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Achieving pore-fection

They look like the sort of toys you might expect to find in Samantha Jones' boudoir, but they're actually just the current crop of beauty gizmos.

Perfectly innocent when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and more interested in a spot in your beauty routine than your bed, here are two of the newest DIY skincare gadgets promising to deliver salon-standard results at home.

The Clarisonic cleansing system is relatively new to these shores, but it counts Demi Moore and Kim Kardashian among its devout Stateside fans who credit the device with transforming their skin for the better.

It's like a giant toothbrush for the skin: a rechargeable electric handle features a removable brush head that uses sonic oscillations of more than 300 movements per second to gently yet thoroughly cleanse dirt and oil from pores while softening and smoothing all skin types.

As the brush head busily whirrs away, Clarisonic says that it removes six times more make-up than traditional cleansing, reduces the appearance of fine lines, pores, and wrinkles, tackles blemishes, and does away with problem patches of dryness or oiliness.

There's no great time commitment required, since it only needs to be used for one minute a day, and no need for specialist products either, as it'll work with any non-abrasive cleanser.

It all sounds amazing, so of course there's a catch, and it's cash-related. The Clarisonic does not come cheap. The original kit will set you back the guts of €200, and the brush heads need to be replaced every three to four months at a cost of about €25 a pop.

If curiosity gets the better of you (and your wallet), Feelunique.com offers the best price I've been able to find: €193.75 with free delivery.

The Bliss Pore-fector is another sonic facial device with a shocking price tag: its RRP is €150. The Pore-fector is billed first and foremost as a hygienic alternative to squeezing blemishes. A near-flat metal protrusion is pushed gently across cleansed skin and uses sonic vibrations to help clear out clogged-up pores. Bliss say that it can also be used to help improve the absorption of moisturisers and serums.

Despite the hefty price and the fact that it has to be used in conjunction with the Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner, the Pore-fector sold out within days of going on sale initially. Seems that most of us are either completely pore-obsessed or still have more money than sense!

Brown Thomas Dublin and Limerick, BT2, and Harvey Nichols Dundrum are Bliss stockists.