I’ve never had any work done – (say what?!!). Yes, you can still make that claim, and get away with it, by taking advantage of the latest in at home skin care.
While not exactly the same as your local aesthetician or laser center, quantum leaps have been made in leveling the field. So whether your budget won’t ‘budge’, or your schedule won’t permit, sometimes the mountain must come to Muhammad.
illuMask Phototherapy Mask
Try using the Illumask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask in lieu of a fotofacial.This device uses red light therapy to penetrate the innermost layers of skin to boost the natural production of the good stuff – collagen and elastin (both of which are needed for tight, smooth, youthful skin).
Red light skin therapy is known to help even the skin tone, and reduce fine lines and the appearance of wrinkles. The illuMask is the most cost effective version for home use and it actually works!
You wear it like a mask and just chill out for 15 minutes each time and, when used daily, you’ll start to see results in as little as two weeks. The light feels warm and it’s actually quite soothing. Afterwards your face looks flushed as if you had a really good workout session in the morning.
I love it, and for only $29.99, each mask comes with 30 sessions, it’s certainly a feasible option for those of you who don’t have the time or inclination to go through an office IPL procedure.
Baby Quasar Clear Rayz
The Baby Quasar Clear Rayz can be used instead of a facial in a pinch. This device uses a blue light & red light combination to prevent acne and minor breakouts.
The blue light kills bacteria that causes inflammatory acne and the red light reduces inflamed areas by preventing new acne. It takes 20 minutes to treat your whole face or 7 1/2 minutes for spot treatments.
You rotate treatments between the red light and blue light therapy for best results. You can score one of these baby’s for $249 and it basically lasts forever.
PMD Personal Microderm Unit
Microdermabrasion is a procedure where tiny microcrystals are sprayed onto your skin to clean out your pores and get rid of the nasty dry skin on top. I highly recommend this procedure and do it at least once a month at my aestheticians office for $65 and I’ve seen it offered for up to $95 at some places. This is why the PMD Personal Microderm Unit excites me so much.
The PMD Personal Microderm Unit uses the same Aluminum Oxide crystals as professional microdermabrasion units except, instead of spraying them on your skin they are glued to exfoliating discs. You can change the discs from Ultra Sensitive, Very Sensitive, Sensitive, Moderate or to a larger sized body exfoliating disc.
As you power the unit over your skin, a soft vacuum suction removes the dead skin, increasing the blood flow and stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. After you use it you’ll definitely notice a dewier complexion.
Nuface Mini Facial Toning Device
The NuFACE Mini Facial Toning Device brings the benefits of microcurrent facial therapy to your own home. Microcurrent facial therapy delivers a low electrical current to your skin, stimulating your facial muscles and causing an automatic lift as well as promoting the growth of new collagen and elastin for long-term skin tightening and smoothness.
I swear by this treatment and am looking forward to posting an article on the whole procedure in the next couple of weeks.
The procedure involves pushing metal probes across your face leaving a slightly metallic taste in your mouth. The results are unbelievable, my skin literally looks a good 10 years younger when I leave and the effect lasts for a couple of week.
Each treatment costs $85 but now you can enjoy the benefits in your own home with the NuFACE Mini Facial Toning Device at just $199!
Remington i-Light Pro Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal System in lieu of LHR
The Remington IPL6000USA i-Light Pro Hair Removal System uses proprietary ProPulse technology which uses light energy to heat the dark hair follicle, permanently removing it. It takes three treatments every two weeks for results that are similar to that of the office procedure.
The unit costs $249 and comes with a 1,500 flash cartridge which is the equivalent of two or three full body treatments (underarms, lower legs and bikini area).
Obviously, these products aren’t as hard core as getting them done by a professional, however, if you’re short on time, have good discipline, and want to save a few bucks, any or all of these options can be good for you!