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Our 18 Must-Have Beauty Tools for Skin & Hair

From wands and rollers to irons and brushes.

By: Hannah Baxter

There are many days when all the creams, serums, masks, and conditioners in the world won’t help your skin and hair look its best. Yes, it’s frustrating, but that’s when your arsenal of beauty tools comes in to save the day. Whether your second-day hair needs a touch-up, or you’re battling a bit of residual puffiness from last night’s ramen-and-beer dinner, the right roller, hot iron, or LED device can make all the difference. Plus, investing in a quality tool means you can reuse it over and over again—no more desperately scooping the last of that cream out of the jar or throwing away a single-use sheet mask. If you’re in the market for your newest skin- or hair-care tool, allow our 18 favorites to help guide you.

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Hannah Baxter, Senior Beauty Editor

Skin Gym Facial Cupping Set

$28

Do I look crazy when I use facial cups in the morning? Absolutely yes. But I swear, they are the absolute best at getting your blood moving, bringing oxygen to the skin, and minimizing puffiness. I just apply a nourishing facial oil, then glide the cups in an upward and outward motion along my jaw, cheekbones, and forehead, then use the smaller cups to circle my eyes. Bye-bye, sallow skin.

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T3 Lucea ID

$235

My hair is an interesting combination—it’s wavy, color-treated, thick, and fine, which means I never really know how much heat is safe to use when styling it. I’m always afraid of causing undue damage, which is why I love this new T3 iron, which uses advanced technology to determine which of the nine heat settings is right for your hair based on length, texture, and color. It also has a flat, smart-touch interface, which is très fancy, and it’s super lightweight, so my arm doesn’t get tired while I attempt to create the perfect S-wave.

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Odacite Crystal Contour Gua Sha Rose Quartz

$45

If you’re constantly battling puffiness, like me, then a gua sha stone is a must for your beauty tool kit. I use it in the same direction as I do the facial cups to get the lymph fluid moving, and then I take the smaller side and use it under my ear and jaw to drain that lymph node down my neck. With regular use, your face will look more lifted, sculpted, and positively radiant.

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Jessica Teves, Head of Content

PureLift Face

$499

God bless this wonderful little—but very mighty—tool. I learned about it from my facialist at Face Gym in Noho and think it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made in the last year. I use it two to three times a week and see a noticeable difference in face definition, reduction of puffiness, and overall tightening.

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Riiviva Face Kit

$299 $199

Love this tool so very much! My former beauty director at Refinery29 recommended I buy this device—which was over seven years ago, gah!—and I still turn to it every week for a gentle but very effective exfoliation. I really see a noticeable improvement in my skin texture when I use this regularly.

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Georgia Louise Cryo Freeze Tools

$125

Whenever I’m feeling extra puffy, I turn to these very reliable cryo face tools from Georgia Louise—they help with inflammation and also, if I’m being really honest, days when I’m also experiencing really bad allergies!

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Abby Miller, Head of Production

ZIIP Beauty ZIIP Nano Current Device

$495

This is my ride-or-die. No other tool in my arsenal gives me as dramatic results as the ZIIP does. If you haven’t yet delved into the world of at-home microcurrent, you are missing out. The ZIIP is especially fantastic because they have an app with pre-programmed tutorials to follow along with, so even the most novice beauty lover can partake in the microcurrent club.

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Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer

$149

There is no beauty tool more luxurious or relaxing than this facial steamer. I actually look forward to nights where I clear my schedule and just plant myself in front of my steamer and pretend I am in a spa.

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Sarah Chapman The Facialift Sculpting Facial Massager

$50

This crazy little device is meant to mimic the knuckle massage that facialists do when you get a professional facial. It's a great way to instantly de-bloat when your face is feeling extra puffy.

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Halle Lagatta, Associate Creative Producer

Aceology Ice Globe Facial Massager

$54

I toss these bad boys in the refrigerator (or freezer if I’m feeling really crazy) and add a few droplets of Supernal Cosmic Glow Oil to get the balls rolling, no pun intended. It’s sort of shocking seeing the magic of a good 15–30-minute lymphatic massage. These have been serious game changers for me.

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Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro

$435

This mask has become the cherry on top of my Sunday Spa Routine. I like to use the blended setting and rest my eyes for a minute while the mask does all the work!

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Jillian Dempsey Gold Bar

$195

When I’m feeling extra puffy or in need of some wrinkle preventative treatment, I grab this bar and smooth my problems away! If only every skin-care concern could be erased away with gold...

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Isabella Sarlija, Freelance Writer

Ranavat Botanics Kansa Wand

$65

A Kansa wand is for sure one of my desert-island beauty staples. It is an Ayurvedic metal alloy tool that not only assists the skin in lymphatic drainage, but also balances the skin’s pH (an ideal two-in-one combination, if you ask me). I use this every morning and night, and throughout the day when I tend to experience tension headaches or the effects of my TMJ. It’s a simple tool that feels heavenly as it traces its way along my face.

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Wilding Aura Stone

$65

Repeat after me: Lymph nodes exist throughout the body, not just the face! Just as we massage our faces to support its lymphatic drainage system, we must not neglect the lymph nodes on our bodies. I use this body gua sha stone to help keep the skin on my arms and legs firm and plump. I love that it’s huge in comparison to other gua sha stones, as it makes scraping the skin on my stomach, legs, and back a breeze. This stone also helps to relieve my sore muscles the day after a long run.

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Stacked Skincare High Frequency Acne Device

$130

I’ve suffered from acne for most of my adolescent and adult life, during which time I was a serial picker. As we all know, popping pimples can unleash undue damage to the skin and cause some long-lasting acne scars that are a pain to champion. I have my acne at bay these days, but I love to reach for this device whenever I feel a hormonal bump coming to the surface. This device uses a small electrical current to *literally* zap acne into oblivion. The electricity oxygenates the skin, which eliminates acne-causing bacteria and reduces inflammation.

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Kelsey Dobbs, Senior Marketing Manager

Act+Acre Intelligent Hair Towel

$20

To be honest, most days I am too lazy to pull out my blow-dryer, so I have been leaning into air-drying. With long, thick hair, it can take hours for my hair to dry naturally. This towel from Act+Acre has been a game changer to my hair routine. My hair air dries much faster, and the microfiber towel eliminates damage and breakage—a win-win for the lazy-girl hair routine.

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Goop G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush

$20

I have been in a casual relationship with dry brushing for several years now, and have vowed to take it more seriously. Before I hop in the shower, I use this to dry-brush my body (always brushing towards the direction of my heart) for increased circulation, lymphatic drainage, and exfoliation. This brush is easy to use and gentler than some of the others I have tried.

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Esarora Ice Roller for Face & Eye

$22

This facial roller is one of my all-time favorite beauty tools. I run this tool over my face on mornings when I am feeling extra puffy or have enjoyed one too many margaritas—it feels like an at-home spa treatment for under $25!

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