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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.
If you ever visited a dermatologist or an esthetician, you’ve probably heard these three cardinal rules of skincare before: 1) always wear sunscreen 2) never sleep with your make-up on 3) always wash your face before applying any products.
That works well to avoid, or at the very least, delay signs of aging. Bonus points if you avoid sugar and alcohol. But what happens when you start seeing wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation?
Unfortunately, that’s part of getting old. 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, masks, home remedies, or facials you can get that will eliminate them.
But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed. It only means you’ll need extra help to eliminate them. And I’m not talking about the kind of help that comes in a bottle or a tube — even though some products seem to promise miraculous results. I’m talking about the kind you need to visit a professional for.
Botox is the most well-known treatment for warding off wrinkles and other signs of aging. Laser resurfacing facials also have proven to be effective to erase the damage caused by the sun and promote collagen production — you know — that essential protein that we lose as get older and keeps our skin plump.
As effective as these procedures can be, they’re not cheap. Botox can cost anywhere between $10-$15/ unit. And depending on how many units you need; you may end up spending $300-500. Laser treatments are not much cheaper either, costing a whopping $1200-$2000 (yikes!). Add to that bill, how many times you’ll need them, and you’re looking at a small fortune.
To that end, my latest obsession has been finding anti-aging treatments that have a good cost-benefit ratio. Because, let’s just face it, getting injectables and laser treatments can get expensive over time. If you aren’t keen on spending that kind of money, or the thought of needles makes you cringe, and even if you just want to cut back on the botox bill, you might want to consider LED light therapy and microcurrent devices.
When I started researching treatments for wrinkles and fine lines, I found these two at-home treatments to be quite effective. Both are much cheaper than botox, fillers, and lasers, and both are backed by several studies regarding their effectiveness. Let’s talk about them:
LED light therapy
LED therapy is an effective way to treat a multitude of skin conditions from fine lines to hyperpigmentation. It was a technology originally created by NASA that dermatologists adopted and have been using for years. But only recently, it’s been made available to the general public for at-home treatments.
Why do we like it?
It’s safe, non-invasive, and has no downtime. Plus, these masks have a futuristic look to them, that is kind of cool. It makes you feel like you’re in a sci-fi movie while 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, there’s no harm in using it 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 which, in time, will plump the skin. Different masks have different colors and often a combination of both, so you can treat multiple problems at once.
The mask I use 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, especially when compared to in-office treatments, but the price varies according to the type of device you get. The most affordable ones start at $25, the fancier 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 do we like it?
It’s safe and painless. Great news for those who are afraid of needles! It helps erase fine lines and wrinkles while firming your skin and defining your features. 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 these days that sell microcurrent devices for at-home treatments. But the original, and perhaps the most popular one is NUFACE. You can find it at Sephora, Ulta, and major department stores such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.
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 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.
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