6 practical ways to splurge

Do-it-yourself beauty treatments

The past few years have brought a wave of at-home permanent hair removal systems offering results at what in the long run work out to be a fraction of salon costs. One of the more frustrating elements of these systems (and most salon laser treatments) is the fact that they’re limited to those with lighter skin tones and complexions.  So women and men with darker skin tones were told to avoid those systems to prevent skin damage.

Enter a new generation of at-home hair removal in the form of the mē smooth from Syneron Beauty ($395, Sephora.com). This new technology is the only FDA-approved method of at-home hair removal and builds on the previous industry standard of professional hair removal technology known as Intense Pulsed Light.

The mē smooth has been tested to be safe for the full range of skin tones and is effective on all body hair reduction (below the neck).