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7 Best Beauty Devices to Help Solve Your Skin Care Concerns

Microcurrents, light therapy, microneedling—oh my! It can feel like every day we’re seeing in our feeds some new gadget designed to rejuvenate our skin. And with these devices being used more and more at home (no longer only during trips to the spa or the dermatologist’s office), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the options. But it’s totally worth it to add a device to your skin care routine, because doing so can give you better results than just your serums and creams alone.

We spoke to the experts, Dr. Jessie Cheung, a board-certified dermatologist based in Chicago and New York, and Taylor Worden, celebrity facialist and founder of Taylor Worden Skin, to demystify the different types of beauty devices so you can make the best choice for your skin.

  1. Light Therapy Devices
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    Light Therapy Devices

    Light therapy devices work by sending light energy into the skin in order to trigger a reaction inside the cells—and different color wavelengths all offer unique benefits. “The red lights turn on collagen production and increase circulation while decreasing inflammation, while the blue lights destroy acne-causing bacteria,” explains Dr. Cheung.

    This full-face, hands-free LED mask features both red and blue light therapy often used by the pros. The mask works to smooth wrinkles, reduce blemishes and give the skin’s texture a more even appearance.

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  2. Microcurrent Devices
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    Microcurrent Devices

    Microcurrent increases the flow of electric currents across the cell membranes of the skin and muscles, which translates to increased circulation and lymphatic drainage, and improves the skin’s potential for collagen synthesis and wound healing.

    This facial toning kit uses microcurrents to improve facial contour and facial tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Worden loves this product, comparing it to lifting weights, but for your face. With just a couple minutes of daily use, you can lift and tone the face quite a bit. “I personally love to use the lip and eye attachment because it has prongs and can really lift the skin and can make a difference after a couple of uses,” she shares.

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  3. Microdermabrasion Devices
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    Microdermabrasion Devices

    Dr. Cheung recommends microdermabrasion as the quickest way to polish the skin for a natural glow. Microdermabrasion devices work by using vacuum suction to remove old, dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, revealing the healthy-looking skin underneath.

    This microdermabrasion gadget is perfect for anyone, even those with sensitive skin. “This elegant device combines suction with gentle exfoliation for an efficient home treatment,” Dr. Cheung says. It’s easy to use, not too harsh, and comes with a face and body head, so you can get softer, smoother skin anywhere you like.

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  4. Dermaplaning Devices
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    Dermaplaning Devices

    Dermaplaning involves using a sharp tool to exfoliate the skin, and “gets rid of peach fuzz and dead skin to prep the skin for enhanced penetration of active ingredients,” Dr. Cheung says. While professionals often use a scalpel-like device for these treatments, home dermaplaning devices make the process safe and easy to DIY.

    If you love the feeling of no hair and no dead skin on your face but can’t get in to see an esthetician for a dermaplaning session, this is a great alternative. It uses a light sonic vibration to gently exfoliate your skin’s surface, removing buildup to help all your other skin care products penetrate better.

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  5. Massage Devices
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    Massage Devices

    As great as it would be to see your facialist daily, it’s not an option for most of us—but a facial massage device is the next best thing. According to Worden, these devices are great because they can help depuff, firm and soothe skin, as well as assist with product penetration and deep cleansing.

    With four different modes, this device replaces fingertip massage to activate lymphatic drainage and has the added benefit of cooling or heating the skin, for de-puffing or to enhance product absorption.

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  6. Microneedling Devices
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    Microneedling Devices

    Microneedling uses tiny pinpricks to create microchannels in the skin, which stimulates collagen and elastin, improves texture and tautness and minimizes the look of pores and scars. “Microneedling allows for controlled injury to the skin to stimulate collagen production, and boosts the penetration of active ingredients,” explains Dr. Cheung.

    This microneedling kit comes with everything you need so you can microneedle from head to toe, with roller heads sized for the body, face, eyes and lips, and smaller areas.

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  7. Hair Removal Devices
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    Hair Removal Devices

    At-home hair removal devices are in high demand, and Worden loves them because they’re a pain-free alternative to waxing and shaving.

    This next-generation home device has the benefit of a larger treatment surface and fast-pulses using both intense pulsed light (IPL) and radio frequency (RF) technology, making it both efficient and effective while safe for all skin tones.

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Amanda Mitchell

Amanda Mitchell is a writer and podcaster with bylines at Marie Claire, OprahMag, Allure, Byrdie, Stylecaster, Bon Appetit and more. Her work exists at the apex of beauty, pop culture and absurdity. A human Funfetti cake, she watches too much television, and her favorite season is awards season. You can read more of her work at amandaelizabethmitchell.com or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @lochnessmanda.