by skin care expert Heather Anderson*

Do you know that new at-home laser and light treatments are now available? These treatments can be used for skin firming, wrinkle reduction, hair removal, and acne. However, even though these devices are much more affordable than physician’s office procedures, are they effective? Here’s a little info to pass along on about the products, and a refreshing recipe for an at-home facial:

Tanda Luxe: Retail cost $195. The Tanda is a rejuvenating, photofacial treatment that uses LED light and sonic vibration to treat fine lines and wrinkles, brighten dull skin, firm and plump the skin. Treatment of the full face takes about 12 minutes and should be done twice week. Users say to expect to see results in one month of use.

Tria: Retail cost $450. Tria is the only FDA cleared hair removal laser for at home use. It uses diode laser technology. The manufacturer claims to reduce up to 70% of unwanted hair in 2 treatments with permanent results in 3 months. Treatments are spaced 2 weeks apart. User reviews are mixed. Most say they have gotten closer to a 50% reduction in hair after 3 months. This machine cannot be used on darker skin types because it can cause a burn to the skin. Because it is an at-home device the energy level is much less than what is used in a doctor’s offices making it weaker and possibly less effective.

Palovia: Retail cost $499. FDA cleared at-home laser for the treatment of eye wrinkles. It uses short pulses of laser light that penetrate into the deeper layers of skin, building new collagen and elastin, in turn reducing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Each treatment takes 3-4 minutes. Recommended use is daily for the first month and then twice a week for maintenance.

The bottom line on the products: many of these treatments may be beneficial, but they will not give the same results that in-office treatments will. In order to be cleared for at-home use, lower or weaker energy levels are used. The end result is a less aggressive treatment with less dramatic results. Also, more treatments will be required to see the benefits.

For those of us who don’t want to splurge on those expensive at-home devices, here‘s a fun recipe for a do-it-yourself rejuvenating facial mask. It won’t tighten your skin or reduce wrinkles, but it will leave you feeling refreshed and glowing!

Coffee and Cocoa Powder Facial Mask


4 Tbsp finely ground coffee or espresso (the finer the better)

4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

4 Tbsp of almond oil

2 Tbsp honey

Mix the coffee and cocoa. Add in oil, stirring to form a paste (for a thicker paste use less oil). Mix in honey. Apply paste to face, neck, and chest. Allow to dry. To remove mask, apply a warm, wet washcloth to skin, pressing gently to loosen and remove mask. Rinse with warm water.

(If skin is sensitive, avoid rubbing and make sure to use extra fine coffee grounds.)


*Heather Anderson is a Nurse Practitioner and owner of Anderson Medical Aesthetics in Scottsdale, AZ. She is a skin care expert with over 10 years of practice in the field of Cosmetic Dermatology. You can contact Heather via email: