BEAUTY & SHOPPING
A big birthday combined with the stress of lockdown has required some extra oomph in our usual skincare routine. So we’ve invested in some high-tech, new generation facial tools – here is what we discovered.
These small devices seem to be popping up everywhere recently and we can understand why. Microcurrent acts as a work-out for your skin, resulting in a more lifted visage. Sending tiny pulses of current to your facial muscles, microcurrent has immediate visible effects but consistent use is key if you want to maintain that lift.
Note: microcurrent devices require a conductive gel for use. Buy a big bottle as you will go through quite a bit. You can use a simple conductive gel from Amazon, but our favourite from NuFace comes in a handy pump and can be used with all the devices below.
NuFace NuBody Hydrating Leave-On Gel Primer, £45 from LookFantastic
FaceGym Pro by Xtreem Pulse, £515 from FaceGym
After several months of use, this is our top pick. With ten levels, you can start slow and move up as you become more tolerant of the microcurrent. This one does cause an involuntary muscle reflex in some areas – twitching eyes or mouth – that we find rather satisfying (you can see it working!) but may be uncomfortable for some. The device can be used all over the face and allows you to target specific areas of concern. It works particularly well on the brow area, giving an instant wake up to tired eyes.
The PureLift Pro only needs to be charged once every 50 or so uses, great if you are always forgetting to plug it in.
NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device, £315 from Lookfantastic
A much gentler experience than the PureLift, you might think nothing is happening when slowly moving this device over your face. But, after regular use, we really noticed a difference. Special attachments are available to get around the smaller areas of your eyes and mouth.
ZIIP Beauty Nano Current Skin Care Device, £361 from CurrentBody
The most portable of the bunch, ZIIP can easily fit into a suitcase for travel. The device connects to an app with targeted programs and there are videos to help you along. ZIIP’s patented nano-current technology benefits those suffering from acne as well, with a program available to keep skin clear.
MASSAGE & LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
There’s nothing like a professional facial massage to get glowing, plump skin. Whilst it isn’t always the most relaxing way to spend time at the spa, the increased blood flow has a profound effect on skin’s appearance, not to mention the general feeling of wellbeing. You can achieve similar results at home with a little training using these simple tools. Don’t forget to use a little of your favourite facial oil before starting to give the required slip.
Hayo’u Beauty Restorer Tool, £38 at CurrentBody
Both invigorating and relaxing, we are huge fans of the gua sha technique. Great for perking up skin, we often use it in the morning to help with any puffiness or to relieve tension across the forehead in the evening. If you want to improve your technique, we highly recommend these tutorials or Kate Brindle’s brilliant videos on Instagram.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis The Facialift, £30 at LookFantastic
Best for jawline and neck, simply roll and the tool does the rest.
DaVisage Face X’cercise Visager, £220 from Harvey Nichols
Manual facial exercises (sometimes called face yoga) can deliver excellent results over time, despite how silly we might feel doing them. However, how can you be sure you are doing it correctly? This is where the Visager comes in. Packaged with an LED screen of video tutorials, one side of the device is used to increase pressure when performing the exercises. The second side of the device contains a small microcurrent device for use on pressure points and to provide stress relief. Use for 5-20 minutes per day.
LED, or Light Emitting Diode, has been used at spas for years and was famously developed to assist in healing for NASA. A form of light therapy, LED is revered for its ability to stimulate collagen production, brighten skin, and fight acne. Now this relaxing treatment can be done at home, with products becoming more mainstream over the past year.
Deesse Professional LED Mask Next Generation, £1,680 at Cult Beauty
Said to emit 3x more LEDs than other masks giving the most professional results on the market at home.
MZ Skin Light Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device, £385 at Harvey Nichols
From well-known dermatologist Maryam Zamani’s excellent line of products
MORE BEAUTY TOOLS:
OLIVEREWILSON Cryo Ice Sticks, £90 at Current Body to get rid of puffy eyes and shrink pores
Slip Silk Pillowcase, £85 at Lookfantastic to wake up with fewer sleep lines and banish bedhead
GloPro Microstimulation Anti-Aging Facial Tool, £199 at CurrentBody for at-home micro-needling and smoother, more plump skin over time.
HigherDose Infrared Sauna Blanket V3, £469 at Cult Beauty, to release toxins and induce well-being