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Life may be getting busier and busier but that doesn’t stop us wanting beautiful skin! The solution? Beauty gadgets and tools that deliver results in double-quick time! From sonic cleansing brushes and skin-smoothing rollers to simple but super-effective sponges, investing in a smart, time-saving beauty means that your skin doesn’t have to lose out when you’re in a rush. As with everything on my blog Does it Work I’ve road-tested a selection of the best-selling, most-wanted beauty gadgets to see if they really work.
Read on to find out if they’re worth it!
Beauty Gadgets that Work
Clarisonic Mia Smart – The ultimate cleansing brush
The Clarisonic Mia Smart is a high-powered, waterproof electric facial cleansing brush that claims to cleanse 6 times better than cleanser alone! And that’s not all. It also exfoliates, minimises the appearance of pores, firms skin, reduces under-eye puffiness, and flawlessly blends foundation. Wow! Talk about multi-tasking!
Like most modern beauty tools, this device is paired with an app that has videos on how to use the device effectively to get maximum results. I love the fact that it’s fully waterproof so I can use it in the shower or bath, making it an excellent time-saver. The brush removes make-up very effectively, and for city dwellers, it will also remove general grime and pollutants from the skin’s surface. As my skin is quite sensitive, I find that using the brush twice a day is too much for my skin as it is quite abrasive, so I only need to use it 2 to 3 times a week.
With a variety of brush heads to choose from, take your time to select one that is right for your skin. Clarisonic fans report that their skin is firmer and more toned after 12 weeks of regular use. I’ve only been using my device for 3 weeks, so I’m looking forward to this bit! I haven’t invested in the AirBrush Foundation Head yet, but that’s my next purchase!
Sad news that the cult cleansing brush brand Clarisonic are saying ‘good-bye’ after 10 years. But it’s not all bad news. For those of us who LOVE sonic cleansing, FOREO, creators of the award-winning LUNA cleansing gadget, are offering all current Clarisonic customers a generous £26 discount when they purchase a LUNA device. Simply upload an image of your current Clarisonic tool and FOREO will send you a discount code to use when you purchase any LUNA device.
Boots No7 Sonic Action Cleansing Brush – Speedy cleansing for sensitive skins
Boots No7 Sonic Action Cleansing Brush is a great alternative to the more expensive cleansing brushes if you’re on a budget but still want the benefits of a cleansing brush. The soft bristles make it ideal if you have delicate or sensitive skin and as it’s battery-powered, it’s ideal for travel and small enough to fit in your handbag! Fully waterproof, No7’s brush is also easy to use.
Although it has less exfoliating action and doesn’t have the toning functions of the more expensive devices, if you’re after simple, reliable cleansing brush, this is a brilliant buy.
The PMD Sonic Smart Cleansing Brush – Cleanse, tone, massage, and firm in one!
The PMD Sonic Smart Cleansing Brush really does do it all – a beauty gadget that really works! Made from ultra-hygienic silicone, the PMD is odor-resistant, antibacterial, hypoallergenic – and the best bit – waterproof! Vibrating at a rate of 7000 vibrations per minute, the brush helps to remove make-up, dirt and excess oil while firming and toning the skin at the same time.
I apply cleanser and use the brush to cleanse my skin first, then apply face oil, turn the device over, and use the active warm facial massage side of the device to massage the oil in. My skin literally glows in an instant and looks so nourished too. The whole process takes under 5 minutes and it’s so easy to use. You can just wash it under the tap afterwards.
Although I did experience a breakout when I first started using the PMD as it brings everything to the surface, I haven’t had a breakout since. I absolutely love this gadget.
Beauty gadgets that really work
Make more of mask time with Foreo UFO 2 Mini
I do love a sheet mask but finding enough time to do one when there’s no chance of scaring anyone can be a challenge! But Foreo have come to the rescue with their clever UFO 2 Mini device. This “smart mask” is paired with an app to give you all of the benefits of a face mask in just 90 seconds. Simply pop the mask into your UFO and scan the bar code on the back of the mask’s packaging – and get started. The device does all the work for you while you sit and relax. Glowing skin in 90 seconds? It’s a ‘yes’ from me! Read my full review here.
Sculpting and line reducing Gua Sha
A Gua Sha facial is one my my favourite quick-fix home facials. Easy to do, it’s like a mini-workout for your skin. Gua Sha massage tools are usually made from rose quartz, known for its healing properties, or jade. Massaging your face with the specially sculpted tool stimulates the circulation and increases blood flow, helping to bring more radiance-boosting oxygen to the skin. Gua Sha is also believed to encourage lymphatic drainage and decrease puffiness while also helping to reduce brow and jaw tension where we often hold stress. Gua Sha is also thought to enhance the absorption of serums and facial oils by increasing absorption. I find it so effective and very quick and easy to fit in my routine regularly. Read more on Gua Sha here.
Gold Derma Roller – A brighter, more radiant complexion
The textured surface of Gold Derma Roller looks quite abrasive at first glance but it’s really not! Designed specifically to activate your skin’s fitness level and to increase product penetration, I use my Derma Roller to ‘press’ face oils into my skin – and I really do notice that they absorb so much faster and deeper. Using the roller regularly also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to stimulate new cell growth too! Priced at £40, what’s not to like?
Beauty Gadgets that Really Work!
Konjac Sponge – Clean skin on a budget
The Konjac Sponge is such a simple and affordable beauty tool, yet it’s so effective! Made from the tuber of the Konnyaku plant (a bit like a potato) well-known in Asia for its healing properties, these sponges are incredibly sustainable as they are completely bio-degradable and vegan-friendly too. They not only cleanse and gently exfoliate but also boost radiance and leave skin glowing. I use mine in the shower with or without cleanser, depending on my skin’s needs. Once the sponge comes into contact with water, it transforms from a dry, fibrous texture to a gel-like consistency.
The lovely thing about these sponges is that they leave your skin feeling so clean afterwards without any tightness. Usually, when I cleanse my face with water, I have to moisturise immediately because my skin feels so tight. However, when I use the Konjac Sponge, my skin just feels fresh and nourished, with no need for additional moisturiser. There are a wide variety of Konjac sponges to choose from, including Bamboo Charcoal, French Red Clay, Green Tea, and Chamomile, depending on your skin’s needs. Once you’ve cleansed, simply hang your sponge up to dry and it’s good to go again in a few hours. Sponges usually last for around 3 months and cost only £9.95, so this is one beauty tool that you can afford to invest in!
I love all these tools – it’s been great finding beauty gadgets that work!
|Natalie Shirlaw is passionate about healthy living and writes posts about wellbeing. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to pin it or share it!|