Beauty devices - what to buy and what to avoid.


In the beginning of March I was interviewed in klikkmote on my take on all the beauty devices circulating in the industry at the moment. Are they really a necessary addition to your ever increasing skin care regiment? Do they work? The full interview in Norwegian can be read here.

Electrical cleansing brush

These actually do work, and I really love and recommend my Mia Clarisonic brush. There's a review of that here. I have also tried the Clinique equivalent which I really liked as well. Part of the Clinique brush is harder, and angled so that you can use this specifically around the nose and areas where large pores are more prominent. The good sonic cleansing brushes clean the skin up to 6 times better than you're able to with your bare hands. Great for people wearing makeup daily, sunscreen, or live in a polluted environment. For more on how to cleanse skin correctly look here. Be careful not to over-use these brushes though, once a day is enough, and always go with the softest brush head possible, unless you have very oily and thick skin.

Epilation devices

These are fine, not a must buy, but they work as well. Might give the odd ingrown hair though, but are quick to use and keeps hair away longer than shaving does. I do however prefer waxing, or even better permanent laser hair removal treatments. Will start the latter as soon as we offer the treatment in the clinic.

Electrical eye massager

Absolutely not necessary, but might be good for increasing circulation and thus dark circles and puffy eye-bags, just be careful that it's not too aggressive. The skin around the eyes is very thin and should be handled with care.

Facial Steamer

This is an OK tool to invest in, especially if you like doing your home spa nights. Steam open pores so that they are easier to empty, increase circulation, and let facial masks work deeper post steaming. It is however important not to steam for too long, or under too hot temperatures as this may make skin sensitive and even damaged. People with sensitive skin or inflammatory skin conditions should not steam their face. Always close pores after steaming using a mask, and some sort of astringent product.

Product LED-light activators

These are interesting, but I have not tried them myself yet. The LED light technology used in these have anti-inflammatory and even anti-ageing abilities, and micro vibrations may help product absorb better. The jury is still out on this one, and so it is not a necessary buy at the moment.

So there you have it! If you feel like getting a beauty device, I recommend getting a facial brush, and the clarisonic is a great and trusted option, but save the rest of your money for good and effective skin care products, which are a far more important investment than all types of beauty devices.

Hope you're all having a great Sunday! We will be traveling back to the city today after an amazing weekend in the country :)

Lots of love,