The 10th annual International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC), was recently held on April 22-24, 2012, in New York. The spa show featured manufacturers and educational programs, which attracted traditional spa professionals, including spa owners, managers, and estheticians. You might imagine that new product lines would be exhibited at such an event, but I rarely find that to be the case. I’ve attended previous IECSC conferences in New York, and the majority of the vendors lining the rows of the exhibit hall were nothing “new”; in fact, they were customary exhibitors at the show. However, I was able to find a few treatments and products that were new to me. (Note: The following treatments and products have not been reviewed or tested by TIA and are mentioned for informational purposes only, not as recommendations.)

Newly introduced in the US market from Italy was the Volto 10.7. The device manufacturer boasts that the non-invasive radiofrequency, enhanced with LED light therapy (including infrared) can promote collagen formation and cellulite reduction. The device can be used treat wrinkles and acne on the face as well as perform photorejuvenation and stimulate microcirculation. Body sculpting is achieved by targeting specific areas with the two modalities, allowing the lymphatic system to eliminate waste and encourage fibroblast migration, thereby mitigating the appearance of cellulite. There wasn’t much more information available on the machine and it will be interesting to see if it makes any headway in the ongoing fight against cellulite in the US market.

Another recently launched device is from well-known spa equipment manufacturer Silhouet-Tone, called the SmoothSkin System. This ambitious machine simultaneously delivers five technologies through a Synchronized Technology Delivery or the STD system (company acronym, not mine). The STD System employs iontophoresis, impulse microcurrent, ultrasound, electroporation (electrical currents enabling transdermal delivery to skin) and frequency specific pulsating currents. The five modalities of the STD System supposedly target all layers of the skin to address expression lines, sagging tissue, and wrinkles resulting in tighter, smoother looking skin in 30-minute sessions. The “before and after” pictures seemed convincing but of course there was the fine print qualification: “individual results may vary.” Thus far, the STD system device is available in Miami and New York City.

TIA has reviewed many beauty tools for home use and there seems to be a new gadget on the market every day. My concern regarding spa equipment designed for consumer use is safety. I noted a Facial Crystal System microderm peeling set ($39) by VB Beauty. Founded in 2011, the affordably priced line has assembled a small portfolio of varying products. The peel crème in the microderm peeling set contains magnesium oxide crystals, which are applied to wet skin. A device resembling a Skinsonic with a soft sponge head is then used to polish the face. Of course, I haven’t tested the gadget, but the approach appears to be gentle enough for home use – on healthy skin. I wouldn’t attempt to use any type of resurfacing on inflamed or irritated skin, or skin with rosacea.

Blindingly white teeth seem to have become a national obsession. The Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System ($58), released earlier this year, combines the Professional Activating Rods with the Supersmile Professional Whitening System, which work in tandem. The rods contain an activating gel, followed by use of the Professional Whitening System. VB Beauty’s Super Sonic Smile Teeth Whitening Gel Pen ($19.50), designed for on-the-go use, has a brush applicator. However, unlike Supersmile, the VB Beauty Gel Pen only whitens natural teeth, not caps, or veneers. VB Beauty also offers the Super Sonic Smile Tooth Brush Cleaning & Whitening System with UV Sanitizing Light ($69). The system, designed for family use, contains three brush heads in different colors, an integrated UV sanitizing light, and AC adapter for charging.

Maximum Active Dermaceuticals or MAD Skincare’s recently launched product line is divided into five skin concerns: environmental, brightening, anti-aging, acne, and delicate. The company doesn’t claim to be organic, rather it combines botanicals (which are plentiful) with cosmeceuticals to formulate results-driven products. When I queried which product was considered one of the stars of the line, the Redness Rescue Serum ($32) from the delicate skincare offering was produced. I was intrigued by the On Guard Tinted SPF 30 ($38), which contains (supposedly) stabilized vitamin C along with red, white and green tea antioxidants and titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the actives - looks like a sunscreen I might just check out.