7 FACIAL TOOLS TO UP YOUR SKIN CARE GAME
Good news, skin care fans! With the help of specialized facial tools, you can now do many advanced skin care treatments at home. These devices can save you time and money while helping you achieve a youthful, fresh complexion. Here's a quick rundown of seven popular facial tools to incorporate into your skin care routine.
Rooted in traditional Chinese skin care, face massagers (also known as face-sculpting or face-lifting tools) are designed to target specific areas and can help improve circulation, relax facial muscles and treat temporary inflammation. Read on to learn about the three most common types.
Gua Sha Tools
These devices are flat, smooth stones often made of jade or rose quartz. Features/benefits of gua sha tools:
- Designed to gently rub or scrape over the skin.
- Help relax stiff muscles and promote lymphatic drainage.
- Typically feature curved sides to fit the contours of the face, plus a rounded tip for acupressure points and a rounded-claw edge for deeper massage.
As their name implies, jade rollers are face rollers made of smooth, heavy jade—a stone associated with healing and renewal. Features/benefits of jade rollers:
- Designed to be rolled over the face.
- Mimic the deeply relaxing effects of a face massage.
- Help increase circulation and reduce eye puffiness.
- May help the skin better absorb some skin care products.
- Can be kept in the refrigerator or freezer for an added cooling effect.
Also called facial globes, ice globes are glass or metal wands filled with a special substance that can be safely frozen and stay cold for the duration of your treatment. Features/benefits of ice globes:
- Designed to glide over the face using slow, gentle movements.
- Soothe skin and reduce puffiness.
- Promote tissue drainage.
- Help ease sinus pressure.
Face Light-Therapy Tools
Light-therapy tools(1) use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) of varying wavelengths—including red and blue light—to penetrate the skin and treat a variety of conditions and concerns. Red light therapy is best for targeting wrinkles and other signs of aging, while blue light therapy is used to treat acne and reduce oil production. Face light-therapy tools are available as masks or wands.
LED Light-Therapy Masks
LED masks cover the entire face and have a distinctly futuristic appearance. Features/benefits of light-therapy masks:
- Have a treatment time of between 15 and 30 minutes.
- Don't damage or disrupt skin tissue.
- Don't require sensitizing medications or creams.
LED Light-Therapy Wands
Light-therapy wands use the same LED technology as light-therapy masks. Features/benefits of light-therapy wands:
- Used by holding the wand in place against the skin.
- Provide the same treatments and benefits as light-therapy masks.
- Ideal for targeting specific areas on the face.
These state-of-the-art facial cleansers use ultrasonic vibrations to break down dirt, makeup and oil—both on your skin's surface and within its pores. In addition to offering a deep clean, the sonic technology also helps to lift and tone your skin. These lightweight, handheld devices feature a soft silicone brush head to which you apply water and a cleansing solution. Most devices offer a choice of modes to customize your cleansing.
Ultrasonic cleansers work well for all skin types and conditions, and the soft silicone makes them ideal even for sensitive skin. Besides being durable (they never need replacing), the silicone brush heads are hygienic and easy to clean.
Facial steamers duplicate one of the most relaxing steps of a professional facial by enveloping your face in warm, gentle steam. Steaming simultaneously hydrates and cleans the skin and can prime it for other treatments like exfoliation. It can also improve how quickly and effectively your skin absorbs skin care products.
The recommended length of a steaming treatment varies from about 8 to 20 minutes, based on your skin type and condition. Shorter steam treatments are advised for skin that's dry and dehydrated, whereas oily skin benefits from longer steam times. Tabletop facial steamers allow you to sit and relax with your face positioned in front of the machine.
Facial Hair-Removal Tools
Dermaplane exfoliation devices are among the most effective facial hair-removal tools. They use an exfoliating blade to skim off excess "peach fuzz" and remove dead skin cells, resulting in smoother skin texture and a more youthful-looking complexion.
Additionally, dermaplaning can help skin care products go on more evenly.
These small, handheld devices use low-level electrical impulses to stimulate facial muscles, helping them to lift and tighten while also stimulating collagen production. In some cases, they can even help heal the skin from acne. Microcurrent devices are designed to glide smoothly over the face and are used in combination with a special hydrating gel.
While the microcurrent treatment you receive from a professional dermatologist or aesthetician provides the best results, at-home devices offer a convenient way to maintain your glowing skin between visits.
Using stainless-steel microneedles that penetrate the skin's surface at a single, fixed depth, microneedling tools—available as either rollers or pens—create tiny punctures in the skin, which can provide the following benefits:
- Stimulate the skin's ability to repair itself and create new collagen.
- Help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and spots.
- Result in smoother, more luminous skin.
- Create microchannels that help the skin better absorb certain skin care products.
The frequency with which you can do home treatments depends on the length of the microneedles and the conditions you are treating. (For cosmetic home treatments, the microneedles are generally 0.5mm or shorter, whereas professional treatments use longer microneedles.)
These lightweight devices feature detachable stainless-steel heads composed of rolling cylinders with several rows of microneedles. They are designed to roll lightly and easily across the skin's surface and can be cleaned by submerging the heads in isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
These cordless devices are about the size of an electric toothbrush. They include disposable microneedle cartridges designed for one-time use, which means you can opt for different cartridges with varying microneedle concentrations and needle lengths.
At-home facial tools offer a convenient and affordable way to incorporate the latest techniques and technology into your skin care regimen and take your self-care to a whole new level.