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Beauty & Beyond: Bringing Magical Pro Treatments Home

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Once reserved for the pros, there are so many beauty rituals that have turned DIY. There are at-home teeth whitening lights, the red light anti-aging Tanda, even Botox parties (OK, I'm guessing a pro should still do that one).

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Ultrasound has been used in intense beauty treatments at spas for decades. I've had it done at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston and it really plumps and rejuvenates your skin. Think of it as a helping hand that pushes active ingredients deep beyond the dermis for the most benefits.

JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System brings that ultrasound technology to the ever-growing list of at-home treatments. This sleek hand-held wand uses waves to increase the effectiveness of topical ingredients to your skin. When paired together with the JeNu lip and eye treatments, you get 12 times more active ingredients than by just applying the creams alone.

JeNu takes literally one minute (OK fine...I guess you can technically add 20 seconds to drop the serum onto your skin or the small device). The eye serum is infused with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, wrinkle-reducing Matrixyl and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and diminish dark spots and under-eye puffiness. The lip serum has Vitamin A, Vitamin E, nourishing olive and grapeseed oils and Volulip for serious lip hydration, plumping, and a more-defined shape.

Get ready to bibbity bobbity boo. Take the wand and smooth it over your skin, under the eyes or on your lips. It's has a calming warming sensation as you magically grant yourself beautiful skin as if you were your own fairy god mother.

What I love: The charger fits right into the wall and allows the unit to wand down, so you don't clutter up the countertop. Now that's magic.

JeNu is available for $249 at select physician offices, neimanmarcus.com, jenu.com, and at New Beauty at Fred Segal.

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Something else I love to do is create my own fresh face masques with fruits. Sure, I can pay a spa to do it for me, but I like knowing what's going into my treatments. Two of my faves - avocado and mango.

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And these two lovelies have a nice history with beauty. A Mayan princess was rumored to indulge in the first avocado’s mystical powers. Truly magical, the oil so closely resembles your skin’s own that it offers unparalleled hydration. Then there’s the mango, a fruit that whisks away dry skin and bleaches freckles thanks to the active enzyme Papain (it exfoliates) and the anti-oxidant vitamins A and C (they speed skin repair gently).

Organic beauty guru Michael Todd's mixes them both together (I like to think just for me) with his new Avocado and Mango Mask. This super hydrating treat transforms dull, lackluster complexions into glowing beauties like magic.

The smell is divine, and the color is the lovely bright orange for which mangoes are known. And who doesn't like a bright face...especially when it's temporary. Mango butter mixes with nutrient rich organic seaweed extract to rejuvenate and moisturize. There's a host of protective oils (think avo), Brazilian fruit butter and shea butter as well, while the salicylic acid gently exfoliates dead skin cells.

This is a trip to the spa and the grocery store without a trip to the spa or the grocery store. That's my kind of DIY.

The Avocado Mango Mask is available at Michaeltoddtrueorganics.com for $34.

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