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Five Best At-Home Devices

Solution for:

Sagging Skin, Wrinkles
August 13, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 19 Comments

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.

  • December 30, 2014

    by Mary

    What is the difference between the Baby Quasar Plus you recommend and the apparently larger, more powerful Quasar MD Plus? Do these devises do the same as the Ultra Renew Plus that you recommend?

    Many thanks for your reply.

  • November 24, 2013

    by Ona

    Is the "dare to try" still active? I'd love to try it, if so. Thank you!

  • September 1, 2013

    by fiona

    I would LOVE to try the CLAROL IPL for my adult acne! At 37 I underwent a TOTAL hysterectomy "and then some" (which included the removal of my uterus, cervix, tubes, and both ovaries). Because it was an emergency procedure, I didn't receive any pre or post-op counseling, so now 3 years later my skin is showing the radical effects of the lack of hormones. I have large pores, acne, fine lines, thinning skin, ans my neck is starting to sag....please help!

  • August 14, 2013

    by imelda

    Would the CLARO IPL work on teen acne? Just curious since my daughter has been battling it and would try it if recommended.

  • August 14, 2013

    by Marilon

    After reading about the BT Micro and seeing the video, I REALLY want to try this!

  • August 13, 2013

    by Dennis

    Not at all, Marta, but I'm not easily embarrassed though I do think it's fun to wear and would terrify my nephew. In fact, it was my Facebook profile pic for a while

  • August 13, 2013

    by Stephanie

    It is hard to treat aging/acne prone skin. The task of finding the right products can be daunting. Especially, since most acne products are very drying on the skin. I would love to see if the CLARO IPL is up to the challenge.

  • August 13, 2013

    by Shelly

    Please do reviews of the Facial Toner and Cleo Q. They're supposed to exercise/stimulate the muscles in your face and neck. Both are from the UK. Only the Facial Toner is FDA cleared.

  • August 13, 2013

    by Marta

    Dennis that's fantastic news. I'm tempted to give it a retry. Tell me you feel just a tad silly wearing that thing though (or am I just so English that I'm easily embarrassed)

  • August 13, 2013

    by Maria


    I did not experience any peeling after the BT Micro. I also did not experience any burning or tingling, as I have experienced with chemical exfoliants. Overall, my skin looked cleansed and plump, however I do not have any wrinkles yet. The therapist also applied a serum, so it's hard for me to know whether it was the device or the serum (or both) that produced the difference in my skin. I would try microcurrent again, though.


  • August 13, 2013

    by Alyson

    I've had acne since a teen when the Vitamin A products meant you stayed out of the sun or else got a scorching sunburn, if you forgot. After trying various cleansing tools, I haven't found one that works for me. The LED light seems like it would get at the underlying cause and build you up from the inside out. I love trying new products and this would help my adult acne diminish or disappear altogether.

  • August 13, 2013

    by Dennis

    I know you didn't care for it, but IMHO, the Skinvel LED mask is FAR more effective than any hand held LED I used. I'm sure it has something to do with the constant red light for 20 minutes. I love it, it's my favorite device ahead of my PaloVia or Ultrasonic.

  • August 13, 2013

    by Bev

    Maria, I am a skin therapist and we use the Bio therapeutics range of technologies including the BT Micro, it works using ultrasonic waves that vibrate the blade 27,000 times per minute, this has the effect of pushing products like the cleansers into the the pores and spinning them out again, this gives an effective deep cleanse without any detrimental effects to the skin. It can also be used to exfoliate and depending which products used with the device it can approach the level of a peel. The wands used were probably the microcurrent , using a low level current to repel active and positively charged ingredients into the skin. All in all a pleasant and highly effective treatment, hope that helps .

  • August 13, 2013

    by Jackie

    I would love to have my 16 year old daughter try the Claro IPL. It would be great to see how it works on a teenager.

  • August 13, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Monica, I think it comes down to what you want to do. If wrinkles are your issue then go for the BQ. If you are concerned about sagging as well as wrinkles then go for UR+ as it is the best yet for firming.

  • August 13, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Maria
    This is microcurrent and ultrasound and is meant to exfoliate. More info here:
    I must say I have never heard of these technologies actually exfoliating or "peeling" as BT puts it. What did you think of the results?

  • August 13, 2013

    by Monica

    Is there one you'd recommend above the others? I've been on the fence about trying the Ultra Renew Plus for a while -- but now the Baby Quasar Plus is singing a siren song as well....

  • August 13, 2013

    by Maria

    I love led light therapy! I've been pretty impressed with the effects of blue light on my acne, so I would love to try out the CLARO. On another note, I'm a bit confused: Are microcurrent and galvanic treatments the same thing?

    I recently had a microcurrent facial, using the BT Micro, and the therapist seemed to be using a a wand-like device and a sraping device (both vibrated subtley). Marta, do you have any idea what might have been going on here? My therapist didn't seem interested in explaining what she was doing.

  • August 13, 2013

    by Andy

    I'd love to try the Claro IPL--acne has ruled my skin for 20 yrs, and it would be epic to finally have a viable solution that doesn't require liver-damaging drugs like Accutane. Despite all the prescriptions, cleanses, lasers, diets and product trial-and-error, my light adult acne is ever reliable to return!

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