If someone would have told you a decade ago that ultrasound and lasers hold the secrets to your biggest beauty issues—or that using them at home would one day be as simple as opening up your medicine cabinet and reaching for a tiny electronic gizmo—you may not have bought it. But hand-held gadgets that pull off a variety of tasks for which we used to need an appointment (and, often, a sizeable amount of disposable income) now account for the beauty industry’s most coveted offerings. In fact, according to a report from Persistence Market Research, women around the globe will be spending upwards of $54 billion on at-home devices by the year 2020.
So, what are women looking for in their beauty technology? This will come as no surprise, but tangible results are top priority. It’s pretty easy to understand that although measures that involve needles and scalpels are well known to, well, work, most of us would rather entertain less drastic options before we go there. And, given the new crop of all stars, going there may no longer be necessary. Here, a roundup of the most innovative devices on the market.
THE ISSUE: DARK SPOTS, CROWS FEET, DEEP LINES AND WRINKLES
THE NEW AT-HOME SOLUTION: ULTRASOUND
No matter how expensive or advanced the ingredients that comprise your skin care products, they need a nudge in order to permeate the skin and do their jobs. Such is what prompted the invention of the JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser, a tiny hand-held device that leverages ultrasound to push active ingredients into the skin—where they can deliver on the promises they make. Use the JeNu Infuser for 1 minute each day to apply your favorite serum and you’ll notice better and faster results than you would using your fingertips alone. And smoother, tighter-looking skin with fewer visible wrinkles and lines? They have proof it could be yours in as little as one week.
THE ISSUE: SLACK, LOOSE TEXTURE
THE NEW AT-HOME SOLUTION: MICROCURRENT
Microcurrent has long been a staple of medical estheticians, and while everyone who’s experienced it can agree it provides an immediate, if subtle “lift” for aging skin, its effects are only temporary. Great for Hollywood starlets who can squeeze in an appointment before their every public appearance, not so much for the rest of us who don’t exactly want to spend hundreds of dollars on fleeting results. Better to get your fix with the NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device, a microcurrent device that delivers similar results at home.
THE ISSUE: LACK OF RADIANCE AND CLARITY
THE NEW AT-HOME SOLUTION: NON-ABLATIVE LASERS
The antidote for aging skin best described as dull in appearance? Head into the plastic surgeon’s office, and she’ll tell you it’s fractional non-ablative laser treatments—targeted light therapy designed to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin below the skin’s surface. With the emergence of the Tria Age-Defying Laser—one of the priciest devices out there—you no longer need an in-office visit to reap the laser’s benefits. What you will need, in addition to about $500, is the diligence to use it for 5-10 minutes each day.