler package overall, but it's great where it counts.
Pros and Cons
Now that we are almost to the end let's go over the pros and cons of each device again:
Pros of the SmoothBeauty
- Super comfortable to hold.
- It's full of quality of life features like a battery indicator and contact light.
- It's FDA-approved like all Tria products.
Cons of the SmoothBeauty
- Only has 3 power settings.
- Doesn't include a skin treatment plan.
- It stings in regular use and can potentially damage more sensitive skins.
- It costs $500.
Pros of the Titan
- Combines 3 unique technologies for a smoother but effective treatment.
- Harmonized Energy improves skin health without damaging the epidermis.
- It directly affects your muscles, enhancing the lifting properties.
- It's half the price of the SmoothBeauty.
Cons of the Titan
- The included gel is nothing to talk about.
- Has a plain design and no grip to speak of.
- You need to apply the gel before every single treatment.
When it comes to this Tria vs Silkn match the main two things to take into consideration are budget and technology. The SmoothBeauty and Titan work under two completely different principles and this is the most important comparison point. The Tria SmoothBeauty is a laser device, and it's undeniably great quality. I won't pretend that it doesn't work, because it's great at what it does. But we all have very different skins and you shouldn't just start using a laser without contacting a professional first. With the right skin texture and accompanying treatment, the results will be amazing. But you do need to take those extra steps.
On the other hand, the Silk'n Titan packs a little bit of everything, but all three mechanisms are known to work. It's very straightforward since there are no existing conditions to consider, and it also works. Plus the lifting effect is noticeable and unique to devices that use electrical currents. Not to mention that it is functionally half the price of the Tria SmoothBeauty.
So it all comes down to your price range and your expertise on the topic. The SmoothBeauty is great, but you do need to be acquainted with laser treatments and how your skin reacts to them. On the other hand, the Silk'n Titan works for everybody and also offers fast results. So it's a great entry device that you can start using right now.
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