We Tried 6 New Anti-Aging Skincare Devices—Do They Work?

Victoria Hoff
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Isabella Behravan

It was a scorching day in July, and I was feeling rather overwhelmed. Strewn before me were a variety of futuristic-looking devices, all in varying shades of chrome and glossy white plastic, with sleek robotic names that could share a family tree with Siri: JeNu, Tria, Genius. They all had different purported methods of doing so, but they all had the same job: to make me look younger.

This is the part where I sheepishly tell you that I'm 25—I was 24, actually, when I set out to tackle this project all those months ago. I take painstaking care of my skin and it's in great shape as a result, and I like to think that I'm taking all the preventative measures I can to keep my complexion looking young for as long as possible. But lately, I've noticed whispers of what's to come: A smattering of fine lines across my forehead, since I always raise my eyebrows when I talk. Crinkles around my eyes from smiling, which I don't mind as much. Deepening parentheses around my nose and mouth, which I do. It's not anything to make me dunk my head in a vat of retinol (just a couple of drops will do, thanks), but I'm giving it all the wary side-eye nonetheless. And since Botox isn't on my near or long-term agenda, I'm beginning to brainstorm alternatives.

Which brings me to the small robotics convention sitting on my desk in July. Each of these devices advised anywhere from several weeks to a few months to see results with regular use, which meant that I had to figure out a schedule to test them all out separately so that I'd be able to accurately chart their efficacy. The challenge was daunting, to be sure. But if the future of my complexion was at stake, I was sure as hell going to try. 

Keep reading to see how the different devices stacked up.

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