July 17, 2012
Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
Olay's Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System is light in the hand and on the pocketbook. The Pro-X features a two-speed micro-massage brush that rotates to extract dirt and exfoliate. The kit comes with a fragrance-free, micro-bead cleanser that works with the rotating motion to polish skin. After 60 seconds, skin is clean and ready to absorb a moisturizer — $29.99 at Rite Aid (citywide; www.riteaid.com).
The NuFace Trinity handheld toning device uses microcurrents to tone facial muscles, increase circulation and promote elastin and collagen production. "As we age, our (facial) muscles either elongate or shorten just like any other muscles in the body," says NuFace founder Carol Cole. "By stimulating the muscles, the microcurrent ... actually tones the face, making it appear more lifted, without surgery." Equipped with a timer, a skin sensor and a rechargeable battery, the instrument also helps beauty products penetrate beyond the skin's surface. The head is removable, allowing users to alternate attachable LED therapy. Prior to use, NuFace gel primer should be applied to the treatment area to ensure suitable conductivity — $325 at Earthsavers (Lakeside Shopping Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 140, Metairie, 835-0225; 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com).
Manually pumicing heels can be exhausting. The Sole by ANSR is an easy-to-operate callus remover with a rechargeable motor and a polishing plate, which painlessly removes rough patches. Prepare feet by soaking them in warm water, then glide the cordless device in a circular direction over trouble spots and finish with moisturizer. With regular use for 10 minutes a day, feet no longer will feel like scratchy hooves — $120 at The Woodhouse Day Spa.
ANSR's Beam blue-and-red light-emitting LEDs treat blemishes and promote skin healing. Recommended for individuals with mild to moderate acne or aging concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, the two-in-one light therapy treatment begins beneath the skin, unlike topical creams. Blue LEDs eradicate acne-causing bacteria while red LEDs minimize redness, improve texture and tone, and diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles — $170 at The Woodhouse Day Spa (4030 Canal St., 482-6652; www.neworleans.woodhousespas.com).