Welcome to the future. These trendy beauty tools are about to beat out traditional serums and moisturizers to become your new favorite skincare products.
It seems like new, strange beauty tools are popping up everyday, making it hard to figure out which beauty items you should be using and which you can afford to leave behind. From jade rollers to facial steamers to light therapy masks, it can be mystifying to pick the best beauty products. There are just so many, and there's so much hype.
However, some of the emerging skincare technology is too good to skip.
Face cleansing brushes like the Clarisonic Mia Brush became especially popular in 2012, after being developed by the same man responsible for the Sonicare toothbrush. The Clarisonic uses sonic vibrations to clean dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from your face.
However, this tool might not work for you if you have easily-irritated skin. The Clarisonic can irritate sensitive areas, especially when paired with powerful skincare products like acids and retinol creams.
It's hard to believe that a world existed before Beautyblenders, but now every aspiring MUA keeps a sponge in his or her kit.
Beautyblenders feature an open cell structure that expands with water, allowing you to blend foundation without wasting product. The rounded side is perfect for applying foundation to cheeks and foreheads, while the pointed side is ideal for blending concealer and highlighters. If you want flawless, full coverage foundation application, you need this product in your life.
Oval makeup brushes look strange but they can help you achieve professional-looking makeup. These odd tools feature extra-dense bristles that apply even layers of powder, foundation, or concealer. Makeup sits on top of the brush instead of settling into bristles, so you'll use less product to get better coverage.
The brush design makes self-application easy too. Try an oval brush for yourself.
Light Therapy Acne Masks
No, this isn't a futuristic robot mask. It's a $20 light therapy mask that you can find at your local drugstore to help keep acne at bay! Neutrogena's Light Therapy Acne Mask was the first model to hit the market, and Lena Dunham helped popularize the mask when she posted about it on Instagram.
The mask's UV-free light kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces inflammation. Even though it looks complicated, the treatment is probably simpler than your usual five-step evening routine. Pop on the mask (it slides on like a pair of sunglasses); power it up; and leave it on for 10 minutes. Do this for 30 days in a row, and you'll notice clearer, acne-free skin. It's got a four-star rating, so you might as well give it a try!