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16 Beauty Tools That Are Worth the Investment

From rollers to microcurrent, your skin will be glowing in no time.

By: Hannah Baxter

It’s not enough these days to just rely on your multi-step skin-care routine—devices of both the electrical and manual variety have taken over the vanities of nearly every beauty devotee we know. The benefit of these tools is varied, but generally they aim to increase your circulation, combat the effects of gravity, drain toxins, and stimulate your muscles for brighter, tighter skin. Most are meant to be used in the morning after cleansing—you deserve to face the day with your cheekbones cut to perfection—but truly, any time you want to pamper yourself and indulge in some much-deserved self-care, these rollers, lights, and more will only make your experience more enjoyable. If you’re interested in joining team beauty tool but aren’t quite sure where to start, these are the 16 this editor is loving right now.

Pur Botanicals Ice Roller Face Massager, $16

Cold temperatures plus roller stimulation is always a recipe for glowing skin, so if you’ve never used a beauty tool in your life, this ice roller couldn’t be easier. Just store yours in the freezer, and swipe it over your puffy morning face—you’ll start to depuff and get your blood moving in no time. The price also cannot be beat. Pair it with this mask for when you’re feeling especially rough.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager, $16

Consider this a PSA: Your skin care shouldn’t stop at your hairline—rather, caring for your scalp is a necessary component of any beauty routine. To keep product buildup or dandruff at bay, I work this massager throughout my scalp using medium pressure while I’m in the shower. It stimulates the hair follicles for healthy growth and removes any product from the day before so your skin can breathe. I use it over the R+Co Acid Wash, but your favorite shampoo will work just fine as well.

Herbivore Jade Facial Roller, $30

Even if you’re new to the world of beauty tools, you’ve undoubtedly caught someone on your Instagram illustrating their morning jade-rolling routine. It’s the gateway drug to facial devices, so to speak, and truthfully, if you keep yours in the freezer like me, it’s a quick, refreshing way to wake up your complexion in the morning. Here’s a step-by-step if you need it for maximum effectiveness to drain toxins and depuff your face. The smaller size is ideal for hitting those corners of your eyes where fluid buildup tends to hide.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Facialift Sculpting Facial Massager, $38

Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Clinic is a must-visit if you’re in London, but in case you don’t have a trip coming up, you can still replicate her signature massage technique at home with this device. Tapping, pinching, and knuckling are just three of the methods this tool mimics as you roll it across your cheeks and jawline, and the tension of the two arms helps to depuff, lift, and drain toxic buildup. I keep one at my desk for emergencies (aka I didn’t drink enough water and my complexion is lackluster).

Angela Caglia Rosebud Eye Treatment Set, $65

If you look at these vaguely round crystals and wonder if someone is missing a wine topper, or an extremely abstract chess piece, I don’t blame you. It took me a minute to understand and appreciate tools like these, but they are ideal for increasing circulation around your eyes and temples. Fans of crystal healing, these are for you—the rose quartz is healing and will bring positive, loving energy into your life. Store them in the fridge, then massage them around your eyes (go easy on the pressure) for a cool, refreshing start to your morning.

Nurse Jamie Uplift Massage Beauty Roller, $69

As much as I’d love to give myself a full facial massage in the morning (although I will still beat my cheeks with the butterfly-wing technique—more on that at another time), tools like this help achieve the same effects with much less effort on your part. The 24 tourmaline quartz stones mimic traditional massage techniques and guarantee that your complexion will be brightened (thank you, increased circulation) and sculpted before you walk out the door.

Skin Gym Face Sculptor, $69

I picked up a similar tool when I was in Korea last year, and I must say, it's one of my favorites. I use it after cleansing while my first serum is sinking in to loosen any jaw tension, lift, and sculpt my cheekbones. Depending on the distance of the two roller balls, you can also use it along your eyes, starting in the corner and lifting out—it helps to drain any toxins built up during the day or night. I roll with medium to heavy pressure to really get my circulation moving and awaken those sleepy muscles.

