Can a £6,800 sleeping bag really cure your cellulite?
Can a £6,800 sleeping bag really cure your cellulite? With top spas shut, the A-list have to pamper themselves at home – and the treatments are every bit as bonkers
- Claire Coleman put a selection of the priciest beauty treatments to the test
- British beauty writer recommends against doing microdermabrasion at home
- She says LED mask treatments can be efficient if they’re done regularly enough
With salon and spa visits a distant memory, celebrities have been taking DIY measures.
Victoria Beckham and Chrissy Teigen have been posing with LED face masks, while Tamara Ecclestone followed sister Petra by posting a picture of herself in a contraption that looked like an oversized sleeping bag, but turned out to be a lymphatic massage device.
It seems if you’ve got deep pockets, you can enjoy many of the treatments that used to be available exclusively in professional salons in your own home. But would you really want to?
CLAIRE COLEMAN put some of the priciest to the test…
ANTI-AGEING LIGHT BED
Claire Coleman put a selection of the priciest beauty treatments that can be done at home to the test. Pictured: LightStim LED Bed
The home device: LightStim LED Bed, £69,000, lightstim.com
The salon treatment: Collagen Bed — Red Light Body Rejuvenation, £200 for 45 minutes at the New York Dermatology Group’s base in London’s Harrods Wellness Clinic (nydg.co.uk)
The experience: LED light has been a beauty industry obsession for a couple of years, with many facialists incorporating it into treatments.
Different colours have different effects on the skin with red said to boost levels of the proteins, collagen and elastin for plumper, springier skin, while blue apparently blasts the bacteria that cause spots.
While face masks have been around a while, if you’ve got the cash to splash — and at almost £70,000 that’s a lot of cash — you can invest in a bed for a full body treatment.
Courteney Cox clearly does: she shared footage of her dogs cosying up with her while she enjoyed a session on her LED bed.
If you don’t have the space for a bed, a handheld device will set you back a more modest £349 — hold the light to your face for three minutes before moving to the next area.
In a study of 40 people, all showed improvement in their fine lines and wrinkles after using the device five to seven times a week for eight weeks. And if you’ve got the time, there’s no reason it shouldn’t have similar effects on your body.
Worth it? Who but a celeb has the money or space for a bed like this? If you really want full body LED treatments, pay for a salon session.
HAIR ZAPPING LASER
Claire said if you aren’t going to commit to regularly using Philips Lumea Prestige (pictured), it’s best to go pro
The home device: Philips Lumea Prestige, £357.99, philips.co.uk
The salon treatment: £1,008 for a block of eight half leg treatments at Harley Medical clinics (harleymedical.co.uk)
The experience: Using light to remove hair on a semi-permanent basis is very effective. The hair absorbs the light which is transformed into heat that kills the bulb of the hair so it doesn’t grow back.
You can do this with lasers or with a form of light called Intense Pulsed Light.
Salon treatments with lasers tend to remove more hair more quickly, but there’s no doubting that the Lumea works. Their studies say that used once every two weeks, you can get up to 92 per cent hair reduction in as few as three treatments. I’ve been using it for a while but you have to do it regularly, and you have to not miss bits. It doesn’t hurt, but it is a bit time consuming.
Worth it? If you’re not going to commit and do it regularly and comprehensively, go pro.
But if you trust yourself to be meticulous and diligent, you’ll save a fortune.
DETOXIFYING INFRARED SAUNA
Claire who is not a sauna fan, revealed Sunlighten Solo System Personal Sauna (pictured) was more tolerable than the usual type
The home device: Sunlighten Solo System Personal Sauna, £2,800, sunlightensaunas.co.uk
The salon treatment: £40 for 45 minutes at London’s Glow Bar (glowbarldn.com)
The experience: Unlike normal saunas which heat the air around you, infrared heats the body from within so they operate at a lower temperature.
Those who extol their virtues — such as Gwyneth Paltrow, which should tell you all you need to know — claim they detoxify the body, boost the immune system and can even help with wound healing.
Sceptics say they simply offer similar benefits to conventional saunas, meaning they could help with circulation and blood pressure, and leave skin glowing after a good sweating session. The home version I tried is apparently a favourite of Lady Gaga who uses it for pain relief.
It’s simple to set up, and lying in it felt like a heated bed in a spa — very soporific, and not nearly as hot as a conventional sauna.
Worth it? I’m not a sauna fan, but this was infinitely more tolerable than the usual type.
If you are, you don’t have space for a Swedish style cabin in your home, and you’re prepared to spend the price of a very expensive holiday on one, by all means give it a go.
ELECTRIFYING FACIAL TONER
Claire said to get results from NuFACE Trinity Facial Training Kit (pictured), it’s best to use it a minimum of three times a week
The home device: NuFACE Trinity Facial Training Kit, £315, spacenk.com
The salon treatment: CACI microcurrent facials from around £90 (caci-international.co.uk)
The experience: Think Slendertone for your face — tiny electrical pulses are sent through the skin and stimulate the muscles of the face helping to tone, while simultaneously boosting production of collagen, the protein that gives youthful skin its plumpness.
