The beauty treatments you can carry out yourself at home, and the best products to use

Updated: May 7, 2020

The facial aesthetics industry is reportedly worth a whopping £2 billion globally; a figure that has considerably risen in recent years as the majority of us favour non-surgical, over surgical. From Microdermabrasion to laser hair removal, these treatments certainly don’t come cheap. A basic facial can cost up to £50 and increase to £200 for something more advanced, like a microneedling treatment. A lot of my clients are stunned when they hear that a lot of the treatments carried out in the clinic, can be done so at home.

#1: Microneedling

Microneedling is a great way to improve uneven skin tone and texture, fine lines and scarring. This is one of the costliest treatments in the clinic, however there are many ‘home roller’ devices on the market that cost a fraction of the price. Make sure you sterilise your face and tool in between treatments and change the roller when necessary. Find out more about how to care for your roller here.

I recommend this product from Swiss Clinic. Made of surgical steel, this home roller is the perfect choice when deciding which tool to use for skin regeneration.

Home roller by skin clinic

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Cost of an average UK microneedling treatment: £200

Cost of home device: £42 (average of 15 uses)

#No 2: Hair Removal Gadgets

I am constantly asked by clients if at-home hair removal gadgets like the No! No!  actually work and my answer is, yes! It won’t reduce the hair as quickly and effectively like the high-quality lasers used in most clinics, but will still give you a noticeable reduction in hair growth and thickness. 

I recommend to use the Phillips Lumea Prestige for best results. This particular device has a two year warranty on it, and because you can use it on multiple areas, it saves you a lot of money in the long run.

Phillips Lumea Prestige

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Cost of an average course of laser on a medium-sized area: £300-£500

Cost of Phillips IPL device: £299 at John Lewis  (2 year warranty)

#3: Skin peels

There are plenty of pharmaceutical brands that offer at-home peel treatments in a tube. The results are similar to those a skin resurfacing treatment rather than a skin peel, however you have the flexibility to use these products every other day to reap full benefits. These formulation use active acids to exfoliate and treat the skin in the same way a skin peel would, in a less aggressive solution.

Concerns with hyperpigmentation? Choose Mesoestetic brightening peel booster.

Mesoestetic brightening peel booster

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Concerns with congestion and acne? Choose Dermaquest Mini Pumpkin Mask.

Dermaquest Mini Pumpkin Mask

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Concerns with ageing and dullness? Choose ZO Skin Health Enzymatic Peel. (formally known as Invisapeel)

ZO Medical Invisapeel

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Cost of average UK skin peel treatment: £60 

Cost of average resurfacer product: £40 (several uses) 

#4: Dermaplaning

Have you heard? We are recently crazy about shaving our faces! Dermaplaning has over 149,000 hashtags uses on Instagram and was one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in 2017. Effectively removing dead skin cells and peach fuzz, this treatment is an effortless go-to for anyone that wants an instant result and impeccable smoothness from their treatment. In recent months, a lot of facial tools have flooded the online cosmetic market to feed the high demand of the treatment and desire for at-home devices. Find out more about face shaving here.

I recommend trying this Lilibeth of New York brow shaper when trying out your own DIY dermaplaning treatment at home.

Dermaplaning facial tool for at-home use

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Cost of average UK dermaplaning treatment: £60 

Cost of average at-home dermaplaning tool: £10 (several uses) 

#5: Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a reliable exfoliation treatment for deep-rooted congestion and surface dead skin cells. It is one of the most popular treatments I do in the clinic due to microdermabrasion’s instant result straight after the session and zero downtime. It’s great for anyone except acne skin’s and boosts radiance and product penetration. There has been a storm of at-home dermabrasion kits on the cosmetic market and from scouring the product views for the last half an hour, it seems worth the buy!

This HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion kit includes 50 filters, saving you a lot of money in comparison to the price you would pay using a machine like this in a clinic or salon.

HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion

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Cost of average UK microdermabrasion treatment: £50 

Cost of average at-home microdermabrasion tool: £99.99 (2 year warranty

Are there any at-home aesthetic treatments you would like to add to the list? Comment below or find @aestheticsurge_ on Instagram. Keep up with aesthetic news by entering your email into the sign-up box or alternatively drop me an email.

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