Whether your skin-care routine consists of three steps or a dozen it all starts with having the right tools to get the most of your products. While there may be a seemingly overwhelming number of gadgets on the market, don't fret—put on a face mask and read more about the benefits of five (plus a few bonus) skin-care tools that’ll get you glowing in no time. —Vicki Duong
facial dry brush. Dry brushing is the perfect way to kick-start your morning skin-care routine, and we like Midnight Paloma’s Facial Dry Brush ($22). Meant to stimulate lymphatic drainage, boost circulation and reduce puffiness and dark circles, this synthetic facial brush is gentle yet effective.
jade roller. Taking inspiration from ancient Chinese beauty rituals, Herbivore’s Jade Roller ($40) offers benefits for inner and outer beauty. Jade is believed to reduce stress and bring peace and harmony, and a roller like this one can help noticeably reduce the appearance of puffiness (plus, it's a great tool to use to help products absorb into your skin better).
gua sha. If you’re looking to tap into your heart chakra while focusing on your skin, look no further than the Mount Lai Gua Sha ($42). This facial massage tool enhances beauty rituals by lifting and smoothing the skin, and it’s unique shape is seemingly perfectly sculpted for releasing muscle tension.
exfoliating face sponge. When it comes to getting your skin squeaky clean the Vintage Cosmetics Company’s Exfoliating Face Sponge ($7) is the tool for the job. Featuring silicone bristles that work with your cleanser to create a rich lather for a gentle cleanse and exfoliating, it's perfect for even sensitive skin types.
makeup removing cloth. The Makeup Eraser ($24) is one of those products that seem gimmicky and Instagram-hyped but actually works. With nothing other than water it removes all traces of makeup. Perfect for even the most stubborn gunk this little cloth helps reduce the number of disposable makeup wipes and saves you money in the long run!
Bonus: 4 New Tools We're Dying to Try
New from Nurse Jamie, we're curious about the NuVibe RX Amethyst Massaging Tool ($95) and the UpLift Body Sonic Massaging Beauty Roller (pictured, $159). The former uses Sonic vibration (6,000 pluses per minute!) to restore the youthful appearance of skin—glide it around your eyes, nose, jawline and neck to temporarily soften the look of wrinkles. The latter is touted as "the answer to all your body confidence woes" and features a dual-head “Y-shape” designed specifically for use on your body. 48 massaging stones work to temporarily improve skin tone and appearance, giving you toned, youthful skin all over! We'll give a full review once we have tried these two tools!
Also new, this time from Elizabeth Grant, the Uplift Roller ($50) and Beauty Wand ($50) are two gadgets that promise to "revolutionize and enhance" our skincare routine by allowing serums and moisturizers to reach their full potential through daily use. The Uplift Roller, with more than 250 smooth individual surfaces, is designed to de-puff the look of skin, boost the appearance of elasticity, and redefine contours (it can also be used on the body, grabbing and lifting the skin gently, but deeply, to help release tight muscles and help skin appear smoother and firmer). The Beauty Wand, using micro current vibrations, replaces manual finger tapping to help apply serums and creams more effectively, especially around the finer areas of the face. With intelligent touch activation, the wand only activates when touching your skin for easy use. The compact design is lightweight, fitting comfortably in your purse for whenever your need a quick refresh around tired eyes. —Noa Nichol