Over the past year, it’s safe to say we’ve learnt to become savvy in the at-home beauty department—with appointments postponed and the thought of a day spent pampered at our favourite spots nothing but a distant memory (it really isn’t the same when attempted in the confines of lockdown). But, that’s not to say we can’t at least attempt to emulate the professionals from the comfort of home, with the salons we’ve long been missing paving the way with science-led, well-formulated products and even cutting edge technology that can give more than effective results, providing that much-needed TLC we’ve been craving.
Take a look at some of the at-home treatments we’ve put to the test.
Best For: The Hydration Lovers.
When The Clinic closed during lockdown, co-directors Kaye Scott and Lisa Sullivan-Smith quickly realised that their clients were still in need of their beloved treatments, which is where the Scott + Sullivan Complete Kit comes in. The brand’s signature products use simple yet effective formulas that are paraben-free, preservative-free and suitable for all skin types. The kit comes complete with the best-selling moisturiser and cleansing pads, as well as the newest product, The Peel, a 10-minute mask that leaves skin brighter, hydrated and rejuvenated. Simple, yet effective, the Scott + Sullivan Kit is perfect for those looking to add a little something extra to their weekly routine, and leaves lasting results in its wake.
Best For: The Seriously Skincare Obsessed.
Beloved skincare favourite Aceology set out to bring one of our much-loved beautician grade tools to the every day, launching their latest revolutionary product: the Aceology Hydra-Dermabrasion Facial Device. Just like a salon hydra-dermabrasion device, the gadget uses “vacuum pressure technology to suck out dead skin cells”, or ‘nasties’, from clogged pores, all while “adding skin-loving active ingredients deep into the epidermis.” Putting the device to use, it’s pain-free and offers up nearly instant results, and even comes fitted with different solutions to best suit your skin's needs, including Vitamin C and Niacinamide Brightening Solution for brightening or Tri-Acid and Papaya Enzyme Refining Solution for added hydration. The device even shows you exactly how much you’ve sucked out of the skin, so be warned it’s not for the faint of heart.
Best For: Fighting Fine Lines And Wrinkles.
The original LED mask that started it all, Dr. Dennis Gross’ SpectraLite device is perfect for feeling like you’ve brought the world’s best spa to your doorstep. The three-minute treatment, which has both red and blue light settings, reduces wrinkles, fights acne, and seeks to calm down inflammation, all topped off with its sleek and Instagram-worthy finish. Its red lights penetrate deep within the skin’s dermis to stimulate collagen production, while the blue lights destroy acne-causing bacteria to reduce redness, inflammation, and prevent future breakouts. It’s not a device you want to use sparingly, so if you’re looking to see real results, you’ll need to be consistent and patient.
Best For: A Quick, Indulgent Experience.
This nifty device might be small, but it’s mighty—offering a 90-second power mask that combines light therapy and T-Sonic facial massaging to deliver an unrivalled experience at home. The device combines thermo-therapy, a heating technology that softens the skin and opens up pores, and cryo-therapy, which chills the skin allowing it to take in all those active ingredients in the matching face masks, leaving hydrated, and rejuvenated skin in its wake. If your skin’s been feeling extra dry of late, or you’re wanting to get an instant glow for an important Zoom call, this one is for you.