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An Easy Guide to Skin Care Devices

April 10, 2010 Reviewed by admin 6 Comments
With so many advanced technological skin devices hitting the market (many at high price points that make us step back and think if it’s worth the investment!), we’ve decided to pare a few out for you. Here’s our round up of the Who’s and What’s on the skincare gadget scene:


USES: Aging skin, to brighten and treat hyperpigmentation.

Baby Quasar is an non-invasive LED (light emitting diode) for at home use. It uses red light frequency and invisible infra-red light to stimulate the body’s tissues and convert light energy into cellular energy. Because of the skin’s high blood and water content, its layers absorb the red light and deliver enough energy to stimulate the body to heal itself. Essentially, this response is a boost in collagen production and removal of excess pigmentation or scar tissue.

It’s an easy, pain-free way to brighten your skin using your own body. This particular device works but is not as powerful as an in-salon LED sessions. However, with salon treatments running $75 or more a session, purchasing an at-home device like Baby Quasar may be a more cost effective option either on its own or as a proper regimen in between in-salon visits. You may even be able to space those visits out longer by using something like this in the interim.

Available for purchase in TIA’s shop!

Read more: How good is at-home LED light therapy


USES: Aging skin, to brighten and treat hyperpigmentation.

This uses the same photorejuvenation therapy as Baby Quasar to treat hyperpigmentation and uneven, aging skin complexions at a fraction of the price ($40 vs. $400). However, whereas Baby Quasar uses about 630 to 950 nanometers of infrared light, Pretika uses 660 nanometers – weaker than the general range of the former. We haven’t tested this one ourselves, but we are guessing you’re getting what you paid for.


USES: Aging skin, to brighten and treat hyperpigmentation.

Tanda is another handheld anti-aging device which uses 660 nanometer red LED light. The biggest difference here is that it has an interchangeable head (if you want to install a different treatment head, for exmpale, blue light for acne in case your needs change). Their website says that the restorative light "modulates the activity of fibroblasts" that leads to collagen production and reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also says that when used daily, it can slow down the production of enzymes that cause skin tissue to break down (and lead to lines). As far as we can tell, Tanda doesn't use infrared light like Baby Quasar. It only mentions that it uses LED combined with "microprocessor control and proprietary optics to deliver clinical levels of light from a home use device."


USES: Deep cleaning and aiding in penetration of skin care products

This 2-speed deep-cleaning brush has a rotating head that is powered by ultra-sonic waves – made by the same company as SoniCare toothbrushes. The rotating head removes dead skin cells, stimulates pores, and removes dirt and grime. It comes with the option to choose a brush head for either sensitive or normal skin along with 1 oz. trial sizes of Refreshing Gel Cleanser, Gentle Hydro Cleanser and Nourishing Care Cleanser


USES: Deep cleaning and aiding in penetration of skin care products for face AND body

This is very similar to the Clarisonic Classic Brush with a few key differences to stretch the extra $30: (1) It has a 3-speed option instead of two; (2) it comes with only the sensitive brush head; (3) comes with an extra bigger brush head for the body; and (4) they also throw in a 2 oz. trial size Refining Skin Polish with glycolic acid
It promises proper exfoliation and less dry patches for the skin. Also good if you’re into self-tanner to help your body absorb more of the product. If you need a deeper clean for your body, this would be worth the investment – although you can use the regular Clarisonic on your body as well. You will probably just have to replace your brush head more often if you’re using it regularly on more than just your face!


USES: For the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and firmer, more hydrated skin.

Clarisonic Opal is half device, half cartridge of the company's own anti-aging skin serum. By removing removing the dispenser cap, then placing a few drops of the serum into the applicator tip of the other half, you then turn the device on and move it in slow, circular motions on your outer eye area. Marta has some major gripes about the whole product's philosophy. For one, you can only use their serum which costs $100 to replace every few months. Next, for a device so hi-tech, it's surprising you still have to dab in the remainder of the serum with your finger AFTER use. Makes the whole system seem a bit pointless. Probably not the best use of your money.


USES: Deep cleaning and exfoliating

It may look the same as the Clarisonic brush, but the results from using both are most certainly are not. It's a a two-speed exfoliating facial brush used to slough off the outer layer of skin. A similar concept as Clarisonic’s brush (even touted as its knock off) and is designed to help your skin better absorb products. However, as Marta mentioned in her “Reviewed and Rejected” post, she found this to be too harsh and ineffective for her skin, and may be a better a option for men with tougher skin.


USES: To tone and lift facial muscles

This is like a mini workout for your face. The device produces microcurrents to work and lift and stimulate facial muscles. It's NOT an anti-wrinkle device as much as it's meant for toning. The charge (which is one millionth of an ampere -- the same as the body's natural electricity), re-educates muscles to respond to regular nerve stimulation, as mentioned in Nu Face post. Their website says it thereby strengthens your face.


NU SKIN: To firm skin, clear up breakouts, and treat wrinkles.

This is a triple-whammy: a handheld device that uses a direct electric current to firm the skin, clear up breakouts and fade wrinkles. Used with different gels that it comes with, as we noted in our Nu Skin review, it's based on the theory that light charges repel, the galvanic negative currents encourage the absorption of charged ingredients. We found in our tests that Nu Skin was better compared to Baby Quasar at lifting the brow bone area and tightening forehead lines -- but not as much at labial nasal lines and lifting the jawline. However, it was a quicker regimen -- 5 minutes compared to Baby Quasar's 20. Another thing to note, this device similar to Clarisonic's Opal, in that it is mean to be used with the gels provided. They recently reformulated its gel based on a “proprietary new ingredient blend” that is called ageLOC that is promised to “slow down the signs of aging at their source”.
  • November 20, 2012

    by athletekitty

    Would you do a reviw on Derma Wand? I think its being sold by hsn but they also have their own website

  • July 6, 2012

    by Linda

    I just came across these posts from 2 years ago. Did Valerie and Liz get their questions answered?

  • October 25, 2011

    by Liz

    Which device would be better for tightening sagging skin and softening wrinkles, GSpa or NuFace? I can't decide

  • June 28, 2010

    by Valerie

    I own the Nu Face and have only just started using it. Is it possible to use the Galvanic Spa on alternate days with this? I don't want to use technology incorrectly or hurt my skin more than hurt it. I can still return the Nu Face and use the Nu skin in it's place. Any thought?

  • June 5, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Ellena, you are right. A proper review of NuFace is long overdue. I'll get on to it.

  • June 4, 2010

    by Ellena

    Would it be possible for TIA to do a more thorough research/review on NuFace comparing it to the G Spa?
    Did anyone find any alternative to G Spa's conductive gels that do not look very "healthy"?

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