While invasive, in-office treatments used to be the only way to really achieve dramatic results in skin health and appearance, this is all changing, and it’s all thanks to technology.
Whether you are looking to fade wrinkles and dark spots, tighten loose skin or prevent acne breakouts, there is now a wide range of skin care devices that can help you to do all of this, and more.
Each year, these devices become more and more advanced, giving you professional quality results from the comfort of your own home.
Here are some of the newest and most exciting skin care devices that have been making their way into headlines lately:
LED Light Therapy Devices
LED light therapy is completely non-invasive, instead making use of different wavelengths, or colors, of light to treat the skin.
Think this sounds too good to be true?
It really does work…
The technology was initially developed to speed up the healing of wounds and scars post-surgery, but it wasn’t long before it was noticed that these same lights also brought about skin rejuvenating effects.
How does it do this?
When the LED lights penetrate into your skin, your skin receives this light energy and converts it into adenosine triphosphate, also known as ATP. This is the fuel that feeds your skin cells, enabling them to function in the best way possible.
In addition to rejuvenating the skin’s surface, LED light therapy can also trigger the fibroblast cells in the skin’s dermis layer to produce more collagen. This is one of the proteins that gives your skin its structure and firmness, which is why LED light therapy is so effective at minimizing the visible signs of aging.
Unlike many other skin care devices, LED light therapy devices can be used by all skin types and conditions, as it is totally safe for use on every part of the face, even around the eyes.
Thanks to the fact that this technology has been around for a while now, there are plenty of LED light therapy devices available on the market to choose from. These are usually designed to be used on each treatment area of the skin for five minutes at a time, three times a week, although this varies depending on the actual device that you choose.
Can’t decide on the best device for you?
Make sure that you pick one that emits a color that is suited to your skin. For example, red lights help with aging, sun damage and inflammation, while blue lights kill acne-causing bacteria and prevent future breakouts.
Electrical Eye Massagers
Electrical facial massagers are nothing new, but the high-tech eye massagers that have been hitting the market lately are definitely quite exciting…
Wondering why you can’t just use a facial massager around your eyes?
Because the skin around your eyes is up to ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, meaning that devices designed for the face will be far too harsh for use around the eyes.
Your eye area is also much more susceptible to wrinkles, making an eye massager especially useful.
Why is the eye area so vulnerable?
Well, in addition to being thinner, the skin around your eyes is pretty much constantly in motion, which leads to a faster development of expression lines, which then turn into deeper wrinkles.
So, how do these eye massagers actually work?
They make use of micro-current technology.
No idea what that is?
It uses low-level electrical currents to send electrical waves down into your skin, all the way to the muscles that lie deep within. This means that the device can trigger changes deep down in your skin, with one of its most noticeable effects being the way in which it can trigger your body to naturally produce more collagen and elastin.
Of course, that does take a few weeks before a visible effect is seen, but immediate results still include a plumper and more youthful complexion. This is all thanks to the way in which an eye massager smooths out the eye area and promotes lymphatic drainage, which therefore reduces puffiness and dark circles.
Wondering whether you can just massage your eye area with your fingers instead?
Yes you can, but an eye massager brings about added benefits…
Many of the devices out there feature both a finger-tapping mode as well as a pulsating mode, and both of these work together to stimulate the skin, boost blood flow, and minimize the visibility of fine lines.
Want even better results?
Use an eye massager after you have applied an eye serum or cream, preferably one that contains skin-soothing ingredients, such as green tea, aloe vera or chamomile. These all have anti-inflammatory properties that will boost the effects of your eye massager.
Microneedling is also referred to as skin needling, and is becoming an increasingly popular way to plump up the skin, leaving it with a brighter and more youthful appearance.
What exactly does microneedling consist of?
It makes use of tiny short needles, inserting these into the skin to create a series of miniscule punctures.
Why would you want to do this?
The micro-injuries that these needles create stimulate the skin to produce more collagen, which results in a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, as well as plumper skin. Although it does take some time for this increase in collagen production to become visibly apparent, there are immediate effects to microneedling, mostly in terms of a plumper and more vibrant complexion.
Another benefit to creating these micro-injuries is that any skin care product you apply afterwards will be able to penetrate into your skin so much easier, giving them the opportunity to really work to their full potential.
Since microneedling requires multiple sessions in order to be effective, an at-home microneedling device enables you to do this at your leisure, saving you so much time and money.
Wondering if these devices work in the same way as professional microneedling treatments?
