Nothing beats going to a spa and getting an amazing, luxurious facial. While your skin might love all the extra attention it’s getting, spending hundreds of dollars on one skin treatment isn’t too practical, especially on college budget. VALLEY has found five facial tools that will leave your skin looking incredible without breaking the bank.
Jade rollers have been all the rage in skincare this year, but what exactly do they do? Rolling the stone in and upward motion on your face helps to decrease puffiness due to the cool temperature of the jade. Keeping the roller in the fridge or freezer can increase the cooling sensation and diminish any morning puffiness.
They can also be used at night when applying lotions and serums. After application of your nighttime skincare essentials, roll the stone working from the neck up to press the ingredients deeper into your skin. Not only will this help your skin absorb the serums more effectively, it will also prevent any oils or serums from getting in your hair or all over your pillowcase.
Rolling needles on your face really doesn’t sound appealing, but this tool isn’t as scary as it appears. These tiny spikes aren’t long or sharp enough to do any damage to the delicate skin on your face, and there shouldn’t be any pain at all if done correctly. After applying a serum, roll the tool horizontally, diagonally and vertically across your face. The little needles stimulate collagen production, which firms the skin and fights scarring. Like jade rolling, microneedle rollers also help push the serums into your skin so you can get the most out of your products.
Light therapy has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and if you’ve seen the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered how on earth it could possibly do anything for your skin.
Though they are a little creepy looking, these masks use blue and red lights to fight acne-causing bacteria and inflammation. Light therapy works best for people who get occasional breakouts or those who have skin that is too sensitive for topical spot treatments.
High Frequency Facial Machine
These machines use mild electrical currents to give you a glowing complexion by infusing skin with oxygen molecules. The feeling is close to a static vibration and it can bring many benefits like increased circulation, smoothed wrinkles, reduced pore size, and improved skin texture. The currents also push away toxins and kill bacteria to help fight and prevent acne.
Gua Sha tools are similar to jade rollers, but are flat pieces of crystal that give a deeper massage. These are best used by smoothing the edge of the crystal upwards with a facial oil to help it glide. The pressure from the massage will work to tone and firm, giving your face a more contoured look by increasing blood flow and draining any extra fluids that your skin is holding on to.
Keeping your skin looking fresh and glowing doesn’t have to be expensive. With the help of these tools, you can achieve that spa day feeling from the comfort of your room.