A few nights ago I was in the middle of my regular skincare routine and wondered how exactly I got to this place where several doodads and devices are involved in the situation. Do you know what I mean? The days of just cleanser and water are long gone!
Even thinking back to when I started beauty blogging my routine and the products I use have changed so much. Not in a bad way! It’s definitely been an evolution, and I think my skin has benefitted as a result. Back in those early days I went to the Murad Institute in Manhattan Beach, CA, where I put my face in some fancy machine that was able to count all of my fine wrinkles. Slightly horrifying, but I’d like to think I’ve been able to maintain pretty well since then.
Right now the three main skincare devices I use are a plastic facial massager, a Clarisonic Mia 2 and a derma roller/micro needler.
When I was at The Makeup Show LA in November I saw a pro mua use a facial massager in a demo and I. Was. Shook. The actual tool she used is well over $100, so I went to my local Daiso that sells all kinds of cool beauty things for just $1.50 each. I picked up and have been using this pink plastic massager ever since and it has done wonders for the tension in my jaws. Really, incredible. I think it does increase blood flow and circulation to my skin, but the biggest benefit is in how relaxed my face feels now. I do the massage after I’ve applied a cleansing oil.
After I’ve rinsed off the cleansing oil, I wash my face again with a Clarisonic Mia 2. I love my Clarisonic and do find that it does a fantastic job getting my skin cleaned. Plus, I’d like to think those sonic waves are making a difference as well.
While I don’t use it as often, I still use my Trophy Skin MD Microdermabrasion unit every now and then. It’s incredible how many dead skin cells it removes! It also has a pore vacuum function which is the best thing ever. So satisfying to use on my nose and chin.
I don’t use the Tria laser device anymore even though I did get great results when I did. I have a little PTSD from the pain it caused in the beginning and the weeks of undereye redness that resulted. I think I’d rather get a professional laser treatment that involves numbing cream!
Similarly I don’t use my Kiss device to plump up my lips, but it does work. Just not something I’m digging at the moment.
What are some of your favorite skincare devices?