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The at-home beauty device market grew 22% last year. With good reason, at-home laser, microcurrent and LED devices are no longer the things of dodgy infomercials. They have been downsized from the doctor’s office and are genuinely effective, safe and achieve results – especially in the firming up of sagging skin department – that topical potions and lotions cannot. At-home devices are the big breakthrough in anti-aging beauty and have become can’t live withouts as far as I am concerned. For the first time ever, here are my Five Best at home devices.
Baby Quasar PLUS
Baby Quasar PLUS ($399 in the shop). I have a soft spot for the Baby Q. It was the first device I ever invested in. I had become a convert to LED as an anti-aging therapy at my esthetician’s office and after doing plenty of research concluded that Baby Quasar was the best out there. That was back in 2008, and it since became victim to cheaper competitors. Recently, though, it beefed up the power by 25% and obtained FDA approval. The new device not only has more LED oomph, it is easier to use and just as sturdy. Baby Q has red and infra-red light, the modes best for wrinkles, fine lines and plumping. If you want a straightforward LED that has stood the test of time and will likely continue to, this is it. Watch my video on Baby Quasar PLUS.
Ultra Clear Facial Cleansing System
Ultra Clear Facial Cleansing System ($86 in the shop). If it wasn’t already clear that I am addicted to devices, then consider that I started to make my own with the Ultra range that now includes the Sculpt, Plus (see below) and the Clear. Cleansing brushes are a must-have as far as I am concerned; they keep the skin clear of dirt and dead cells, helping to close pores and give the skin a healthy glow. Ultra Clear by Truth In Aging is a facial cleansing system that is uniquely powerful and very gentle. Because it has 1800 micro vibrations per second it is extremely effective whilst being kind to sensitive and/or mature skin. Watch my video on Ultra Clear.
PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser
PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser ($499). The PaloVia uses fractional laser resurfacing technology – narrowly spaced micro-beams of laser energy to prompt new collagen growth. It is FDA approved for use around the eyes to reduce fine lines and wrinkles (although it can be used on other areas of the face as well). It is no mean feat to scale down a huge professional machine to the size of a stapler. It is safe enough to be idiot proof and, while this particular treatment is not for me, those of us who are made of sterner stuff report fantastic results. Read the review on PaloVia by Dennis who proclaimed it: "My desert island product"; "highly recommended to anyone with eye wrinkles."
Ultra Renew Plus
Ultra Renew Plus ($149 in the shop). Combining ultrasonic with three (red, blue, green) LED lights, and ionic makes this customized proprietary machine efficient and effective – something I am proud to put Truth In Aging’s name on. Ultrasonic is the best thing I have found so far for counteracting sagging skin. As the ultrasound waves pass from the treatment head into the skin, they cause the vibration of the surrounding tissues, particularly those that contain collagen. The LED lights help with wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and acne, whilst the ionic modes help firm and cleanse. Watch my video on Ultra Renew Plus.
PMD Personal Microderm
PMD Personal Microderm ($179 in the shop). I’d left microdermabrasion to the skilled hands of my esthetician until the PMD came along. Easy to use, safe and effective it has become a weekly addition to my beauty regimen. PMD uses aluminum oxide crystals on a flat, sandy disc, similar to a professional diamond-tipped head. There are two disc sizes, one for face and a slightly bigger one for body (although they are both rather small), and color-coded: sensitive (blue) and medium (green). I’ve noticed cumulative effects on wrinkles.