Once a novelty, DIY beauty gadgets that are designed to give you near-salon results have gained much popularity. Granted, not all gadgets are created equal and efficacy rates may vary but with the help of high-tech devices, you can actually be your own aesthetician (now, how cool is that?).
They save you time at the salon, cost just a fraction of what you’d pay a professional and are so convenient for home-use, you can whip them out anytime you feel the need for some pampering or pick-me-up. A word of caution though: stick to the instructions; being overzealous in your treatments will only aggravate your skin and do more harm than good.
We narrowed down the plethora of possibilities to present our top 3 beauty gadgets that address facial cleansing, whitening and skin firming concerns. A plus point? They are travel-friendly too.
Clarisonic Skin Care System Plus Model, HK$2,100. This USA cult favourite uses a patented sonic frequency. The brush head oscillates at more than 300 movements per second for a deep, rapid but gentle and effective cleansing. It removes makeup 6 times better and is 2 times cleaner than with your hands alone. This micro-massage action unclogs pores, removes trapped dirt, grime and dead skin cells in just 60 seconds. Your skin will feel irresistibly smooth like a baby’s bottom. The product preps your skin to absorb serums, creams or moisturisers better. Available at Joyce Beauty, Lane Crawford, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Beauty Republic Cosme-Device Light Care Whitening & Dark Spot Correcting Serum Kit, HK$499. This Korean product is a serum pump and LED light emitter in one. The serum contains, among other ingredients, licorice root extract, niacinamide, alpha-bisabolol, as well as rice and fermentation extracts. These increase cell turnover, even out skin tone, and whiten and correct dark spots and pigmentation patches. The orange LED light detoxifies skin, improves skin’s metabolism and allows the serum to be absorbed more readily into the skin. It glides easily and has a nice cooling sensation due to its metallic tip. Available at Bonjour shops.
ReFa Carat Platinum Electronic Roller, HK$2,990. This neat beauty roller from Japan tones, lifts and firms your body from top-to-toe. The spherical roller balls generate solar-powered micro-currents as you apply pressure and glide it across your skin. This mimics a beauty therapist’s massaging and kneading actions to stimulate muscles and increase blood circulation. It’s a cinch to tone those flabby arms, inner thighs or love handles anytime you wish. If you’re using this on your face, be sure to roll it upwards, starting from the chin, along your jaw towards your hairline. Available online at www.shopesdlife.com.