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!

Calm down. This handy guide will give you the details on the most popular high-tech beauty gadgets on the market right now: what it does, how to use it, you name it—no chemistry degree required.Marvel-Mini Red Facial Light Therapy for Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Marvel-Mini Red Facial Light Therapy for Fine Lines and Wrinkles

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

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.


Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator: The Anti-Aging Power TreatmentNeutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator The Anti-Aging Power Treatment

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.

Cost: $64.50

Bottom Line: An affordable alternative to facials.


Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing SystemClarisonic Skin Care Brush System

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.

Cost: $195

Bottom Line: Great for achieving soft skin, though sensitive types will want to be careful to avoid irritation.

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