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Which bonkers beauty gadget makes the best gift? Our guide to which items can replace a trip to the salon – Daily Mail

‘VIRTUAL’ MIRROR

HiMirror Plus+, £319, Selfridges London (in store)

Dr Anton Alexandroff, consultant dermatologist at BMI The Manor Hospital is skeptical of investing in the 'Virtual' Mirror

Dr Anton Alexandroff, consultant dermatologist at BMI The Manor Hospital is skeptical of investing in the 'Virtual' Mirror

Dr Anton Alexandroff, consultant dermatologist at BMI The Manor Hospital is skeptical of investing in the ‘Virtual’ Mirror

This high-tech mirror snaps a picture of your face and analyses it for skin firmness, texture, clarity, brightness and health.

The mirror also gives you tips, lets you ‘try’ different make-up looks virtually and you can even watch YouTube beauty tutorials on it. Over time, you should be able to see if your skincare products are working.

‘The concept is interesting,’ says Dr Anton Alexandroff, consultant dermatologist at BMI The Manor Hospital. ‘But there is insufficient information available to show how well it delivers what it promises.’

Verdict: Turkey

SUCKER FOR PLUMP LIPS  

PMD Kiss, £125, uk.pmdbeauty.com

Dr Alexandroff says there isn't any clinical data to suggest PMD Kiss really works

Dr Alexandroff says there isn't any clinical data to suggest PMD Kiss really works

Dr Alexandroff says there isn’t any clinical data to suggest PMD Kiss really works

According to the packaging, this suction gadget will ‘boost collagen and create long-lasting plumped up results’ with daily use.

Online before and after pictures are subtle to say the least, and I think you could create similar results with plumping lip glosses.

‘It’s an interesting idea, but I have not seen any clinical data at present to say that this technology works,’ says Dr Alexandroff.

Verdict: Turkey

ELECTRIC SHOCK FACE LIFT

NuFace, £127.50, currentbody.com

Dr Alexandroff says NuFace appears to work to some extent. It claims to boost collagen and elastin for smooth skin

Dr Alexandroff says NuFace appears to work to some extent. It claims to boost collagen and elastin for smooth skin

Dr Alexandroff says NuFace appears to work to some extent. It claims to boost collagen and elastin for smooth skin

Would you send electric shocks through your skin to look youthful? This device claims the treatment stimulates cellular energy, boosting proteins such as collagen and elastin, which help keep skin looking smooth, and exercises the muscles of the face, resulting in more toned skin.

‘The technology appears to work for face-lifting, to some extent at least,’ says Dr Alexandroff. ‘FDA approval in the U.S. suggests real effects are seen.’

Verdict: Cracker

WINTER WEAPON  

MiLi Pure II, around £60 (including U.S. charges), milismarthealth.com

Janne Richardson, founder of Harpenden Skin Clinic thinks MiLi Pure II is only a worth while investment if you have exceptionally dry skin

Janne Richardson, founder of Harpenden Skin Clinic thinks MiLi Pure II is only a worth while investment if you have exceptionally dry skin

Janne Richardson, founder of Harpenden Skin Clinic thinks MiLi Pure II is only a worth while investment if you have exceptionally dry skin

using an imperceptible electrical charge, this gadget measures how much water is in your skin to identify which areas of your face need more moisture. You can also track how your moisture levels change over time, so you can rectify problems before skin looks or feels dry.

‘If you have exceptionally dry skin then it might be worth it,’ says Janne Richardson, founder of Harpenden Skin Clinic.

‘Otherwise, it just looks like overkill.’

Verdict: Turkey

HAIR ZAPPER

Philips Lumea Prestige, £475, johnlewis.com

Dr Alexandroff thinks the hair removal skills of Philips Lumea Prestige is plausible

Dr Alexandroff thinks the hair removal skills of Philips Lumea Prestige is plausible

Dr Alexandroff thinks the hair removal skills of Philips Lumea Prestige is plausible

The sensor in this intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal machine can automatically control the amount of energy it uses based on your skin tone to avoid any skin damage.

IPL works by sending energy into the root of the hair to harm it and prevent it from growing. There’s no question that it’s effective — and fast, lower legs can be hairless in minutes — but you do have to use it regularly.

‘The technology of this is plausible,’ says Dr Alexandroff.

Pricey, but worth it.

Verdict: Cracker

FIRM UP SKIN  

Nurse Jamie Instant UpLift Facial Firming Beauty Tool, £55, cultbeauty.co.uk

Dr Alexandroff is skeptical how Nurse Jamie Instant UpLift Facial Firming Beauty Tool could work despite rave reviews

Dr Alexandroff is skeptical how Nurse Jamie Instant UpLift Facial Firming Beauty Tool could work despite rave reviews

Dr Alexandroff is skeptical how Nurse Jamie Instant UpLift Facial Firming Beauty Tool could work despite rave reviews

It might look like nothing more than a purple wand, but apparently its ‘24 massaging stones temporarily energize, enhance, revive and uplift skin’.

Despite rave reviews, I can’t see how this could possibly work. ‘I’m not sure if there is anything special about this,’ says Dr Alexandroff.

Verdict: Turkey
 

NEEDLE FACIAL  

GloPro Microstimulation Facial Tool, £199, gloprobeauty.co.uk

GloPro Microstimulation Facial Tool was seen as worth investing in for firming

GloPro Microstimulation Facial Tool was seen as worth investing in for firming

GloPro Microstimulation Facial Tool was seen as worth investing in for firming

Micro-needling — pricking the skin with hundreds of tiny needles — is being hailed as the new big skincare secret. And now you can try it at home.

A study found the GloPro improved firmness and tone and reduced wrinkling in 30 days.

‘I would expect this to work,’ says Dr Alexandroff.

Verdict: Cracker

BRUSH CLEANER    

StylPro Make-up Brush Cleaner, £39.99, boots.com

The StylPro Make-up Brush Cleaner was chosen as a make-up must-have

The StylPro Make-up Brush Cleaner was chosen as a make-up must-have

The StylPro Make-up Brush Cleaner was chosen as a make-up must-have

Designed by Apprentice-winner Tom Pellereau, this clever brush-cleaning set has a battery-powered handle with a rotating spindle to swish bristles in soapy water. It works in seconds, then simply spin in the air to dry.

A make-up must-have.

Verdict: Cracker 


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