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The Best Low-Tech Beauty Tools

For every high-tech tool there’s a low-tech counterpart that’s perfect for dipping your toe into the category. We round up some of the leading, less complicated devices that deliver results – no charge required. By DANIELLE FOX


Best for kick-starting circulation: Dr. Barbara Sturm Body Brush Soft

There is a reason why 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).

Best for soothing stressed-out skin: 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.

Best for de-puffing: 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.

Best for draining: Hayo’u Jade Beauty Restorer

Do you face roll? No? Then you should. This centuries-old technique is famed for de-puffing, boosting circulation, relieving tension and redefining facial contours, and it has quickly become a modern-day beauty mainstay. Carved from 100 percent Xiuyan jade (a revered type of serpentine crystal), the Hayo’u Jade Beauty Restorer helps to go deeper into the skin by kick-starting your lymphatic system, purging dirt, reducing pore buildup and working on deep-set wrinkles. It’s also naturally cooling to touch and can be used repeatedly in strokes across just-cleansed skin or over the top of a sheet mask (which is almost every beauty editor’s secret). In short, it’s literally like rubbing your way to a healthier, glowing complexion.

Best all-rounder: Lanshin Pro Gua Sha Tool in Nephrite Jade

Combining the cooling effect of Hetian jade with the benefits of a double-sided tool, this tightening and sculpting gua sha by Lanshin is designed to help boost lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness on the face and body. Enhance skin by infusing your go-to creams and oils into the practice, or do as many facial aestheticians do and store this in the fridge for a soothing antidote to unwanted puffiness.

Best for a hydration hit: FaceGym Hyaluronic Roller Dissolving 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 Hyaluronic Roller Dissolving 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.


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