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Allure’s At-Home Skin-Care Gadgets to Try VS. SKIN By Dr Drew Karp

At-Home Skin-Care Gadgets to Try Now


SKIN By Dr Drew Karp

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The most innovative skin care doesn’t come in a bottle or a jar—it has an electrical cord. The newest at-home beauty gadgets use doctor’s-office technology and have real data to back them up.

Buffing away dark spots sounds like the stuff of dreams (our dreams, at least), but the PMD Personal Microderm comes ridiculously close to making that a reality. The exfoliator looks a lot like a buzzing electric toothbrush, only instead of bristles, it’s got a crystal disk. Or rather, as many as 14 disks, for use on the face and body. (They come in several grits, but do yourself a favor and stick with the gentlest two for the face: The coarsest irritated our tester’s skin.) After using the PMD twice a week for three months, our tester noted that his dark spots left over from acne were nearly gone and his skin was brighter overall. “It’s as close to a professional microdermabrasion treatment as you can get at home, and it even vacuums up dead skin cells just like a professional tool,” says Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. “It’ll help fade sun spots and get rid of dead skin—which accentuates pores and wrinkles—more efficiently than scrubs or cleansing brushes.”

PMD Personal Microderm, $159


Unlike other at-home anti-aging lasers (which tend to be for skin around the eyes or lips), the Tria Age-Defying Laser works on the entire face. “It uses the same wave-length as some professional lasers, but at energy levels that can’t damage skin,” says Roy Geronemus, a dermatologist in New York City. That means the Tria takes longer to yield results. In clinical studies, subjects used it five days a week for three months. “Three months later, about 75 percent had a statistically significant improvement in wrinkles and brown spots,” says Brian Biesman, an oculoplastic surgeon in Nashville who conducted some of the trials. Our tester was impressed, though she wouldn’t call this an easy fix: After three months of three five-minute skin-stinging sessions a week, her lines had diminished enough to make her look years younger. Her skin felt sunburned for about an hour after each use, but the laser didn’t actually make her sensitive skin look red.

Tria Age-Defying Laser, $495

Light-therapy devices use LEDs, very specific wave-lengths of light, and “most claim to treat acne with blue LEDs or wrinkles with red ones,” says Howard Sobel, a dermatologist in New York City. Dermatologists have used blue lights to kill acne-causing bacteria for years, “but even medical-grade red lights may not drastically improve wrinkles; they’re best for calming inflammation.” That’s why we like the Baby Quasar Clear Rayz: “The red and blue lights will heal breakouts in a few days, calm redness in the meantime, and prevent acne from leaving dark spots behind,” says Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist in New York City and Miami. Just three sessions cleared up our tester’s painful hormonal breakouts. And after a few weeks of use, her skin remained even. But then reality set in: With each session taking her at least ten minutes, she cut back to once a week. Now she uses it to shrink new zits, instead of more often to prevent them.

Baby Quasar Clear Rayz, $249


Good things may take time, but there’s a lot to be said for instant gratification. And when you want to look younger in a hurry (so, always?), Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist in New York City, recommends the NuFace Trinity: “I’m a big fan of microcurrent technology. It gives a lift to the brows, cheeks, and jawline for up to 24 hours.” That sounds too good to be true, but after one five-minute session, our tester’s eyes appeared lifted, and her cheekbones were suddenly visible. Though the device sends electricity into the skin, it’s not painful in the slightest—instead, its two metallic balls deliver what feels like a mini massage. “It stimulates circulation, drains lymph nodes, and tightens superficial facial muscles enough to temporarily firm skin,” says Fusco. But dermatologists say it doesn’t supply the energy required to promote collagenproduction, so you have to submit to a session every time you want that lift.

NuFace Trinity, $325,



SKIN By Dr Drew Karp

One 100% Organic Supplement Does It All


  • Anthocyanins fight off free-radicals that damage collagen
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  • Improves wrinkles
  • Brightens up dull and sun-damaged skin
  • Fights against sun damage


  • Vitamin K reduces eye puffiness and dark circles
  • Vitamin C and caffeic acid sooth skin irritations and reduces swelling and water retention
  • Reverses wrinkles and protects from formation of new ones
  • Ultra-hydrating!


  • Essential and non essential amino acids build new and healthy skin cells
  • Antioxidants both reverse and prevent skin aging
  • Builds collagen and elastin-proteins which keeps skin firm
  • Rich in iron—necessary for healthy connective facial tissue and collagen


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  • Play a vital role in repairing DNA damage
  • Promote skin cell growth
  • Prevent the breakdown of collagen
  • Fights against acne
  • Work as an anti-inflammatory


  • Fights acne
  • Repairs cellular damage
  • Boosts pro collagen levels in skin
  • Tightens skin
  • Filled with your skin’s fave antioxidants and phytonutrients—like lycopene


  • Contains antioxidants that reduce sun damage and protect against skin cancer
  • Chock-full of omega-3s to keep your skin soft and moisturized
  • Speeds up skin’s natural healing process
  • Evens out and brightens natural skin tone


  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-inflammatory properties,  de-puff eyes and face
  • Aids in cell growth, tissue development and maintenance
  • Increases the levels of superoxide dismutase—an enzyme that provides protection against oxidative stress

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