Update Your Skincare Kit

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The latest generation of skincare tools have arrived and in 2019 they’re pushing the boundaries of technology even further in a bid to achieve smoother, firmer skin. We’ve also seen a surge in holistic tools, with brands championing the power of crystals to improve wellbeing. We’re very excited to introduce you to the game-changing innovations that will transform your kit and your complexion this year, read on to discover more . . .

High Tech Innovations

This year we’re seeing therapies that were previously only available in-salon make the jump into our living rooms.

Try: Dr Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro

What is it?

A powerful face mask that uses LED light therapy to target both fine lines and acne. Unlike most topical skin treatments, LED light can penetrate the skin, working at a deeper level than creams and serums. The skin uses this light energy to help fuel its own natural healing processes, meaning it starts to produce more collagen and elastin – which in turn, makes skin look plumper and firmer. It also works to calm irritation and accelerate repair, so it’s ideal for those suffering from breakouts or acne.

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How does it work?

With 100 red LED lights and 62 blue LED lights, the unique mask allows you to choose from three treatment options – red light therapy – which stimulates skin to produce more collagen and elastin and helps improve the look of wrinkles, sun spots and sun damage. Blue light therapy which works to destroy bacteria helping to calm acne and prevent future breakouts. The third option combines both blue and red light for anti-ageing and anti-acne benefits during the same treatment.

Try: Foreo UFO

What is it?

This portable, battery-free device connects via an app for a bespoke treatment that combines heating and cooling technology with LED lights to deliver advanced benefits via a sheet mask of your choice, in just 90 seconds.

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How does it work?

This tiny device works in conjunction with Foreo’s sheet masks – which fit inside the device and are delivered directly onto the skin. As you smooth the device over your complexion hyper-fusion technology heats to open pores, infusing the mask’s ingredients deeply into the skin. T-sonic pulsations help to push the active ingredients more deeply into the skin, while red LED light, blue LED light and brightening green LED light work to target fine lines and breakouts. The device then cools to help tighten and firm skin, all this in just 90-seconds. Download the Foreo beauty app and it connects to the UFO to track your usage and set reminders to get the most from the device. It also allows you to build a personalised skin profile and receive bespoke advice about which mask to choose at different times.

Next Generation Holistic Tools

Crystal healing has been around for generations, but we’ve recently seen a revival of interest in crystals and their ability to improve beauty routines, working to cool and calm skin while boosting wellbeing.

Try: Odacité Crystal Contour Gua Sha

What is it?

Made from rose quartz this is a unique beauty tool hand-carved into the perfect shape for facial massage.

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How does it work?

Gua sha facials – a treatment in which crystal tools are used to massage skin during facials are becoming increasingly popular, with specialist gua sha bars popping up in LA and – we predict – coming soon to a city near you. Be ahead of the curve with Odacité’s beautiful gua sha tool – which stimulates lymphatic drainage, detoxifies skin, reduces puffy eyes and helps to smooth skin all in the comfort of your own home. Made from rose quartz – the crystal of self-love – it’s said to help to open the heart and release negative energy. This tactile tool is also cooling to skin and shaped perfectly for massage.

How to use

Cleanse skin thoroughly, then warm 5 drops of facial oil in your hands before gently pressing into skin. Starting on one side of your face firmly glide the gua sha outwards across cheeks, across eyebrows, underneath eyes and upwards over forehead. Repeat on the other side and enjoy smooth, toned skin with a natural glow.

Try: Herbivore Jade Roller

What is it?

An invigorating facial roller which works to stimulate blood flow and give the complexion a gentle massage.

How does it work?

Facial rolling is an ancient beauty ritual that dates back to 7th century China. A relaxing practice, it works to de-stress the facial muscles while stimulating lymphatic drainage, helping to de-puff and contour the complexion. This double-ended roller has a smaller side tailored for the eye area and is made from cooling jade – the crystal for emotional healing. Jade is said to have properties that calm the mind and eliminate negativity.

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How to use

After cleansing, smooth 5 drops of facial oil onto the skin, then take the roller and glide outwards from top to bottom of cheeks, upwards on the forehead and along the jawline, towards the ears from the middle of the chin. The rolling will relax muscles and help the oil to absorb more deeply into the skin.

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