A rejuvenated face has always been the goal and technology is finding its way there with the skin care tools that keep turning up by the clock. The skincare industry has been revolutionised and technology seems to be on a full spree. In the place of skin serums, creams, and others, we now have several tools doing their work or making them more effective. You might be lost in some of the mechanisms of the tools such as microcurrents, microneedling, light therapy etc. or scared of trying out the tools for the fear of the unknown.
It would also be a grave assumption to think skin care tools are only the new technologies that have been mentioned. Old civilization had their skin care tools which are still relevant to date including Gua Sha, Jade rollers, Kansa metal and so on. All of this might seem like a lot in addition to the numerous serums, creams and the likes. However, in this article, you will be seeing different types of skin care tools and why you should try them out.
Light Therapy Skin Care Tools
Light Therapy Tool or LED Devices as the latter suggests works with aid of Light-emitting diodes. These diodes emit specific colours at particular wavelengths which penetrate varying depths, giving unique benefits. This emitted light sets off a reaction(s) in the skin cells, each colour with a specific reaction. The most common LED device is a mask that covers the whole of your face. The LDE full-face mask can be used at home like most of the tools that will be mentioned in this article.
The blue colour destroys acne-causing bacteria while the red light increases blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and causes collagen to be produced. Other benefits include wrinkle reduction, skin healing and skin plumping. LEDs emit other colours like white and pink.
The LED full-face mask has a blue and red light. It can be used for blemish reduction, give a smoother texture, smoothening wrinkles, etc.
Uses of LED devices:
- Destroys acne-causing bacteria
- Increases blood circulation
- Production of collagen makes skin look plump
- Blemish reduction
- Smoothen skin
- Clearing wrinkles
Massage Skin Care Tools
When we talk of tools borne from the old traditions or technology, we have some facial massaging tools including the gua sha and Jade rollers of china, and Kansa massager and Kansa metal from Ayurveda medicine of India. Other massaging tools include facial rollers, massaging wands.
Gua Sha Metal Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese massage therapy tool that has been used for centuries to help relieve tension in the muscles of the face and body, boost blood circulation and the draining of the lymphatic system thereby reducing puffiness and inflammation. It helps to calm the nervous system, increases the flow of oxygen and vital nutrients to the skin.
The Gua sha massage tool helps those prone to migraines and headaches to address stagnant energy or ‘chi’ in the body. Before using a Gua Sha, make sure your face is clean or well moisturised with oil or serum. Then, daily, for five minutes, place the Gua Sha as flat to your face as possible. With medium pressure, move it upwards into and downwards out of the contours of your face and neck.
Uses of Gua Sha:
- rejuvenates the skin
- help boost lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and inflammation
- reduce facial tension
- sculpting facial muscles
- softening fine lines + wrinkles
- brightening skin tone
Facial Rollers The face roller is a recipe for a healthy-looking glow. Vital for skin’s circulation, elasticity and tone. Most face rollers have cooling metal bodies, allowing the rollers to mimic the action of an expert’s knuckles. And the Knuckle-action helps to amplify skin’s brightness by bringing oxygen to cells, while the rolling behaves works out your muscles.
Massaging your favourite facial serum into the skin with the roller promotes better absorption for a natural glow. You can use the rollers by gliding upwards from your neck but avoid your throat. Move on gently to the back of your ears—subsequently. Roll from your cheeks towards your temple, from the sides of your nose away from your eyebrows and towards your hairline.
Uses of Facial Rollers:
- enhance the absorption of topical skincare.
- brings oxygen to cells which helps to amplify skin’s brightness
- sculpting your cheekbones
- lifting the jawline and brows
- strengthen underlying tissue
- stimulate drainage to counteract puffiness
- minimise breakouts
Facial Massage Wands The most common massaging wands are the Kansa massager and Kansa of Ayurveda in India. The wands are believed to work by balancing your doshas, chakras and skin’s pH level. (If you are confused, Yoga is a close relative to Ayurveda). In use, the wands are moved in small circular motions over your temple, along your brows, down your jawlines.
