Continuing along with the skincare series, I thought I would inform you about skincare tools which you might want to consider as a “helping hand” ;) I use most of the items I’m featuring below, and there are couple of others I’ve included in the mix as I’ve heard so many good reviews about and will be purchasing in the near future.
Regardless of how careful we may be with our eating habits, we can always benefit from added boost of vitamins, which is essential for healthy body and skin.
I’ve been on the Swiss Women’s Ultivite multi vitamins for almost 10 years now, and I also take the Hair Skin Nails formula at intervals. The multivitamins are small doses of A-Z of all vitamins combined in once a day tablet. Hair Skin Nails, as the name suggests, is specifically designed to nurture hair, skin and nail cells.
I would definitely recommend vitamin tablets as I believe it’s impossible to give our bodies every single essential vitamin it needs through our everyday diets. Of course you can opt for any brand that you feel works for you.
These are an oldie but a goodie! The strips are coated with a sticky film which is applied to the problem areas, bonding to the gunk and blackheads in the pores when wet. After a 10 minute wait when the strip fully dries, you carefully pull it off, and with it, out comes all the nasty bits.
It’s good to give your pores a good clean with these strips, even if you do it once a month. You’ll be amazed how clogged your pores can get.
Pore strips come in different shapes to conform to your nose, chin and forehead as these are the areas most prone to developing pores.
Such a simple tool, yet so effective. With gentle bristles, combined with your daily cleanser, face brushes do a fantastic job in cleansing off your makeup, exfoliating the skin and boosting blood circulation all at once!
The brush featured in this picture is by Dermologica, however you can find such brushes at drugstores, beauty salons as well as on the internet.
There are also similar concept body brushes which can be used for all over the body, serving the same purpose of cleansing and exfoliating the skin; and increasing blood circulation. Inexpensive, effective and super easy!
SIGMA CLEANSING AND POLISHING TOOL
This brush set is fuss-free, as you just hold it against your skin and it does the rest :)
The kit comes with a hand-held battery powered unit which enables the attachment brushes to rotate. The rotating head unit and the 3 different intensity of brush attachments give you complete control in face and body cleansing, exfoliation and of course boosting blood circulation. Makeup and dirt have no chance against this brush.
It really does polish the skin as I always get a smooth and healthy glow especially over the high points of my cheekbones after I use this. I will do a feature review of this brush set in more detail in an upcoming post as it really is my favorite skincare tool.
At first glance, this brush looks just like the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool. I too thought the same thing initially, ridiculing why they would charge $150 – $270 for a brush I could get from Sigma for $40…and with 3 different brush heads in tow.
It’s after I read and watched many reviews that I realised it’s not the same thing. I personally haven’t tried this brush but I had to include it here as it took the skincare world by storm ever since its release and still sells like crazy.
The difference with this brush is that, instead of the bristles rotating, they vibrate. It’s this vibrating action that is said to distrupt the build up within the pores, bringing it to surface and therefore exfoliating the skin sparkly clean. So many people are singing its praises, so if you’d like further information, you can visit the Clarisonic site at: www.clarisonic.com
PMD – PERSONAL MICRODERMABRASION SYSTEM
This is another tool I haven’t personally tried but I am determined to get my hands on asap. Microdermabrasion is the ultimate skin exfoliation treatment without going to the drastic measures of chemical peels.
Microdermabrasion, up until the release of such at-home systems, was only available at professional salons. The PMD system is designed around the very idea of microdermabrasion, but gentle enough to do on your own.
The little green and blue attachments you see in the picture are different levels of exfoliation you can achieve, as you can use it on the face, as well as the body. The clear nozzle actually serves as a suction cup, to ensure the skin comes into full contact with the attachment heads. As you swipe it over your skin, the attachment heads slough away dead skin cells, which in return promotes new skin cells to come through – giving you a renewed, fresher, healthier and more youthful skin.
This system is also designed to improve the skin tone, heal acne marks or scars, tighten pores and prevent pigmentation. You can read extensive reviews and watch video demos of this system on their website at: www.personalmicroderm.com
You can only purchase this system via the mentioned website but make sure to choose the correct voltage adapter for your country if you decide to purchase it.
Do you use any of the skincare tools mentioned above, if so, what are your thoughts on them?