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Home Use Devices

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.

NuFACE Fix

The latest device from NuFACE is a cute little thing that aims to offer super-speedy and convenient treatment of fine lines for both on-the-go millennials looking for instant skincare pick-me-ups and mature woman seeking targeted treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. It’s the size of an overgrown mascara, so it will fit easily into a handbag or washbag. As you might guess with a NuFACE device, it uses electrical microcurrent to firm, tighten and tone skin around the eyes, lips and forehead in just three minutes, and there are clinically proven results to back up the claims.

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CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Mask

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.

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NIRA Skincare Laser

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.

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Clarisonic Mia Smart Facial Cleanser

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 your

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MZ Skin Light Therapy Treatment Mask

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.

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NuFACE Mini Facial Toning Device

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).

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Clarisonic Firming Massage Head

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.

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Philips SC1997/00 Lumea advanced IPL hair removal device

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.

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TriPollar STOP facial skin renewal

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 quick

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NuFACE Trinity facial toning device

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 improving

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Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift anti-ageing massage and cleansing

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.

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PMD Kiss lip plumping system

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 comes

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Foreo Luna 2 personalised facial cleansing brush & anti-ageing device

This vibrating Foreo brush 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 skin

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Clarisonic Mia 2 facial cleansing device

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 manages 

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