Skincare devices are becoming more advanced and more mainstream- it can make us feel like we need it all! Before your bathroom starts to resemble Judy Jetson’s with the same futuristic expense, let’s discuss the basics so that you can make the best decisions for your skin.
We are seeing everything from microcurrent lifters, at home lasers, exfoliating machines and even dermal rollers that pierce the skin- one thing is for sure, devices are popping up everywhere and are here to stay!
Knowing which ones work vs which ones can do more harm than good is vital to keeping your skin healthy and radiant.
Let’s start with dermal rollers, one of the most affordable and potentially harmful devices for home use. The round roller is spiked with hundreds of small needles that pierce the skin and in theory, stimulate collagen by tricking the skin into thinking it has been injured while also allowing serum to penetrate more deeply.
While some people have great hygiene and don’t overuse the device, many introduce bacteria which causes and complications including breakouts and serious infections.
SEMI-PRECIOUS STONE ROLLERS
Next up are rollers made of semi-precious stones like Jade or Rose Quartz. These devices are very safe and offer a number of benefits including muscle stimulation, lymphatic drainage action, they cool the epidermal layer, assist in deeper penetration of serum and help to flush excess fluid from puffy under eyes and swollen faces. It is one of our go-to devices to use with your favorite serum anytime.
Tip: for morning use it cold to reduce puffiness and at night use it slightly warm to help your evening serum penetrate better.
Another device that we love and that really delivers measurable results when used regularly are lifting devices that tone and lift the facial muscles by stimulating with an effect and painless microcurrent. Think of it as a workout for your face.
We all know that daily exfoliation is important to keep skin clean while clearing the way so that your performance ingredients will penetrate and work deeply in the skin.
It is important to know your skin type and to use the proper head- nothing too harsh for sensitive or reactive skin.
People are very excited about at-home microdermabrasion devices and here we give you a word of caution, we have seen many of our clients come to us with sensitized, scarred, or hyperpigmented skin from the overuse of an at home microderm device. They can be quite addictive and very easily overused so please remember eazy-does-it and if you have any questions always ask your esthetician or dermatologist...
Lasers and light therapy have become safe and effective enough for home skin care. Lasers can do everything from permanent hair removal to softening of fine lines. The trick is to use the right laser and before you buy, talk to your esthetician or your dermatologist. RT*M and always follow the directions. You never want overuse and burn or sensitize your skin.
Light therapy is one of the most exciting new treatments that has entered the bathroom, they are very affordable and used to treat anything up from lack of firmness too dark spot to active breakouts.
LED, or Light Emitting Diode therapy, has been around for decades but it is finally hitting the mainstream in handheld wands for spot treatments and full on masks that look like they walked out of a scary movie for full face, neck and chest treatments.
"When used consistently, over time, LED lights are thought to penetrate your skin at different depths and cause various reactions in your skin, such as fighting acne-causing bacteria, plumping skin and reducing wrinkles," says Los Angeles-based dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu, who tells me that the most common LED lights for skin care are blue and red, though pink and white exist as well. "Blue light kills bacteria that causes acne and red stimulates collagen production and helps speed skin's natural healing process," she explains.
Buyer beware, you get what you pay for with at-home LED devices- some “affordable” versions are just colored light and do not penetrate so, be sure to do your homework and chat with your Esthetician before purchasing.
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