The Low-Tech Beauty Tools That Really Make A Difference

For every high-tech beauty tool, there’s a low-tech counterpart. We round up some of the leading less-complicated devices that deliver results – no charge required


MZ Skin Germanium Contouring Facial Roller

This MZ Skin roller is the ideal tool for waking up your skin first thing in the morning, or after a long day working on a computer screen. It starts lymphatic drainage and boosts blood flow, while the gold and mineral germanium stones balance out negative ions. Suffice to say, your skin will look fresher, brighter and perkier after you’ve used it.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Body Brush Soft

There is a reason that all the beauty pros use a body brush daily. It may be boring, but it works – and you see big rewards for very little input. Using Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Body Brush Soft No.1, take 30 seconds to brush quick, upward flicks over the skin (lymph nodes respond to a light touch, so don’t over-scrub).

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor

A short, daily sculpting massage will help to drain away puffiness and tighten features. Use the long curve of this tool from Kora Organics to massage skin outwards from the center of your face, then turn it on its side and use the small curves to massage underneath your cheekbones to contour. According to renowned aesthetician Su-Man Hsu, you don’t need to dedicate a lot of time to it to see results, either: “I like to do it for a couple of minutes while I’m cleansing, because the texture will help the tool glide over skin without dragging.”

Omorovicza’s Cooling Derma-Globes

They may have been the star beauty tool of Instagram, but ice globes (particularly Omorovicza’s Cooling Derma-Globes) are more than just a passing social-media trend. Suffering from morning under-eye puffiness? The gentle rolling movement combines with cooling temperatures to really make a difference to skin. We like to use them after extractions, threading, peels and microneedling to take down any redness.

Nurse Jamie UpLift Body Massage Beauty Roller

From increasing blood circulation and de-bloating to firming skin, we all know what the benefits of a hands-on body massage are. But what happens when you can’t get an appointment with your masseuse? Cue Nurse Jamie’s UpLift Body Massage tool – a hexagonal-shaped beauty wand that stimulates blood circulation to instantly revive, uplift and improve your overall tone. Not only is it easy and relaxing to use, this body wand cools and calms skin, aiding product absorption, blood flow and, consequently, glow.

FaceGym Hydrating Active Roller Crystallised Microneedling Tool

First of all, it’s important to understand the difference between professional microneedling and at-home microneedling. In both cases, it’s a process in which a device containing ultra-fine needles is used to create tiny punctures in the skin. At home, however, it is naturally less invasive. Enter FaceGym’s Hydrating Active Roller Crystallised Microneedling Tool, which creates tiny ‘microchannels’ in the skin using much smaller needles than those used in a clinic, and comes pre-loaded with pro-grade hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants. A genius skincare/tool hybrid, this standout beauty buy works double time to help the active ingredients penetrate deeper for serious rehydration.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Facialift

It may look like a futuristic gizmo from a sci-fi movie, but using Sarah Chapman’s clever massager is actually one of the quickest and most effective ways to loosen up a tight jaw, alleviate tension in your neck and de-puff skin by draining the lymphatic system. Simply push and roll the hand-held device over your skin – which has the added effect of boosting the supply of nutrients and oxygen – to ensure a luminous glow.


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