Franz Face Mask, $80

Microcurrent devices are still all the rage in skin-care tools, and for good reason—the pulsating electrical currents can lift, sculpt, reduce inflammation, and reduce redness. But this new mask, which took five years and a team of scientists in Korea to develop, offers all of those benefits without the need for an electrical pulse. Patented technology will allow the mask to push the accompanying serum’s ingredients (like retinyl palmitate, a gentle retinol, and hyaluronic acid, among others) deeper into the skin for maximum effectiveness. That means you’ll be glowing and your fine lines will be lessened, all while you chill with the mask for 25 minutes. Is it a tool, is it a mask? We think it’s both! And yes, it is sadly sold out at the moment, but we predict it will get restocked—fast—so check back often.

The Lanshin Pro, $125

There are numerous gua sha tools on the market, but there’s no one I trust more than Sandra Lanshin Chiu. She’s an acupuncturist, herbalist, and skin-care professional based in Brooklyn, and her multi-purpose gua sha tool is designed for numerous functions, all with the goal to lift and depuff your face. Plus, this stone is known as "He Tian" Jade, which is highly valued in China for its supportive healing properties. A beginner’s tutorial can be found right here.

NuFace FIX Line Smoothing Device, $149

Microcurrent is used in numerous beauty tools to help stimulate and lift the muscles of the face, so lines are minimized and you’re left with a youthful appearance. This smaller version of the classic NuFace targets the smaller lines around your eyes and lips, rather than your forehead, and it takes only three minutes a day to start to see a difference. Like any of these tools, it works more the more consistently you use it, so stick to a schedule of at least three days a week to start.

FOREO Espada Acne Clearing Blue Light Pen, $149

Blue LED light targets acne-causing bacteria, but if you don’t have the time or patience to sit under a full LED mask, this targeted treatment is ideal for you. It combines T-Sonic pulses to stimulate blood flow and healing, while treating existing acne blemishes with thirty-second intervals of blue light. Because of the small surface area of the light, this is more suited to combating existing acne, rather than preventing new blemishes, but when you have an angry breakout, this will be a useful addition to your treatment regimen.

Refa O Style Face Roller, $180

The area that usually needs the most help in terms of drainage and depuffing is my eyes—just looking at a glass of wine can make them swell up like a blowfish. If that’s the case for you as well, consider adding this platinum-coated roller to your skin-care routine. It uses a solar panel on the handle to power a gentle microcurrent to stimulate cell renewal, while the 840 facets gently massage away any lingering puffiness. Plus, the rounded shape will allow you to pivot around your entire eye socket with ease. Bonus points for sticking this one in the freezer as well.

Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar, $195

I'm not going to lie, I was skeptical of this vibrating bar at first, but as someone who layers multiple serums during both my morning and evening skin-care routines, I was craving something that helped to push the product into my pores. A few methodical passes over my cheeks, chin, and temples not only helps my products to absorb, but also massages away any unwanted tension in my muscles. My cheekbones have never looked better.

Georgia Louise Hollywood EGF Microneedling + Ion Infusion Kit, $395

Microneedling can be a great treatment for stimulating collagen production and brightening the skin, but many of the at-home rollers can be tricky to both safely use and adequately clean. Celebrity facialist Georgia Louise’s latest launch takes the guesswork out of the treatment with her new microneedling tool, which is designed with a guard to prevent too-deep penetration of the skin. Her complete kit also comes with her signature EGF serum to hydrate and soothe for glowing skin fast.

ZIIP Nano Current Device, $495

All you need to do is see a photo of ZIIP founder Melanie Simon to understand that her tool works—her face is perfectly sculpted and smooth, like a damn statue. I’ve received a facial from her before and learned all the different treatments you can do through the app to make this device worth the price tag, and once you get into the habit of using it a few times a week, you really do see your face lifting. She’s also launched a new, less expensive, silver conductive gel to keep you stocked throughout the lifespan of your device. Commit to using it, and it could be the best investment you’ve made all year.

MMSkincare MMSphere, $495

This FDA-approved LED mask is designed to work with your phone to program your preferred light therapy. Once you take the accompanying skin-care quiz, the correct treatment will be programmed into the sphere device so you receive all of the light benefits to treat dullness, acne, collagen production, and more. There are five lights available: blue, green, red, purple, and amber (which is designed to fight Seasonal Affective Disorder and inspire euphoria). That’s what we call self-care! Dr. Ellen Marmur is also one of the most in-demand dermatologists in New York, so you know you’re getting a quality device for your buck.

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