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Holy Grail Beauty Tools of the 21st Century - the Modern Way to a More Beautiful and Flawless Appearance

Updated on October 17, 2014

Skin care has come a long way since vintage cold creams and complexion soaps. With gadgets galore at our finger tips, we can now take our beauty regimen to the next level.

Such tools enable us to exfoliate more effectively, to stimulate better collagen production leading to younger, firmer skin and also to improve the effectiveness of our favourite skincare products. The future has never looked so fabulous!

Once upon a time, high-end treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL) were only available in specialist clinics and salons but now you can enjoy such luxury in the comfort of your own home. This luxury comes at a price of course; some affordable, some not so.

On the plus side however, such beauty devices will inevitably drop in price over time, just like the rest of modern technology. Even if you can't afford to buy some of these devices now, you should be able to, sometime in the future.

Let’s take a look at what’s out there…


This skincare gadget has taken the beauty business by storm. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Clarisonic, it is an electronic cleansing brush (similar to an electric toothbrush) used to cleanse and exfoliate the face and body. It is safe to use every day and is 6 times more effective than manual cleansing, according to the manufacturers website.

No need for harsh scrubs or chemical exfoliators either – the device will do all the elbow grease for you! It will even tell you when to move the device over different parts of your skin (no wonder it is recommended by spas and Dermatologists worldwide).

Due to the Clarisonic’s extreme cleansing abilities, skincare products are allowed to penetrate deeper into the epidermis - making moisturisers and serums more effective than before. Over a period of time, this improves and refines the skin; diminishing fine lines and large pores. Doesn’t it sound amazing?

MakeupAlley rating: 4.4 out of 5 (864 Reviews) 82% Would buy the product again

U/V Gel Nail Lamp

If you have ever had gel nails done at the salon, you will know how brilliant it is for well groomed, manicured hands. It is so much better than ordinary varnish because your colour will stay chip free and vibrant for weeks. Your manicure will usually last until your nails grow out! That is how good it is.

The good news is, you can now do gel nails yourself at home for a fraction of the price! In order to do your own gel nail manicure, you will need to invest in a UV nail curing lamp. You can find them anywhere on Ebay and Amazon.

Tei Spa Oxyderm

Those of you suffering from acne, large pores, or skin complaints such as Rosacea should invest in the Tei Spa Oxyderm system. This modern device allows the skin to absorb more life giving Oxygen; aiding in better circulation and overall health. The result? Less inflamed skin, reduced oiliness with increased vibrancy and youthfulness. Even great for sunburn and insect bites according to the manufacturer!

MakeupAlley rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 (1 Review) 100% would buy again

Baby Quasar

The Baby Quasar is a small portable device that treats the skin using the powers of Photo rejuvenation Light Therapy – the same technology developed by NASA scientists for the purpose of healing in space.

The red coloured light works by stimulating collagen production and enhancing the circulation. Not only does this nifty little gadget give you a great glow, it can be used all over your body to treat aching muscles and joints – all in all, a very versatile and useful product.

The Quasar is also available in a blue light, which is used to treat acne. The blue coloured light works by destroying excess bacteria on the skins surface; as a result, skin is clearer and less inflamed. If you can afford it, why not alternate the two colours together for a well-balanced skin care regime?

MakeupAlley rating: 4.1 out of 5.0 (27 Reviews) 74% would buy again

Aurora LED Light Therapy System

If the Baby Quasar is too expensive for your liking, there are cheaper alternatives available such as the Aurora LED Light Therapy System, on sale for $149 (approximately £95 to those in the UK).

In fact, the two devices were given a special side by side review on; there is very little difference between them in terms of effectiveness according to beauty editor, Marta Wohrle. In fact, the Aurora includes all red, blue and green LED lights in one kit, as opposed to the Baby Quasar; each light is sold individually for triple the price.

Truth in Aging rating: 4 out of 5 (19 reviews)

Want to Buy an Led Device but Not Sure Which to Buy? Marta from Truth in Aging, Has Made a Useful Comparison Video

Nuskin Galvanic Spa

The Galvanic spa offers an effective and luxury skin treatment from the comfort of your own home; without all the hustle and bustle of traveling to and from your salon. What does it do? It rejuvenates the complexion and makes the skin look younger; lifting and firming it gradually over a period of treatments. You can also use the Galvanic Spa to tone the body and to refresh the scalp – all in just a few spare minutes of your time.

The device works by delivering galvanic currents onto the skins surface; allowing serums and moisturisers to penetrate deeper than ever before. This process also works wonders for the circulation.

If these before and after photos are really genuine, the results really speak for themselves:

MakeupAlley rating: 4.3 out of 5 (15 Reviews) 86% would buy again

No! No! Hair Removal System

If IPL permanent hair reduction is not for you because either your skin is too dark or your hair colour is not suitable, there is now a solution with the No! No! hair removal system. It works in a similar way to the Boots Smooth Skin device, but instead of using intense pulsed light to burn the hair follicle, it uses electrical current. This is why it works for any hair colour or skin tone!

From what I have heard, the No! No! is not as painful as IPL treatments either – this means it can be used on the face and intimate areas. You also don’t need to use a conductive gel like with IPL systems; all in all, a great little product for the money.

Like with most long term treatments, don’t expect overnight results – hair growth will not stop instantly but will decrease over a period of weeks and months. If you stop using the device after a short period of time, the hair will probably grow back again. Perseverance is the key.

Boots rating: 3 out of 5 (39 reviews)


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