Get gorgeous skin at home
From fitness wristbands to the invention of Google Glass, it’s clear we are living in Generation Gadget. It’s fitting, then, that in the beauty aisles, there are now at-home devices for virtually every skin concern: sonic face brushes that speed-clean pores; microcurrent-powered massagers that promise to tone up slack facial skin; and hand-held devices with laser beams to smooth fine lines.
Some of these devices use technology similar to what’s available at the dermatologist’s office or the spa-but do the DIY versions work? There’s no easy answer. “When it’s approved by Health Canada or the [U.S.] FDA, it’s approved for safety, not efficacy,” clarifies Dr. Julia Carroll, dermatologist and director of Compass Dermatology in Toronto.
So adjust your expectations. A $500 off-the-shelf laser won’t pack the same heavy-duty power as a doctor’s $200,000 machine. That said, certain at-home devices can be a good complement to dermatologist procedures or spa treatments, says Carroll, especially when used as “maintenance” between visits.
Here’s what the experts say these innovations can and can’t do, and how to best incorporate them into your routine. Do note that if you have any skin or health conditions, you should check with a doctor before trying a device. Some gadgets are off-limits if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; take certain medications; or have moles, allergies or other issues. Always read the instructions that come with a device for any restrictions.