It occurred to me recently that my vanity is crowded not only with makeup, nail polish, curling irons, and various skin creams, but also quite a few items that can be reasonably categorized as technology. It also occurred to me that I love not having to go to a spa to use these devices. That’s exactly how lazy I am: going to a spa is even too much work. Luckily, if you throw a little money at the situation (though less than it would likely cost for a few spa treatments), you, too, can use these treatments in the comfort of your own home. Here are my tried and true beauty technologies. Note: when my husband looked at this post, he said: “They all look like pain machines.” I promise only one of them hurts (only just a little).
1. NuFace—I (very begrudgingly) trekked across town to San Francisco’s Union Square area in the midst of the parking and traffic nightmare that is the Oracle conference for a demo of NuFace ($296). I was, to say the least, skeptical that the trip would be worth the trouble. At the spa in the SOMA Grand Hotel (where you can get the treatment), a woman slathered gel onto my face and glided the device across the right side. It was painless, which increased my skepticism. Then she then held up a mirror. There was no denying it: The treated side of my face was tighter and lifted. End skepticism! I’ve used it almost daily (when I remember and have time) ever since. It’s not dramatic, like face-lift dramatic, but after watching the Oscars I think we can all agree that those should be outlawed.
2. No! No! Hair Remover— If you use this properly it works great ($270). Don’t cover the same area too many times. You can burn your skin that way. Learn from my mistakes.
3. No! No! Skin—If you have a large blemish that you feel you really must do something about, this light and heat device ($180) is a much better choice than the alternatives (of which we will not speak). It’s painless, and it reduces inflammation and makes that evil disappear faster than it would on it’s own. Check out my review of it on Gizmodo. And it could prevent you from doing things you might regret.
4. Remington iLight Pro—I’m not gonna lie, this is the only device ($172, on sale!) on my list that hurts. It feels like someone is snapping a rubber band on your skin. But it has 6 intensity levels, so you can turn it up and down to try to find a comfort level. Apparently the darker your hair, the more it will hurt. But, it works! Read this review I wrote a while back.
Note: All of these devices were gifted to me. And they happen to really work.