Rapid technological advancements have led to the creation of high-tech beauty devices unlike anything we’ve seen before. Over the past few years, brands have released a plethora of innovative new products from LED (light-emitting diode) face masks that target acne, fine lines and discolouration to facial toning devices that utilise microcurrents to lift, sculpt and brighten. While the vast variety of new tech at our disposal is a definite advantage, make sure to weed out gimmicky, possibly harmful tools, and to use each product with caution, taking into account your own skin type and needs.
Best For Sculpting & De-Puffing
If you are prone to puffiness or are otherwise looking to tighten and tone your skin, a facial massaging or rolling device is a worthwhile tool for your beauty cabinet. While jade and quartz rollers are the more Instagrammable siblings of the obsidian roller, the obsidian’s less porous composition makes it a more sanitary alternative. The luxe, weighted rendition from Susanne Kaufmann can be placed in the fridge prior to use for a cooling effect, while its heavier weight allows it to more effectively do its job as a lymphatic drainage tool. A gua sha works wonders to relieve fascial tension and increase blood circulation, and Hayo’u’s stainless steel version can be used on both face and body for all-over benefits.
Best For Cleansing
Up your cleansing game with chargeable devices that remove grime and impurities without stripping the skin. The Foreo is an award-winning, dermatologist-approved device that uses T-Sonic™ pulsations with 16 adjustable intensities for a deep yet gentle cleanse. The multi-use device can also be flipped over, and the curved grooves along the back can be used to massage serums or other creams into the skin. The Refa Clear has a handcrafted Kumanofude brush-head, made with traditional Japanese techniques for ultrafine bristles that effectively cleanse the skin and extract dirt without irritation.
Best For Lifting & Anti-Ageing
Created by New York-based dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, the RxSpectraLite FaceWare Pro is an FDA-approved LED mask with different treatment options to stimulate collagen production, target acne, and diminish fine lines and discolouration. This powerful piece of tech is loved by many a celebrity, including Jessica Alba and Chrissy Teigen, and is touted for its efficiency with each treatment lasting a mere three minutes. The NuFace utilises microcurrents to tone and lift, its ergonomic design working in synch with the contours of your face to cover every inch of skin. Also a celebrity favourite, the NuFace is beloved by Jennifer Aniston and Kim Kardashian among others.
Best For Product Absorption
While face masks are an effective skincare pick-me-up in their own right, why not amp up their results with the help of a beauty gadget? The UFO 2 by Foreo uses “smart mask” technology to fast-track the benefits of a face mask into 90 seconds, with a warming Thermo-Therapy mode to allow active ingredients to penetrate the skin, a Cryo-Therapy mode to diminish pores and puffiness, and T-Sonic™ pulsations to boost radiance.
Best For Acne & Clogged Pores
Sarah Chapman’s pro pore refiner is the ultimate blackhead-eliminating device, with thermo-therapy and ionic cleansing working in conjunction to gently open and unclog pores. Any remaining black or whiteheads are further loosened by ultrasonic vibrations and warmth, while a gentle suction targets more stubborn blocks for smoother, more refined skin. Another LED-powered device, the How To Glow Light Therapy System by Solaris Laboratories features red, blue and amber LED lights, with the blue LED light preventing and treating mild to moderate acne by destroying acne-causing bacteria without irritating the skin.
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