Devotees of the NuFACE Trinity Facial system, who are said to include Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba, claim it helps lift the face, define the jawline and generally freshen you up.
It feels a little prickly on the highest setting, but not uncomfortable.
Worth it? For less than the cost of four salon facials, you can buy a home device — surely it’s a no-brainer? The key is whether you’ll use it.
To get results, and keep them, you need to be using it consistently — that’s a minimum of three times a week.
CELLULITE-BUSTING SLEEPING BAG
Claire said fans of Body Ballancer Lymphatic Massage System (pictured) claim it’s helped them drop dress sizes and sleep better
The home device: Body Ballancer Lymphatic Massage System, £6,800, bodyballancer.co.uk
The salon treatment: 45 minutes for £100, or £1,000 for a course of 12 at Bodyism London (bodyism.com)
The experience: This is the gadget the Ecclestone sisters have been showcasing on social media, and if you’ve ever zipped yourself into a sleeping bag and had a boa constrictor cuddle you, you’ll have an idea what a Body Ballancer feels like.
What looks like a sleeping bag is in fact a giant pair of trousers with air pockets that can be attached to a mains unit and inflated in a sequence designed to give a gentle massage. It was originally developed to mimic lymphatic drainage massage to treat the medical condition lymphodema, a build-up of lymph (the clear liquid that, as part of the immune system, usually circulates to help maintain the health of the tissues in the body).
When used by healthy people, the treatment has been shown to have a number of impressive effects — from reducing cellulite and improving skin to helping with water retention, aiding digestion and alleviating pain.
Worth it? Fans claim it’s helped them drop dress sizes and sleep better. There are finance packages if you can’t afford to invest up front, but with such glowing testimonials, and impressive before and after pics, it might well — as mad as it sounds — be worth it. Try a spa treatment first to check you like it.
INSTAGRAM’S MANNEQUIN MASK
Claire claims there’s no doubting the efficacy of LED mask treatments if you do them regularly enough. Pictured: Déesse Pro LED Mask
The home device: Déesse Pro LED Mask, £1,680, deessepro.com
The salon treatment: Signature Advanced LED facials are £35 for 20 minutes at The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols (thelight-salon.com)
The experience: The likes of Kate Hudson, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Madonna and Chrissy Teigen are all fans of the curious looking plastic mask.
Like the LED bed, it uses LED light technology but offers a number of different light settings and modes to tackle different skin issues.
From anti-ageing (red light) to brightening (green light) and calming (a mix of green and blue lights) and purifying AKA acne bacteria-busting (blue light).
Using it feels slightly claustrophobic, but holes for eyes, nose and mouth help. It gets a bit warm, but not uncomfortably so.
Worth it? There’s no doubting the efficacy of LED mask treatments if you do them regularly enough and while this is undoubtedly a top-of-the-range mask, less expensive versions (such as The Light Salon’s Boost Mask, £395) are also available.
SPIKY FACIAL ROLLER
The manufacturers of GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool (pictured) recommend using three or four times a week
The home device: GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool, £199, currentbody.com
The salon treatment: £225 for a full-face treatment at Eden Skin Clinic (edenskin clinic.co.uk)
The experience: Microneedling or derma-rolling has been a hit in salons and spas with devotees claiming that puncturing the skin helps encourage collagen growth as well as improving the penetration of skincare ingredients. This home version incorporates vibration and LED light. The manufacturers recommend using three or four times a week.
Worth it? If using regularly, you’ll need to replace the head (£45) every three months. But if you’re prepared to commit to it, it could be worth a go.
SANDBLASTING FACIAL WAND
Claire advises leaving microdermabrasion to the professionals. Pictured: PMD Personal Microderm Pro
The home device: PMD Personal Microderm Pro, £150, dermacaredirect.co.uk
The salon treatment: From £65 for a facial clinic at Sk:n clinic nationwide (sknclinics.co.uk)
The experience: Microdermabrasion is, not to put too fine a point on it, sandblasting for skin.
Micro-crystals are fired at the skin and then vacuumed away together with any dead skin cells they’ve dislodged.
It’s essentially a high-powered form of exfoliation and can be used to help brighten skin, get rid of superficial blemishes and reduce the appearance of fine lines. This home wand doesn’t shower your face with micro-crystals, instead it uses a small spinning disc — more circular sander than sandblasting — which feels a bit ticklish.
It doesn’t hurt and the suction doesn’t feel that strong, but it leaves skin a little pink.
They advise no more than one treatment a week.
Worth it? Leave this one to the pros. The danger is that you linger too long on one spot and drill a hole in your face, and the discs have to be replaced every three to four treatments.
You’re probably better off with an inexpensive acid exfoliating mask.
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