Over the past few years, thanks in part to the #wokeuplikethis craze, skincare is getting far more attention than it ever did. In fact, if makeup weren’t so darn fun, it would be easy to say skincare is the new makeup. And maybe it is.
Chances are, you have some interest in taking good care of your skin. Whether you follow a K beauty-inspired 10-step regimen or are devoted to a single BB cream, you’ll be intrigued by the latest products to hit skincare: skincare brushes and massage tools.
Although skincare tools may sound like just another product marketed at women who may or may not have insecurities about their skin (I’m sure that’s part of the picture), anyone who’s experienced fine vegan makeup brushes after using cheap ones from the drugstore—or has discovered the joys of a sonic cleansing device knows, sometimes a new gadget is worth trying.
e.l.f. Pore Refining Brush and Mask Tool is made with (1) a silicone spatula to help you apply masks and DIY concoctions with minimal mess and waste and (2) a small bush on the opposite end that helps remove dirt and oil from pores. The spatula end may also be used to apply foundation while the pore-refining brush may be used to blend color. The easily washable tool helps prevent bacteria on your finger from getting on your face. Although I’ve yet to use this particular brush, I have used a small spatula to apply a clay mask, and it’s a game changer!
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Brush is infused with anti-aging antioxidants, peptides, collagen, and niacin. (Note: This brush is also infused with silk compounds, which may not be acceptable for vegans who avoid insect products.) Developed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, this animal hair-free brush may be used to buff serum and primer onto skin for a smooth, pore-less finish. The brush is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
Artis Digit Skincare 5-Piece Brush Set is inspired by the shape of human fingers. These animal-free brushes are designed to work with rich, emollient skincare formulas like serums and creams. The brushes apply skincare products more evenly than our fingers do, allowing for enhanced product performance and an easier time getting into the nooks and crannies of the face. At $225 a set, they’re certainly a splurge, but the sleek brush holder is designed to look fabulous on your bathroom counter.
The Massage Tools
Jade Roller. These trendy (and super pretty!) pieces deserved mention because they’re appearing everywhere! Lymphatic massage has been getting more buzz recently and for good reason. It improves circulation, decreases puffiness, and may even stimulate collagen production. While you can definitely give yourself a lymphatic massage with your (clean) fingers, a jade roller makes the process extra luxe and refreshing—especially if you store your jade roller in the fridge!
Kansa Wand. Inspired by the Ayurvedic tradition, a Kansa wand is made with an alloy of copper and tin, and the resulting metal is revered as sacred and healing. Designed for gentle, relaxing massage, a Kansa wand can be used with an organic, non-comedogenic carrier oil to relieve tension from facial muscles and boost circulation and lymphatic drainage. The Kansa wand can be moved in small, clockwise circles around the hollows of the temples, zig-zagged across the forehead, gently circled around the eyes, and worked up and down the jawline.
Have you tried any of these vegan-friendly skincare tools?
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