For many years, I regarded at-home facial tools to be nothing more than pricey gimmicks. Whether I was watching somebody aggressively scrubbing at their skin with a rotating cleansing brush or gently running a vibrating toning device up and down their jawline, my view was that facial tools were something you got for Christmas, used once and then sat in a drawer collecting dust for years to come.
And for the most part, I was right. The facial tools of yesteryear didn’t promise a great deal of benefits. But since then, technology has advanced, and so has our understanding of skincare. Now, high-tech electronics and expert-backed massaging techniques have paved the way for a whole new era of facial tools, and they’re more popular than ever. A quick scroll through Instagram will uncover a whole bunch of celebs and influencers that swear by facial tools for a youthful, glowing complexion. But are they really as effective as they seem? Keep scrolling to discover the at-home tools that are worth your time and money (as well as those experts warn we should steer clear of).
Not too dissimilar from a stone facial roller, a gua sha is a sculpted stone designed to be scraped across the face to help depuff and boost circulation. Celebrity Facialist and Skin Expert, Abi Oleck says: “The gua she is a great home tool. A gua sha facial massage can help enhance circulation and eliminate toxins. Scraping your face with repeated strokes will stimulate blood flow and help with lymphatic drainage.”
Pore vacuums appear to have had a real resurgence recently, quite possibly down to the satisfying video content that has flooded social media that show gunk being, quite literally, sucked out of pores. However, at-home devices are not recommended by experts. “The problem with people buying pore vacuums for at-home use is that they are not qualified to understand the skin and the pressure required. Misuse can lead to red marks and bruising across the face. Leave this sort of thing to professionals,” explains Oleck.