Pro on the go: The best beauty gadgets to bring on board
by Emma Strenner
The latest beauty gadgets can top up your regular treatments while you’re at sea, says Emma Strenner.
Maintaining the effects of regular beauty regimes while at sea can be challenging – your dermatologist and beautician are not always on hand to touch things up. Thankfully, the latest in beauty treatment technology means you can “top up” between ports and not waste your previous hard work...
Zapping the skin with microcurrents will stimulate collagen production and sculpt the face beautifully. The microcurrents are run over a gel that will activate muscles underneath the skin, giving you a “lifting” effect. For a portable version of this professional treatment try the FaceGym Pro, a streamlined handheld gadget. You can increase the setting as you get used to the tingling effect. The skin is left with an instant glow and a tightened feel.
Sun tip: Stimulating the skin means increasing sensitivity. If fine lines, pigmentation and further skin elasticity damage is to be avoided, it’s best to steer clear of the sun immediately after application (and ideally for the long term too).
FaceGym Pro, £429, facegym.com
Do-it-yourself CACI Body Treatment
Lymphatic drainage and treatments that tackle cellulite head on normally require an expert with a CACI electro cellulite massager. Facial toning company NuFACE has launched an equivalent for limbs: the NuBODY, a nifty hand-held gadget that uses low-level microcurrent technology to smooth the skin and improve discolouration and tone. The four smooth prongs work together to tackle larger areas of the body. It is a little prickly on the skin, but ultimately worth the discomfort.
Sun tip: Needless to say, you need to keep slathering on the sunscreen, but no more than the usual dose. This is not an invasive treatment.
NuBODY skin toning device by NuFACE, £383, cultbeauty.com
IPL Hair Removal
To achieve hairlessness with IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal, consistency is key. Technology has come a long way, and even at-home devices have become diverse enough to work on different skin tones. The Philips Lumea Prestige is the gold standard in self-application hair removal. It even comes with a skin tone sensor to adapt the light intensity needed for your skin. Results can be achieved fairly quickly with consistent use, and it’s a great alternative to in-clinic hair removal.
Sun tip: Avoid sun exposure while you are undergoing hair removal treatment. It is best to stay out of the sun for at least two weeks before and after you’ve undergone treatment – so it’s only suitable if you are cruising in cold weather.
Lumea Prestige, £575, philips.co.uk
LED Facial Treatment Replacement
Achieving the many benefits of LED light therapy usually means hours spent in a treatment chair with multiple lights working to tackle fine lines, skin tone and even acne. The alternative is Dennis Gross’s sci-fi-inspired metallic face mask, the DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, which fights lines and acne in three-minute bursts. The mask emits 100 lights in red mode and a further 62 in blue. The red lights penetrate into the skin’s layers and stimulate collagen production, while the blue lights tackle bacteria and inflammation, evening out discolouration and preventing further break-outs. It helps to use it after a Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel. Visible results can be seen after two weeks of consistent application.
Sun tip: Avoid direct sunlight after using this. Wear broad-brimmed hats and UV protection with a factor of at least 50.
DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, £430, drdennisgross.com
No amount of innovative products can realistically sustain the effects of an expert facial. Luckily, A-list celebrity facialist Sarah Chapman (the Duchess of Sussex and Victoria Beckham are regulars) has just launched an at-home facial steamer. This clever product expertly steams the skin and opens pores like a professional facial. Follow this with Chapman’s genius active product line.
Sun tip: The perfect gadget for steaming away all the debris from salty air. You’ll want to steam and deep cleanse after any sun exposure.
Skinesis Nano Steamer, £119, sarahchapman.com