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Reviewing The Rio Ultra Lift Plus & WIWT

We all know the feeling don't we ladies, each day you look in the mirror & see another sign that age is catching up with you & you're not quite the twenty something year old you still think you are (yup I don't know about you but in my head I'm still early 20s!).  

Aging can really be a huge bug bear not to mention a confidence demoraliser - if only we could go back & tell our younger selves that the minisucule spot we were sure everyone could see within a mile radius was really nothing & just to be happy in our own skin!

Of course this day & age there are ways of holding back time - botox, fillers, plastic surgery you name it.  But regardless of cost (& yes I can think of far more exciting ways of spending that kind of money), I'm a) too scared of needles/procedures to even contemplate it & b) too worried about the long term effects.  On top of that of course we all know people that for a while start out looking amazing only for them to sudden start looking that little bit too plastic & unnatural.

So when Debenhams recently got in touch to see if I'd like to review the Rio Ultra Lift Plus I didn't hesitate in saying yes.  I'm mean seriously a natural face lift that doesn't require chemicals, needles or too much expense.....errrh yes please!




My Midlife Fashion Rio Lift


My Midlife Fashion Rio Lift


My Midlife Fashion Rio Lift


As you will see from the above pictures the Rio Ultra Lift Plus comes with everything you need to get you started including a lovely cosmetic bag to store both the gadget, collagen & retinol pads & conductive gel in.

I must admit I'd not heard of the Rio Ulta Lift Plus until Debenhams approached me so if like me you're wondering what I'm talking about here's what it does in a nutshell - with the use of electrical muscle stimulation (via four different programmes) to gently tighten facial muscles the Rio Lift Ultra Plus will tone, lift & rejuvenate the face to improve circulation, combat the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles & infuse collagen. 

Sounds amazing doesn't it but how do you actually use it?  Well it really is simples, after reading the small instruction booklet which really doesn't take long (approximately 10 minutes) I was ready to get zapping those lines & wrinkles away & become less Shar Pei dog looking & more Barbie's older sister!

Now you'll be relieved to know that I'm not going to show you any close ups of me & have instead thought it far more pleasant for you to see the lovely model from the product's site showing you how it's used.

The first three (firming, extended firming & tap toning) programmes are faradic treatments & are recommended to be used on an alternate daily basis for the first few weeks.  So on clean skin you simply apply a generous amount of the conductive gel to the large silver balls, turn on the machine, select which programme you want to use & the intensity & then place the balls on certain pressure points on your face as directed by the instructions.  Then for 60 seconds the gadet will gently contract & relax the face muscles in that particular area before beeping to indicate you should move onto the next area to be treated.


Rio Lift


You can see from the below image the areas to be targeted.


Rio Ultra Lift Plus


For the fourth programme instead of applying the conductive gel to both balls you just apply it to the left one as the right one will be placed & moved along the collagen & retinol pads.  This fourth treatment is known as galvanic and basically uses the small micro currents to carry the collagen & retinol deep into the skin to help with the repair & rejuvenation process.  Should you wish you can also store these pads in the fridge before applying, which would be lovely & soothing on tired eyes plus the pads can remain in total for 60 minutes on the skin to enable further treatment.


Rio Lift


You can see from the diagram below the areas to be treated under programme four.


Rio Ultra Lift Plus


Rio Lift


So what do I think?  Well I have to say I'm impressed.  So far I've only been using the Rio Ultra Lift Plus for a week but I can already see some improvement in my skin.  And just to make sure it's not just wishful thinking I gave the hubby strict instructions to take a close look at my skin before starting the treatment & then after each use & again the following day before re-using & be totally honest & he agrees also :-)

From what I've read in the instruction booklet I think I need to use it daily for a few more weeks to see better results but the fact that I can see signs of improvement in such a small time is great.  I'm planning on using mine every day for six weeks & then will maintain my skin by using twice per week from therein.  

As for pain factor it really isn't too bad as long as you start low on the strength & move up gradually. Yes it tingles & if you increase too much is quite a sharp sensation but it's not painful & it's really odd to see your face muscles tighening because of the pulses.  It's also a little bit time consuming but in my book anything worth doing is worth doing properly so if you allow around 20 minutes per day you'll be fine.  To be honest it's quite nice having that time (excuse) to just stop & think but it can easily be done whilst watching a bit of tv too & in case you're worrying about the cost of purchasing replacement gel & pads they're not expensive just 33.99 & £6.99 respectively - far cheaper than the odd facial!

Finishing as always with what I'm wearing today - as much as I love my trainers I'm itching to start wearing some of my other style shoes - but one day at a time & all that!


