Handheld light therapy device test

April 21, 2009 2:56:29 PM PDT
There's a new kind of gadget that you can buy that promises to make women look younger. Good Housekeeping put them to the test.

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Now you can get your own handheld light therapy device -- a scaled down version of ones you see in the dermatologist's office or spa. The light is supposed to smooth out wrinkles and improve skin texture and tone.

"Some of these devices are quite costly, ranging in price from about $200 to $400, so we wanted to evaluate them to see whether or not they were worth the money," said Charmaine Gillespie with Good Housekeeping.

Testers say they noticed no difference after using the products and some didn't enjoy using them either.

"It has two settings. It has, like, infrared and then another, like this really intense LED, red light setting, which really bothered my eyes," said tester Angela Diegel.

If you really want to try the device out, the "Evis M.D. facial light" and the " Tanda regenerate anti-aging starter kit" tested better.

"While you may get some skin benefits from LED devices, they're expensive and they're time consuming. and you'll probably get just as good results from a much less expensive face cream," said Leesa Suzman with Good Housekeeping.

Good Housekeeping suggests facial creams with retinoids which soften fine lines and brown spots by increasing collagen production.

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