These at-home skincare tools make beauty accessible

Beauty feels beyond my range. This is not self-mockery, I swear. I’m talking about grabbing the tools it can help you feel beautiful. Facials, fillers and blowouts seem expensive and exclusive to celebrities and influencers. Like Ariel from The little Mermaid, I want to be a part of this world, but the first time I paid over $100 for a haircut, my jaw dropped. There’s no way I can afford (or justify) regular skin and hair care, is there? The home beauty market disagrees.

Companies like Therabody and Dyson have moved into high-end beauty products in recent years with trending tools like Airwrap and TheraFace Pro, and other companies have quickly emerged and followed suit. Now you can get dry bar hairstyles, LED light treatments, and even dermaplane for your skin from the comfort of your own home.

The Shark FlexStyle, TheraFace Pro, and Dermaflash Luxe+ are favorites among WIRED’s personal care-loving staff. Each beauty tool offers its own unique treatment without high service fees for each application. Don’t get me wrong – the tools themselves are always an investment, but they will eventually pay for themselves the more you use them, especially when you consider how much you’d spend in salons and spas over the course of a year. Here’s what makes them worthwhile.

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I want what Matilda Djerf has: influencer hair. It’s lush, bouncy and beautiful. But I know I’ll never be good enough with a round brush or velcro rollers to achieve this level of hair perfection. WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano says the Shark FlexStyle Drying and Styling System can give you all that glamor without the high price tag of a Dyson.

The FlexStyle experience is extremely customizable. Right off the bat, there are three models to choose from, each with a variety of tools ranging from stand-alone curling and blow-drying attachments to more specific bundles for curly, curly hair or straight, wavy hair. Luckily, you’re not tied to what you choose forever – you can buy standalone attachments.

Once you’ve sorted all your supplies, the real fun begins. Like the Dyson Airwrap, the FlexStyle features a vortex of air known as the Coanda effect. There’s less direct heat to your hair, so it’s not as damaging as most curling irons. Giordano says the only difference between using Airwrap and FlexStyle was that she had to force her hair here and there. It’s also an amazing hair dryer and diffuser, all for less than $300.

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It’s no secret that I love the TheraFace Pro. My mom always told me I had expensive tastes, so I objected to this just because all of my Instagram ads and favorite pajamas are, well, expensive. The $400 TheraFace Pro joins the badge of my most coveted items.

This is a multi-functional beauty tool that comes with various attachments – a cleaning head, percussion heads, a microcurrent head and an LED head. The cleansing attachment isn’t exactly new technology, the percussion heads are a fancy way to massage your face and slough off dead skin, and the microcurrent has questionable effectiveness. But LED lights? It’s something that I and science can support.

Board-certified dermatologist Jeffrey Hsu agreed that LED lights are effective in treating fine lines, promoting collagen production, and fighting acne-causing bacteria. He also notes that the wavelengths used in the TheraFace Pro are those used by professionals, and with focused and consistent use, the Theraface Pro can do the same for you. Within a month of use, my skin felt fuller, brighter, and cleaner than my usual skincare routine.

(Derma)Plane Jane

You know, Paul Rudd hasn’t changed since his No idea days? I’ve also heard the expression that men “seem to age better”. Most of this is just sexism, but I can’t deny that I want to keep my skin looking as young as possible for as long as possible. One option is dermaplaning, in which the top layer of skin, including small hairs, is scraped off with a blade.

WIRED reviewer Louryn Strampe reached for the Dermaflash Luxe+ when she felt her facial hair was getting a little too noticeable for her liking. Not only was it extremely satisfying to see the dead skin come off after each use, but Strampe found that it improved the appearance of her skin in general – aside from the peachy fluff. She says her skin is “flawless, radiant and smooth,” and who doesn’t want that?

The disadvantage? The Luxe+ costs $200 and uses disposable blades, which is wasteful. The process isn’t terribly expensive if you let a professional do it, but it adds up quickly. This tool can save you money in the long run, although it’s worth talking to your dermatologist to see if it’s right for your skin.

Not you need all of these, and some of them can seem intimidating to use on their own. For us, they’re a welcome way to dive into the world of beauty without having to go to a spa and spend hundreds of dollars over the course of a year, and they offer a bit more control over our own appearance. That alone is worth it. These at-home skincare tools make beauty accessible

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