Over the last few years, the market has become saturated with at-home skincare devices that promise to address an array of issues from red light therapy for wrinkles to blue light therapy acne. But how effective and safe are these devices? If you're going to invest the money in one or several of these miracle machines, it is reasonable to expect in-office results? We asked experts to weigh in the good and bad about these devices and provided a list of some devices that have everyone talking.
"This device combines both ultrasound and radiofrequency treatments to treat sagging skin or a slack jawline," Dr. David E. Bank, founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetology & Laser Surgery says. "It is FDA-cleared for facial stimulation. The microcurrent device works by 'reeducating' and strengthening facial muscles with small amounts of electric current."
NuFace Mini ($199); NuFace Trinity with Facial Trainer ($325)
DermaConcepts Light Effect
"This is a personal use Photo Therapy LED device that provides medical grade, clinical level treatment to reduce the look of wrinkles in the periorbital area (the delicate area around the eye)," Bank says. "Developed by NASA scientist, Don Feak, this FDA-cleared device harnesses the power of in office ultra-narrow spectral bandwidth high intensity red and infrared light to gently and safely target the signs of aging for at home use. Light Effects™ utilizes high intensity red and infrared light identical to the spectral wavelengths and power levels as large professional, in-office LED units. Both settings – red and infrared – provide mitochondrial stimulation to encourage collagen production for a smoother and firmer appearance."
DermaConcepts Light Effect ($299)
TEI Spa Oxyderm High Frequency Facial Tool
Great to use at home or travel, this product reduces inflammation while deep cleaning skin, helping to eliminate acne and bacteria, and promoting glowing skin. Chavie recommends this one, as well as the TEI Spa Portable Oxygen Mister or Facial Steamer.
TEI Spa Oxyderm High Frequency Facial Tool ($100)
This one device offers red light LED, blue light LED, and ultrasound to target wrinkles, acne, and sagging skin — a solid option for women and men who are concerned with more than one skin issue. In clinical trials, 60 participants reportedly noticed improvements in skin firmness, forehead and facial lines and wrinkles, and the overall improvement in the appearance of the skin in 12 weeks.
Truth Vitality ($279)
Baby Quasar Clear Rayz for Acne
Quasar offers several anti-aging and acne devices at different price points. Quasar MD Plus is the powerhouse product that featured red, amber, and infrared wavelengths to stimulate the production of collagen and reach a wide area of the face at one time. Quasar Baby Plus has all the benefits of its bigger sister, but with a smaller head to target specific areas of the face. Quasar MD Blue using blue light LED to kill acne bacteria. Quasar Baby Blue performs the same function but with a smaller head. And Quasar Clear Rayz is a double-sided device that contains both red and blue light LEDs to banish acne bacteria and reduce inflammation.
Baby Quasar Clear Rayz for Acne ($249)
Tria Age-Defying Laser
Tria's at-home laser device claims to use the same technology as the in-office treatment known as fractional non-ablative laser treatments to speed up collagen and elastin production below the skin's surface, resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin
Tria Age-Defying Laser ($495)