They’re pretty similar!
However, in order to make sure that you don’t end up causing more harm than good to your skin, you need to pay attention to the size of the needles in the device that you buy.
Make sure that you don’t use needles larger than 0.3mm, as these would just damage your skin. Smaller needles, such as 0.1mm or 0.2mm, are great for increasing product absorption, while a slightly larger size, such as 0.25mm or 0.3mm will help to target wrinkles, dark spots and more.
How are these at-home microneedling devices used?
They are basically rolled over the skin, as this allows their needles to create their punctures. You definitely do need to follow the instructions that come with your device though, as these will tell you how long to roll the device over your skin for each time. Usually, it is less than two minutes, and anything more could cause damage.
UV and Pollution Scanners
Your skin faces so much damage from the environment, with two of the biggest culprits being UV rays from the sun and pollution.
What do both of these do to your skin?
Well, they both trigger the formation of free radicals, which are basically molecules that are missing an electron. In order to replace this missing electron, the free radicals attack nearby cells, stealing their electrons while causing deep damage, and then turning those cells into free radicals too.
As you can see, this vicious cycle can be difficult to stop.
While antioxidants are always useful when it comes to neutralizing free radicals, due to the way in which they contain extra electrons that they donate to free radicals, preventing this damage from occurring in the first place is always the best way to go.
Of course, knowing exactly how much sun and pollution your skin has come into contact with on a daily basis is near impossible, which is why UV and pollution skin scanners were created.
These scanners are tiny stickers that are designed to be placed onto a fingernail, and almost look like nail art. These strong adhesives will remain on your nail for up to two weeks, even while you are showering and swimming. Some versions will even last for a few months, making those stickers especially environmentally-friendly.
What about nail polish?
So long as your nail polish is dry, these stickers will adhere to the surface of your polish.
What do these stickers actually do?
They track the following:
The stickers then relay all of this information to a smartphone app, making it easy for you to see how much exposure your skin has had to the above.
Microdermabrasion is basically a form of physical exfoliation, making use of microcrystals to buff away the skin’s outermost layer.
How does microdermabrasion differ from the other forms of physical exfoliation?
It’s pretty much a more intense form of physical exfoliation, making it well-suited to those who have especially dry, rough or thick skin.
Not only does microdermabrasion clear away this top layer of skin cells, but it also stimulates your skin into producing more skin cells at a faster rate, which is why results are often seen faster with microdermabrasion.
This also means that microdermabrasion is an effective tool when it comes to treating hyperpigmentation, as well as scarring and acne.
When it comes to the various microdermabrasion devices out there, you have two main options:
- Crystal devices – these blast crystals across the surface of the skin to slough off dead skin cells, before sucking the crystals back through a different tube and into a disposal container
- Diamond devices – these make use of a synthetic diamond tip to slough off the dead skin cells, after which they are then sucked through a tube. These usually come in varying grades of roughness, and the one you choose should depend on your skin type, as well as the skin issues you are trying to treat
Which one is better?
They both have their pros and cons, but the diamond devices tend to be more widely appealing for the following reasons:
- The crystals used in crystal devices can sometimes lead to irritation, and are also messier
- The diamond devices are more comfortable, and are better suited for sensitive skin
- The diamond devices give you more options when it comes to how abrasive you want your treatment to be
- The diamond devices enable you to limit your treatment to specific areas of your skin
If you do decide to go for a diamond device, make sure that you choose one that makes use of a high quality diamond tip. These tips need to be replaced every once in a while, but the higher quality ones have the potential to last for several years.
One more thing to keep in mind when choosing a microdermabrasion device…
Make sure that you pay attention to the power of the suction tube. While the crystals or diamond tip are great for sloughing off dead skin cells, the suction tube is essential for immediately removing these from your skin. If you have a device with weak suction, this means that the dead skin cells that have been dislodged from your skin will end up sinking into your pores, leading to blockages, inflammation and breakouts.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t use a microdermabrasion device?
If you suffer from eczema, cystic acne or rosacea, or if you have any open wounds on your skin, you are best off speaking to your doctor before giving microdermabrasion a try.
Because, as mentioned above, microdermabrasion is an intense form of exfoliation, and if you suffer from one of those skin conditions, the treatment can often exacerbate your symptoms and make your skin worse.
While many of these skin care devices may seem like miracle workers, don’t forget that they are not designed to be used as stand-alone treatments. Instead, you should be incorporating them into a wider skin care routine, as this will bring about the very best results.