We all know that when it comes to anti-aging, there’s only so much that beauty products can actually do. To see true improvement, you need to turn to the dermatologist (or even the plastic surgeon!) with things like fillers, Botox, and face lifts—right?
Maybe not. The promise of achieving truly younger, softer skin at home has become a reality with new tech-savvy anti-aging tools. These tools promise everything from banishing redness to increased collagen—and while the claims certainly sound appealing, it’s hard to know if they’re really worth the money (and hype).
Here we take a hard look at six popular at-home anti-aging tools to let you know if they’ll really help achieve a better complexion.
The Claim: An FDA-cleared facial stimulating device, the NuFace uses micro-currents to, reportedly, sculpt, tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture. According to stats on their site, 85% of users experienced improvements in facial contour, and it only takes 5 minutes a day to use.
The Reality: According to reviews, it does tone the skin and results in smaller pores and diminished crows feet. Is it a face lift? No. But does it provide results? Yes—some.
The Claim: A “smoother, sleeker-looking silhouette,” thanks to a vacuum massager and anti-cellulite cream, which work together to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Notably, the claims mention that a healthy diet and regular exercise are necessary.
The Reality: The machine mimics the results you’ll get from endermologie—which is proven to work—so with regular use, you’ll see very minimal results. The cream, however, doesn’t do much and is very thick and sticky. If you’re expecting miracles, skip it. If the possibility of very mild results entices you, however, go for it.
The Claim: Softer, younger-looking, more luminous skin thanks to an at-home microdermabrasion massage applicator with ultra-fine crystals.
The Reality: The wand and pads are, in effect, super-charged exfoliators—and exfoliation is known to be one of the best, most effective things you can do to your complexion. Smoother skin—and, eventually, less discoloration—is all but a guarantee.
Clarisonic Mia ($129)
The Claim: A waterproof, ultrasonic cleansing brush cleans skin six times better than if you simply used your hands alone. It works on all skin types, and comes in three fun colors (purple, pink, and hot pink), in addition to white.
The Reality: Not only does the brush provide superior cleansing, but it’ll leave skin softer, smoother, and more receptive to anti-aging creams. Even better, it’s much cheaper than the original Clarisonic Pro, making it worth every penny.
JeNu Ultra Sonic Infuser ($200)
The Claim: Increases the absorption of your skincare cream by six times the strength, in only a minute—with deeper penetration of active ingredients equalling more results—thanks to 365,000 pulses of ultrasonic energy per second.
The Reality: Reviews are mostly glowing, indicating that the JeNu does actually help on a myriad of trouble spots, including crow’s feet and fine lines around the lips, the neck, and frown lines.
The Claim: Lifts, sculpts, and defines facial contours through physical stimulations using a massage roller with a 150-degree angle. The Liftra is designed to help support circulation and strengthen muscles, which, in turn, provides lifting and sculpting.
The Reality: While it feels good and provides relaxation and massage benefits, reviews indicate that the more grandiose lifting claims may be less promising. Considering the price, similar benefits could result from simple lymphatic massage—which you can do for free with your fingers.