ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION FaceGym Electrical Muscle Stimulation Mask
This well-established technology goes 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 the mask brilliantly firms up your 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. However, it’s worthwhile for visibly resculpting your jawline and cheekbones. This device is the new superstar 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, regular use (two to three times per week) will produce visible, long-term results.
DERMAPLANING Dermaflash Luxe Anti-Aging Exfoliating Device
Currently one of the most-asked-for in-clinic treatments, dermaplaning sees a medical-grade scalpel (in the steady hand of a medical professional) scrape off dead surface skin cells and any peach fuzz. The result is a dewy, glass-skin glow that no highlighter can replicate. This device brings the same skin-transforming technique safely into more amateur hands (those behind the brand have run dermaplaning clinics for more than 20 years) – and it is quite excellent. A little like dry-shaving your face, it feels a bit scratchy, but the instant results are amazing – even better, use a hyaluronic acid serum or mask directly after for extra absorption. And no, your hair doesn’t grow back darker or thicker.
LED DEVICES Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare; The Light Salon; Cellreturn
The most popular stars of the at-home regimen, these are fuss-free, pain-free, science-backed tools that require little more than regular charging. Using Nasa-approved technology (red light helps wound healing in space), my favorite three devices do everything from heal breakouts to boost healthy hair growth – and (coming soon) de-age over-washed, post-lockdown hands. At the risk of sounding like something out of a science-fiction movie, they are the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro; The Light Salon’s Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Décolletage Bib; and Cellreturn’s Premium LED Mask.
LA aesthetician Shani Darden uses red light to de-puff her morning face, while I use blue light to swiftly treat any random rashes or red reactive spots. For its famed collagen-boosting abilities, however, consistency is key (I saw a real change in skin texture after eight weeks), so use daily for up to three months on clean, bare skin.
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. The in-bathroom versions, however, are used more as delivery systems, rather than collagen stimulators, as they work more superficially. But what makes these two so good is that, unlike other home needling kits, you can’t overdo it – so your skin will be dewy and refreshed, not sore and reactive. With the ‘needles’ themselves actually made of hyaluronic acid and peptides, as you roll, they melt to ensure the potent ingredients are left in, not on, your skin. I use this once a week directly after my Dermaflash dermaplaning device – the perfect pre-party, glow-giving duo.
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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