This is my pick of the beauty devices that you can use at home. They offer gentler versions of the same technology that you will find in salon and clinic treatments, from laser to radiofrequency. Which one might suit you? Take a look.
Home Use Devices
I love light therapy masks, and this is my current favourite. Its LED bulbs deliver red light along with infrared light which works to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. It sounds a bit unlikely – until you look into ‘photobiomodulation’. That’s the technical name for low-level light therapy, the sort that doesn’t generate heat in the skin, and it is well-proven to encourage the skin to remodel itself from the inside out. That means improving the hydration of the skin, stimulating the growth of new supportive collagen and elastin, and bringing down inflammation, which helps to reduce the angry redness in both spots and rosacea.
Obviously, the power output of this home-use mask isn’t as high as you’d get from a professional-quality light canopy in a salon, but if you wear it for 10 minutes five times a week, you will start to see results after a few weeks. What sort of results? Firmer, smoother, tighter skin, according to people who have tried it. And from the clinical trials that the product boasts, the product achieved a 35 per cent reduction in wrinkles in four weeks.
As well as these benefits, I love the fact that this mask is flexible. That means it lies flat and is easy to pack for travelling. It also has a portable power-pack, meaning that you’re not tethered to the nearest electrical socket while you’re wearing it. I haven’t yet opened the door to the postman while wearing it, but it’s surely only a matter of time.
There is a limited number of these masks available at a £50 discount through The Tweakments Guide: just use the code ALICE50 at checkout
The NIRA Skincare Laser uses non-fractional lasers to heat up the lower layer of your skin (the dermis). It does this without damaging the top layer (the epidermis) and stimulates the production of collagen. The result: plumper and younger looking skin without the redness or irritation you get with other devices that target the epidermis, such as fractional lasers.Read More
Clarisonic is the best-known brand of powered cleansing brushes, and this one, which calls itself a 3-in-1 App-Connected Beauty Device, can be paired with a variety of attachments (eg the Firming Massage Head or a Foundation Blending Brush).
It cleans six times better than just using yourRead More
This solid shield of a mask is covered all over the inside with LED lights which emit red (collagen boosting, anti-inflammatory), or blue (acne-busting), or clear near infra-red (regenerating and calming) or green light (to reduce pigmentation) or even red and blue light together. The countdown timer offers a 20-minute session as a default, but you can change this as you like.Read More
Running low-level microcurrents through the face improves the circulation, helps reduce fine lines and, by tweaking and toning the face muscles, helps give the face a lifted appearance. This nifty device is hugely popular and is the only one of its kind to have FDA approval (which means it does what it claims, including improving the contours of the face if you use it regularly).Read More
This massage head, with its three rubbery bumps, clips on to any of the Clarisonic Smart devices and rotates as you use it to give your face a ‘sonic’ massage. It uses a concept called ‘mechanobiology’ which claims that it will tighten and lift the skin at the same time as softening wrinkles.Read More
Philips Lumea uses an innovative light-based technology called IPL, derived from the technology used in professional beauty salons. Gentle pulses of light are applied that put the hair into the resting phase.Read More
Radiofrequency energy is a popular in-clinic choice for tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles, and this device offers a home-use version of the same technology.
Like a clinic-based radiofrequency treatment, the Tripollar Stop works by creating heat within the skin, which has two results. Initially, it has a quickRead More
Running low-level microcurrents through the face improves the circulation, helps reduce fine lines and, by tweaking and toning the face muscles, helps give the face a lifted appearance.
This nifty device is hugely popular in the USA and is the only one of its kind to have FDA approval (which means it does what it claims, including improvingRead More
Visibly improve ageing wrinkles, revive sagging skin and boost firmness in just 12 weeks with the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift Anti-Ageing Massage and Cleansing. Start with a revitalizing cleanse with the ultra soft Revitalizing Cleanse Brush Head.Read More
Microneedling is increasingly popular as an at-home treatment to stimulate collagen production in ageing skin. This is a sophisticated home-use microneedling device designed to stimulate the skin’s natural healing response. It also vibrates and beams soothing, collagen-boosting red LED light at the skin as it is used.Read More
This compact device uses a pulsating vacuum to apply a suction force to your lips, which makes them swell. It’s like a kinder, electronic version of the shot-glass trick. (This trick — you can look it up online, though I wouldn’t recommend trying it — involves pushing your lips into an empty shot glass, then sucking out the air, creating a vacuum whose pressure causes your poor lips to swell in protest.) And if you apply the serum that comesRead More
This vibrating Foreo brush (from £119, www.foreo.co.uk), has soft silicone ‘bristles’ that don’t harbour bacteria and never wear out. It buzzes its way through a ‘sonic’ cleaning routine which removes make-up, dirt, oil, and dead skinRead More
Clarisonic is famous for its cleansing brushes and this one, the Mia 2, can be used with a number of different click-to-fit treatment heads as well as the normal cleansing brush. The device uses special ‘micro-massage’ motion which more or less bounces dirt, oil, and bacteria off the skin and out of the pores, which is how it managesRead More