Skincare Tools That Made A Difference To My Skin
*Disclaimer: This piece is written based on the writer’s own personal experience and testimonial. We recommend doing thorough research to understand which product suits you best. There is no one-size-fits-all method when it comes to skincare tools.
I have very few regrets in my life, but one of them is not taking better care of my skin. I used to be really rough with it, rubbing it like my hands are the pestle and my face, the mortar. Putting toothpaste on acne? Yikes, that was me. Forgetting my moisturiser and sunblock, that was me too.
But now that I am older, I begin to cherish my skin and take better care of it. Other than skincare products, I found out within the last year that skincare tools made a difference to my skin to help enhance and elevate my skin’s complexion. Here are a few of them that I have personally tried and tested:
Skincare Tools That Work For Me
1. Face Cleansing Brush
A face cleansing brush has been on my to-buy-when-I-have-the-budget list for some time. When I was gifted a Foreo Luna Mini, a facial cleansing brush that has silicone bristles, I was ecstatic. I used it almost immediately! (Since then, there have been 2 new versions from the brand.)
Source: Foreo Instagram
The first few times I tried it, it was like, “Meh, so expensive for an okay experience?” But when I used it for a few weeks, I saw the difference. The blackheads around my nose had lessened, and the tiny bumps that sometimes appeared on my forehead and cheeks disappeared.
How it works and how I’ve been using it:
- It vibrates for 15 seconds before another 15-second pulse resumes.
- This goes on four times before a triple buzz. This signals that your one-minute face wash (which is supposedly how long one should spend washing their face) is done.
- I usually use the first 15 seconds for my chin and jawline. The next two 15-second duration are for both my nose and cheek area, and the last 15 seconds is for my forehead area.
The science behind it: Unlike our non-vibrating hands, the bristles on the cleansing brush clean dirt and makeup from the skin more effectively. The consistent pulse claims to help loosen the gunk and expel it. At the same time, it exfoliates the skin gently to help remove any dead skin cells. However, don’t use your face brush on broken skin and during every single face wash as it could result in over-exfoliation. This compromises your skin barrier, leading to skin sensitivity.
2. Face Roller
I must admit I was very sceptical about the facial roller when it became hyped up. There were jade rollers and rose quartz rollers. The type of stone you choose claims to have the effect of changing your mood and attracting good vibes. I stayed away from it at first as I am not one to believe in all these things. However, I kept seeing YouTube tutorials and reviews about these facial rollers. So, though I didn’t care about the stone’s properties, I picked up a really affordable “jade roller” from Shopee to pique my curiosity.
One morning, I chucked the tool that I wrapped with tissue paper into the freezer. It was perfect since I had less than six hours of sleep and had a function to attend early that morning. I got myself ready, washed my face, slapped on my favourite serums, moisturiser and face oil. I retrieved the face roller from the freezer, and ooooooh, it was c-c-c-cold-d-d-d!
The cold shock on my face was refreshing. I rolled one side of my face because I wanted to see if there was a difference, as many beauty influencers have claimed.
There was a slight difference in the under-eye area as if I had bulldozed away some of the darkened baggage. Although I believe it is a temporary remedy – I love the experience and how “lifted” my face seemed to be after the pampering. It’s rather soothing and it’s like giving your face a massage! Here’s an article which you can read on how to use a face roller so you don’t pull your skin too much and result in premature wrinkles.
The science behind it: The act of using the tool to roll on the face is like a massage. And like any massage, it encourages blood flow and lymphatic drainage – which is why I saw some change to my puffy eyebags. The cold tool can also help tighten pores. However, you do need to use it over a long course of time and there’s no immediate result when it comes to face rollers. Think of it as a long-term relationship!
3. Gua Sha Board
I’m sure most of us have heard of gua sha. It’s a traditional Chinese therapy method in which a trained professional uses a tool to massage or stroke your skin to relieve any inflammation and pressure in your soft tissues. I have experienced going for a gua sha body massage before, and I didn’t like it. So when my mom was hyped up about her new gua sha tool, telling me to join her for an online gua sha class, I scoffed and said, “Is this some kinda voodoo thing?” But she did convince me to just try it out.
So, here is a backstory: A week before I joined the class, I was on an assignment. It was located at a polluted riverbank. After I came back from my assignment, I was itching all over – particularly at my neck and jaw area. There were at least five to six medium-sized bumps. The mosquitoes there must be mutants!
After one week, it was still as bad and as itchy. I didn’t have time to go to the doctor to have it checked, but I did go for the gua sha online class my mom urged me to attend. I had zero expectations as I was just there to make my mom happy. During the class, we were taught how to use the gua sha board to massage (using a scraping motion) our face and neck, and after that, we were encouraged to drink plenty of water and head to bed. It was a nice experience as it was very relaxing. My face felt a little warmer after too. But I was quite shocked when the red marks on my neck and jaw were nowhere to be found the next morning!
The science behind it: Unlike the normal gua sha for the body, the tool used for the face is smaller, and we were taught to be very gentle. Similar to the face roller, it encourages blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. There is not much scientific study about the real effects of gua sha on the face, but preliminary research has shown that it reduces inflammation and encourages collagen production.
Other Skincare Tools I Want To Get My Hands On
Ever since trying out facial tools and finding out that it works on my skin, I must admit that I went on a Google-ing spree to find out if there are other tools that can help elevate the condition of my fussy skin (it is sensitive, dehydrated and oily).
I found two potential winners:
1. Facial steamer
If you’ve ever gone for a facial treatment, I’m sure you’d recognise a face steamer when you see one! It is a device that releases either cool or warm steam to the face. Sometimes, you even feel like you are being drowned by the water vapour… Oops, yeah, that’s the one.
The ones they use at facials are probably too big. However, there are compact ones that are built for home use. These skincare tools claim to melt impurities that get stuck to the pores and are also a good way to hydrate the skin deeply!
2. Ultrasonic Pore Extractor and Serum Infuser
I have carted this on several online shopping sites, but I have not put in the money to actually get it. This tool looks like a spatula that works to extract gunk from the skin and infuse the active ingredients from serums into the skin. It also claims to reduce the appearance of pores. I mean, they got me at reducing pore size because I sometimes feel like my pores are visible from the moon, next to the Great Wall of China.
These are some tools that have entered my beauty routine and stayed. Of course, it takes a little more commitment and habit building to incorporate this into your daily facial routine. I would suggest introducing one tool at a time. Though we can get gung-ho, wanting to start with a whole set of tools at one go, it will often be left to collect dust unless a habit is already built. If you’d like to try some DIY Skincare items you can make, try reading this article for some ideas and tips!
So, what is your verdict? Are you ready to introduce these tools into your skincare routine?