04. 30. 2011
Buying Guide: Skincare beauty gadgets
There have been a lot of new developments in technology beauty gadgets over the last few years. The products are increasingly more accessible and easy to use, so it's no surprise that more customers want to try them for themselves at home instead of paying to get procedures at spas and skincare specialists.
Here at Popgadget we'll be focusing on some of the newest and most popular beauty gadgets on the market, from those that tone your stomach to the products that get rid of pimples.
This week we'll be looking at some of the best products for skincare, particularly focusing on those designed to exfoliate, get rid of acne and even out your skin-tone.
Zeno Heat Treat
One of the latest products from skincare company Zeno, the Heat Treat is a system which aims to keep skin clear from acne by getting rid of blemishes as well as preventing new ones from appearing.
It consists of a device and a cleanser, the device heats up (hence the name) and gently vibrates to work the accompanying cleanser into the skin as thoroughly as possible. Zeno claims that the system can kill 99.9% of acne bacteria in just one hour, so the focus seems to be on intense cleaning, heat and exfoliation to really clean the skin, whereas some of the other products later down our list use different kinds of light technology.
On the whole the product is very easy to use and does provide great moisturization and exfoliation. Most reviews claim it does reduce the size of spots, but doesn't eradicate them completely.
A great product if you're looking for a compact beauty gadget that really cleans and exfoliates your skin. But, don't expect miracles as it's on the cheaper end of the scale.
Available from $39.99.
The no!no!Skin device has been called the "emergency pimple care that can be taken anywhere", so it's clear the company are keen to shout about how small and easy-to-use the device is.
The no!no!Skin uses light and heat Energy (LHE) technology, so you target a problem area then simply place the device onto your face, push it and wait for the pulses to begin.
It claims to clear 81% of acne in less than 24 hours and reviews suggest that it does reduce the appearance of problem blemishes, yet the results are at times a little insignificant. It would seem this is a good product if it's used alongside a thorough skincare routine designed for someone with acne, but isn't to be solely relied on to calm your face down when you're suffering from a breakout.
Available from the no!no!Skin website. Sign up for a free trial and to get a quote.
Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System
The Clarisonic Mia is one of the newest devices from Clarisonic, one of the most well-known brands for providing skincare solutions that on the whole deliver promising results.
The Mia is the smallest of all the other devices from Clarisonic and only has one speed setting, yet manages to provide 300 movements per second to give you a very deep, thorough clean and remove much more make-up and grime than any other method could.
It's considered to be one of the best beauty gadgets on the market, delivering smoother skin, reducing the appearance of pores and helping your own skin products work better.
We love this limited edition Mia "Hope" which makes a donation to Look Good Feel Better, a charitable organization which aims to help women who have cancer feel themselves again.
Available from $149.
Baby Quasar Baby Blue
Baby Quasar's acne treating product, the Baby Blue is specially designed to reduce the redness of blemishes and prevent new ones from appearing.
This is another device that uses special light technology in order to kill the bacteria that goes on to make blemishes. Most of the online reviewers have been using the Baby Blue alongside the original Baby Quasar device, which is designed to enhance circulation, stimulate collagen production and healing. I can see how both products used in conjunction would yield good results, but at over $300 each these devices are a little pricey.
Available from $349.
The ANSR Beam is another device that uses light technology. This device stands out as it has two light treatments in one device, the red light for anti-aging and the blue light for acne.
Like the other products, the acne side kills acne causing bacteria but with the added benefit of an anti-aging side, which reduces wrinkles and pore size. It's had a lot of promising online reviews, but it certainly seems like a system you need to stick with in order to see the best results.
It's one of the cheaper light technology gadgets despite the fact it provides treatment for wrinkles and blemishes too.
Available from $148.
It seems that most of the products do give users some pleasing results, but remember that if you're using a beauty device at home you shouldn't expect miracles.
You should also make sure you read the instructions of devices before you use them, we haven't come across any horror stories, but the light technology needs to be used carefully because it's pretty powerful.