The current economic slowdown has turned many from the spas and to their own homes to find effective beauty treatments for a fraction of the price. But do these home models really offer comparable results? We have 10 of the most popular at-home cosmetic devices listed below, as well as comparable professional cosmetic treatments that might provide bigger benefits for the money.
Lancome Ocillation Power Foundation
The Lancome Ocillation Power Foundation offers a mess-free mineral foundation that is applied using a vibrating sponge applicator. Your skin receives just the right amount of coverage, without foundation dripping on your clothing or bathroom counter.
Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System
The Opal offers a unique anti-aging solution that focuses less on the topical product as on the way it is applied to the skin. This device uses gentle sonic action to massage the anti-aging sea serum into the outer layers of the epidermis. With the help of this device, the serum is more readily penetrated to get to the areas of the skin that require the most treatment.
Nutra Luxe LIPO Reduction Anti-Cellulite Body Shaping Massager
For those who want to say goodbye to the unsightly cottage cheese appearance of cellulite, the Nutra Luxe massager claims to diminish cellulite in just four to six weeks. The device uses deep tissue infrared massage technology to burn fat and improve body contouring. However, many cosmetic procedures are now available for reducing the appearance of cellulite and most offer more dramatic results than a home treatment can promise.
Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment
This device uses powerful light-emitting diodes to deliver clinical doses of light to acne prone skin. The device has been approved by the FDA and claims to kill p. acnes bacteria that lead to acne breakouts. While the device was approved for mild to moderate acne, more severe cases can be treated more effectively at a medspa or aesthetic clinic, using technology that has been proven to diminish the appearance of acne and prevent further breakouts.
Quasar light therapy can be used as an anti-aging by stimulating collagen production and promoting elasticity in the skin. As an acne treatment, quasar light therapy is effective in killing p. acnes bacteria that lead to acne breakouts. While the Baby Quasar may be useful in treating mild symptoms of aging or acne, clinical procedures offer better, longer-lasting results.
Perricone MD Light Renewal
Dr. Perricone has been notorious for his advocacy of LED light therapy as an effective anti-aging treatment. This device is similar to the Baby Quasar in terms of the light it emits and the results it can achieve. The difference is in the name – and the price, with Perricone's version coming in a little cheaper than the Baby Quasar model.
Vector Personal Electrolysis Hair Removal System
Home electrolysis devices offer the ability to remove unwanted body hair from the comfort and privacy of home. This Vector model goes for about $200 and includes the electrolysis machine with a foot pedal for easier control and precision. Because electrolysis does have some risk and discomfort associated with it, professional procedures are usually advised over home treatment. Professional sessions usually result in permanent hair removal, while home treatments tend to require repeat sessions to maintain desired results. For larger areas of the body, laser hair removal is the far more practical solution.
Mini Photorejuvenation and Ion Therapy Device
Light therapy has become a popular method for skin rejuvenation today, offering sufficient results with non-invasive treatments and no downtime afterward. This home device sells for just over $100 and promises to improve skin elasticity and promote collagen production. While you might see minimal results with this sort of device, the results achieved at a professional office with a treatment like IPL Photofacial will typically be more dramatic and long-lasting.
Clarisonic Skin Care Brush Kit
Clarisonic is back on our list, with this exfoliation treatment designed to remove dead, dry skin cells, leaving softer, smoother skin underneath. The device uses a brush with four power levels and three skin care formulas, allowing users to customize treatment to their specific needs. While this device may provide effective daily exfoliation, deeper treatments can be done in a professional's office, with results that are more dramatic and last much longer.
The NuFace Device claims to rehabilitate and firm facial muscles through micro currents that gently massage the surface of the skin. Benefits include improved circulation, increased cell turnover, and a younger complexion. The device comes with optimizing mist, conductive gel and an instructional DVD.
There are many good home beauty products on the market today, but few offer the same benefits and results as professional treatments. If you are looking for cosmetic solutions to specific skin care concerns, check the listings at Healthy Skin Portal for a licensed skin care specialist in your area.