I’d like let to let you in on a little Hollywood (non)secret. You know all those celebs with their gorgeous skin that makes you think, how did she graduate two decades before me but she looks like my *much* younger sister? … They didn’t win the genetic lottery. Nor do they have a portrait of themselves growing ever ghastlier in the attic of their Beverly Hills mansion.
Nope, their secret is far simpler: A marked-up calendar filled with dermatologist appointments for lasers and light treatments — and every other marvel of modern beauty you could name. Well, that and thousands of dollars in the bank to fund their quest for eternal youth.
Thanks to another modern marvel — online shopping — those high-tech treatments can be had for around 90 percent less by using FDA-approved at-home versions of the same technologies used in derms’ offices.
“People are busy and don’t want to take the time to go to a dermatologist. The great thing about these devices is that you can do them at the comfort of your own home,” Skin Rules author Debra Jaliman, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC, explains to Most Wanted. “While they are not as effective as dermatologist treatments, you will definitely see results,” she notes.
Ahead, Dr. Jaliman’s five favorite devices, that’ll let you rewind time like the stars — without a blockbuster to bankroll it.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask
“This light therapy acne mask simultaneously treats your face with both blue and red visible lights. The blue light targets the bacteria that cause acne while the red light lessens acne inflammation, helping to clear acne and permitting the skin to heal on its own,” says Dr. Jaliman. One caveat: for 10 minutes as a day you will look like you’re vying for a spot as the third member of Daft Punk. Our advice: Put on Random Access Memories and just go with it.
Tria Hair Removal Laser
“This is one of the most powerful at-home hair removal systems. It targets the pigment in the hair follicle just like professional lasers in doctors’ offices,” Dr. Jaliman says. You’ll need dedication to see full results, though, zapping your just-shaved skin every other week for at least three months. And keep in mind that this device will work best if you have fair skin and dark hair, since the laser beam homes in on a contrast in pigment to disable follicles. Other complexions might need to book an appointment with their dermatologist instead to remove hair for good.
Baby Quasar Plus Light Therapy Device
“The Baby Quasar Plus increases blood flow and circulation to stimulate cell renewal while promoting the increase of collagen and elastin fibers for firmer and more glowing skin,” says Dr. Jaliman. While it won’t leave your friends whispering that you've had some major work done, it will leave skin subtly firmer and softly blur fine lines as collagen rebuilds.
Trophy Skin Microderm MD Diamond Peeling
OK, so you’re not Madonna and you don’t have $1200 to throw down on a microdermabraison treatment to keep your skin preternaturally youthful — but you can DIY a session anytime you’d like with an at-home take on the technology, which gently exfoliates skin’s outermost layer, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. “In five minutes, you can treat the entire face, neck, and chest,” says Dr. Jaliman, who touts this particular device for its auto-mode screen that guides you through each step. The end result: “Skin looks and feels softer and more hydrated.”
NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device
“Most people see great results with the NuFace device, which tones facial muscles, improves skin tone, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles,” says Dr. Jaliman. And the microcurrent gadget offers the perfect excuse to plow through your Netflix queue as you glide it over skin for 20 minutes a day, five days a week.
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