Skin care used to be simple: Clean hands, wash face, apply moisturizer, the end. Now? Not so much. But just as we’ve collectively become comfortable incorporating essences, toners, serums, oils, masks and more into our routines, a new category of skin care has bubbled to the surface — and it just may be the most confusing one yet. We’re talking about the growing-by-the-second sector of at-home skincare devices. From modern high-tech, like Microcurrent and Radio frequency that have recently become commonplace in the market, to space-age-looking LED light, the gadgets that were once left to the skilled hands of dermatologists and estheticians have begun vying for a place on our vanities at rapid pace. Below, we break down exactly what you need to know about each type of device, including which ones deserve a spot on your bathroom shelf.
FACIAL CLEANSING DEVICES
Clean-up or face cleansing is extremely important to maintain a healthy and glowing complexion. Without thorough cleansing, skin problems like dryness, blackheads, pimples, or a dull skin are usually found. A regular clean-up will help in getting rid of dead skin cells, debris, dirt, and excess oil and sweat. Moreover, it will keep the skin hydrated for a long time.
Rhafine manufactures a few different types of facial cleansing devices.
R1101 Silicone Sonic Facial Brush
Rhafine Sonic Facial Brush is an extra soft and gentle yet effective silicone sonic facial cleansing brush with 3 adjustable intensities fitting for different skin needs. The slimmest ⌀0.5 mm silicone touchpoints with 8000 pulsations per minute gently but deeply cleans your skin, removes dirt and oil, exfoliates dead skin cells, and eventually refines your skin.
R1108 Thermal Sonic Facial Brush
Face cleansing is easier and more efficient with this thermal sonic facial brush and massager. This brush heats up your skin mildly while cleansing to unclog the pores. The 8000 pulsations per minute shakes ⌀0.5mm silicone brush head while penetrating the pores to loosen dirt, remove oil, exfoliate make-up residue and dead skin cells. The massager helps relaxing your skin, tightening, and firming up your face contour. You will find a clear and glowing face with this brush.
R1102 Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber
To bring you back with a clean and smooth face, Rhafine Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber, with its 30,000Hz high frequency ultrasonic vibration, penetrates deep into your skin to break up dirt, debris, oil, blackheads, and dead skin cells hidden in the pores. Its Ion Leading-in facilitates nutritional absorption. The 35℃ mild heating promotes skin blood circulation and accelerating skin cell metabolism.
R1113 Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber with Interchangeable Spatulas
A brand-new ultrasonic skin scrubber that comes with a wide and a narrow spatula as two interchangeable parts. The two spatulas in different shape fits in every corner of your skin, bringing you back with a clean and smooth face.
R1110 Blue Light Vacuum Pore Cleaner
A dual-function pore cleansing device. The vacuum suction power helps removing blackheads, whiteheads, comedones and other stuffs that clogged in your pores. The blue light shrinks and minimizes the open pores to smoothen the skin.
TRADITIONAL FACIAL MASSAGING TOOLS
Some of the most popular at-home skincare tools on the market, including facial rollers, massaging wands and gua sha stones, are also the simplest. Despite their varying shapes — rollers look like miniature paint rollers, massaging wands tend to be cylindrical and gua sha stones are flat with curved edges — all three are based on essentially the same premise: Use them to massage the face to relieve tension, boost circulation, reduce wrinkles and lift and de-puff the skin.
Many facial massaging tools are also rooted in ancient traditions. There’s evidence, for example, of jade rollers having been used in beauty rituals dating as far back as seventh-century China, and gua sha has origins in the ancient medical traditions of China and Southeast Asia. Similarly, some massaging wands, like the Kansa massager, which is made of wood and Kansa metal comes from Ayurveda, India’s traditional healing system. Many of these tools are made of Insta-worthy jade or rose quartz crystals, but the reason for that goes way beyond the ‘gram. Many believe the stones have healing properties that can be transferred to the skin.
THE PROS AND CONS OF TRADITIONAL FACIAL MASSAGING TOOLS
While there are very few downsides to using any of these manual facial massagers, a professional esthetician in Los Angles, says they’re far from being complexion magic bullets. “Any type of light facial stimulation is going to help increase circulation and sometimes reduce puffiness, which can make skin look better,” she says. “But the results are only temporary.”
These traditional facial massagers can be used on clean or dry kin, but some pros advise using them with your favorite serum or face oil to avoid skin-tugging friction and help with product absorption. Regardless of how you choose to use one, it is recommended to keep it in the refrigerator or freezer for an extra cooling effect, and spritzing it with alcohol before and after each use to get rid of unwanted bacteria.
ALTERNATIVES TO THESE TRADITIONAL TOOLS
R1111 Multifunctional Beauty Device
A 5 in 1 multifunctional beauty device aiming to meet different skincare needs. 5 modes with 4 advanced beauty technologies to enhance the efficiency of your at home skincare routine in 40 minutes. An effective home use beauty device that integrates Sonic Vibration, EMS, RF, and LED light therapy to deliver results.
