With the advancement of technology over the last decade, we have been increasingly dependent on devices to make our lives easier and more convenient. One notable routine that has been impacted by digitisation: skincare.
As the world of at-home skincare devices continues to expand, there’s a device (or two) to tackle just about any skin concern you might have — from depuffing eyes and boosting skincare absorption to lifting your skin.
And while these devices may come with a hefty price tag, they are worth the investment — and it’s all in the name of long-term, sustainable beauty.
Uses: Red and blue LED
How often: Use for 12 minutes – Warm (3 Min) + Vacuum (3 Min) + Purify (3 Min) + Ice (3 Min)
What is it: With this Deepcare O2 Hydro-Facial Pore Refiner, you can easily get rid of blackheads and excess sebum, to achieve a glowy and dewy complexion. Boasting four different features in one device, this revolutionary tool is powered with dual Hot and Cold modes to vacuum blackheads and excess sebum, and it oxygenates and nourishes your skin at the same time, revealing a smoother and clearer complexion.
Uses: Glow Poration Technology
How often: Five minutes daily
What is it: This highly raved product is well-loved by many for good reason. Thanks to its Glow Poration Technology, the device helps to boost the absorption of your skincare products by improving absorption, rapidly passing active ingredients into the skin, helping to bring back skin radiance.
How often: Use for three minutes up to two times per day per treatment area
What is it: A powerful microcurrent skincare device that instantly targets the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, lips, and forehead within 3 minutes.
Uses: High-frequency technology
How often: Daily
What is it: Using high-frequency treatments as a way of boosting your skin this device helps to turn back the clock by energizing and oxygenating skin at the cellular level. Using a combination of neon and argon light to anti-age and reduce acne, high-frequency facial tools work by pumping neon or argon gas into glass electrodes. When the tools come into contact with your skin, they release high-frequency currents that work to kill any bacteria and stimulate cell turnover. It also kills any sub-dermal causes of inflammation to control blemishes and ensures a smoother complexion 90% faster.
Uses: SonicGlow technology that has 7,000 vibrations per minute
How often: Daily for about one to two minutes
What is it: A smart facial cleansing device that not only ensures a deep cleanse, but provides a way to lift, firm, and tone problem areas for a more youthful appearance. Breaks down dirt and oil from within the pores at 7,000 vibrations per minute while operating at a perfect frequency to lift, firm, and tone the skin.
Uses: Ultrasonic skin scrubbing and infusion technology
How often: Three times a week
What is it: Are you the sort that loves to watch pimple popping videos or even enjoy extracting your own blackheads? Well this is the tool for you. This ultrasonic spatula feels like it was almost made for people who love that sort of beauty content. In Extract Mode, it will help to exfoliate and deep cleanse your skin and is great for those with acne-prone skin as it can help to eliminate dirt, debris, and oil that clog pores and can lead to breakouts, and slough off the accumulation of dead skin cells. All you’ll have to do is apply gentle, yet firm pressure as you glide the device over your face and neck and watch the gunk ooze out.
After that, wipe the device clean with alcohol or soap and water to prepare the device for use in Infuse Mode. Apply your favorite serum or moisturizer, Press the power button twice to activate Infuse Mode which is indicated by a tapping vibration and blue light. Using the flat portion of the spatula, glide the device over your serum or moisturizer. The ultrasonic vibration will enhance the penetration of the active ingredients in your skin care to help them work more effectively.
Uses: High-frequency waves and argon gas electrodes
How often: No more than once a day. Do not use over any area longer than 3-5 minutes and no more than 20 minutes for your whole face.
What is it: This device is a high-frequency facial wand that uses an argon gas electrode to emit a small electrical current that generates oxygen when applied to the skin, This oxygen travels into the skin to kill acne-causing bacteria within blemishes while reducing inflammation and redness. Safe for cystic and active acne, this tool shortens the lifespan of your blemish, prevents future breakouts, and reduces the likelihood of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Do note that this high-frequency machine for acne features a U.S. plug. You will need to purchase an adapter if you are using this outside the U.S.
Uses: 24K gold-plated smart skin sensors
How often: 90 seconds, twice a day
What it is: Want to take your skincare routine to the next level? This game-changing contender might just be your best bet. A frontrunner in the skincare industry for its devices, FOREO is best known for its unique range of skincare tools that work to elevate your everyday regime.
Unlike the regular Luna devices, the Fofo is probably the smartest cleansing brush at the moment. It creates a customised cleansing routine for your skin, thanks to its smart skin sensors that help to measure and analyse your skin’s moisture level on each area of your face. When connected to the FOREO app, you can also customise the pulsation intensities of the brush, the duration of your routine and which areas you’d like to focus on. Essentially, it works to remove any dirt and impurities on your skin, leaving a beautiful and radiant glow.
Uses: NASA-inspired coloured LED Chromotherapy, Sonic, PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field) and Hydro-Sensor technologies
How often: 10 minutes, twice daily
What it is: You’ll find everything you need in this one device. Boasting five LED lights offering different benefits, the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light++ is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to skincare devices.
