In the hair-removal category, the launch of IPL was a game-changer for its fast and relatively pain-free results. Invented by Dr. Shimon Eckhouse, it works by sending light straight to the hair shaft, eliminating the follicle. He then went on to create Elos, a technology that merges the power of IPL with RF (radio frequency), a technology used in skin-tightening treatments such as Thermage. His innovation is now available to the masses via the Tanda Me ($395, tanda.com). “It enables us to treat all skin types…[such as] Asian, West Indian and darker skin,” explains Eckhouse. It’s also easier to use—instead of the traditional stamping technique used in other models, the head glides across skin like a razor would. For laser loyalists, Tria’s upgraded Hair Removal Laser ($395, triabeauty.com) boasts faster treatment times and the ability to zap larger areas all at once, using the same diode laser technology found in dermatologists’ offices. Though these at-home units aren’t as high-powered as their professional counterparts (for safety reasons), one major advantage remains: “It’s the ability to treat much more often, for a much lower price,” says Eckhouse.
Shown: Tria Hair Removal Laser