Geek is the new chic, and now we have the evidence to prove it. We have reviewed some of the weird and wonderful beauty gadgets on the high street that enable you to become a beautician in your own bathroom.

Skin Cleansing Devices

Using your hands to clean your face is so last week! It’s all about integrating the latest beauty gadgets into your skincare routine – starting with Skin Cleansing devices. These electronic cleansers boast rapid movement of the brush bristles claiming that this action removes more makeup, dirt and sebum than the old fashioned cleanser alone, in addition to cleaning pores and lightly exfoliating our skin.

Beauty Geeks verdict

Try as we might, but the Beauty Geeks couldn’t find any scientific studies that weren’t conducted by the brand or even any reviews to suggest that this is better than your trusty cleanser and washcloth! We think this beauty gadget is down to individual preference and should be considered a splurge rather than a beauty ‘must-have’!

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IPL Hair Removal System

We have been going to the salon for years to have hair removal treatment. But what if you could do it in your own home? IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hand-held hair removal devices emit a wavelength of light that is absorbed by the hair. The laser vaporizes the hair and damages the hair follicle. As our hair follicles are not able to regenerate themselves, it means hair cannot not grow back. Goodbye, unwanted fuzz!

Beauty Geeks verdict

After scouring the internet, we were pleased to find some sturdy science behind this beauty gadget! IPL hair removal at home has been evaluated in a clinical trial with 22 patients receiving six biweekly treatments using the device. Impressively, 95% of the patients noted a reduced hair count at the end of this trial and no serious side effects. Not only that, IPL hair removal therapy has been shown to be appropriate for use on any part of the body…it gets a thumbs up from the Geeks!

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Acne-Treating LED machines

These at-home light therapies attempt to clear blemishes and help prevent everyday “zits”. The therapy uses a blue light which when focused on the skin, can excite poryphyrins (compounds found inside bacteria), killing the bacteria responsible for forming spots! So far so good, but can it stand up to scientific scrutiny?

Beauty Geeks verdict

P.acnes are the bacterial species which are the culprits involved in formation of spots, so are the main target for the at-home light therapies. A clinical study involving 21 patients with mild to moderate facial acne were treated with blue light phototherapy for a 4 week period. The results indicated that this treatment could have a role in managing mild acne, but with the cost of the device ranging from $150 to $300, the Beauty Geeks think that an acne cream containing benzoyl peroxide (costing around $10) would be less time-consuming, cheaper AND do a better job at zapping those zits!

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A Cellulite-Busting Massager

These cellulite-reducing devices claim to enhance circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite by simply rolling the automated massager over the hips, abdomen and thighs.

Beauty Geeks verdict

Massage and tissue manipulation techniques have been used as a remedy for cellulite for years. However, it is important to note most cellulite “cures,” have been ineffective (to put it charitably). So this beauty gadget cannot remove our cellulite, but it can enhance removal of accumulated fluid under the skin, leading only to a temporary reduction in the telltale dimpling effect.

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