Beauty Gadgets… Necessity is the mother of invention as the proverb goes. Just flip the pages of your local newspapers, magazines or just turn on the TV and you’ll know it’s true.
Manufacturers are constantly developing and promoting their items as must-haves or recommended pieces in one’s arsenal of beauty weapons at home. So what these manufacturers are saying is that if we can have fastfood as a takeout to be consumed at home, we too can buy beauty-to-go devices and have clinic/facial treatments done in the comfort of our own home by ourselves.
Among the recent craze of beauty-to-go products is the IPL Home Hair Removal System, which is a handheld device utilising high-intense pulsed light (IPL) to remove hair.
Another product we noticed on the shelves is the facial cleansing device. The item is marketed as a gentler way of cleaning one’s face. Its vibrating and rotating brush claims to remove dead-skin, makeup residue and other surface impurities with relative ease, while deep cleansing the skin.
There is even a phototherapy treatment device complete with red and blue light that are sold to be used at home.
Let someone pamper you instead
Such home beauty gadgets may be convenient and affordable. But are we tricking ourselves into thinking that these products work? Are these machines approved by the relevant authorities and are they safe?
There are many beauty gadgets out there and some may be based on medical research or scientific theories that are sound. But because they are for the consumer market, they may not be as effective as they may not be able to deliver the result one can expect from devices used in a doctor’s clinic, which are medical grade and desgined to address the problem with pin-point precision.
Just like self-medicating to treat the common cough or cold, one must also exercise caution when buying these products. Convenient as it may seem, it is hard for any medically-untrained consumer to determine the suitability of such devices for their skin or condition. What’s more, many medical devices like the IPL machine for instance, need to be calibrated and serviced on a regular basis to ensure a safe and effective delivery of treatment. The last thing you want is to use a device that is in suboptimal working condition to treat your own face. Plus, it’s always nicer to have someone — especially a facial expert — take over and pamper you for that one hour or so with devices that are proven to work.