Resident Beauty Belle Hayley Sparkes has been trying out the best new beauty gadgets on the market. From a high tech spot-zapping machine to a futuristic steam pod hair styler, find out what happened when she put them to the test.
PMD Personal Microderm
I'm always so impressed by the salon results of microdermabrasion that I keep going back for more. But though my skin feels baby soft and really glows, the downside is that the treatments can be quite expensive.
The PMD Personal Microderm device, which you can use from the comfort of your own home, uses a vacuum suction and a rotating aluminium oxide crystal disc to exfoliate dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, stimulating blood flow in the skin to increase collagen production. Benefits include a diminished appearance of fine-lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, age spots, enlarged pores and an overall improvement in skin tone and texture.
I've often struggled to achieve a nice smooth finish when blow drying at home thanks to my naturally frizzy hair, so I genuinely wish I'd discovered the new Parlux 385 Power Light Hairdryer sooner. Powerful, light and eco friendly, it has a built in-silencer and ceramic and ionic technology means to help hair maintain it's moisture. Plus, it's also available in six colours, which makes it hard to decide which one to choose.
Though I find it hard to live without them, I do worry about the damage ceramic straightners may be causing my hair. L'Oreal’s latest invention, the Steam Pod, offers a creative new way to style your hair through the power of steam: your hair is nourished and protected whilst you achieve the style you want with a continuous steam flow which is also suitable for afro har.
Unlike ceramic straightners which can sometimes leave hair looking a bit too flat and even crispy the Steam Pod plates don’t clamp tightly together so the finished look is much more natural. The way forward!
New pain-free anti-ageing treatement the Oxyjet EVO2 system has been described as the needle-free alternative to Botox for its power to smooth skin and fight wrinkles. The system uses pure oxygen to stimulate cell renewal in the deep epidermal layers, plumping up and smoothing skin so that it looks younger, fresher and revitalised.
When you first open the kit it can look a bit overwhelming, but it comes with an instructional booklet and CD, and once mastered it is well worth the effort. This is a very high-tech and expensive system, but worth considering if you're looking to achieve professional results at home.
There's a new gadget on the market called no!no! SKIN which has been created to come to the rescue those annoying breakout situations. no!no! SKIN helps speed up the healing process of breakouts using therapeutic waves of light and heat energy (LHE®) which are gently pulsed deep into your skin, killing off the bacteria that creates nasty blemishes, reducing redness and soothing any soreness. Certainly worth a try if you're an acne sufferer, and a great alternative to harsher treatments.
The Clarisonic is a really clever device which cleanses your skin so deeply you feel as though you have just had a professional facial, using sonic technology to gently yet effectively loosen dirt, sebum and help tighten your pores appearances. It's also totally waterproof so you can use it in the shower and just recharge when needed. After trying out the Clarisonic, I realised I never want to be without it.
Medik8 Titanium DermaRoller for Home Use
I've been reading a lot of positive reports about the many benefits of micro-needling, so was very excited to try the Medik8 DermaRoller kit which allows you to try out this new treatment in the comfort of your own home.
According to Medik8 micro-needling can help to restore a healthy-looking complexion, stimulate natural collagen formation to reduce the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles, and encourage cell repair pathways to improve the appearance of scars, especially indented acne scars.
When you first apply the roller to the skin it does feel a bit strange and afterwards you may experience a slight stinging sensation and some redness, but for me it didn’t last long and afterwards my skin felt instantly plumped up and tightened. The DermaRoller can also be used on the body to help the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, so it’s certainly going to get a lot of use from me!