Skin

The 5 Beauty Tools That Can Transform Your Skin

Some of the world’s most popular in-clinic treatments can be done at home, thanks to a new generation of high-tech pro devices and skincare tools. NEWBY HANDS highlights the ones that bring the best of the clinic into your bathroom

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Using a skincare gadget as part of your beauty regimen could make all the difference when it comes to giving your complexion a healthy glow

ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION FaceGym Electrical Muscle Stimulation Mask and Eye Mask

This well-established technology works deep to clench and hold muscles to a degree not otherwise physically possible – as anyone who has experienced the famous EmSculpt in-clinic body treatment will know – and now, with these masks, you get the same effects for the face. Low on glamour but high on efficacy, it takes some getting used to (it can clench the jaw so hard you literally can’t move a muscle), so my advice is to start low and build up. But it’s worth it for visibly resculpting your jawline and cheekbones, while the gentler eye mask helps de-puff and relax screen-weary eyes. It’s easy to see why these are the new stars on the beauty block.

RADIO FREQUENCY TriPollar StopVx and Stop Eye

The gold standard in-clinic technology to tighten skin, radio frequency uses heat to create a controlled damage that the skin then repairs by producing new, fresh collagen – and hence a firmer skin texture. Non-invasive and with no downtime (it works in, not on, the skin), this device gives you the same technology, if a little dialed down, to use at home. Worked over the face, it feels warm to comfortably hot and is safe and simple to use. Best of all, it can also create short-term tightening, so it’s ideal pre-event, while consistent and regular use (two to three times per week) will produce visible, long-term results.

LED DEVICES MZ Skin; Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare; Cellreturn

The standout stars of our at-home regimen, these fuss-free, pain-free, science-backed devices require little more than regular charging. Using Nasa-approved technology (red light helps wound healing in space), they can now be used to treat breakouts, encourage healthy hair growth, stimulate collagen production and work on the face and body (and even aid sleep). But consistency is key: when I used the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare LED mask daily for three months, I saw a real change to the quality of my skin. My other favorites include MZ Skin LED 2.0, Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite BodyWare Pro, and Cellreturn’s Premium LED Mask.

MICRONEEDLING Sarah Chapman Skinesis Meso-Melt Infusion System; FaceGym Hyaluronic Roller Dissolving Microneedling Tool

Microneedling is another hugely popular in-spa and clinic treatment and, depending on who carries it out (an aesthetician or doctor), the needling will go deeper, creating micro-damage to stimulate more collagen for a better result. These in-bathroom versions, however, are used more as a delivery system, allowing products to be better absorbed, as they only work more superficially. But what makes these two so good is that, unlike other home needling kits, you can’t overdo it – so skin will be dewy and refreshed, not sore and reactive. With the ‘needles’ themselves actually made of hyaluronic acid and peptides, they dissolve as you roll to ensure the potent ingredients are left in, not on, your skin – it’s a great treatment to do the night before an event to give you glowing skin the following day.

COLD LASER Lyma Laser Starter Kit

In clinics around the world, hot lasers have long been used to resurface the skin, but this cold version gives similar benefits without burning. In fact, you feel absolutely nothing as you work the head over your skin and, because it’s cold, it can be used on all skin tones. Developed from light technology used to regenerate cartilage and tendons, this home device works on multiple layers, including the connective tissue and collagen. The only downside is that you have to be dedicated, ideally using it twice a day, for 15 minutes each time, for the first three months – then a couple of times a week to maintain results. But with no beeping, flashing lights or sensation of warmth, it’s not the most exciting device to use. My advice it to keep it by the TV remote and use it while watching Netflix. But stick with it, though, because the wins are absolutely worth the effort.

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