My Midlife Fashion, Faux Fur Gilet, Boden Boyfriend Cashmere Jumper, Boden Hi-tops, Distressed boyfriend jeans


Gilet - eBay
Jumper - Boden
Jeans -  Zara
Hi-Tops - Boden


Faux Fur & Hi Tops


Gilet - eBay £31.98
Jumper - Boden £139
Jeans - Mango £39.99
Hi-Tops - Boden £59



So ladies anyone else tried the Rio Ultra Lift Plus?  If you have I'd love to hear your thoughts & how long you used it on a daily basis before just maintaining.  If you haven't are you tempted to put it on your Christmast list?  Debenhams currently have 23% off so it's the perfect time to get clicking or point the other half in the right direction.

As always I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a lovely Sunday, I'm off for some more horizontal sofa surfing.

See you tomorrow.

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18 comments

  1. It really looks like a great product for do-it-at-home facelift. I had a fillers treatment from http://www.cosmedocs.com/treatments/face-thread-lift.php with great and natural looking results. I am looking forward to trying out this amazing device as well.

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    1. Yes I'm certainly loving the results Molan!
      Jane xx

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  2. Very impressive tool, decided to treat my self as the visible signs of being mid 40s was niggling away at me.
    Have used the Rio 60 second facelift only 3 times, (consecutive days) I can honestly say that I can see a difference in the appearance of my fine lines already. Very pleased with my purchase and will continue to use it.

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    1. They're brilliant aren't they, it's just getting in the habit of using them but definitely worth it. I still use mine once a week to help maintain & fight the signs of ageing.
      Jane xx

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  3. have been using it for week and quite frankly I am blown away by it.my skin is plumper,softer,and lifted,yes...lifted.I will be using it everyday for the foreseeable.At last,something that actually works@

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    1. It's a brilliant gadget isn't it!
      Jane xx

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    2. Does your gadget have led display hun, To show which settings your using?

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    3. Hi Jane, Mine does too, bot sticks on 08
      Was going to return it, but what a hassle!! I'm getting used to buttons, So I'm keeping this, do you think I'm foolish. not to have returned it? There's still time, Do you think actually "seeing" Prog 1 2 etc makes a HUGE difference?
      It did cost more, that's annoying, but p&p will cost, then I'm without a device
      Please reply x

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    4. If it's within the guarantee you should be reimbursed on postage. It probably doesn't make a huge difference the only thing that would worry me is that if that's stopped working something else might go wrong to as there's clearly a fault. I know it's a hassle & I would be like you thinking of just keeping it but that's not the point - you paid for a product that should work correctly so get them to exchange it.
      Jane xx

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  4. Hi ladies
    I I purchased the Rio plus, It's not displaying settings in led screen, it fine otherwise.
    I'd just like to be reminded of what setting I'm on.
    It a tad dearer than Rio plus,, for that reason, (display)
    Any advice would be very much appreciated x

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    1. Might be worth seeing if you can exchange it if it's faulty.
      Jane xx

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    2. Thanks jane
      One thing though, Eeek, I've used one patch this morning, on upper lip, I hate my smoking lines!
      I presses on/of button 4 times, the user manual shows this is correct for using pads on lined areas
      I. your honest opinion, Jane, Could you use your rio plus without program display?
      Thankyou for taking time to reply BTW, you are a welcome refreshing change. x

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    3. Ooh mine doesn't have separate pads. How long since you purchased it. I'd definitely get in touch with the manufacturer to see if they can replace or if not advice. Sorry not to be of much help.
      Jane xx

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  5. I didn't see your reply before opening a patch.
    I think, to be honest, I secretly want you to say, the digital display isn't an immperitve addition, especially as I've heard, that this device has been deemed excellent, by hundred of customers who reviewed, and have the same model, "without" a led screen xxx

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    1. Lol - I'm sure it would be fine but might be worth checking so you have peace of mind too :-)
      Jane xx

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    2. Thanks jane
      Guess what? It didn't turn on yesterday and I had to buy a duracell 9v alcaline battery, The one provided died after 4 uses!!!
      I was furious, especially as I'd opened one of the few pads that include, I was about to percrl it off, but it's Bank Holiday, So I hunted for a shop to get battery and its working.
      You advised sending back,Amazon emailed me, with apologies, said to return to them (not supplier, that was confusing, there'd a tiny return adredd on package it came in, and it's different
      I think I should have taken your advice from word go, I've now opened 3 patches (there's only five, enough for one treatment if you treat each area, I only use for smoking lines.
      Don't know if they'll take it back now I've used it
      Thanks again Jane, I've messaged yoh alot x

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    3. Yes return it to Amazon & get a new one there's obviously some faulty wiring with the one you've got. I'm sure they'll accept the return despite the opened patches.
      Good luck!
      Jane xx

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