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It’s been a while since I talked about beauty products on this blog. So, I decided it was time to bring you some news on that front. As a lifestyle blogger, and a beauty enthusiast, you know I’m always on the hunt for good products and the latest trends in skincare. My focus recently has been on products that will help minimize signs of aging.
By now, I’m sure you’re familiar with the cardinal rules of skincare: always wear sunscreen, never sleep with your make-up on, and hopefully, you wash your face before applying any products.
That’s all well and good, but our battle to turn back the clock truly begins when we start seeing the first signs of wrinkles and fine lines. For most people that usually happens between the ages of 40-50. And while, genetics and lifestyle choices certainly play a role in how soon you’ll get them, after a certain point, there’s no amount of cream or home remedies that you can use that will help eliminate them. Sure, you can still minimize them, but you will need a whole lot more than a mask, a serum, or a cream.
To that end, my latest obsession has been finding anti-aging products that have a good cost-benefit ratio. Because, let’s just face it, keeping your skin looking youthful and beautiful can weigh on your wallet.
You’re probably familiar with some of the cosmetic procedures that help reverse signs of aging. Botox is the most well-known method for warding off wrinkles and other signs of aging. As well as laser resurfacing has proven to be effective to erase the damage caused by the sun. Laser treatment also works wonders to promote collagen production — you know — that essential protein that we lose as get older and keeps our skin plump.
As effective as these procedures are they come with a high cost. Price varies of course, depending on where you live, but you will be spending a small fortune, nonetheless. Mainly because all of them need to be performed by a trained professional. Botox can cost you anywhere between $10-$15/ unit. And depending on how many units you need; you may end up spending anywhere around $300-500. Laser treatments are not much cheaper either, costing $1200-$2000.
If you aren’t keen on spending that kind of money on your face or the thought of needles makes you cringe, or you simply want an alternative to Botox you might want to try LED light therapy and microcurrent devices.
When I started researching at-home treatments for wrinkles and fine lines I found these two to have great outcomes. Both treat signs of aging effectively and even other skin concerns. Let’s talk about them.
LED light therapy
LED therapy is an effective way to treat a multitude of skin conditions. It was originally a technology created by NASA that dermatologists have adopted and have been using for years. But only now, it’s been made available for at-home treatments.
Why we like it
It’s safe and non-invasive. Plus, these masks have a futuristic look to them, which is kind of cool. It makes you feel like you’re in a sci-fi movie when you’re using them.
How does it work?
The LED light therapy uses the principle of bio-ray therapy and nanotechnology that accelerates cells microcirculation. There is a different frequency of lights that equates to different colors. Each color (or frequency) will treat a specific skin condition.
All you need to do is choose the color for the specific problem you want to tackle. Put the mask on for 15-20 mins and that’s it. You’ll see better results if you use it daily since all the at-home devices are less intense than the ones used at the doctor’s office.
And because the frequency is less intense than the professionals use, there’s no harm in using longer or more often.
Blue lights are typically used to treat acne and skin inflammation. Red lights are used for wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating collagen production. Different masks have different colors and often a combination of both, so you can treat multiple problems at once.
My mask has 7 colors and they’re all for a different purpose. In addition to blue and red there’s green, which is used to neutralize and balance skin conditions, and relieve mental stress. Purple light is a combination of red and blue. Light purple light resolves age spots and improves fine lines and sagging skin. Cyanine light enhances cell energy and promotes metabolism. Orange light improves oxygen exchange, accelerates blood circulation, and helps fade pigments.
How much does it cost?
That’s the best part. They’re not expensive, but the price varies a lot. The cheapest ones are as low as $25, the fancier and more expensive ones go for $250.
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Microcurrent therapy is a much newer technology, but the results are just as promising. Some beauty experts are still skeptical about the effectiveness of this method, but recent studies have shown more optimistic results.
Why we like it
It’s safe and painless. It helps erase fine lines and wrinkles while firming your skin and defining your features. And it’s a great non-invasive alternative to Botox.
How does it work?
The microcurrent device emits extremely low-voltage electrical currents, which are supposed to mimic your own body’s electrical currents on a cellular level. This will cause your body to produce more collagen. All you need is 15-20 min treatments daily.
How much does it cost?
There are many different brands out there that sell microcurrent devices for at-home treatments. The most famous is NUFACE which you can find in major department and beauty stores. NUFACE is also the most expensive brand. The mini device can cost $200 while the regular size is $339. But there are other more affordable brands that will cost you a lot less. They all use the same technology that has been FDA approved.
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As with everything you do at home, consistency is key. You need to be patient and disciplined with any of these treatments to start noticing a significant difference. It may take longer to see results, but most people will notice a difference after only a few weeks.