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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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