photographed by sebastian vikkelsoe-pedersen


beauty mark: skin tools

go, go, gadget!

by katie dickens

Unless you’re a Luddite or Amish (in which case you probably shouldn’t be reading this), you don’t go a day without using technology. But those doodads don’t make you prettier. You know what does? Complexion-perfecting devices! And there’s one to tackle nearly every concern from fighting pimples to cleaning out pores to lightening hyper-pigmentation. Here are ten that will convince you to introduce gadgets to your beauty routine.

Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing System, $199

The tool in every beauty editor’s skincare arsenal, this cleansing brush has inspired many a copycat but the original is still the best.

Foreo Luna For Ultra-Sensitive Skin, $199

When a brush is a little much for your delicate flower complexion, this device uses silicone ridges and a combination of pulsations to gently remove dirt and makeup.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Steamer Solutions, $125

Ever use a pot of boiled water and towel to do a DIY facial? This is sort of like that but closer to a facial in a real spa. And there’s no chance of third degree burns.

Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-Matic Lip-Perfecting System, $48

If your mouth is molting thanks to the still cold, dry air, this hand-held device’s massaging nubs will smooth it out in no time.

PMD Personal Microderm, $179

Sure you could trek to the derm to get your face buffeted with tiny crystals a.k.a. microdermabrasion or you can spend ten minutes doing it yourself in the comfort of your own home.

Quasar Clear Rayz Device, $249

Sometimes even the most effective anti-acne treatments have no effect and that’s when it’s time to reach for this pocket-sized doohickey. It uses LED lights, blue to kill zit-causing bacteria, and red to calm angry, inflamed spots.

Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System, $15.99

For those not completely comfortable using a space age device, this more low-tech option uses puffs infused with crystals to exfoliate without getting too complicated.

Clarisonic Opal Sonic Skin Infusion System, $185

Got baggage of the undereye variety? Get rid of it with the one-two punch of this tool’s sonic tapping and your favorite eye cream.

Talika Cream Booster Device, $145

Like a magic (but more science, than wizardry) wand, this aerospace research inspired device uses a combination of micro-electricity, phototherapy, and vibrations to give skin a supernatural glow.

Olay Fresh Effects {Va Va Vivid!} Powered Contoured Facial Cleansing System, $10.99

Pimples tend to congregate around the t-zone, edges of the nose, and hair line but this tiny wonder, in conjunction with cleanser, can really get deep into the pores so you’re left spot-less or nearly there.