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Getting rid of the dirt, grime and dead cells that clog pores and makes skin look and feel dull and drab is the first step to a radiant complexion. But if you can’t pop in for a facial every time you need some help, there are some cool systems that bring advanced technology to you.
Check out our six fave skin devices that bring the clinic experience straight to your bathroom.
Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush ($89.50) Clinique's first foray into the device space, their new cleansing brush is a perfect complement to the brand's signature pore purging products. Great for oily T-zones, and waterproof so take it right into the shower with you. Two types of bristles get skin just as polished as you want.
Foreo LUNA™ MINI ($139) Choose from 5 bright colors and a sleek compact design small enough to carry around, the LUNA Mini channels sonic pulses through soft silicone touch-points for fast, deep cleansing on the go.
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance™ Brightening Solution Kit ($249) A marriage of the classic with Aria and Mia 3 cleansing devices, the newest Clarisonic kit was designed to help fade dark spots for a more even toned complexion. The kit includes a Skin Iluminating Cleanser, Skin Renewing Peel Wash, and Brightening Activator Serum, so you're good to go right out of the box.
PMD® Personal Microderm Pro ($199) This DIY microdermabrasion system comes with four levels of exfoliating discs and two speeds for high level of intensity treatment and a lower level of intensity for sensitive skin. The PMD Pro’s spinning disc has the same Aluminum Oxide crystals used by skin professionals. When the disc starts to spin, vacuum suction extracts the grit and gunk in your pores for clear, bright skin.
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Riiviva Microdermabrasion Device ($299) Equipped with diamond tips that can move with the contours of the skin and one that can freely rotate as it passes over the surface, Riiviva's home microdermabrasion device offers a new way to exfoliate. Replaceable diamond tips can be used to rough skin of the face and body, cellulite, keratosis pilaris (little red bumps on your arms and legs), stretch marks and acne scarring, with three levels of suction to select for your skin type. P.S. It's cordless so you can move around while you use it.
Illuminage Skin Smoothing Laser ($595)
FDA-cleared to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, this home system works like the lasers you find at dermatology clinics to smooth facial aging. The energy stimulates your body to create new collagen fibers, which means smoother, firmer skin. Great for targeting those little creases around the lips and lower eyelids too. The best part is that your skin may feel tighter right after a treatment, but keep using it for even better results.
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Nail fungus—called onychomycosis—causes your nails to turn colors, thicken, and become brittle. Nail fungus can show up on your hands as well as your feet, and it isn’t pretty. Infections start at the tip of the nail and work their way under the nail bed, causing white, yellow, or brown streaks, and thickening the nail. The nail ends up being a shield that allows the fungus to grow.
Podiatrists and dermatologists often prescribe oral drugs like Lamisil and Sporanox, but they usually need to be taken for months to work, and there is a risk of side effects. Many people are reluctant to take these drugs because in very rare cases they may cause liver damage. Over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments are not usually too effective, and repeat infections are commonplace. When all else fails, having the nail removed and the nail matrix medically destroyed to prevent the nail from growing back is a last resort.
The newest way to stay fungus-free is with lasers. Heat is able to target infectious agents, which makes laser therapy extremely exciting. The universal appeal of lasers is that they can selectively destroy nasty fungi, while sparing healthy surrounding tissue and cure the condition.
Syneron Candela just earned FDA clearance for their proprietary new 5-millimeter spot size for the Gentle Pro Nd:YAG Laser Series to treat nail fungus. In addition to Gentle Pro’s speedy hair removal and vascular and pigmented lesion procedures, nail fungus can now be reversed in just a few brief treatment sessions.
According to New York City podiatrist Krista Archer, “Lasers have greatly improved options for treating infected nails safely, effectively, and without a lengthy plan. With three pain-free CoolTouch CT3 treatments that take about two minutes per nail, we can restore healthy nails, and patients can resume their normal activities the same day.” The best part is that you can continue to polish your toenails throughout the course of the treatment.
Practice safe mani/pedis, warns Archer, who sees a lot of toenail fungus caused from unsanitary conditions at nail salons. “Busy salons can be a breeding ground for fungus. Bring your own tools and polish to avoid the spread of fungus, and don’t get your cuticles cut. The cuticle forms a protective layer between your nail and the bed, and removing it makes it easier for fungus to get underneath and cause infections.”
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In the age of Uber, Lyft and Airbnb, unique service apps are having a moment. In our 24/7 overscheduled world, we don’t always have time to wait for the next available appointment or a stylist who always runs late.
What if you have a big presentation or a hot date coming up suddenly and your hands need an emergency polish change, or you’re in desperate straits to get a quick blowout? What’s a girl to do? Enter a new crop of lifesaving beauty apps that can connect you with primping, pampering and wellness services in a flash, on your terms.
BEAUTIFIED - You can browse through luxe spas, speedy salons, even yoga studios when you're in need of a quick beauty fix, and book yourself in right through your iPhone. Just select the service you wish to book, pick an appointment time, book, and #getbeautified! Pay for your treatment or service, including tips before you arrive.
GLAMSQUAD - A self-described premier on-demand beauty service app that does house calls. Glamsquad will send professionally trained and vetted hair and makeup pros right to your home or office when you need them there. So you can get gorgeously groomed without taking one step out the door. Copy that!
STYLESEAT - You can search by type of service, location, recommendations, book appointments, cancel or reschedule if you need to, and even track your appointment history. Take advantage of perks and special Styleseat offers in 22 cities across the country and counting.
DRYBAR - With locations throughout California, New York City, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington DC, and more to come, Drybar is growing faster than your bangs. Their signature $40 blowout is the stuff dreams are made of, and has ignited a category of blowout chains popping up from Main Street to Madison Ave. Find one near you and book it with their app.
BEAUTYBOOKED - 24/7 access to top ranked salons and spas for hair, makeup, massage, facials, brows, and lasers. Read reviews, search for new hot spots, and book appointments with a single click. Earn 100 BB Reward Points for every appointment booked and 50 BB Reward Points for every review you write.