I've said it for a while and now I need to get it up here on the blog; I have so many gadgets I use for my skincare, and I've really seen a difference when I use them.
Some of these things are just me trying them out, no research done on them, some of them are things I learned to use from estheticians (Mostly Jalair-- Follow her here) or friends and family.
So lets get started shall we?
This is a gadget I learned to use from my sister-in-law Jalair, who has done my facials and laser hair removal while I lived in Arizona. The high frequency light from this wand kills the bacteria on your face, helping to diminish acne, as well as reduce redness. The comb attachment helps promote hair growth (say whattttt) for your hair or for you dudes with beards. You can check out all of the benefits of the wand here.
I actually saw a beauty influencer use these and had a mind blowing moment. These stimulates collagen fibers to improve skin elasticity, smoothing fine wrinkles as well as puffiness. I wouldn't advise you put them in the freezer, as the liquid will expand when frozen and break the glass. Well, I should say that's what happened to mine and so I had to get a replacement sent to me. I now just keep them in my skincare fridge. Speaking of.....
This little buddy sits on my bathroom counter and holds the gadgets and skincare that I want to keep cool. The cool thing about this is that you can do both cold and warm, so if you needed to say, keep some towels warm for a facial or whatever, you could totally do that!
Some of the items I keep in here are my globes, serums, under eye masks, and jade roller to name a few things.
Okay, so the one I included is rose quartz, but most people know these as the Jade Roller. You can get them in all sorts of stones. These rollers promote blood circulation, which can reduce puffiness and wrinkling. Using a jade roller massager with face cream can help the cream to be absorbed too.
I've had two jade ones and one rose quarts and the one I finally got didn't break on me. I love using this after I put serum on so it can cool my face and really help it soak in. I love using it under my eyes to help puffiness.
Alright so this can look pretty daunting because like.... those are a lot of tiny needles that go on your face. But don't fret! They are all of 0.25 mm long. You might be thinking "What the heck does that mean Ariel?" Lemme tell ya. So these little suckers create little tears in the outermost layer of your skin called the dermis. By creating these "mini tears" they tell your skin to create new cells, which then promotes collagen creation and minimizes a lot of things, such as pores, wrinkles, scars etc. Heres a huge thing that you need to know, you need to clean them and replace them regularly! Just think if its dirty, you're pretty much putting yourself at risk for infection if you don't clean them. If you use them, clean them by putting them in rubbing alcohol to kill that bacteria. The way that I use these, after washing my face, and using a toner to get rid of every last bit of makeup/dirt/grime/disgusting-ness, I slather on serum (hyaluronic acid or vitamin c are my favorites) then roll the derma roller on your face, up down side to side and diagonally. Try to avoid under your eyes as that skin is super sensitive. After you've rolled your roller, top with more serum. What this does, is allow that serum to go deeper than just on top of your skin. You can read more about the benefits as well as how to use it here.
If you're wanting a deeper micro needling for better results, I would find a dermatologist or esthetician that has schooling on how to do it properly.
Some of you may have already saw my video about this on Instagram. If not, check it out here. When I was in Arizona getting facials, I loved to get derma planed because it gets rid of all that dead skin and peach fuzz! It helps your makeup go on better, as well as makes your serums and creams soak in better because it isn't just sitting on dead skin and clinging to little hairs.
What's awesome about this system is it gives you a cleanser, extra blades, as well as the after care gel. I still love to get it done at the spa (I miss you Jalair *sad face*) but if I gotta do it at home, this little sucker does the job.
This is essentially a little sandpaper machine for your face. Easiest way to put it. There are different discs that you use that have finer or more coarse crystals to take all the dead skin off your face. It essentially sucks your skin up to the disc, while the disc is spinning and sands all that dead skin right off! The Microderm smooths and evens skin tone, reduces blemishes, and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There is a similar procedure you can do with an esthetician but it isn't needed as frequently as the at-home version, which is said to be done weekly.
This is pretty self explanatory in the heading- it literally sucks the black heads out of your face. There are a couple different settings, level 1 is for sensitive and dry skin, level 2-3 are for neutral skin, level 4-5 are for mixed and oily skin.
I obviously use level five because of the oiliness of my skin, and because my pores are so large (wahhhh). I don't use this everyday, but when my face is looking like it needs some extra attention, I'll do this so that my pores are nice and clean, and then I'll usually follow up with my PMD Microderm Tool. There are different beauty heads that you can use, so you can get large and smaller areas.
Alright, that's probably enough information on how many different ways you can torture your skin (just kidding), but all in all I've seen amazing results using these things (and btw only 2 of these were sponsored products. The rest were bought on my own). I think that skincare is so important because we only get the skin we're in. So slather on that sunscreen, wash your face every morning and night, and if you can, go visit a dermatologist and esthetician because they know how to help you get the best skin possible.
If you have any skin questions, I'd love to help, but let's face it, I'm no professional. If it's something you're really unsure about, ask my babe- --JALAIR-- She has the knowledge and skill set to help you out, and if you're local to the Phoenix area, her and her team, Vibrant Skin Bar, are opening a new location soon, so be sure to visit them and give them a follow.
As always, keep it up beautiful.