Firstly, the Red light works to tighten and firm the skin, whereas the Yellow light helps to revive dull skin, revealing a brighter complexion. On the other hand, the Blue light on this device helps to soothe skin and minimise the appearance of pores.
Above all that, what we love most about this device is that you can also opt for the Power Combo Lights to target multiple skincare concerns at the same time. The Orange light (a combination of Red & Yellow light) targets pigmented and ageing skin, while the Purple light (a combination of Blue & Red light) is best for those with sensitive and ageing skin, and those dealing with acne.
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Uses: Smooth wrinkles, diminish discolouration, and clear acne
How often: Three minutes, three times a week
What it is: Go hands-free with this device by skincare label Dr Dennis Gross. Designed to tackle a wide range of skincare concerns, this device is perfect for you if you’re struggling with fine lines, redness, as well as uneven skin tone and discolouration. Built with a whopping 162 red and blue LED lights, the device has been said to help stimulate collagen synthesis while reducing inflammation and eliminating the bacteria that causes acne. Use it after cleansing your face, and don’t forget to follow up with a serum and/or moisturiser of your choice.
Uses: Therapeutic Hot Compress, Sonic Vibration, LED Red Light Therapy
How often: One minute, once or twice a day
What it is: Want to get rid of your dark eye circles? This device might just do the trick. Great for reducing puffiness and lightening dark eye circles, the OptimaLift A+ Intelligent Eye Revitaliser 2.0 by ést.lab does wonders for your tired-looking eyes. It’s also been said that the device helps to boost absorption of your favourite eye care products, thanks to its LED light, heat therapies and sonic vibrations that stimulate collagen and elastin production. All you need to do is to take an appropriate amount of eye cream and spread it evenly on the skin, before gently pressing the metal massage probe and gliding it around eye contours.
Uses: Microcurrent facial toning and T-Sonic TM firming massage
How often: 90 seconds, once or twice a day
What it is: Give your face a lift with FOREO’s BEAR Microcurrent Facial Toning Device. Emitting microcurrents, this device helps to stimulate facial muscles, cell growth and collagen production to enhance and contour your face for a more lifted look. Use it with the FOREO app itself to preset your treatments and customise your routine. We recommend using this device with a water-based serum so it glides easily over your skin, and improves the conductivity between the skin and the electrodes. You may feel a slight tingling sensation during the first few rounds of use, but it will get more comfortable eventually.
Uses: 24K gold-plated smart skin sensors
How often: 90 seconds, once or twice a day
What it is: The latest generation of the original ultra-hygienic silicone facial cleansing massager, LUNA™ 3’s iconic design has now been improved to feature a bigger brush head with longer & softer touchpoints to ensure an even deeper & more thorough cleanse, 16 adjustable intensities, and a variety of app-guided massage routines that use the back of the device to tighten targeted areas of your face, for a refined & younger-looking complexion in minutes.
Uses: LED light and infrared therapy
How often: Five to 20 minutes (which you can customise), daily
What it is: Studies have shown that red LED light helps increase blood flow in the scalp, which stimulates the hair follicles. It also creates ATP (also known as cellular energy), which lays the foundation for hair to grow well. The device uses LED light in three intensities, to reflect red light and near-infrared rays onto the scalp and roots, to help stimulate tissue activity.
Pro tip: Use the device on a dry scalp and hair; if you use a hair serum, apply that after the session, as some formulas may contain active ingredients such as BHA and salicylic acid, which react to light.
Uses: Randomised microcurrent pulse technology
How often: Two minutes, daily
What it is: Uses microcurrents delivered in intermittent variable pulses eight times per second. Helps to reduce the look of dark spots, improve skin tone and luminosity, and keep skin soft and supple. It’s comfortable to use, with no stinging or zapping sensation. The Activating Treatment serum is made for the device, and helps activate the formula (which includes vitamins C and B3, and hyaluronic acid) to achieve bouncier and younger-looking skin.
Uses: Galvanic ion technology
How often: One to two minutes, daily
What it is: A multi-use skincare device that deeply cleans and nourishes the skin with positive and negative ions, and micro-vibrations. On Cleanse mode, use the device with micellar water or toner to draw out impurities from the skin. And on Nourish mode, pair it with a serum or essence to boost absorption of the active ingredients in the formula, for more effective results.
You can further enhance absorption by massaging your skin in circular motions during the Nourish mode, and allowing the warmth of the device to relax tense facial muscles, so as to look less stressed and more youthful.
Uses: Triple-wave TriPollar Multi-Radio frequency (RF) and dynamic muscle activation (DMA) technologies
How often: About 25 minutes, two to three times a week (12-15 minutes on RF mode for the entire face, 10 minutes on DMA mode along the jawline)
What it is: Multi-RF stimulates collagen and elastin fibre production to reduce the look of fine lines, while DMA is like a HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound) treatment, targeting the different layers of muscles, to tighten and lift sagging skin, while redefining the jawline. When using the device, it’s imperative that you use the gel provided to reduce the drag across the skin and it also helps to keep the skin cool and helps with heat transfer. In the DMA mode, use linear and upward strokes, rather than circular motions, to lift and define the jawline.
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