Some treatments don't live up to their lofty promises, but others really do deliver beautiful skin, shiny hair, or thicker lashes. These 10 pricey beauty products and treatments are worth every penny!
Fight Wrinkles at Home
There are many at-home LED light therapy devices now available, but one of the most powerful and effective is the Quasar MD. This handheld at-home device uses wavelengths of natural red and infrared light energy similar in strength to machines used by medical professionals. The light energy boosts blood flow for an instant glow, and also stimulates collagen production to help smooth wrinkles. You can use it for less than 15 minutes a treatment just two times a week to see results. $795; babyquasar.com.
Tighten Skin Sans Surgery
To firm sagging skin and erase age spots, laser rejuvenation can take years off your face without having to undergo surgery or injections. Yael Halaas M.D.; a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City, recommends the Affirm Laser because it uses MultiPlex technology that targets deep skin layers to help boost collagen production for firming, as well as pulsed light technology for dermal layers closer to skin’s surface to diminish redness and uneven pigmentation. Treatments start at $500; drhalaas.com.
Get Fuller Lashes without Mascara
If you want your lashes to be thicker and longer but don’t want to apply mascara every day, LashDip is an ideal solution. The cutting-edge treatment is like a creamier version of a lash tint that darkens and plumps lashes while lasting for about a month. Makeup artist and eyelash specialist Christian Zamora at the Courtney Akai Lash Boutique in New York City specializes in customizing the look by combining LashDip’s lash semi-permanent tinting with a few individual eyelash extensions to really make eyes pop. LashDip is $250 for the initial application along with a complimentary two-week touch up; CourtneyAkai.com.
DIY Facial Device for Healthy Skin
Cleansing your face is essential to remove dirt, makeup, and oil that can clog pores and lead to breakouts. The Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System takes cleansing even deeper with a soft mechanical brush that gently moves back and forth 300 times a second to eliminate debris much more efficiently than face wash alone. It’s also like a mini-massage because it stimulates circulation. It takes about a minute to use and works with all skin types. $195; available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and clarisonic.com.
Anti-Aging in a Bottle
Perricone MD's High Potency Evening Repair cream helps minimize fine lines and pores with a number of advanced ingredients. It uses DMAE, an organic compound that stimulates nerves and muscles for firmer skin and alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant to combat free-radicals that take their toll on your skin. The formula also has the highest amount of retinol available in over-the-counter cosmetics to help exfoliate dull skin cells for a more radiant complexion. $95 for 2 fl oz; perriconemd.com.
Heat-Activated Proteins for Frizz-Free Hair
If you want to slash styling time, boost shine, and eliminate frizz, try a Perfection Smooth Out by L’Oreal. This treatment uses a dryer to infuse the product’s heat-activated amino acid complex into hair’s shaft and follows with a flat iron to coat cuticles for healthier, shinier hair. Unlike Japanese straightening or Brazilian blowouts, which use harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, the Perfection Smooth Out is more of a conditioning treatment than a straightener, so it won’t leave hair pin-straight and washes out gradually over three months. Stylist Elena Evangelisga says treatments typically start at $350; PierreMichelBeauty.com.
Reverse Sun Damage with Serum
Based on science and years of research, DNA Total Repair is a facial serum from NEOVA that uses marine enzymes to help repair DNA damage from past sun exposure while using the power of antioxidants to help prevent future damage. $99 for 1.7 fl oz; nextderm.com.
Age-Proof Your Eyes
Our skin loses moisturizing hyaluronic acid as we age, which contributes to wrinkles—especially in the area around your eyes where the thin skin shows the first signs of aging. Wrinkle MD from University Medical helps hyaluronic acid penetrate skin in this delicate area more deeply than typical eye creams because it uses a gentle micro-current delivered through patches you apply near the area. $179 for the Deluxe Kit’s 60-day supply; universitymedical.com.
Healing Hair Therapy
Philip Kingsley is called the "hair doctor" for a reason: As the man who coined the term "bad hair day," he has worked with Hollywood legends such as Audrey Hepburn. Today, he helps keep the manes of starlets such as Kate Winslet and Renee Zellweger camera ready. He can help your hair, too, if you opt to splurge on a clinical consultation at a Philip Kingsley Clinic. Consultations with a trichologist (a.k.a. "hair scientist") last about an hour and start with you filling out a questionnaire on everything from general health to family history to lifestyle habits. Kingsley will then examine your scalp under a light with a magnifying glass, and prescribe a specific treatment, such as a scalp mask or his signature Elasticizer (deep conditioner) to add sheen. $275; philipkingsley.com.
Fuzz-Free Legs with Lasers
Laser hair removal frees you from shaving to simplify your beauty regime. It works because the laser uses heat to target dark hair and destroy the follicles without harming your skin. The ideal candidate has dark hair and light skin, since the difference in pigment color makes it easiest for the laser to detect. However, not all lasers are created equal. Dr. Halaas recommends going to a professional who uses the Elite laser, which is most effective for all skin types because it combines different wavelengths. Four to six treatments permanently kills hair follicles. Sessions cost about $600 for full-legs (you get cheaper rates with package deals); drhalaas.com. Another option to treat smaller areas, such as your underarms, or to do touchups if you’ve already had professional laser hair removal, is to try an at-home device such as the TRIA Hair Removal Laser. This model recently got an upgrade: It now has built-in skin sensors and covers more body area per charge so treatments take less time. $395; TRIABeauty.com.