At-home devices for lifting and tightening skin have come a long way, but the most powerful results are still achieved by a pro—so think of these gadgets as your maintenance plan. Talk to your derm before trying. “Darker skin is less forgiving. A mishap could result in a dark spot that is long-lasting,” says Brooke Jackson, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at UNC Chapel Hill.
This updated version allows your favorite products to penetrate the skin. Tria Age-Defying Laser ($495, triabeauty.com)
One of the best at home microderm systems out there. PMD Personal Microderm ($179, personalmicroderm.com)
Everyone starts to show signs of facial volume loss in their mid-to-late thirties. “You may notice prominent smile lines, hollows under the eyes and sunken temples,” says Jackson. While some antiaging topicals take weeks to produce results, a new batch of creams and serums with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and peptides offer up immediate wrinkle relaxing and lifting effects. If you want to instantly look “filtered” these are your go-tos.
This mask instantly smooths and tightens skin. Roloxin Lift ($110 for 10-pack, Bergdorf Goodman)
Hyaluronic acid is absorbed into the skin to plump lines. Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care ($220 for 10, rodanandfields.com)
A special peptide blend mimics Botox injections. Dr. Brandt Needles No More ($89, sephora.com)
Triple acid combo replenishes skin overnight. ProX by Olay Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel ($40, olay.com)
Mix with water to slough away dead skin Nude Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash ($42, Sephora)
Regular use of vitamin A improves texture and repairs skin. Arcona Advanced “A” Serum ($85, Nordstrom)
Gentle exfoliants refine rough texture. Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturizer ($47, philosophy.com)
The essential oils treat and smooth the body African Botanics Detoxifying Salt & Sugar Body Scrub ($55, beauty.com)
It brightens your skin while you wash. Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash ($25, sephora.com)
Algae extract helps even skin tone of the body. Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Body Concentrate Serum ($45, ahavaus.com)
This topical probiotic protects skin against the elements. Tula Illuminating Face Serum ($75, qvc.com)
Use this eco-friendly remedy to clear discoloration. Paula’s Choice Resist Vitamin C Spot Treatment ($55, paulaschoice.com)
Laser hair removal is a great option, but be sure to consult a pro experienced with skin of color. At-home alternatives, specially designed to treat our skin, now offer virtually pro results. Keep in mind, “the cold of winter often causes drying, cracking and a buildup of dead cells on the surface of the skin, which can interfere with the laser’s ability to penetrate the skin and reach the hair follicle,” says Garrett Gause, M.D., medical director for Ideal Image Development Corp. Gently cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin to get the optimal results.
FOR THE GUYS Designed specifically for us, it delivers a close shave without ingrowns. Philips Norelco CareTouch ($60, Walmart)
It’s safe for skin of color and likely half the price of a pro session. Iluminage Touch ($445, Neiman Marcus)
Try this compact version of a pro laser. Silk’n Glide ($199, silkn.com)
Pulsating silicone points unclog pores. Foreo Luna Mini Cleansing Brush ($139, Sephora)
Enhanced salicylic acid fights blemishes. Glytone Acne Lotion ($28, dermstore.com)
Battle acne with this prescriptiononly, benzoyl peroxide–free gel. Aczone (dapsone) Gel 5% (price varies, aczone.com)
This charcoal soap delivers 2.5 times cleaner pores than a basic cleanser. Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($6, Target)