Here, dermatologists and aestheticians lay down which new tools actually achieve results (and are worth the $$$, too).
The Explosion of Skin-Care Tech
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Forget new formulas and cool packaging: One of the latest trends in the beauty world is skin-care technology. In the past few years, there's been a proliferation of gadgets, devices, and tools to give you professional-level results in the comfort of your own home. (Related: Fancy At-Home Skin Care Devices That Really Work)
Still, it can be hard to sift through which ones are actually worth your money and will deliver on their promises of glowing, younger-looking skin. Here, top facialists and dermatologists recommend their favorite devices to improve skin's health, condition, texture, and tone.
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"I love the Foreo Iris, a device made specifically for your eye area. It uses little vibratory massages to help decrease puffiness. Hold it to your eye the way you would with a magnifying glass, making sure the Iris is aligned with the lower lid. It vibrates (which feels really good, BTW), plus the motion helps to stimulate the lymphatic system to drain puffiness and under-eye bags," says Mona Gohara, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University.
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Choose from seven treatments on the ZIIP Beauty app, and the device will send nano-currents into the skin to rev collagen and elastin production.
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ReVive Light Therapy Lip Care
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ReVive Light Therapy Lip Care focuses infrared light onto your mouth, promoting collagen growth for fuller, smoother lips.
Lancer Younger Revealing Magnetic Mask
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"The Lancer Younger Revealing Mask Intense features a magnetic removal tool with a retinoid-infused formula, which helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and increase cellular turnover. As the device passes over the skin, surface debris and dead, dull skin cells are lifted, along with any other impurities. Afterward, pat in any residual product rather than rinsing to maximize the anti-aging benefits," says Harold Lancer, M.D., a dermatologist in Beverly Hills.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro LED Face Mask
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Stacked Skincare Micro Roller
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"Dermarollers (aka microneedlers) are genius. Microneedling is a collagen-induction technique to create tiny 'injuries' to the skin. They create microscopic cuts, which then begin to heal right away—that's essentially the science behind microneedling. Clients who have used my microneedler ($50; available by request at her NYC salon), have been able to heal acne, minimize hyperpigmentation on the skin, and plump skin for overall skin nourishment and restoration," says Ildi Pekar, facialist and owner of Ildi Pekar Skin Care.
If you can't head to the NYC salon, try the Stacked Skincare Micro Roller, which has a needle size that's safe to use at home.
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Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1
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Sync custom routines from your phone to your Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1 device; the gentle yet powerful cleansing brush shrinks the appearance of pores, while interchangeable massage heads reduce puffiness and firm skin.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask
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"I was involved in the clinical trial for the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask and helped to get it FDA-approved, so I've seen firsthand that it really does work. It uses a combination of red and blue light therapy. Using this mask for just 10 minutes every day will significantly help both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne," says Z Paul Lorenc, M.D., a plastic surgeon in NYC.
More on the technology behind the mask here: Can At-Home Blue Light Devices Really Clear Acne?
Georgia Louise GloPulse
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Georgia Louise GloPulse (from NYC-based facialist Georgia Louise) uses galvanic current to boost circulation and soften the appearance of fine lines.
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"This is an at-home facial gadget for dermaplaning, a popular procedure I do in my office that gently exfoliates and removes all peach fuzz. I love the DermaFlash 2.0 because it helps my clients maintain results in between professional treatments. It's great for people that want to wax but can't because their skin is too sensitive, they are on retinoids, on acne medication, or just get breakouts after waxing—dermaplaning eliminates all of those problems. It's also a great tool to remove hair in between your laser hair-removal sessions," says Jordana Mattioli, a medical esthetician in New York City.
Marmur Metamorphosis MMSphere
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Take a selfie, then set your phone in the Marmur Metamorphosis MMSphere (part of Dr. Ellen Mamur's skincare line) for a customized LED session that includes yellow (to stimulate circulation), green (to rev collagen renewal), and blue (to kill acne bacteria) rays.
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