R1112 Multifunctional Radio Frequency Beauty Device Pro
A 6 in 1 professional salon-grade radio frequency beauty device with multiple skincare functions. A device that integrates radio frequency, ice-compress, EMS, red and blue light, sonic vibration, and Ion leading-in treatments. Aiming to reduce wrinkles, stimulate the production of collagen, eliminate skin aging effects, and bring you a toned and youthful looking skin.
HOW TO USE FACIAL MASSAGING DEVICES AND TOOLS AT HOME
There’s no real right or wrong way to use a facial massager, either a traditional roller or an electronical device. But there are some basic techniques we can follow.
Move up and down jawline to firm up sagging jowls. Then, go up into cheekbones to massage away tension and to contour. Next, use smaller devices or tools to massage under eyes to help increase circulation and reduce puffiness. Continue up the face and move in between the eyebrows to relax the frown lines and finally, don’t forget to massage the neck area, which is often neglected but needs massaging and TLC. Always make sure you are moving the roller from the center towards the outside of the face
Microcurrent technology has been used as a medical treatment to help damaged tissues and muscles since the 1800s, but it had the added side effect of making patients’ skin look smoother, which helped it become one of the first “high-tech” facial treatments. Now, celebrity facialists like Joanna Vargas and Tracie Martyn rely on the technology to get their clients ready for the red carpet. It works by emitting a gentle electronic current that is believed to tone up the skin by energizing cells and stimulating collagen — with zero pain or downtime.
R1103 Microcurrent Facial Massager
This non-invasive microcurrent facial massager will give you a more youthful look by lifting and firming your facial skin with its satisfying low-level microcurrent and high frequency sonic vibration massage.
THE PROS AND CONS OF AT-HOME MICROCURRENT DEVICES
While at-home microcurrent devices have been growing in popularity, they aren’t nearly as powerful as the ones you find at a dermatologist’s office or at a spa.
Professional estheticians say that’s the difference between a custom treatment and something you’re doing at home. But the at-home devices are definitely not dangerous, and we can use them. For the lower jawline and the upper eyelid, these devices are great to use at home. But microcurrent is also something you must be consistent with for it to work. So, it’ll work initially, but for the results to last for a prolonged period, you want to use it every few days.
HOW TO USE MICROCURRENT DEVICES AT HOME
Each at-home microcurrent device is a little different. Some incorporate both light therapy and electro-current technology; others need to be used with special conductive gel, so it’s important to check the instructions carefully. The good news is that they’re all easy to use, and shouldn’t cause any pain or irritation. You will, however, need to remember to use the device. Microcurrent is something you must be consistent with for it to work. You may see a change in your skin after a single use, but for it to last longer, you’ll need to use it ever few days
When you think of LED, or Light Emitting Diode, therapy, it probably calls to mind some crazy-looking Instagram of people wearing full face-covering masks with glowing red or blue lights behind them. And while, yes, the treatment du jour has gone viral on social media thanks to celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kourtney Kardashian, NASA used LED technology in plant growth experiments on board the Space Shuttle in the ’80s, so you know there is some serious science behind it.
Dermatologist explained, when used consistently, over time, LED lights are thought to penetrate your skin at different depths and cause various reactions in your skin, such as fighting acne-causing bacteria, plumping skin and reducing wrinkles. The most common LED lights for skin care are blue and red, though pink and white exist as well, adding that “blue light kills bacteria that causes acne and red stimulates collagen production and helps speed skin’s natural healing process.”
R1107 LED Light Therapy Mask for Acne
A dual action LED face mask that combines red light and blue light together to target acnes. A natural and effective way suitable on all skin types. A 10-minute short and gentle session everyday will help you heal and calm existing blemishes, minimize breakouts, and regain a smoother healthy skin.
R1109 3 Color Anti-aging LED Face Mask
A flexible and wearable anti-aging light therapy device. Integrated with 3 different color LED lights: Red light, Blue light, and Orange light, aiming to reduce wrinkles, cure acnes, and enhance skin tone. A one-time investment to enjoy salon and SPA class skin care sessions at home. It is equipped with 100 LED beads.
THE PROS AND CONS OF AT-HOME LED DEVICES
We’ll give you the good news first: There are loads of at-home LED devices on the market, ranging in retail price from less than $20 to upwards of $2,000, and there’s very little harm you can do to yourself with any of them. They’re not dangerous, they work and it’s not weird science. Even the power of the lights tends to be the same in a handheld device as at the office, provided it’s programmed correctly. Now for the less-great news: The LED machines you’ll find in an office have thousands of lights, whereas most of the at-home ones have fewer, ranging from a few dozens to a few hundreds. That difference is obviously going to affect your skin and your skin results.
HOW TO USE LED DEVICES AT HOME
How long and how often you need to use an LED device at home depends on both the tool itself (consult the instruction manual) and what you’re trying to treat. Consistent use is needed for treatment on fine lines and acne marks. Occasional use for treatment on blemish or anti-bacteria using blue LED is good enough.