There's no denying I'm a fan of a good skincare tool, especially if it aids my favourite pastime, giving myself a facial massage—I don't know where I'd be without my jade roller and gua sha scraper. But their talents span far beyond lifting cheeks and firming foreheads. The best skin tools can cleanse your skin far better than any harsh scrub, and they can ply skin with a dose of healing light.
Hell, some can even help the rest of those potent serums and unctuous oils that follow work harder too. And more often than not, they're the very same tools you'll find in the kits of the world's top facialists. So if you're ready to up your skincare game—and get serious about that evening routine—these are the skincare tools we recommend keeping sinkside.
A quick run over my cheeks and forehead with my jade roller has become an ingrained part of my bedtime routine. It's brilliant at cooling stressed-out skin, and can really get to work on a tight jaw or deflated cheeks. To see what else it can do, read my full review here.
Once the sole reserve of the dermatologist's office, derma-rolling (aka microneedling) has found its way into our skincare vernacular (and our bathroom cabinets) in the past year or so. And we're pretty grateful for this development: Fundamentally, these gadgets are rollers dotted with hundreds of tiny needles that create minuscule holes in the epidermis, forming channels through which face serums and oils can really penetrate. They're also great at shocking skin into amping up its collagen and elastin production lower down too, meaning regular use can lead to plumper, tighter skin. Beauty Bioscience's device is arguably the best at-home version, as it also plies skin with a skin-healing red LED light as you roll.
Another jade-based tool, the gua sha face scraper is brilliant at really kneading out the tiny muscles within the face. I'm obsessed with mine (the cheekbones it has carved out enough to have me hooked), but it's also great at flushing skin of the toxins and excess water that build up and cause the face to look puffy.
Microcurrents are often used in high-tech facial treatments, as they have the power to jump-start skin cells into action, ensuring they're creating optimal amounts of things like collagen and elastin that keep skin feeling (and looking) strong. This nifty device allows you to do all of that at home. You simply hold it to your face whilst programming your treatment via an iPhone app—there are settings for fine lines and dark circles, acne-clearing and sensitive skin. It might be pricey, but when you compare it to the cost of years of facial appointments, it suddenly feels worth it.
It may look like a strange sex toy, but it's actually a firming skin roller. Encrusted with 24 massaging stones (each containing tourmaline quartz), rolling the stick up and down your face for a few minutes every day helps to tone and tighten skin, replicating the massage techniques Nurse Jamie's founder uses in her cult facials.
Cleansing is undoubtedly the most important part of your skincare regimen, clearing the way for all the subsequent active formulas you pile on to do their job. But it can be hard work. Which is why cleansing brushes have really gained traction within inner skincare circles. I love a Clarisonic, but Byrdie Editorial Director Amy Lawrenson swears by her Foreo. "It gives you the deepest, most satisfying cleanse," she says of the silicon brush.
In terms of face massage, a jade roller will help smooth things out, but to really get to the knots that nestle themselves deep within the facial muscles, Sarah Chapman's funny-looking tool is ideal. The little knobbly cogs knead the skin, lifting it in the process, relieving built-up tension and helping to elevate fallen cheeks.
There you have it—all the tools you need to take your skincare routine to the next level.