We’re constantly being bombarded with new lotions and potions that claim to cure our skin woes. But now companies are attempting to replicate the treatments that dermatologists perform in their offices via at-home gadgets. Handheld devices like the LightStim and PaloVia were released this past year and use red light emitting diode (LED) and laser technology respectively, to stimulate collagen turn-over, which makes wrinkles look less prominent.
I’ve interviewed dermatologists about this technology in the past; red lights have been shown to decrease wrinkles in clinical studies and derms use them for everything from fine lines to acne, but the jury is still out on how effective at-home treatments are.
Zeno, a company which offers red light hand-held devices--the Hot Spot and Heat Treat--for the treatment of acne, just released the Line Rewind. The Line Rewind is a small hand-held gizmo that uses red light, heat, vibration, and a serum to tackle fine lines and wrinkles.
The proprietary serum, called Wrinkle Reduction Serum, contains peptides and the anti-oxidant resveratrol. You apply the serum to your face and neck then turn on the device and rub it all over your face for a few minutes. The heat and vibration supposedly help the serum absorb, and the red light will then work on the collagen. I definitely wouldn’t recommend performing this ritual on public transportation, though it was pretty relaxing and left my skin with a nice tingle afterwards.
At $39.99, the Line Rewind is much cheaper than other products in this category, which can be upwards of $200+. The serum obviously has to be replaced, and that will set you back $19.99 for an ounce, which is not that bad when you consider the world of luxury skin care.
As an entry-level skin care device, this one seems like a good option, and proponents of Zeno’s acne products swear by their results.