As I'm pretty much obsessed with skincare, I know it's one of the most difficult areas to treat using creams. Also throat & décolletage creams tend to be much higher priced that standard facial creams.
So before I jumped in with a £100+ throat cream, I thought I'd give the Rio 60 Second Neck Toner a try.
It uses EMS technology which has been around for years, Similar to how the Slendertone targets the abs. The Rio neck toner uses electro-muscle stimulation to exercise the muscles under the chin and jowls.
Having owned a Slendertone before and knowing what great results can be achieved, the Rio neck toner seemed to make a lot more sense to me than any throat cream.
They retail at £29.99, although I got mine on offer (another QVC TSV), so paid about £20. Which is much cheaper than most throat creams I've come across.
As the name suggests, it's used for just 60 seconds on each area of concern, so 3 minutes a day in total (neck, right side & left side). Although I mainly use mine just on the neck area now, so 1 minute and I'm done.
Just like at the gym, if you do the same exercise everyday your muscles get used to it and you stop seeing results. To combat this it has three different programmes, which you cycle through each day. It also has different levels of intensity, so you can start out light and work your way up to full strength.
Anyone who has used EMS technology before, whether it be a Slendertone or otherwise, will be familiar with the 'pull' sensation. This is the muscle contracting as the electronic pulse passed through. It can feel a little strange at first but you get used to it. It helps to start with a low intensity until you are used to the feeling.
If you need cheering up, try doing it in front of a mirror and get a giggle at yourself pulling funny gurn face!
It's powered by a 9V battery which is included. It also comes with a conductive gel to enable the electrical pulse to pass through the skin without irritation or discomfort.
You can buy replacement conductive gel, although after reading some of the reviews on QVC, a lot of people were buying SBC's collagen gel and using that instead.
I tried it, although the SBC collagen gel is much thinner than the conductive gel, so it can be a little uncomfortable at first. Therefore, I would recommend buying a proper conductive gel to be used with EMS machines.
Once you're happy with the results, you can drop down to using it every other day.
I definitely noticed a tighter, firmer jawline and my turkey neck is gone.
Just like any other form of exercise though, if you stop using it altogether then you will start to lose the results.
I use mine about 3 times a week now to maintain the results, generally just after I finish a workout.
My only niggle about the neck toner, is that the programmes are not set to 60 seconds. So it relies on you to know when to move to another area or switch it off.
Personally I would have liked a beep or something to notify me time was up.
For the price I paid and the results I've seen, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is concerned with their throat area. The initial cost is very reasonable and the running cost of a 9V battery every few months and some form of conductive gel is also low. Compared to a high priced throat cream that may not work at all...