When money is scarce, you've got to pick and choose where to spend your beauty funds. Iinnovation in beauty and tech has brought out the coolest new gadgets, designed to mimic a trip to the dermatologist. These new at-home techno-contraptions are changing the future of personal grooming as we know it, but are they worth the splurge? Beautylish tested four devices out.
The New Acne Luminary
Mintel Market Research recently forecast the popularity of skin devices that harness light for 2012, and we’ve seen a ton of these new gadgets pop up on the market. Among a handful of these new, illuminating gizmos is the Tria. This pimple-preventing laser uses non-UV blue light—the kind from the dermatologist’s office— to target and eliminate bacteria and acne without affecting any other tissue.
Saggy Skin Be Gone
Microcurrent technology is one of the hottest tools used by professional aestheticians, and works to stimulate muscles underneath the skin that cause wrinkling and sagging. The FDA-approved NuFACE Trinity looks like an odd two-pronged metal zapper, but really treats the skin to a gentle buzz. We were shocked at the difference in our skin after a few weeks, but you really only see results with consistent application. The device doubles as a facial massage, so forego expensive treatments for your very own DIY facelift.
The Future's Bright
Hooray, long gone are the days of painful, messy teeth-whitening! The Tanda Pearl looks like a high-tech sports mouth guard, but it actually uses ionic technology to help whitening gel penetrate stains and enamel on a molecular level. Human translation? Lighter chompers without the pain and time spent in a dentist’s chair. After five days of treatment (two five-minute sessions per day), we saw noticeably whiter and brighter teeth without any sensitivity.
The Paragon of Pimple-Fighters
Clarisonic hit skin care gold with their sonic cleansing technology—this toothbrush for your face moves more than 300 times per second!—and they’ve recently launched a new system designed for acne. Their newest complexion-cleansing brush head features a gradated bristle system that effectively flushes clogged, irritated pores.