Various beauty devices are gaining traction and visibility across social media and mainstream platforms. While certain devices prove effective in aiding skincare routines and may even serve as alternatives to dermatologist procedures, many others may fall short. For those considering the integration of smart beauty devices into their routine, exploring a selection of popular options can help ensure that the time and money invested yield valuable results.
5 smart beauty devices to use at home
Here are five beauty devices to consider adding to your routine to elevate your skincare regimen to the next level.
1. Microneedling tools
Microneedling is a procedure where very tiny (micro) channels are created in the uppermost layer of the skin. This form of microtrauma leads to the formation of new collagen. Over time, this cycle of creating repeated micro wounds and new collagen production leads to the formation of thicker and stronger skin. This not only gives a youthful appearance by a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles but also creates a strong and healthy skin barrier.
A recent study evaluated the effects of microneedling in women between the ages of 35 to 75. Researchers found that microneedling can improve skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles, and increase the uniformity of skin texture.
There are tons of microneedling devices to choose from today. With advancements in technology, some devices even allow you to deliver peptides and serums, enhancing their usefulness and effectiveness. Make sure you have a good quality device since you do not want to use a tool that could end up harming your skin even more.
Good quality microneedling tools are available at around $150–250. Avoid microneedling if you have active acne, infections, or any other skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
2. Red light therapy mask and panels
Red light therapy is based on the principle of photobiomodulation, which means a series of chemical responses take place within the cell when induced by low‐energy lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a specific wavelength.
There are various red light therapy devices available in the form of masks, haircaps, and whole-body panels. The benefits of red light therapy are believed to include a reduction in overall inflammation, a boost in collagen production, stimulation of hair growth, and beneficial changes in mitochondrial functionality.
Depending on the purpose and type of red light therapy device you choose, the prices vary, starting from approximately $300 for a mask to $3,000 for a whole body panel. Remember that not all devices available on the market are equal. Review the manufacturer and the device settings, like what wavelength of light is emitted, what intensity, and for what duration it has to be used before you decide to invest in it.
3. Microcurrent therapy device
There are multiple handheld devices that deliver targeted microcurrents for use over the face, upper arms, abs, buttocks, and thighs. Manufacturers of the device also claim that can reduce the wrinkled and dimpled appearance of skin over parts of the body other than the face.
According to a study, a group of 70 women underwent three sessions of microcurrent therapy and reported a visible reduction in wrinkles. Researchers reported that microcurrent helps in blood circulation and stimulates collagen production.
Microcurrent therapy is also believed to tone the underlying muscles, giving an overall tighter and more youthful appearance. However, the data on its efficacy and how it helps is limited.
The devices meant for use over the face and other body parts are marketed separately since the amount of microcurrent that can be delivered to different parts of the body differs. A good device can cost approximately between $250 and $400.
4. Intense pulse light hair removal device
IPL (intense pulse light) hair removal devices are another great tool to consider if you wish for long-term hair reduction at home. While they are not as powerful as laser hair removal, which can be achieved at the dermatologist’s office, IPL is a good option to consider.
It works by delivering light energy at a particular wavelength to the target, which is melanin present in the hair root. This light energy is then converted into heat energy, which gradually destroys the hair root. This, in turn, slows down the production of new hair growth over time. It can take anywhere between 4–12 weeks to achieve the desired results.
When you choose one, make sure it is FDA-cleared and is safe and effective. The risk of burns is present, so choosing one from a reputable brand is key. IPL hair removal devices are available for approximately $250–350.
5. Facial steamer
This is likely the simplest and most effective tool you can have at home. The benefits aren’t as pronounced as its predecessors, but it is a good tool for starting a beauty journey.
A facial steamer is essentially a device that generates a steady flow of steam in a controlled manner. Steaming the face is known to increase blood circulation and enhance the absorption of products.
The benefit of a facial steamer is that it can also be used for symptomatic relief when one has a runny nose during the flu season. Make sure you do not go overboard with facial steaming. Using it once a week is sufficient. A good facial steamer can cost around $50–150.
What to consider when integrating these devices into your skincare
While you might get lured by all the benefits various devices and tools offer, it can feel overwhelming to incorporate them into your routine and might get pricey as well.
For starters, choose a device that targets the skin concern that you are particular about and that seems within your budget. As you get comfortable, you will soon realize whether the need for an additional tool is required.
Also, using multiple devices that target the same concerns might not be very helpful. You do not want to shock the skin with too much. Most of the devices discussed above require their use once or twice a week and should be easy to incorporate into your routine.
It is always best to discuss with your dermatologist if you have any apprehension about a particular device or tool. Also, make sure no device is used over broken skin or if you have any active skin conditions.
Smart beauty devices have come a long way and have made achieving healthy, youthful skin within the comforts of one's home a reality. However, not all devices are created equal. Make sure you research the tool and the company before investing your time and money.
Are smart beauty devices safe to use for all skin types?
Most smart devices are manufactured with all skin types in mind. The efficacy might differ, and every tool should be assessed based on one’s individual skin type and concern.
Do home skin tightening devices work?
Devices meant to give a tightened appearance work in different ways. For example, microneedling stimulates collagen production, while microcurrent technology tones and smoothens muscles. All these can result in a skin-tightening effect.
Can I save money using smart devices at home?
It depends on the type of device you choose. Investing in a good quality device from a reputable brand can help you cut down visits to your dermatologist altogether, while some dupes might not deliver the results you are looking for.
Smart beauty devices are tools that help one achieve results similar to office-based procedures.
These tools can be used for skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, and various other anti-aging purposes.
Finding a reputable, science-backed device requires a little research to get the best results.
- Skin research and technology. Reverse skin aging signs by red light photobiomodulation.
- Life Science Journal. Consider of micro-current's effect to variation of facial wrinkle trend, randomized clinical trial study.
- Lasers in surgery and medicine. Light-based home-use devices for hair removal: why do they work and how effective they are?
- Rejuvenating facial massage--a bane or boon? International journal of dermatology.
- The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology. Safety and Effectiveness of an Automated Microneedling Device in Improving the Signs of Aging Skin.