Want the effects of a great facial without having to actually go to a spa? Use one (or all) of these at-home beauty gadgets, and you can. Granted, the tranquil setting of soothing music, scented candles and heated towels — not to mention a pampering massage — doesn’t come with them. But, then, neither does the hefty price tag of a spa treatment.
is a nifty little device that offers a less-invasive (and pain-free!) alternative to Botox injections via hyaluronic acid patches that, once attached to an Activator Pod and placed on the face, infuse a whopping dose of hyaluronic acid (the same wrinkle-filling ingredient that dermatologists use) beneath the skin’s surface. After just a few 40-minute sessions, skin appears plumped and refreshed, and fine lines are diminished. $129, www.universitymedical.com
provides a combination of infrared and LED light therapies that claim to penetrate the skin on two different levels to enhance skin texture, increase collagen production and reduce pore size. Use twice a day for five minutes each and you’ll see a noticeable improvement in fine lines and sport a more vibrant complexion that appears virtually pore-free. $300, www.ansr.com
removes up to six times the makeup and twice the amount of dirt and oil that a good ol’ hands-on-face washing does. It cleans out the pores more effectively (making them less visible) and allows for better absorption of all those expensive serums and creams you slather on every night. This particular version of the Clarisonic comes with the added bonus of a body brush, which, with regular use, purports to provide firmer skin and fewer rough patches on the body. It’s also a great prep for self-tanners. $225, www.clarisonic.com