Uses of Facial Massage Wands:
- Release tension
- Aid in lymphatic drainage0
- De-puff, firm and soothe skin
- Product penetration and deep cleansing.
Devices here work by emitting a gentle electronic current (electro-current). Electro-current may sound new but they have been around since the 1800s. Since the devices work with current, unlike a Kansa and the likes, you should read the manual before using it. Also, microcurrent devices vary—some combine electro-current and light therapy, some requires special conductive gels. Nevertheless, they are all quite straightforward to use.
Uses of Micro-current Devices:
- tones up the skin by energizing cells and stimulating collagen
- Treatment of damaged tissues and muscles
- Smoothen skin
Microneedling tools work by following a process they are named after—Microneedling. The process smoothens the skins, allow absorption of topical treatments (and others) by poking tiny holes in the top layer of your skin. This is done with the aid of series of tiny needles. When buying microneedling tools to be used at home, make sure you go for the ones with needles that are no longer than 0.25cm. The idea is for you not to feel them. Also, these devices give a nice after effect which might make you want to use them often, However, this is not good and it is advised you limit it to thrice a week, and only apply gentle chemicals after use.
Uses of Microneedling Tools:
- Produces collagen and elastin that aids skin plumping
- Skin Smoothening
- Aids absorption of Skin Care products
Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation where you use a sharp object, usually scalpel-like, to scrape off the dead cells and other fuzz on your skin. People use this when they want to use a skincare product and want dead cells to prevent the active ingredient from being absorbed effectively. If you are a person with certain allergies that makes exfoliation products unsuitable for you, you can also use dermaplaning devices. Scraping your skin can be dangerous but dermaplaning on the market makes the process safer and easier. Most dermaplaning devices vary so, follow the details in the manual carefully. However, regardless of the device use, apply sunscreen when you are done. This is because you have scraped off old cells that have been taking the harsh sun rays and your live cells are now exposed.
Uses of Dermaplaning Devices:
- Exfoliate skin
- Remove tiny hairs
Still on exfoliation, we have Microdermabrasion devices. But instead of scraping, they suck away old, dead cells from the surface of your skin to show your healthy live cells. The suction is done via a vacuum system. If your skin is sensitive, instead of dermaplaning, dermabrasion devices are a better fit for you. However, they don’t go as deep as dermaplaning devices.
Uses of Microdermabrasion Devices:
- Exfoliate skin
- Smoothen skin
- Soften skin
Hair Removal Devices
These devices help in shaving and waxing but without all the pain and irritation that comes with the use of shaving sticks and some hair removal gels or creams. Regardless of your skin, these devices work just fine. Some of them remove your hair with fast-pulses using both intense pulsed light (IPL) and radiofrequency (RF) technology.
Uses of Hair Removal Devices:
- Remove hair
- Wax skin
Although most of the devices already mentioned above also clean, there are devices made specifically for daily skin cleaning and nothing else. There are two popular ones in this category. One of them looks like a big egg with a rubber body and bristles at the top. These bristles have been made at varying lengths and thicknesses. The cleaning device also has a button used to adjust how the depth of the bristles drives into the skin while cleaning. The device should be dampened with water before use then scrubbed in the skin. You have to adjust the length of the bristles to reach seemingly hidden areas. The bristles are very hygienic so you don’t have to worry about that. The second of the popular cleaning devices use micro-steam technology. With this, your face is detoxified and hydrated. The device has a small bow-like part that holds firm to your face which prevents the steam from escaping while cleaning your face.
Uses of Cleaning Devices:
- Soothe and soften the skin
- Clears pores and detoxifies skin
- Removes dead skin cells, make-up, and oil
- Hydrates skin.
Skin care tools now at your Fingertips
With the advent of new skin care tools and information of the old made easily accessible, home skincare treatment is now literally at your fingertips. However, this doesn’t rule out the place of skincare experts whose experience and knowledge are not only useful but quite frankly, undeniable.