The Foundation: A Solid Skincare Regimen
Before delving into the world of at-home devices, it is important to establish a solid skincare routine. This includes diligent cleansing, using vitamin C or antioxidant treatments in the morning, reparative treatments at night, and ensuring proper moisturization and sun protection.
1. Low-Level Light Therapy Devices
My top choice and backed by the most data are low-level light devices also known as red light therapy. Red light can help treat wrinkles, redness, uneven pigmentation, acne, scars and so much more. These devices, used for ten-minute sessions every other day, harness the power of light to energize the skin. The benefits include enhanced collagen production, correction of pigmentation issues, and overall skin healing. My favorite brands are Omnilux and Celluma.
2. Facial Massage Devices
Facial massage tools aid in lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness, providing noticeable results within a shorter time frame compared to traditional methods. Choosing a non-irritating and customizable device is imperative, making Joanna Czech’s a standout choice. Theraface is another great option that has additional capabilities such as redlight and microcurrent.
3. Microcurrent Devices
Devices like NuFace and Ziip require the application of a conductive serum to tighten facial muscles through electric currents. While not proven for long-term benefit, these devices help lift and tighten facial muscles temporarily to help you look rejuvenated.
4. High Frequency Wands
High frequency wands claim to kill acne-causing bacteria. However, the effectiveness of these devices may be limited compared to larger LED lights. The ability to use such wands with personal skincare products is highlighted as a positive feature .
5. Mechanical Cleansers
While some devices incorporate vibration for improved blood flow, mechanical cleansing brushes can often cause irritation and are unnecessary. Stick to the old fashioned way using your hands and/or a washcloth.
The most important thing to remember is at-home devices should be introduced only after establishing a perfect skincare regimen. Additionally, be sure not to over do it. You do not need every single device, but picking and choosing what you feel will work into your life and routine can be beneficial to your skin.
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Meet the author: Heather D. Rogers, MD, founder of Doctor Rogers Skin Care, is a double-board certified dermatologic surgeon who sees patients full-time at her practice Modern Dermatology in Seattle, WA. She is a graduate of Stanford University, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed her dermatology residency and fellowships at Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan. These recommendations are not sponsored, but are the result of Dr. Heather D. Rogers, MD evidence-based research and extensive clinical experience.