In addition to cosmetics and creams, skin care devices have played an essential role in creating radiant and glowing skin in recent years. Although some of them are pricey, it might be worth trying them for their touted effects including improving firmness, cleansing and lifting.
Brushed and relaxed
The PMD’s facial cleansing brush provides more than 7,000 vibrations per minute – a frequency for optimal efficiency in cleansing skin. There are two surfaces, one for cleaning and one for massage. The soft, waterproof, and antibacterial brush is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. The massage surface is made of jade that soothes irritation, improves elasticity and helps skin relax after a stressful day.
How to use: Splash your face with warm water and don’t dry. Wet the device and add a moderate amount of your cleanser. Turn on and move the brush in a circular motion on the skin for about one minute. When finished, wash your face with warm water and pat dry. Add a serum to the jade surface and turn on for a gentle massage.
PMD Clean Pro Jade, $179.
Available at pmdbeauty.com
This professional skin care device has micro steam injection technology that infuses deep moisture. The warm steam opens pores and removes impurities. Use this and you’ll find your deeply cleansed skin absorbs nutrients from beauty products better. The product is a solution for conditions such as clogged pores and dry skin.
How to use: Wash your face beforehand with make-up remover and cleanser. Fill the reservoir cup with water and turn on the device. Close your eyes, keep a distance of at least five inches and steam your face for up to nine minutes.
Use only once or twice a week. Pro Facial Steamer, $186.
Available at drdennisgross.com
Light therapy masking
For face and neck.
The product is created with the most advanced beauty technologies, such as thermotherapy and cryotherapy, helping the active ingredients in products penetrate deeper and maximize benefits. UFO™ 2 is famous for its LED light therapy that you can find in different spas. This technology uses wavelengths as sources of energy to rejuvenate and repair damaged facial cells. There are eight different colors with eight advantages. For example, the red LED light mode helps boost collagen and elastin production to firm and lift skin and support the healing process. The blue LED stops breakouts by destroying bacteria and balancing oil production. Brightened skin tones are green LED’s effects.
How to use: Download the Foreo For You app to your phone. Connect the device with your phone by Bluetooth. Tap “treatment” and choose the type of mask that you want to use. The masks are sold separately for different benefits. Choose your preferred wavelengths, temperature and pulsation intensity. Place a Foreo’s UFO mask sheet on the device. Massage clean, dry skin in a circular and upward direction until the machine turns off automatically. Tap the skin with your fingers gently so it can absorb all the nutrients.
UFO™ 2, $349. UFO Youth Junkie Mask (pack of six), $26.
Available at foreo.com
For face and neck.
The Gua sha facial massage tool has a unique wing shape that effectively reaches your nose, cheeks, and eyes, giving the feeling of acupressure. Pink quartz acts on the skin to stimulate blood circulation and improve blood flow. It helps restore elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Scraping a gua sha along the back of the neck can improve blood circulation and reduce muscle pain. Take care when using as the quartz can crack and break if dropped.
How to use: Add a few drops of facial oil to create a nice slip and avoid tugging on the skin. Use the curved edges of the gua sha and gently drag in an upward direction. The long curved area on the side of the product is for cheekbones, while the shell-shaped top is suitable for eyebrows, chin, and neck. Note that you should hold the tool flat to the skin instead of 90 degree angle to avoid too much force. Check out Gothamista’s Facial Gua Sha and Acupressure Massage video on YouTube for detailed instruction on how to use.
Rain House Real Jade Roller for Face, $12.
Available at amazon.ca
For face, neck and body.
Designed in a unique hexagonal shape with 24 massaging stones, this product adds vitality and uplifts muscles, thereby improving firmness, elasticity and uneven skin tones. The rollers help blood circulate better and slow down the effects of aging. It is good for travel because it is compact, and no batteries or electricity are required.
How to use: Roll upwards on face, neck, and body, from 30 to 45 seconds. For optimal efficiency, use it every day. Consult your doctor before using the tool if you have a metal allergy, electronic implantation devices or pacemakers, epilepsy, cancer, are pregnant, are under the age of 18, or have other medical concerns.
Nurse Jamie Uplift Massaging Beauty Roller, $86.
Available at sephora.com/ca and nursejamie.com
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