No matter how great your natural skin care products work, even better results are possible with the right tools to cleanse and prime skin. Here are five gadgets that can make your gorgeous skin even more gorgeous.
Made from the root fibers of the konjac (or elephant yam) plant, these super soft yet exfoliating facial sponges gently glide over skin to remove all traces of dirt and makeup. They work well on all skin types, but are especially good for sensitive, mature or acne-prone skin. One Love Organics The Cleansing Sponge (Original Heart) is made with 100% pure konjac root fibers, it’s ideal for sensitive or combination skin and its cute heart shape makes it a must-have bathroom accessory.
Konjac sponges also come infused with clay and bamboo charcoal to cleanse and treat skin in one step. Perfect for mature skin, Dew Puff Asian Clay Konjac Sponge features red clay to draw impurities from your pores, leaving skin rejuvenated and glowing. And Dew Puff Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge is made for oily skin, as its added detoxifying charcoal neutralizes acne-causing bacteria.
Cleansing brushes with high-speed rotating bristles offer the ultimate in deep cleaning. Aside from removing makeup and impurities, the newest models include brush heads that exfoliate, massage and even apply makeup flawlessly. Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Sonic Powered Cleansing Brush is antimicrobial for safe cleaning, and features six speeds—including a micro-massage setting that helps tone skin and promote collagen production. Skin Authority 3-in-1 Cleansing System comes with a deep cleaning brush, a microdermabrasion brush for sloughing away dead skin and a conical shaped head that applies makeup with an airbrushed finish. And it runs on batteries so it’s easy to take along in your travel bag.
These mitts gently cleanse and exfoliate your face and body with innovative microfibers and loofah-like materials. jane iredale Magic Mitt cleans without added soap or cleansers (seriously!) with only the help of water—which activates tiny fibers that break the oil bonds in makeup, leaving your face clean and pH balanced. Aquis Exfoliating Face & Body Mitt lets you choose how much buffing you want with either a gentle cloth or an exfoliating loofah-like side that’s perfect for smoothing skin before applying self-tanning lotion.
Dermatologists love LED (Light Emitting Diode) light therapy for treating acne, especially when bacteria-destroying blue LED light is used in combination with inflammation-calming red LED light. Now you can do this treatment at home with Michael Todd Clear Bi-Light Acne Clearing LED Light, a safe six-minute daily therapy that clears skin faster and prevents future breakouts.
Dry brushing is a popular spa treatment for smoothing skin and increasing circulation, and one you can do for yourself with the right body brush—we like EcoTools Bamboo Bristle Brush, with soft bristles made just for the task. Just remember that technique is important: Be sure to always brush your skin in the direction of your heart. Start with your feet, stroking upwards, then legs, arms, stomach, chest and back.