8 Best At-Home DIY Beauty Gadgets
Are these DIY beauty devices better than in-salon treatments? Our readers weigh in on the best at-home gadgets for hair removal, microdermabrasion, shrinking acne and more
What it is: An FDA cleared at-home device that claims to deliver permanent hair removal results using Home Pulsed Light technology. According to the makers, clinical studies at three months post-treatment showed 70 percent hair reduction. Flash&Go uses gentle pulses of light energy to physically disable hair growth. Light energy is absorbed by the hair follicles (causing them to surrender in a battle between light and darkness), while the surrounding tissue remains at normal temperature.
Why it's great: Reviewers love this at-home hair removal device because, to put it simply, it works. "I was skeptical at first, but seeing really is believing," says one user. "I have used it so far on my face and calves and it has made such a HUGE difference," says another user. One reviewer says she used it on her underarms and chin with "great success." And another TotalBeauty.com reviewer says that after eight months with the Flash&Go, she is "hair free." Readers recommend you give the device some time to work and use it regularly. "You have to stay at it and treat every two weeks at the beginning, no short cuts or skipping a week. But once you are done, you never have to book another wax appointment or shave again, and that is worth it to me," says one satisfied reviewer.
Before you buy: The Flash&Go device comes with 5,000 flashes -- typically 1,000 flashes are needed to completely treat (read: leave silky smooth) a large area like a leg. Refill cartridges come with 1,000 flashes and cost $40. It can't be used on brown or black skin, or on blonde, white or gray hair. The manufacturer suggests six to eight treatments for complete hair removal.
Salon rate: Laser hair treatment prices depend on the area being treated, but can range from $100-200 per area, per treatment. You need around six treatments to see a difference, with occasion touchups thereafter.
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