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It is a whole lot easier and more affordable these days to treat skin woes right in the comfort of your own home. A bevy of safe, portable beauty gizmos promise to deliver professional results with the use of microcurrents, LEDs (light emitting diodes) and lasers that whiten teeth, erase fine lines, remove unwanted hair and banish acne.
Most of these gadgets contain LEDs, which penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to treat specific skin problems. LED Light therapy is based on technology developed from NASA revealing that certain frequencies of light energize new tissue growth. These lights are non-invasive and do not cause any harm or cancer.
LEDs primarily available in over-the-counter gadgets contain two types of light: blue light, which kills acne-causing bacteria (p acnes), and red light, which helps promote collagen growth, reduce the signs of aging and treat sun damaged skin.
Dr. Jeanette Graf, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, says you can definitely expect to see results from at-home LED treatments. “However, the LED at-home treatments are not nearly as strong as the office treatment, and therefore longer amounts of time per area must be used in most at-home treatments due to the low energy of these devices.”
Other devices on the market today feature laser beams, which help to remove unwanted hair, and low- energy currents, which can help boost cell growth, increase production of collagen and elastin and provide circulation benefits.
With a little devotion and some patience these mini-machines can yield big results as well as saving you money. “Most of them when used properly in the correct candidate will yield results,” says Graf. “All of them must be used in conjunction with other methods especially in acne and anti-aging treatments, both of which are ongoing. Aging skin is progressive and therefore all tools will be helpful, but will be useless without the proper skincare support.”
These state-of-the-art machines are available at dermatologist offices as well as big department stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s and Sephora. Graf recommends that if you have a medical issue, clear using these machines with your dermatologist first.
The following are some of the latest FDA-approved gizmos, which treat a variety of complexion concerns all in the comfort of your own home:
One of the smallest beauty gadgets on the market, tändaZAP($49) www.tandazap.com is designed to eradicate acne at the core. This little guy packs a powerful punch with three technologies–blue light, heat and vibration—to banish acne, kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. Use on blemishes two minutes, two to three times a day.
The same diode laser technology used at laser hair removal spas is available with the Tria Hair Removal Laser ($395) www.triabeauty.com. This hand-held device works by sending laser beams into the hair follicle, which then disables them for fuzz-free skin. It only works on light to medium skin tones and hair that is brown or black. Recommended use is for six months (12 treatments) to achieve optimal results.
Minimize crow’s feet and deeper lines around the eye area with WrinkleMD Eye System ($129 for 30 day supply) www.universitymedical.com. Hyalrounic acid-infused patches are attached to the skin while low-energy electrical currents help penetrate past the skin’s protective barrier. The company claims that you will see an immediate firming, tightening and reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes when used for 40 minutes once a week.
The new ansr sole ($120) www.ansr.com removes stubborn calluses on feet in a flash. A powerful polishing plate and motor work away troubled callused skin, while debris is captured in a holding container. Skin is softer and smoother after just one use.
We’re all coveting firmer wrinkle-free skin. NuFace Anti-Aging Facial Toning System ($325) promises just that with low-level electrical currents, which stimulate and tone facial muscles. The company recommends using the device five times a week for the first 90 days and then two to three times a week for maintenance.
LightStim for Wrinkles ($299) www.lightstim.com uses medical grade multi-wave technology—amber, red and infrared LED—to help boost the production of collagen and elastin, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, smooth texture of skin and improve appearance of sun damage. Results can be seen in just a few weeks.
Since its debut in 2005, the beauty industry has been smitten with the Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($195) www.clarisonic.com. This pore-buster removes six times more makeup and two times more dirt and oil than manual cleansing. Safe to use every day, even on sensitive skin, this hand-held tool leaves skin smooth and glowing.
Get professional-looking pearly whites with GoSmile Smile Whitening Light www.gosmile.com ($198 for 12 ampoules). Simply prep teeth with the peroxide filled ampoules and then apply the LED white light to teeth for 10 minutes, three times for a total of 30 minutes. The company claims that teeth can get up to six shades lighter in just one usage.
Tackle those fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes with PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser www.palovia.com ($499), the first FDA-cleared, at-home laser that has clinically proven results. You just need to use the treatment 3-4 minutes a day for one month to reverse the signs of aging. Occasional touch ups required to maintain a youthful appearance.