I love to be on the pulse of technology both for in-office and at-home use! When a product works well, I want you to know about it. I also look for opportunities to provide cost efficient – but also EFFECTIVE – product recommendations.

My patients and I have been impressed with at-home results from an FDA cleared, hand-held, anti-aging device called the “Truth Vitality Lux Renew.” The device costs $279.

Here’s how it works:

The device combines ultrasound technology with red and blue LED light therapy.

Ultrasound: improves the skin’s elasticity and firmness. There are five settings on this particular device.

Red LED Light: Smooths wrinkles, helps the body to generate new collagen, helps reduce the appearance of rosacea and broken veins.

Blue LED Light: Destroy acne-causing bacteria.

How to use it:

You apply a serum first.

Then, you set the timer for a full 19 minute-session or for a 4 minute per treatment session.

You use it 3-5 times per week on your target area (for example, “angry 11s” on your forehead or “marionette lines” around your mouth).

The clinical trial results for this device are excellent! After twelve weeks of use, 60 participants experienced the following:

100% showed improvement in skin firmness

89.7% showed improvement in overall appearance of the skin

86.2% showed improvement in facial lines and wrinkles

79.3% showed improvement in forehead lines, wrinkles, and radiance.

My recommendation:

If you are needle-phobic or not quite ready to take the plunge for injections, this is a great option! I also recommend it to my patients for use in between our appointments to maximize their results from in-office procedures! It can complement procedures for tightening (Ultherapy, Thermage), redness (V-beam) or acne (Peels and Theraclear), allowing you to get more out of each treatment and extending the results so you can space those treatments farther apart. For a cost-saving option, this is one of the better products I’ve tested!

I love attending and presenting at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Beauty Breakthroughs Events in NYC because it is like a think tank for cutting edge information in my field. One of the hot topics presented at this year’s event by my esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Chris Adigun, was the safety of gel manicures, especially in view of the LED and UV lamps used to cure gel polish.

I wanted to share some of the latest information available on this topic because it is something so many of us do without giving it a second thought!

We know why we all love gel polish. It lasts up to three weeks without a single chip and is more glossy and shiny than any other type of polish I’ve seen. But, there is always the question of safety when you place your hands under the lamp to cure the polish. Your salon either uses a UV lamp (if you wait for two minutes for the polish to cure, this is a UV lamp) or an LED lamp (if you wait for between 5 and 45 seconds for your polish to cure, this is an LED lamp) as a necessary step in curing gel polish. BOTH UV and LED lamps emit UV radiation. Many people think the LED lamp is safer, but in reality, it is just a shorter, intense periods of exposure to UVA rays, which are linked to skin aging and skin cancer.

But don’t despair. There are some safety precautions that you can take before placing your hands under the lamps. Either apply UVA/UVB sunscreen to your hands 20 minutes prior to placing them under the lamps or use anti-UV gloves, which are available online or possibly at your salon.

Another option which doesn’t require a UV or LED Lamp is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, which is a part lacquer and part gel polish. The Color Coat and Top Coat formulas both contain an oligomer (a molecule), and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator (a chemical compound). The photoinitiator activates a bond between the Color and Top Coat, thus curing the formula in natural light without the need of an LED/UV lamp. I’ve tried it and it looks like a gel manicure from the salon and lasted about the same amount of time. Always good to have options!

Enjoy your beautiful manicures and, most importantly, your healthy skin!

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