5 Expert-Approved Tools That Will Change Your Skin-Care Routine Forever
We're constantly on the hunt for beauty tools and procedures that will make our skin feel smoother and glow brighter, so when we discovered a collection of products that mimic some of the most expensive in-office procedures and can be used in the comfort of our own homes, we had to give them a whirl. Below, five innovative tools from cult-classic beauty tool brand, Tweezerman, that'll make you go from "Huh?" to "How did I live without this?"
At first glance, you could mistake this for some sort of trendy kitchen tool, but it's actually a sneaky peach fuzz zapper. The Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover uses springs and rotatable knobs to grab hair and whisk it away. "Unlike shaving which simply cuts the hair off at the skin surface, this tool pulls out the hair from the root making the results last longer," explains Sejal Shah, a New York City-based cosmetic dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology. There's a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of simultaneously rotating the handles and smoothing it across your face, it's easy enough to incorporate into your #SelfCareSunday routine. Shah does advise a laid-back approach for best results: "Rushing through the process may increase risk of breaking the hair off rather than pulling it from the root," she says. Even if you're taking things slow, this is way less time intensive (and less messy) than waxing.
"Cleansing brushes enable a more thorough, deep cleanse, as the bristles can actually penetrate deeper into the epidermis than wiping over the surface can," says Shah. While using a cleansing brush is an easy way to amp up your skin-care routine, it's important to choose one that won't irritate skin, especially if you're using it regularly. "Firm brushes are too harsh and can often lead to redness, soreness and sensitivity," Shah notes. Instead, she recommends tools with a softer brush head like this one. Thanks to its soft-to-the-touch bristles, when we're not using the brush to cleanse, we're partial to sweeping it across dry skin for gentle exfoliation. (Incidentally, it feels ahh-mazing.)
Clear Complexion Tool: Combo skin, meet your new holy grail tool. This device features two ends to address both oil-clogged pores and dry patches. The looped side is your basic blemish buster, while the flat side sloughs off dry, flaky skin, thanks to ridges in the design (genius). Not only does a flake-free face look instantly glowier, but shedding dead skin can prevent future flakes, says Shah. "Removing dead skin cell build up [can] improve penetration of moisturizers, thereby improving dry, flaky skin," she explains. (Side note: It can be tempting to use this tool every time you wash your face, but as with any exfoliator, don't overdo it.)
In the realm of oh-so-satisfying skin-care procedures, dermaplaning may just be the most enticing. In case you haven't seen videos of people seemingly scraping off the top layer of their faces, dermaplaning is "a physical form of exfoliation [using] a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently shave the skin's surface, removing the top layer of dead skin cells along with fine hairs," Shah explains. "It's great for exfoliating and getting rid of peach fuzz." A single in-office treatment can cost hundreds,while this at-home tool uses the same technique to bring the treatment home for 30 bucks. To amp up the glow, Shah suggests applying a hydrating serum and moisturizer post-treatment.