On average, you probably see a dentist twice a year. Certainly, in between those visits, you're brushing and flossing. Some of us like to use an electric toothbrush because they can clean teeth and gums much better than a manual toothbrush. Some of us like to use a water flosser, over string, because it can be more effective in removing plaque. And then there are the vast options in toothpaste; each touting superior benefits over the other.
The oral care journey is very similar to the skincare journey. You want to see a professional skincare therapist a few times a year. In between those visits, your skincare regimen is helping to maintain your skin health. But some of us want to go beyond maintenance and actually extend the professional results well after your facial treatments.
Incorporating cutting-edge skincare tools and devices into your routine can take your skincare game to the next level. From microneedling to LED therapy, dermaplaning, and microcurrent technology, these innovative tools are designed to enhance the effectiveness of your skincare regimen. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the best skincare tools and devices that are revolutionizing the way we care for our skin.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves the use of tiny, fine needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. This process stimulates collagen production, leading to smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin. Considered a game-changer in skincare, microneedling can help with a variety of concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. Look for high-quality, adjustable derma rollers or derma pens to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
While microdermabrasion has long been a preferred method of exfoliation in the professional treatment room, at-home microdermabrasion is relatively new to the consumer market. Most devices combine gentle suction and an abrasive cap to effectively exfoliation surface dead skin cells. Regular treatments can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, dark spots, evening out skin tone & texture, while increasing skin density and radiance.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate cellular activity. Different colors of LED light target various skin concerns:
- Red Light: Boosts collagen production, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing, making it excellent for anti-aging and wound recovery.
- Blue Light: Targets acne-causing bacteria, making it an effective tool for acne-prone skin.
- Green Light: Calms irritated skin, reduces redness, and evens out skin tone.
- Yellow Light: Increases lymphatic flow, helping to detoxify the skin and reduce redness.
While there are a myriad of lights available on the market, only red and blue light wavelengths are clinically proven and FDA-cleared.
Dermaplaning involves using a sharp blade to exfoliate the surface of the skin, removing dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz). This treatment leaves the skin smoother and brighter, allowing for better absorption of skincare products. Dermaplaning is particularly beneficial for those with uneven skin texture or dull complexion.
These handheld devices utilize ultrasonic waves, that create high-frequency vibrations, to gently and effectively remove impurities from the skin's surface. These tools are especially beneficial to those who do not respond well to other exfoliation methods (such as scrubs, peels, etc).
Microcurrent devices use low-level electrical currents to stimulate facial muscles, providing a non-invasive facelift effect. This technology enhances muscle tone, improves skin texture, and promotes collagen production. Regular use can lead to a more sculpted, lifted appearance. Look for FDA-approved microcurrent devices that come with adjustable settings for a personalized treatment experience.
Which Skincare Tool & Device Is For You?
It depends. The primary driver of this decision is your skin type & concern, followed by your budget and your ability to commit the time to using the tool/device.
Do you need every tool on the market? No, absolutely, not.
In Episode 1 of the Skincare School Series, we spent time learning about our skin and our specific concerns. Go back to that work and remind yourself of what you're trying to address. Use that information to determine which tool/device investment aligns with your specific skin type and concerns.
We've created a chart to help guide your decision -
|Tool/Device||Primary Concern||Time Commitment||$ Investment|
|Microneedling||Aging, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring||
|Microdermabrasion||Dull, dry, aging, hyperpigmentation, scarring||1x/week or bi-weekly||$$$|
|LED Therapy||Aging, acne, sensitive||2-3x/week||$$$|
|Dermaplaning||Dull, dry, aging, hyperpigmentation||1x/month||$$|
|Skin Spatula||Acne, oily-prone||1x/week or bi-weekly||$|
Incorporating the right skincare tools and devices into your routine can amplify the effectiveness of your skincare products, leading to healthier, more radiant skin. Whether you're targeting fine lines, acne scars, or just looking to achieve a youthful glow, investing in these innovative tools can make a significant difference.
Remember, we're here to help so don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions.