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Hollywood Executive Stacey Sher Tests Anti-Aging Hair and Skin Products

9:00 AM 1/30/2017

by Beth Landman

The Activision Blizzard  Studios co-president tested the latest devices for THR and found (limited) good results: "People during Golden  Globes weekend commented my skin was glowing."

Illustration by Emmanuelle Walker

Almost every Angeleno female d'un certain age knows that a visit to a dermatologist for laser treatments can run four figures, but crawling through Beverly Hills traffic can feel like no less a sacrifice. Understanding this, the esthetic industry has focused on bringing state-of-the-art technology to high-end home gadgets that do everything from rejuvenate one's face with light therapy to restore thinning hair. The market for such devices in the U.S. exceeded $23.75 billion in 2015, with annual growth for the next five years projected to be 19 percent, according to a global survey by Research and Markets.

In L.A., the response has been particularly enthusiastic, with whole sections of walk-in closets being dedicated to these anti-aging machines. THR asked Stacey Sher, co-president of L.A.-based Activision Blizzard Studios, whose producing credits include The Hateful Eight and Contagion, to test an array. "I'm a working mother and spa enthusiast who trades beauty tips with friends, so attempting to beautify in the comfort of home was extremely tempting," says Sher. "But when the products arrived, some looked forbidding and the instructions were so daunting that I was honestly scared to try some of them." Her report found fault with quite a few of the devices, sans two.

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    Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System

    Needs Improvement

    Sher struck out again with this sonar device that "used a suction approach that tugged at my skin. I was concerned that I'd end up with broken capillaries, and the accompanying cream made my skin blotchy." Purported benefits — tighter skin with less sag in the face and neck — would have taken eight weeks. $249; conture.com

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    Iluminage Touch

    Needs Improvement

    This permanent-hair-removal device, beloved by beauty aficionados, "has a beautiful, ergonomic design, but it's cumbersome," says Sher. "The warnings and complicated instructions made me feel I needed professional knowledge to tackle it, so I didn't even try." Marketing departments should take note. $445; iluminagebeauty.com

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    Tria Age-Defying Laser

    Needs Improvement

    This skin-resurfacing device was a slightly painful experience, she says: "You move Tria's laser around your face for 30 seconds. I felt stinging, which was a little intense, and my skin was tender after." She stopped using it well short of the two weeks required to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. $495; sephora.com

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    Nutrastim Laser Hair Comb

    Needs Improvement

    The promise of this 12-laser device was great, the producer says: "Getting fuller, more lustrous hair just by using this comb sounded fantastic." The process was less so, she adds: "Meticulously sectioning and combing my hair for eight minutes, then waiting two months to see results, was too much delayed gratification. Plus, I had to use both hands, so I couldn't even multitask." $279; nutrastimhair.com

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    Trophy Skin RejuvaliteMD

    The Winners

    A clear favorite for Sher, this device with a 120-bulb lamp utilizes red-light therapy to reduce lines, sun damage and age spots while increasing collagen production. "All you do is push a button, lie down and take in the light. They even give you goggles and a timer," she says. "It's a perfect quick fix when you're getting ready to go out. I had five events to attend on Golden Globes weekend, and I popped under the lamp for five minutes before each one. People commented that my skin was glowing and I looked rested. And taking five minutes for myself, with my eyes closed, was like a mini-meditation." $249; trophyskin.com

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    Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

    The Winners

    The exec appreciated the simplicity of this pulsing diode (temporary) hair-removal laser. "It was pretty much idiot-proof," says Sher. "You push a button, then you feel it zap as it's working. Just glide the top over the area you want to treat. You can use it for five minutes before the shower." She needed only a few sessions to see results (product studies have shown a 70 percent reduction in hair growth after two treatments). $449; sephora.com

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