Go Gadget Go: The Woman’s Guide to High-Tech Beauty Tools
By Erin Donnelly
Like Samantha on “Sex and the City,” you know a thing or two about, ahem, power tools. Let’s just say that this isn’t your first time to The Sharper Image, okay? But anyone can feel out of their league when they hit their favorite beauty counter and see futuristic-looking battery-operated gizmos displayed next to perfume bottles and lipstick cases. You suddenly feel like you’ve been teleported to an episode of “The Jetsons,” and you’re not sure what does what, why it’s beeping, and whether you really want to trust an intimidating machine to clean your pores. Help!
What It Does: Smoothes wrinkles, firms the skin, and boosts radiance
The Science Behind It: LED technology
How It Works: This wand is meant to be held over targeted areas for nine minutes at a time, four to five days a week. Skin should look younger and smoother after about eight weeks. Marvel-Mini also makes wands to target acne and hyperpigmentation. Ain’t science grand?
Cost: $207 on sale
Bottom Line: Big results, provided you can keep up with the regimen
Zeno Pro Acne Clearing Device
What It Does: Zaps zits in as little as 24 hours.
The Science Behind It: Heat energy
How It Works: Hold the battery-operated device up to the pimple for two and a half minutes to release a concentrated dose of heat. Pimples are said to vanish after two treatments spread over a 24-hour period. Hey, it beats popping.
Cost: $139.95 on sale
Bottom Line: A good quick fix for treating one-off outbreaks.
What It Does: Firms skin while working its magic on pores, age spots, and fine lines
The Science Behind It: A massaging attachment and “rejuvenating puffs” that exfoliate the skin
How It Works: Similar to an at-home microdermabrasion, this vibrating wand lightly buffs the skin to stimulate circulation and cell growth. A dermatologist clinical study revealed that 91% of testers saw instant benefits.
Bottom Line: An affordable alternative to facials.
What It Does: Buffs and cleans the face, clears and shrinks pores, and leaves you with skin that’s softer than a baby’s behind
The Science Behind It: Oscillating bristles
How It Works: After wetting the face and applying cleanser, turn on the waterproof brush and massage it into the skin using a circular motion; it’s similar to brushing your teeth. The vibrating wand helps the cleanser penetrate deep into the pores while smoothing the skin’s surface.
Bottom Line: Great for achieving soft skin, though sensitive types will want to be careful to avoid irritation.
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