JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser
While it's not specifically anti-aging, the JeNu infuser utilizes ultrasound technology to increase product absorption. (Amplify the power of my favorite retinol? Don't mind if I do.) In laymen's terms, the idea is that it vibrates at an ultra-rapid rate, pushing your chosen product deeper into your skin. You begin by applying your product as usual, then add a drop of the brand's conducting gel onto the silver plate, press the on button, and run the tool over your skin in circular motions.
This was one of the few devices where I saw immediate results—essentially the results I was used to by using my go-to products on their own, but visibly amplified. And thanks to the ease of use and its small size (I don't know where I'm supposed to store all of these little machines in my tiny apartment!), it has quickly become a staple in my routine.
Tria Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser
I already own (and love) Tria's full-size laser, so I essentially knew what I was in for. But I was nonetheless excited at the prospect of targeting those results at the fine lines around my eyes—and more importantly, my under-eye bags. My derma-roller is usually my tool of choice for this, but in the name of experimentation, I put it aside for a couple of months to see how this device held up in comparison.
First off, I love the portability of this little device—it's tiny enough to carry around in my pocket if I wanted to. But don't let the size fool you because it's small but mighty. Those laser currents are no joke—I'd liken the sensation to snapping rubber bands against my face. Fun? Not exactly. But I can stomach two minutes per day, especially when the time commitment cuts off at eight weeks. And by that point, the skin around my eyes was completely smooth and line-free. (Two words: Creaseless concealer. I KNOW.)
Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyager Tri Light
I've found that it's a great mindless Netflix activity, and have actually been pretty impressed with each setting. While the red light really does seem to contour and plump the skin a bit (though it could also help that I'm running the device along my skin for several minutes like a facial massage), my favorite is the yellow: Not only does it visibly brighten my complexion, but it also has proven immensely helpful in lightening stubborn psoriasis scars from a flare-up that overtook 90% of my body at the end of the summer.
The FaceFX is essentially an entire device devoted to the red setting of Skin Inc's Tri Light: The LED light is channeled to boost collagen, stimulate cell turnover, and diminish pores when used over the course of eight weeks, for five to seven minutes per day.
I was really hoping that this might be the answer to the smattering of oversize pores sitting on my nose, thanks to constant blackheads, but sadly, it was no dice, even after steadfast use. I did, however, notice that it made a marked difference in my skin texture, which I can only guess is owing to the turnover of fresh cells. Still, I'm not convinced I'd stick with something that's such a time commitment (and a tad bulky) when I can get similar results with my derma- roller.
SkinClinical Reverse Anti-Aging Light Therapy
It's yet another LED device in this lineup, but the difference with the Reverse is that it uses medical-grade light of the same intensity that you'd find at the dermatologist's office or a medi-spa—an impressive spec that has allowed me to overlook its bulky size and weight. While I do love the three-light system of Skin Inc's product, the speedy results of this specimen are undeniable: It even managed to knock out those pesky forehead lines in a few weeks.
So really, this challenge gave way to another, one that feels truly insurmountable: How do I make room for multiple devices on my vanity? Follow-up question: Do I really need two LED devices?
Ugh. Yes. Yes, I do.
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