If you’re a beauty junkie, no doubt you’ve seen the rise of devices like jade rollers and stone facial massagers. But you might be wondering, what do they do (other than look really cute on your vanity)? Do they have actual skin-care benefits? What about red light devices or dry brushes? We spoke to Julie Clark, holistic aesthetician and founder of Province Apothecary and Dr. Dennis Gross of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare to learn more about these at-home beauty devices.
Using a dry brush (on your face, sure, but also the rest of your body), promotes lymphatic drainage. “The body’s lymphatic system has a few main functions including being responsible for ridding the body of toxins through lymph fluid, which carries waste away from tissues,” says Clark. “And a buildup of fluid in the face can result in dull, tired-looking puffy skin.” By gently dry brushing your skin, you help to move the lymph fluid that is just below the surface of the skin travel to the lymph nodes where it is expelled from the body. While everyone can benefit from dry brushing, those with acne or inflammation may notice the biggest results.
#TeamE7 Pick: Aveda Dry Brush, $52
There’s been no shortage of jade rollers on the market all claiming to give you soft and smooth skin. The truth is, jade and other stone rollers also help with lymphatic drainage, but they’re mostly used as a facial massage tool. “It cools and calms the look of skin, eases muscle tension and reduces the appearance of puffiness and under-eye bags,” says Clark. Because the stone is cool to touch, your get an immediate sensation of tightening and calming. But the gentle massage also helps to promote circulation, bringing blood to the surface and giving you a more energized and rosy look too. Province Apothecary also offers a jade roller that has a studded end, “the stone studs knead the skin on a deeper level helping to energize the dermal layers,” says Clark. The result? Improved elasticity and fine lines that appear smoothed.
#TeamE7 Pick: Province Apothecary Jade Roller, $44
Massage devices tend to have the same goals as jade rollers: drain fluid and decrease inflammation. According to Dr. Gross, powered devices may be more rigorous and provide results more quickly.
#TeamE7 Pick: Foreo Iris Eye Massager, $159
Red Light Device
“Red LED lights have numerous benefits for the skin,” says Dr. Gross. “This technology was used by NASA to grow plants and heal wounds in zero gravity,” so you can bet it’s good for your skin. But not all red lights are equal, and you need the right frequency to get specific skin-care results. “Red and deep red lights increase circulation and cellular repair, amber lights work to give you revitalized skin and infrared light stimulated your body’s production of collagen and elastin, combatting the signs of aging.” Dr. Gross’ tip? Pick a device that uses all three to get the most bang for your buck. Expect this device to work over time—results aren’t necessarily instant but will be beneficial in the long run. Opting for a device that has blue and red light will also help fight acne.
#TeamE7 Pick: Dr. Dennis Gross FaceWare Pro, $435
This is where things get a little complicated. While microneedling can be effective in a professional office setting—as it can deliver active ingredients to the skin—it’s hard to find professionals who recommend doing it at home. This is partially because the at-home devices don’t necessarily work as well, but also because you increase your risk of tearing your skin, especially if you’re a newbie. “I highly recommend you pay a visit to your dermatologist if you want to microneedle,” says Dr. Gross. Best bet? Leave this one to the professionals.
#TeamE7 Pick: Head to North Medical Spa for a consultation!
(Story by Contributing Editor, Alexandra Donaldson)