DIY Home Skin-Care Gadgets

Despite the recession, the business of anti-aging gadgets is booming. It’s not just happening in beauty salons on the high-street, either. An increasing trend is the rise in home-treatment. It’s no longer uncommon for women to whip out the hand-held laser and zap their wrinkles in their own bathroom.

One worry is that they may be so low in intensity that the treatment’s effectiveness is negligible, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely safe. Despite questions over their use, these gadgets may still cause harm if used incorrectly.

Here, three of the latest home-gadgets are put through their paces.

The Philips ReAura Home Laser

Designed as a smaller version of the lasers used in salons, this gadget claims to eliminate wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen in your skin.

The science is sound and, although the laser isn’t as strong as larger salon version, results could prove successful over time. Your skin will be more sensitive after use, so you should avoid using it while on drugs such as anti-biotics and use a higher factor sunscreen than normal.

The CACI Microlift

Resembling a knobbly phone, the Microlift uses small electric currents to tone your facial muscles and provide the effects of a face-lift, without the surgery.

The real problem with this piece of equipment is that it’s extremely hard to know if you’re placing it in the right areas. Professional therapists take 5 day courses to master this procedure and without that training, you may just be wasting your time.

You’re unlikely to damage your muscles, no matter where you place it (within reason) but you should definitely avoid using it if you’ve had Botox within the last 3 months.

Slendertone Face

If you’re worried about the firmness of your face then this space-age headset could be just for you, using electronic muscle stimulation to give your muscles a continuous workout.

A similar problem to the Microlift; it’s just too difficult to know whether you’re stimulating the right muscles. You need to be really confident you’re not given yourself a more pronounced frown.

Anyone who’s messed around with an electric abs stimulator will know that placing them on your face causes excessive and annoying twitches. The slendertone face is exactly the same and you may not make it to the end of the two week period needed to see results.
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Melanie Sharp works for leading care product specialst NexusDMS, and loves finding and testing gadgets and home beauty kits

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