Technology and skin care have collided more than ever in recent years, leading us to wonder: Will there soon be a day when all of our precious serums and creams will be rendered obsolete, replaced by a slew of high-tech tools and devices? The short answer is most likely not. No product-obsessed person would ever dare to say goodbye to their favorite top shelf, but that doesn’t mean the aforementioned gadgets won’t seriously up the skin-care game — and potentially shake up the industry as we know it.
Do you require proof? We have a FDA-approved LED mask to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and acne, as well as a vibrating facial massage tool that mimics your body’s natural lymphatic system. There’s also the Georgia Louise Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) Micro-Needling + Ion Infusion Kit, which creates a plethora of tiny channels on the surface of your skin.
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SolaWave Advanced Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy
The Advanced Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy from SolaWave works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark circles. Not to mention that it’s portable and super compact for easy travel, and Allure Beauty Box members get an exclusive discount on it.
Sacheu Beauty Stainless Steel Gua Sha
When you glide the Sacheu Beauty Gua Sha across your face, you’re draining lymph fluids with your skin, giving yourself a temporary contour. The best part? This one is stainless steel, which prevents bacteria and gives it a nice cool touch. r[please provide a link to our most recent gua sha roundup or explainer
Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand
The Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand massage modes mimic the wave-like motion of the lymphatic system and, when combined with hot and cool temperatures, help move stagnant or slow-moving lymph fluid, making your face appear less puffy and dull. “Lymphatic draining may be accomplished through massage or devices that apply pressure to the skin to help move the fluid away from the skin so that it can be filtered by your lymph nodes,” Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, previously told Allure.
NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device
My NuFace has officially become my obsession. I know it’s pricey, but the microcurrent technology actually works to tone and tighten your face muscles while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I use my device for three to five minutes at night with my Sunday Riley Luna Oil, and I can immediately feel the microcurrents at work. My cheekbones and jawline appear more sculpted as a result. —Azadeh Valanejad, video producer
Nurse Jamie Uplift Massaging Beauty Roller
Nurse Jamie’s roller is an absolute necessity, especially before a big event. Because of its shape and cooling properties, it promotes lymphatic drainage and reduces bloat in your face, resulting in a more sculpted appearance. I always keep one in my makeup bag and use it before going out or attending a wedding. Do you not believe me? Just ask Lea Michele and Khloé Kardashian, two of Nurse Jamie’s many celebrity fans. —Jillian Ruffo, writer
Angela Caglia Skincare Rose Quartz Facial Roller
I had never heard of jade or rose quartz facial rollers until Angela Caglia gave me the most amazing facial and suggested I use her Rose Quartz Facial Roller at home. The product is not only beautiful (it makes me happy to see it among all my beauty product clutter), but it also feels amazing gliding across my face. I’ll put it in the fridge for an hour before using it to keep it nice and cool. It immediately depuffs my face, making it feel and look more alive and bright than before. —Bella Cacciatore, writer
MDNA Skin The Beauty Roller
Leave it to Madonna to create the sleekest beauty tool I’ve ever seen. The ridged balls are excellent for massaging your skin and facial muscles to improve circulation. Each morning, using this beauty roller adds color and life to my face that makeup alone cannot. It’s the Cadillac of roller coasters. —Marla Goller, writer
NuFace NuBody Skin-Toning Device
NuBody claims to reduce the appearance of dimpled or uneven skin by delivering a gentle flow of targeted microcurrent to your upper arms, abs, buttocks, and thighs.
According to Nazarian, “some studies have shown that it may optimize the anti-aging pathways in the skin, which may help improve wrinkles and tissue laxity, or sagging.” However, she claims that high-quality research is lacking.
A small study published in Life Science Journal found that 70% of women who underwent three microcurrent treatments to reduce wrinkles were satisfied with the results. Microcurrents, according to the researchers, may help blood circulate faster and stimulate collagen production, which strengthens the skin’s foundation. However, the study’s findings are limited because the study only included 30 women, was observational, and only lasted one month. This treatment requires larger, more rigorous research.
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The NuFace pronged microcurrent massager, which is popular among celebrities such as Riverdale’s Madeline Petsch, stimulates facial muscles in 5- to 20-minute sessions, leaving complexions firmer and more toned. Apply a conducting gel prior to use to allow the rollers to glide easily over skin. Otherwise, use this ReFa tool to stimulate circulation and firm skin on your face and décolletage.
The Airwrap styler was released in 2018, but it resurfaced this year as one of TikTok’s most popular gadgets after beauty influencers and regular users alike raved about it. What makes it so unique, you ask? This device has eight attachments that can dry, curl, straighten, and volumize your hair, proving its versatility. Furthermore, it employs the Coanda effect, which uses jet engine technology to style your hair with air rather than extreme heat, thereby preserving the health of your hair. There’s even a newer version with more attachments that debuted this summer!