Lifewatch: Beauty products

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(WECT) -- For most women there is nothing quite as enjoyable as spending a day at the spa.  However, that is a luxury many people can't afford.  Now there are some new products on the market that claim to offer spa-like results at a fracton of the cost.

Americans are cutting corners to make ends meet, but that shouldn't stop you from looking and feeling good.

"I think in this kind of economy people are thinking where can I cut back," said Cheryl Kramer Kaye from Redbook magazine.  "Maybe instead of going to the spa once a month, I'll go every other month and use my at-home gadgets."

Here are some of the new products:

The No-No hair removal device uses heat to cut the hair at the surface, and then it sends a signal that disrupts the hair follicle and tells it not to grow.  It costs about $250.  Going to the spa could cost you anywhere from $300 to $1,000 a session, and you need several treatments to see results.

The I-White uses hydrogen peroxide and a blue light to whiten teeth for $45. That's compared to in-office whitening which will set you back up to $1,000.

"I don't know if you can expect the same kind of results as in the dental office," said Jennifer Jablow, a cosmetic dentist.  "Because in the dental office, we use about a 35% hydrogen peroxide, which is very strong, as opposed to the 6 to 7 percent over the counter."

The Tanda uses LED light and claims to decrease pore size, increase collagen production and reduce inflammation.  For $395, the company says it kills 86 percent of acne-causing bacteria, but does it really work?

"When we take into account our most advanced lasers for wrinkle reduction only give you about a 50% improvement after one treatment," said Dr. Eric Siegel from the Millburn Laser Center.  "So how much are one of these at home treatments going to give you?"

And how safe are these products?

"We haven't run across anything that has been so dangerous for patients," said Dr. Siegel. "Most of these products are cleared by the FDA, not for efficacy, but for safety. So if you follow their instructions, you really shouldn't get into trouble."

If you have questions about how to use any of these products, make sure you check with a professional.  And when using a new dye or lotion, test the product on a small patch of skin to make sure you aren't allergic.

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