Seven worthwhile gadgets for your seven most frequently lamented face and body issues.
Written ByFIORELLA VALDESOLO
Of course, the products, and the ingredients therein, that we dutifully slather on our faces and bodies can make a significant difference on the skin. But the best way for them to be that much more efficacious may be to call in some additional reinforcements—the higher tech, the better. With that in mind we present you the seven beauty devices regularly name-checked for their transformative abilities.
FOR CROW'S FEET
That it’s tiny and works speedily (just three minutes per area) makes this microcurrent device a very easy one to embrace. Key to its success in creating a blurring effect in the areas of the face where the webs of fine lines tend to congregate (around the lips, forehead, and especially the eyes): move it across the skin with a very gentle, very slight back-and-forth “feathering” technique.
FOR UPPER ARM LAXITY
NUBODY SKIN TONING DEVICE
The backs of the arms can be an area of the body notoriously immune to your best exercise efforts (even those minute-long planking sessions, we're sorry to report), and that’s where NuBody comes in: the spherical microcurrent probes have an almost contouring effect. But much like those planks, the device is only effective when used regularly: five minutes per area. Every. Single. Day.
DR. DENNIS GROSS DRX SPECTRALITE FACEWARE PRO
We like to think this futuristic LED mask is what Judy Jetson would use, you know, if cartoon characters had to deal with human woes like acne and aging skin. Combining red and blue light therapy—the former stimulates collagen production and curbs sun spots and redness; the latter halts P.acnes bacteria—the molded mask addresses acne (and its ensuing scars) as well as fine lines. Most thrillingly, channeling Judy requires just two minutes of your time per day.
FOR ALL-OVER TIGHTENING AND SMOOTHING
ZIIP NANO CURRENT DEVICE
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing a professional facial that incorporates electrical current, you likely know how taut and glowy your skin feels afterwards. ZIIP aims to give you that same effect over and over again from the comfort of your own bathroom (or, more likely, sofa). Once you get the hang of how to wield this ergonomic little wonder (facialist par excellence Melanie Simon guides you through the motions via an app that connects to your device) it will become an indispensable part of your regimen.
FOR TECH NECK LINES
JILLIAN DEMPSEY GOLD SCULPTING BAR
The best proof that appearances can be deceiving. This 24-karat gold vibrating bar may look at first (and second) glance like a very fancy vibrator, but no it is in fact a skin sculpting tool that beloved makeup artist Jillian Dempsey first happened upon in Japan. The lifting and toning bar proves especially effective for a very modern problem: tech neck, aka those horizontal lines we’re collectively developing from hunching over our other devices.
FOR DEEP EXFOLIATION AND PEACH FUZZ REMOVAL
DERMAFLASH 2.0 LUXE
Dermaflash mimics the effect of dermaplaning, the medical-grade exfoliation you can get at your dermatologist’s office, minus the scary scalpel. Designed to be gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types, the device painlessly removes peach fuzz and dead skin cells creating a more receptive canvas for any skin care products that follow, and a smoother one for makeup.
GLOPRO BODY ATTACHMENT
If you were to judge by name alone, microneedling sounds majorly unpleasant, but the sensation could be quantified more like a mild tingling than intense prodding. GloPro’s body specific attachment uses longer stainless steel needles to address denser stubborn spots where skin tone and texture is uneven like the knees and thighs.