Allure: Home laser a 2008 beauty breakthrough

Allure has posted its list of 2008 beauty breakthroughs:

Tria Personal Laser Hair Removal System

WHAT IT DOES: Star Wars geeks have always loved lasers, but our interest in them was piqued only when we discovered they could make us look less like Chewbacca. For the past ten years, dermatologists have wielded diode lasers to reduce hair growth. Now, the FDA has cleared the first hair-removal laser for at-home use, designed to reduce hair growth significantly. The Tria, which can only be used below the neck and costs $995, comes with a safety sensor—if it’s aimed at dark or tanned skin, the device locks to prevent the risk of burns.

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