Skincare Devices Worth the Investment

We asked a dermatologist how to choose the best skincare devices and tools to work into your routine, including microcurrent, LED light therapy, and more.

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You've found a regimen that keeps your complexion looking smooth, glowing, and youthful. But topicals and ingestibles have their limits, and you, overachiever, are constantly seeking optimization. Thanks to some recent advancements in skincare technology, a slew of devices and tools that look like props from Back to the Future have hit the market. Their aim: to increase the effectiveness of your favorite beauty products. From electric microcurrents that tighten and firm your neck to LED lights that eradicate acne breakouts, the future of skincare is handheld. New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner explains how to choose the best device to level-up your skincare.

Marie Claire: Are at-home devices worth the investment?

Joshua Zeichner, M.D.: They can offer complementary benefits to your topicals and help them do a better job.

MC: What are the most effective uses?

JZ: Microcurrent technology can be paired with elastin-stimulating products for synergistic benefits. And microcurrents have been shown to stimulate collagen and strengthen the skin. Also, device-assisted exfoliating may enhance penetration of active ingredients into the skin.

MC: Can DIY tools extend the effects of a professional peel or laser?

JZ: High-strength in-office treatments are most impactful, but skin ages over time. These devices may help maintain results and minimize the number of professional treatments that might otherwise be necessary.

A version of this story appears in the Summer 2020 issue of Marie Claire.

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Taylore  Glynn

Taylore Glynn is the Beauty and Health Editor at Marie Claire, covering skincare, makeup, fragrance, wellness, and more. If you need her, she’s probably roasting a chicken, flying solo at the movies, or drinking a bad Negroni at JFK.