Celebrity facialist reveals the at-home skincare devices that work and the ones that are a total scam: ‘This is a complete waste of time’
- Celebrity facialist Ingrid Seaburn owns upscale studio at Sydney’s Bondi Beach
- The ex Los Angeles-based beauty guru has been seeing more at-home devices
- Some of them, like microcurrent, have merit, while others are just a scam
- Ingrid has just launched her own facial toning treatment in-house called Skin45
Ingrid Seaburn treats the faces of Australia’s rich and famous at her upscale Bondi salon
The celebrity facialist behind Pip Edwards and Bambi Northwood Blyth’s radiantly youthful complexions has revealed which at-home skincare devices are worth the fanfare and which are a scam.
Ingrid Seaburn treats the faces of Australia’s rich and famous at her upscale Bondi salon.
The former Los Angeles-based beauty guru, who boasts a star-studded client book, has noticed the sudden rise in at-home devices and gua sha-style tools to ‘shape’ and mould the skin.
She has recently launched her Skin45 treatment – a play on the popular F45 workout – which combines intense deep muscle toning massage techniques with microcurrent to leave you with an all-round glow.
But while it works in-salon there are a number of tools she doesn’t recommend trying at home.
Unfortunately this one is a complete waste of time, according to Ms Seaburn.
Facial muscles can be toned and lifted when they are worked but much like muscles in your body, they need a level of resistance to tone the muscle.
In fact, face yoga could have the opposite effect and increase the depth of lines created by overuse of the muscles.
Unlike face yoga, Ms Seaburn is a firm believer in the power of microcurrent and it can be a useful and effective part of an at-home skin regime
AT-HOME MICROCURRENT DEVICES
Unlike face yoga, Ms Seaburn is a firm believer in the power of microcurrent and it can be a useful and effective part of an at-home skin regime.
Microcurrent works using an electrical pattern to contract and tighten muscles.
However she says to beware of cheap alternatives to the more well-known and reputable brands for at-home use.
She recommends NuFACE and claims it must be used in conjunction with a good skincare routine.
VIBRATING FACIAL CLEANSING DEVICES
Ms Seaburn argues these are unnecessary and that they most likely will be harmful in the long term due to the damage they can cause to the skin’s lipid barrier.
They can also house bacteria which is detrimental to skin health and can end up causing breakouts.
She recommends NuFACE (pictured) and claims it must be used in conjunction with a good skincare routine
The best option is to cleanse manually depending on the season.
Ingrid prefers a cream cleanser because it stabilises the skin’s PH levels.
AT-HOME RADIO FREQUENCY TOOLS
Radio frequency, a modality that tightens collagen fibers by heating the collagen at a dermal level, is best done by a professional according to Ms Seaburn.
At-home devices could cause possible burns to the skin when used incorrectly and your money is better spent on a collagen-stimulating and firming product leaving treatment options to clinic visits.
Professional radio frequency strength is far more effective.
Ms Seaburn says LED face masks are very expensive for at-home use (stock image)
LED FACE MASKS
Ms Seaburn says LED face masks are very expensive for at-home use.
Whilst she is a big fan of this therapy, she sees these as the unused treadmills of skincare – a good idea if you’re actually going to use it but a lot of them end up sitting on the shelf.
Her advice is to invest and spend money on something you’ll actually use.
INGRID’S FAVOURITE FIVE BUDGET SKINCARE PRODUCTS
‘The most important part of summer beauty at any age is sun protection: Always best to look for zinc or titanium oxide-based coverage and re-apply often,’ Indrid told FEMAIL.
‘I love Sukin Tinted Sunscreen. It has an SPF30 broad spectrum and most importantly all-natural physical Zinc based coverage that actually looks smooth and flawless.
‘Comparable to more expensive brands that boast a natural formula at under $20 it is a great buy.’
The former Los Angeles-based beauty guru, who boasts a star-studded client book, praised the likes of Sukin and Palmers brands for their skin-loving products at an affordable price point
Her second recommendation is an exfoliator to slough away a build-up of oil, bacteria, and dirt.
An inexpensive enzyme-based exfoliant by Palmers called the Purifying Enzyme Mask is half the price of most department store brands and will absolutely do the trick.
‘The enzyme mask uses papaya enzyme, a natural way to chemically dissolve dead skin cells without overspending,’ Ingrid said.
To retain moisture in the skin as we draw closer to summer Ingrid recommends using a moisturiser with hemp seed oil for its anti-inflammatory properties.
‘My favourite body product this summer is Freshwater Farm Hemp Seed Body Wash (left) to add a little oil to the shower routine to seal in soft skin vibes. Great for saving time and money,’ she said
‘We forget to apply SPF and there is a lot of talk about exfoliating lips which is not useful. You don’t have to spend to protect. I like Lip balm SPF 50 by Dermal Therapy . Not expensive and will save your lips from UVA/UVB damage,’ she said
‘My favourite body product this summer is Freshwater Farm Hemp Seed Body Wash to add a little oil to the shower routine to seal in soft skin vibes. Great for saving time and money,’ she said.
For serums that pack a punch – on a budget – Ingrid can’t go past The Ordinary with niacinamide and zinc.
Those two active ingredients will improve your skin’s natural immune defence to UV.
‘Not expensive and easy to use. A great alternative for saving pennies,’ she said.
Last but not least Ingrid urges not to forget your lips this summer.
‘We forget to apply SPF and there is a lot of talk about exfoliating lips which is not useful. You don’t have to spend to protect. I like Lip balm SPF 50 by Dermal Therapy. Not expensive and will save your lips from UVA/UVB damage,’ she said.