The Latest Beauty Tools Worth Your Time and Money
We round up the latest beauty tools, plus a few faves that have stood the test of time.
Beauty Gadgets: Microneedling
This at-home microneedling tool works by puncturing your skin with very tiny needles (0.3 mm in length) to encourage your body’s natural healing process and increase collagen production. Research has also found it to improve acne scars and pigmentation. This minimally-invasive treatment is available as an in-office microneedling treatment or you can use an at-home tool like BeautyBio. There’s no downtime, but you may experience some redness, especially if you have sensitive skin. Use it after cleansing and before applying a serum to increase product absorption.
BeautyBio GloPRO® Microneedling Regeneration Tool, $250 at Holt Renfrew, HoltRenfrew.com
Beauty Gadgets: Gua Sha
Gua Sha is an ancient facial therapy that provides a stimulating massage for your face. It’s a technique that’s been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years — but you’ve probably seen it more recently on Instagram. It helps with lymphatic drainage, which smoothes fine lines and reduces overall puffiness.
Odacité Gua Sha Stone, Green Aventurine, $67 at thedetoxmarket.ca
Beauty Gadgets: Dry Brush
Dry brushing has been hailed by celebs and skincare experts for boosting circulation and even smoothing cellulite. Dry brush your skin in the shower before you turn on the water for a quick exfoliation. It’s the easiest detox you’ll ever try. And don’t forget to slather your skin in an oil afterwards. (Editor’s Pick: Altogether Oil by Detox Mode.)
The Organic Pharmacy Skin Brush, $23 at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca
Beauty Gadgets: Uplift Facial Massager
The selling point of this wand is the 24 tourmaline stones embedded in the facial massaging end. The stones and the way the wand moves is supposed to mimic Nurse Jamie’s signature facial massage, which improves circulation giving your skin an overall glow. (Celebs like Khloé Kardashian, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Jessica Alba are fans.) Roll along your cheeks, jawline, forehead and neck in an uplifting motion for 10 minutes a day.
Nurse Jamie Uplift Massaging Beauty Roller, $86 at sephora.ca
Beauty Gadgets: LED Light Therapy
This LED beauty gadget uses red and blue light to treat and heal acne. Blue light targets acne-causing bacteria, while red light therapy is a research-backed treatment that helps cells repair damage like acne scars. (Thanks to red light therapy’s reparative benefits, it’s considered a promising anti-aging treatment.)
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, $35 at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca
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Beauty Gadgets: Clarisonic
The OG of beauty gadgets; the Clarisonic recently underwent a relaunch with the introduction of its Mia Smart device. The new 3-in-1 device has different settings for cleansing, firming and makeup application, plus a new eye massage feature. The device’s Smart Mode detects which brush head is attached and will automatically adjust the frequency accordingly. Now you have one device for pretty much all your skin care needs: cleansing, facial massage and makeup application (the makeup brush head buffs foundation into your skin for an airbrush effect).
Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1 Connected Sonic Beauty Device, $229 at sephora.ca
Beauty Gadgets: Microcurrent
The NuFace facial toning device stimulates your face and neck with microcurrent to improve facial contour, facial tone and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Think of it like a fitness trainer for your facial muscles.
NuFace Trinity, $405 at Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com
Beauty Gadgets: Facial Roller
Facial rollers, the most popular of which is definitely the jade roller, are a simple but effective beauty gadget with roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It helps promote collagen production, lymphatic drainage, and circulation. And if you’re in to this sort of thing, the gemstone roller (made with black obsidian, a glass-like rock that forms as a result of volcanic lava cooling quickly) is “Reiki-charged to help balance the Chakras and trigger positive energy.” Whatever works, right?
KNESKO Detox Collection Travel Essentials, $135 at Holt Renfrew, HoltRenfrew.com
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Beauty Gadgets: Skin Tightening
The Titan features an anti-aging skin technology that stimulates cell renewal (think: collagen) with the use of Bi-Polar RF energy, LED light energy and IR heat energy. You’ll need to use the device with a gel and treatment times range from 10-15 minutes per area. Use twice a week for ten weeks, and after that, once every two weeks to maintain results.
Beauty Gadgets: Warming and Cooling Pulsations
The Foreo UFO is designed to improve the efficacy of your mask treatment with heat, cold and T-Sonic pulsations. The device begins with a warming sensation which relaxes and infuses the mask ingredients into your skin, followed by cooling technology to diminish the appearance or pores and reduce puffiness. Finally, T-Sonic pulsations replicate the effects of facial massage.
Foreo UFO, $349 at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca
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