#2 Banish Banisher 2.0, US$69
Microneedling is a method to stimulate skin repair by intentionally injuring it with tiny holes — great for people who want to treat acne scars and wrinkles. Microneedling is also said to help skincare penetrate deeper. This tool from Banish uses 24k gold plated titanium bristles that tout antibacterial properties, and is said to improve the appearance of acne scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles by naturally promoting collagen and skin renewal. Before and after each use, remember to sterilise the needles by filling the accompanying cap with rubbing alcohol. Press down on the area with even pressure. Use the device after cleansing and before applying of serums.
#4 Clarisonic Mia Smart, S$266.30 from iShopChangi
The first step to any good skincare routine is proper cleansing. We especially love Clarisonic for its patented sonic oscillation technology (of over 300 movements per second) to thoroughly cleanse the skin from the day’s debris. Choose a brush head according to your needs — they have a good selection, whether you have sensitive skin, are buying for your man or want to get a deep cleanse — and pair it with a gentle facial wash. Clarisonic also has brush heads to apply foundation or to massage the eyes and face.
#5 Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, S$709
This Dr. Dennis Gross FaceWare Pro is another face mask that uses light therapy. It uses both red and blue light — the former penetrates into the dermis to stimulate collagen production while the latter kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces future breakouts, redness and inflammation. Choose between three settings (red, blue or a combination) and use the mask for the treatment time of three minutes for brighter, better complexion. To be used after cleansing and before other skincare steps.
#6 Foreo Luna 3 For Sensitive Skin, S$299
If the Clarisonic and its bristle brush heads are too abrasive for your sensitive skin but you’re still looking for a deeper cleanse than what your fingers can provide, opt for the Foreo Luna instead. Foreo employs its proprietary T-Sonic technology that pulsates to clean, and the best part is its silicone touchpoints mean that you don’t have to replace the head every few months like the Clarisonic. It also has an inbuilt firming massage function that helps reduce the signs of ageing. Foreo Luna has different iterations for normal, combination and sensitive skin types too.
#8 Nurse Jamie Eyeonix Eye Massaging Beauty Tool, US$57.66 (S$79.88) from Net-a-Porter
Specially created for the delicate skin around the eyes, this massaging tool uses high frequency vibration to rejuvenate, stimulate collagen production and provide a tightening effect. Especially great for tired or bloated mornings, use this in conjunction with your eye cream. Its compact size also means that you can pop it into your handbag and give yourself a perk-me-up during the day.
#9 ReFa Carat Face Massager, S$280
After a night of indulgence, or just a long, tiring day, your face can look haggard and bloated. A facial massager, like this one from ReFa, provides lymphatic massage to drain excess fluids from the face and reduce swelling. Working synergistically with microcurrent technology (powered by a solar panel on the handle), this ReFa massager lifts and tightens the skin while encouraging collagen production to help ease the signs of ageing. You can also use this on your body for a head to toe self-pampering routine.