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Best Beauty Devices to Help Solve Your Skin Care Concerns

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Microcurrents, light therapy, microneedling—oh my! With so many at-home gadgets to pick from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. That’s why 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.

Ahead, we share the best types of beauty devices that can enhance your skin care routine and give you better results than your serums and creams alone.

  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.

    Skip the office visit and reach for this at-home microdermabrasion device. This beauty device uses the power of TruTier technology combined with a variable vacuum suction and exfoliating discs to slough off dry, dead skin cells and provide the complexion with a circulation boost for a professional-worthy glow.

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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. Eye Massage Devices
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    Eye Massage Devices

    Most beauty devices focus on the complexion but, if the eye area is a concern, you can elevate your regimen with a gadget designed specifically with this delicate area in mind.

    A facial massage is an excellent way to enhance the overall appearance of the complexion, and the eyes are no exception. Inspired by Asian fingertip tapping eye massage, this device takes a gentle approach to eye massage, working to enhance the area’s contour and improving absorption of eye creams and serums for that bright-eyed and bushy-tailed look. With regular use, the eye area can look and feel more rejuvenated and moisturized.

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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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  8. Cleansing Devices
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    Cleansing Devices

    Rinsing away the day’s dirt and grime is an important—read: beneficial—step in any skin care regimen. And, while a good cleanser is a great place to start, there are ways to enhance the cleansing step and experience a spa-worthy scrub. Enter: Cleansing devices.

    This silicone cleansing device from FOREO features tiny bristles that gently and effectively work to provide a deep clean and reduce excess oil. Starting your regimen with this device can also help enhance absorption of products, making steps 1, 2, 3, and so on more even more effective.

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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.