Tried and tested

Can pulsing energy into your skin help reduce wrinkles by a third? Nel Staveley puts a gadget through its paces.

Tried and tested

“At first, the idea of using something so new to the market that it’s previously only been available to professional dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons sounds a bit daunting. Surely that means it’s complicated and time- consuming?

“Thankfully, it doesn’t mean anything of the sort. The HoMedics Newa is a small, hand-held device which delivers controlled energy into your skin which, used alongside a specially-formulated gel, triggers the natural production of new collagen, thus helping reduce wrinkles.

“You do have to use it diligently – four-minute sessions up to five times every week for a month, and a few times a week thereafter — but it’s such a pleasure to use, it never feels like a chore. Most importantly, this dedication brings results.

"After six weeks, my age lines are still there, but they are definitely less defined. My face feels firmer, my skin looks a bit brighter, and, dare I say it? Everything is just a bit less saggy.”

4/5

* HoMedics Newa, €270 ( www.boots.ie )

SPLASH OUT

It’s been one of the most popular men’s celebrity fragrances of all time, with 10 million bottles shifted since its launch.

Now, David Beckham’s inaugural scent gets a luxe revamp to celebrate a decade of success, with Instinct Gold Edition.

A fresh, masculine blend shot through with peppery juniper and cardamom, it’s sure to be multi-million-seller too. Coming soon to Irish stores.

ACT YOUR AGE

The label “anti-ageing” seems to be slapped on so many products these days, but do we really want to stop the ageing process entirely?

Not necessarily, according to a new study by The Harvey Medical Group, which found nine out of 10 believe they look their age or younger.

The findings confirm a trend the group has noticed for women seeking “tweakments” like dermarolling, rather than drastic procedures that attempt to turn back time.

STEAL OF THE WEEK

If you’re looking for a posh pampering gift (or just want to treat yourself), here’s a date for your diary: on Sunday, April 12, the Elemis Exotic Top-to-Toe Collection goes on sale on QVC (www.qvcuk.com) for less than €76.

The six-piece set, which includes scrummy-smelling Frangipani Monoi goodies and the cult Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, is worth more than €210, so it’s pretty much guaranteed to sell out. In fact, it might be best to set your alarm clock...

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