By Katie Dickens
You rely on an array of technology to make your life easier—Dark Sky for weather; Google Maps for transport; Headspace for wellness—so why are you still entrusting the analog equivalent of a skincare regimen with your complexion concerns? Many of the newest modern marvels on the market mimic procedures performed at your dermatologist's office, like LED and blue light therapies. And while current handheld solutions won't do the heavy lifting, so to speak, "[still] the technology is quite advanced and provides an effective way to touch-up between regularly scheduled dermatologist appointments," says Dr. Shereene Idriss of New York's Union Square Dermatology. Here, five at-home devices that will do a body good—from the convenience of your own home.
The Lifting Wand
A good facial can turn any bad day on its head—that is, if you have an hour or two to spare. Now, those who are addicted to the deep pore-purifying power of the Clarisonic cleansing brush, which is reported to clean skin six times deeper than a pair of hands, can swap out the bristled head for the new firming massage head ($54). The soothing sonic pulsing, while not a direct translation of an in-office treatment, makes skin glow thanks to a boost of microcirculation and a provides temporary lifting effect—perfect for a quick pick-me-up.
The Crow's-Feet Eraser
Slow and steady may be a cliché, but it remains the best way to achieve lasting skin results. Look to at-home adaptations of Botox and peels, that are also doctor-approved, like Dr. Gross's DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro ($159), which softens crow's-feet and erases deep wrinkles around the eyes using collagen-boosting LED light that takes no more than 3 minutes a day. "Though results may take months to become visible, so patience is key," says Dr. Idriss.
The Radiofrequency Tightening DevicePersistence is also a prerequisite with the Newa Skin Care System ($450), a handheld version of the hulking radio frequency machine you may have spotted in your dermatologist's office. The first at-home device to be FDA approved for the energy form, it emits heat to tone and tighten the skin, especially along the jawline and cheeks, and "requires a three- to six-month commitment to gain long-term benefits," says Dr. Idriss.
The Blue Light Acne Solution
For those suffering from mild acne, Dr. Idriss says the Foreo Espada Blue Light Acne Treatment ($149) uses the same laser-focused technology that is proven to destroy "propionibacterium acnes," which is responsible for inflammation during a breakout, and encourages healthy skin cell turnover and the stabilization of oil production.
The Body Resurfacer
Skin below the décolletage needs a game plan, too. Capitalizing on the regenerating benefits of micro-needling, the GloPro Body MicroTip Attachment Head ($45) creates safe and gentle sterile punctures along the skin's surface, triggering its collagen-building repairing response. The micro-wounds are also treated with red LED lights that cause skin to secrete even more collagen—a doubling effect that delivers a smoother, tighter skin anywhere from the arms to the abs. Moderation is key, and Dr. Idriss recommends nighttime-only use, so skin "can recover overnight." Now how's that for true beauty sleep?The Lifting Wand The Crow's-Feet Eraser The Radiofrequency Tightening Device The Blue Light Acne Solution The Body Resurfacer