From relaxing tense facial muscles and alleviating tension in the skin, to supporting collagen and helping aid the absorption of luxurious creams and serums, incorporating a facial massage tool into your daily beauty routine might just be the fast-track you need to flawless skin - and you don't have to be a professional to own one.
From to , all manner of beauty brands are jumping on board, crafting skin-perfecting tools from jade and rose quartz or using sonic technology to mimic the results of an expert facial, all in the comfort of your own home.
The best part? These little tools boast heaps of stress-busting wellness benefits, too.
Check out the best facial massage tools out there right now.
This may look a bit like a UFO, but it's the closest thing to a professional face lift without having to go under the needle or knife. The tiny device - which links up with your iPhone - uses nano-currents and vibrations to supercharge slack skin cells with energy, prompting them to tighten up. Much like laser treatments, it works alongside a 'conductor gel' which helps it glide across the skin, and you can use it everywhere, from your cheeks to your forehead and even your upper lip and under eyes. Ge-ni-us
Just when we thought nothing could top our Foreo Luna, along came the Iris, and our eyes have never looked brighter or more awake. Many of us avoid applying pressure to the 'delicate' eye area when it comes to eye creams or serums, but experts argue that being too gentle could make bags and dark circles worse. This oval-shaped contraption harnesses two modes of vibration, tapping and pulsing (much like professional massage techniques), to keep those fluids moving. Who needs concealer?
Slotting a jade roller into your beauty routine is the ultimate form of self-treatment. A naturally cool crystal, it calms swelling and redness in seconds when combined with upwards and outwards rolling motions and helps shuttle skincare products into the skin with zero wastage. Our skin looked smoother and perkier and the process is really meditative and relaxing, perfect for just before bed.
The only way to describe Clarisonic's new gadget is like a HIIT sesh for your face. The firming massage head boasts three silicone nubs and tones slack muscles with an incredible 300 oscillations per second, but it's never uncomfortable. The invigorating movements instantly prompt fluid drainage and bringing down bloated cheeks. It sits neatly in your hand and includes two extra heads, so doubles up as a brush cleanser and an exfoliator. Cancel that facial.
What's the next best thing to having renowned facialist Antonia Burrell work her magic on your skin in person? This clever little box, of course. Inside, you'll find elements of Antonia's infamous Face Lift Facial, including a luxurious cleansing oil, facial oil serum and an unctuous moisturising cream, but the most interesting part is the little rubber cones. They draw blood to the surface of the skin with a special suction technique that emulates her skin-plumping facial cupping massage. It's such a treat to use and the results are undeniable. Hello, glow.
Tension, especially along the jaw, tends to keep blood stored in the muscles and away from the skin where it's needed the most, but when pressed over any tight spots, this cooling, dual-ended rose quartz tool brings it right back. Teamed with an eye cream, the smaller end works wonders to deflate eye bags and its ability to retain both heat and cold aids the absorption of serums, oils and moisturisers into the skin more effectively, so that they work much harder than if you were to apply them with your fingers alone. Plus, it'll sit pretty atop you dressing table.
When applying skincare products, a lot is absorbed into your fingers, but this tool is on hand to make waste a thing of the past. The unusual triangular shape works with the contours of your face to reach tricky areas like the under-eyes and upper lip but the best thing about it is the ah-mazing heated setting, which relaxes tense facial muscles, helps serums, oils and creams penetrate the skin better and makes for a seriously effective, stress-busting ritual come bedtime. And chill...
OK, this looks totally NSFW, but trust us when we say that it's the answer to super-soft and supple skin without having to splurge hundreds on professional treatments. After applying your skincare, start from the chin and apply a little pressure as you roll the rotating massagers upwards to tone and iron away deep sleep-induced puffiness. After two weeks of using it religiously, we're certain our cheeks have moved a smidgen higher.
That healthy flush you get after a run? This tool will give you that, without having to move very many muscles at all. Philips worked with Japanese massage experts to come up with unique designs for all three heads; One features five small balls to imitate professional finger tapping movements - 750 of them, to be exact - while the eye massage tool is comprised of a ceramic plate which basically works like an iron on fine lines and eye bags. The third is a brush cleanser to turf make-up, grime and sebum out of pores.
It may not look like much, but investing in Hayo'u's jade Glory Restorer might just be the best thing you ever do for your skin and your stress levels. As part of an evening skincare routine (preferably after slathering on a luxe moisturiser or facial oil) press and stroke the cooling, soothing stone against your skin for a minute or so. It has the clever ability to bring down inflammation (yep, even raging, under-the-skin spots), and to kick-start micro-circulation at the skin's surface by a proven 400%. More blood flow = plump, pillowy skin.
Yep, it looks a bit like a whisk, but this contraption by expert facialist Sarah Chapman takes groggy, dull skin and makes it rosy and radiant. Studded with nodules, the massage wheels treat skin to a firm but comfortable kneading technique, which mimics the fingertips and knuckles, bringing blood to the surface and unravelling tight muscles, because who doesn't want a more defined jawline?