Lockdown has made us self-sufficient in all sorts of ways which we won’t be giving up when it’s over.
Not, obviously, in terms of hair, but it’s been a revelation how many beauty treatments you normally get in a spa can be replicated at home. There are some excellent products out there. Plus it saves an awful lot of time being able to do your skin rejuvenation at home.
Thanks to these, I’m coming out of lockdown looking, well, significantly better than I’d be otherwise.
Here are the top devices for DIY face therapy...
Dermalux Flex MD, £1,814
This, folks, is the absolute bee’s knees in home salon treatments, and you might think, at that price, it needs to be. With sustained use it really is effective. It’s a hood which you lie under for 20 minutes to get the benefits of medical-grade LED light – a component in many of the best therapists’ treatments. There are settings for skin rejuvenation, skin clearing and soothing, and wound healing. It takes up more space than other kit and looks intimidating, but once set up it’s easy to use. It’s good for teenagers with acne as well as those who just want better looking skin.
Foreo Bear, £279
This one is fun to use. It’s a small, bright-pink concave oval, with balls that you roll over face and neck, with gel to conduct the microcurrent. Once charged, the device lasts for ages. The electrical current helps improve face tone and stimulate collagen and even in the short term it brightens the complexion. It couldn’t be easier to use. Bear in mind that you’ll need to buy conductor gel for maintenance. (£48, 30ml)
This device takes eight weeks to work fully but it’s very effective at improving skin tone by using radio frequency to bolster collagen production, reduce wrinkles and stimulate circulation – which means your skin looks nice and healthy almost at once. You can use it on hands and chest too. Plug it in and glide the metal fingers, over the skin; it’s hot, but not uncomfortable. Each section takes five minutes, so that’s your weekly facial done in all of 25 minutes. The conductor gel is £25.
Nuface Trinity Advanced Facial Toning Device, £315
This is a microcurrent toning device which you can use daily to tone and lift the facial muscles. It takes just five minutes a session. It’s known for good reason as the Five Minute Facial, which, once you’re back in the office, is just about the time you’d have to spare before work.
Dr Dennis Gross SpectraLite Eye Mask, £179
Oh boy, this is very cool; an LED eye mask that you wear which lights up excitingly to make you look like a space invader. It takes time to work and the line reduction effects are subtle rather than dramatic, but it’s so easy to use – press a button and bingo, three minutes worth of effective LED light.
Sarah Chapman Facialist Sculpting Facial Massager, £30
This is a no-tech nifty device which looks alarming but works instantly. It’s a prong with four rollers on the ends. You work these tongs a few times over your face and neck to knock your circulation into action and stimulate the lymph system, then you end pat the face with the other end. It’s not gentle, but very effective.
Espa Instant Facial £60
This, obviously, isn’t actually a device, but as a short term fix, it’s really useful. It brightens the complexion almost instantly and ever so slightly blurs lines and imperfections. Yes please.