Beauty Power Tools – So you can DIY at home!
These days, beauty power tools for girls comprise much more than just high wattage hairdryers and waterproof lady shavers.
When it comes to adding oomph to your beauty routine, the power of electricity (or batteries) does more than boost performance – it also creates treatments which wouldn’t otherwise exist.
So in addition to innovative hairstyling aids, there are laser-style depilators, automated body massagers, face-lifters, acne busters and beyond. Here are seven of our favourite beauty power tools:
Forget rollers, rods, tongs and wands. This groundbreaking gadget automatically ‘draws’ (not sucks) hair sections gently into a heated circular chamber where it is beautifully curled. It has two heat settings and three timer settings for different hair types, features alternating curl direction for the most natural looking waves and curls, and is surprisingly quick and easy to use.
The deep cleansing brush is so successful that other companies imitate its pore-hoovering, radiance-boosting abilities. It is said to be six times more effective than using your hands, thanks to sonic and oscillating bristles that whisk away oil, debris and make-up. Additional features include two timer settings and three speed settings to suit different skin types, including sensitive.
For hair removal – Remington iLight Pro IPL6500, £299.99
For anyone tired of the relentless chore of defuzzing, IPL can deliver permanent hair reduction to legs, arms, underarms, bikini line and even the face. It’s not fast – zapping both legs takes about 30 minutes, and you’ll probably need three fortnightly treatments to see visible results. It’s not cheap either, but you’ll find bargains if you look around – and it will eventually save money on all those blades, creams and waxes.
For wrinkles – Slendertone Face EMS Facial Toner, £149.99
It’s the toning gadget that not only tightens flabby, sagging facial muscles, but helps lift them, too. The special headset is lightweight and simple to wear (so there are no fiddly pads to position) and, used five days a week for 20 minutes, it provides noticeable firming effects after six weeks, with maximum lifting results after twelve. Above all, it’s a great deal cheaper than a facelift.
For backache – HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 Back & Shoulder Massager, £149.99
No words can adequately describe the blissful therapy of this chair. Programmed via a small remote control, the treatment heads beneath the cushion provide rolling, vibrational or deep kneading shiatsu massage to relieve tension and knots in 20 minutes. There’s also targeted spot massage and even heat, and unlike human masseurs, it doesn’t get tired.
The sonic technology makes it possible to remove ten times more plaque than manual brushing, while the high-tech brush also features three cleaning modes (everyday cleansing, deep clean and whitening) as well as three intensity settings for comfort. For technology lovers, it is even bluetooth-connected to work with the Philips Sonicare app so that, combined with a smart sensor and 3D Mouth Map, you can improve your brushing technique for the best high tech home dental care possible.
For troublesome skin – Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask, £59.99
If a bad hair day can ruin your weekend, think what a breakout on your face can do. Dermatologists often use light therapy as a clinically proven treatment for acne, which affects women of all ages. This home version may look a bit Hannibal Lecter-ish, but it bathes the skin in the appropriate blue and red wavelengths (blue light has been proven to treat acne by killing the acne-causing bacteria, while red light eases inflammation and redness). Ideal for mild to moderate acne, wearing it for 10 minutes a day gives visible results in one week, although maximum benefits may take several weeks.
Do you love a beauty gadget? Tell us about your faves below!