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Want to get the most of your at-home beauty routine? Kick your regimen into high gear with these high tech beauty boosters that promise to zap, brush, buff and spray your skin to poreless perfection.
|The problem: Mild to moderate acne
The solution: ThermaClear Acne Clearing device
The scoop: This handy device delivers a 2-second pulse of heat directly to those pesky pimples, neutralizing acne-causing bacteria and speeding up the healing process. The technology is similar to laser treatment therapy used by dermatologists to treat acne.
The results: Pimples treated with ThermaClear heal four times faster than those unlucky enough not to be zapped. In fact, more often than not it will clear within 24 hours. And because the device also treats pimples below the skin’s surface, breakouts will quickly become a thing of the past.
The 411: $194. Available at Sephora locations across Canada and at www.sephora.com
|The problem: Lines and wrinkles
The solution: Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Starter Kit
The scoop: Talk about light years ahead. The Tända Regenerate combines light therapy and specially formulated topicals to ward off the visible signs of aging. When pressed to the skin, the device lights up to provide a 660 nm red light LED treatment similar to those used by professional dermatologists.
The results: This high tech gadget promises to improve skin texture, color and tone while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within 30 days of use. How quickly you see results will vary depending on age, skin type and level of photo and environmental damage.
The 411: $250. Available at Sephora locations across Canada and at www.sephora.com
|The problem: Acne prone skin and skincare confusion
The solution: Normaderm online skin diagnostic tool
The scoop: No matter how much money you spend on lotions, potions and high tech tools of the trade, none of it will do you any good if you don’t understand your own skin and its needs. Enter Vichy and its genius online diagnostic tool for its Normaderm skincare line for acne prone skin. Click “Diagnose My Skin” to complete an interactive skincare questionnaire that not only highlights specific problems for specific areas of your face, it gives you visual comparisons to make sure you get it right.
The results: Walk away with a better understanding of your skin and its needs (priceless!) plus the site will recommend Normaderm products too address your concerns, from breakouts and blackheads to sensitivity and proper cleansing.
The 411: www.normaderm.ca
|The problem: Blackheads and rough skin surface
The solution: Clarisonic Skincare Brush
The scoop: If your skin is craving the same deep clean your teeth get from an electric toothbrush, you’ll flip for the Clarisonic Skincare Brush, a professional-grade skincare brush by the makers of Sonicare. Available in white or pink (available exclusively at Sephora) this nifty little brush uses sonic frequency to gently buff skin clean at more than 300 times per second. It sounds intense but the brush is suitable for all skin types — in fact it’s gentle enough for people with rosacea and sebborheic dermatitis. One caveat: the brush head should be replaced once every three months for best results.
The results: Not only does the Clarisonic Skincare Brush remove makeup six times faster than your average cleanser, it gets rid of blackheads, helps reduce the appearance of pores and generally give you smoother, healthier looking skin. Not to mention that by deep cleaning your skin, your favourite serums and moisturizers have a better shot at absorption.
The 411: $237. Available at Sephora locations across Canada and at www.sephora.com
|The problem: Unwanted body hair
The solution: Silk’n SensEpil
The scoop: The Silk’n SensEpil uses Home Pulsed Light technology to safely and quickly remove unwanted body hair with results comparable to professional laser hair removal at a fraction of the cost. It is designed for use on legs, arms, underarms and bikini lines, but is not recommended for use on the face or for darker skin complexions.
The results: After just two to four treatments, 80% of users experienced a noticeable reduction in hair after 3 months.
The 411: $499. www.silkn.com.