Here’s a helpful guide to the newest electrical beauty gadgets that everyone is buzzing about (no pun intended).
In recent years, the world of beauty has become increasingly futuristic. High-tech beauty gadgets have started to fill my bathroom and outnumber my creams and serums, leaving me feeling a bit like Judy Jetson every time I start my skin care routine. It seems like whenever I’ve just added a new tool to my arsenal, a brand new invention has popped up to take its place. It can be hard keeping track of all these tools and their benefits, but we’re here to help!
Foreo Iris Illuminating Eye Massager
What does it do? Depuffs the under-eye area and reduces the look of fine lines and crow’s feet.
How does it work? Inspired by the practice of Asian fingertip-tapping massage, this smooth silicone tool uses sonic pulsations to soothe the delicate skin around the eyes and aid in lymphatic draining. It features two modes: “Pure,” a softer massage for skin that is beginning to show signs of aging, and “Spa,” which replicates the experience of a more in-depth spa treatment and feels especially soothing after a long day. Try it whenever eyes are looking especially tired.
NuFace Trinity With Facial Trainer
What does it do? Improves facial contour and firms sagging skin.
How does it work? The NuFace Trinity uses microcurrent technology to mimic our body’s natural current to provide both instant and long-term results. Originally used on patients who had experienced nerve-paralysis, microcurrent technology was shown to revive and retrain their atrophied muscles. After testing it for anti-aging purposes, it was shown to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, improving the overall tone and elasticity of the skin. As a gym trainer helps to boost the muscles in your body, NuFace’s “trainer” is supposed to work to wake up the muscles in your face, resulting in tighter, glowing skin.
PMD Personal Microderm Pro
What does it do? Removes dead skin cells for a smoother, refined appearance.
How does it work? Using a combination of a spinning aluminum oxide crystal disc to exfoliate away dull and dead skin build-up and gentle suction to boost blood flow and circulation, the microderm tip of this device delivers results comparable to that of an in-office microdermabrasion treatment. The PMD can be fitted with a variety of interchangeable heads with varying levels of intensity, ranging from ultra-sensitive (for the most delicate areas of the face) to coarser textures intended for the body and feet, proving this is one multi-tasking gadget. Our thoughts? Talk with your dermatologist before investing your money on an in-house treatment like this. He/she will be the best person even to give you some advice on how to best use this gadget.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask
What does it do? Fights acne-causing bacteria and soothes breakouts with clinically-proven light therapy.
How does it work? While the mask itself might look a little robotic (and maybe even a bit scary), its results are nothing to be afraid of. Using the technology of light therapy found in many dermatologists’ offices, this mask uses gentle, non-UV LED light to combat the two leading causes of acne: blue light for bacteria and red light for inflammation. The mask comes with an “activator” that delivers the light in dosed amounts for 10 minutes at a time, with many people seeing results in the reduction of their acne in as little as a week. Since this gadget helps to not only kill the bacteria that causes acne in the first place but also to soothe breakouts that have already formed, it’s a gentle, easy and affordable addition to the routine of anyone who is looking to knock out their mild to moderate breakouts. Combine it with a healthy skin care routine (read: double-cleansing plus a good skin care treatment) to get even better results.
Iluminage Skin Smoothing Laser
What does it do? Uses laser light to tighten skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
How does it work? Iluminage’s laser is the first FDA-cleared gadget of its kind for at-home laser treatments—for a fraction of the cost of trips to the dermatologist’s office. The tool uses pulses of laser light that travel below the surface of the skin which in turn trigger our body’s natural response to stimulate the production of new collagen, the key to supple, smooth and youthful looking skin. Best used at night, patients in a clinical trial reported seeing a significant improvement in their skin after four months of regular use (which consists of at least one session of 10-15 minutes every night).
MAPO Connected Beauty Mask
What does it do? The mask’s sensors “check-in” with your skin and use Bluetooth to transmit a detailed report through the brand’s smartphone app.
How does it work? This mask is truly ushering a new wave of beauty gadgets. Backed by pledges on Kickstarter, MAPO allows us to know our skin better than before, using skin-safe sensors to measure the skin’s moisture content, and uses a gentle warming feature to boost any dehydrated areas. Over time, the app tracks your skin’s results, allowing you to get a better picture of how your skin is reacting to things like diet, stress, and your skin care regimen.