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The Facial Gadgets to Maximise Your Skincare Routine

By Renée Batchelor

Felicia YapClockwise from top left: Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, S$709; Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light++ S$398; Foreo Luna 2 For Men, S$315; and ReFa Active WF, S$520.

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who embrace all that technology has to offer — from Google Assistant to smartwatches — and those who remain Luddites in the face of innovation. If you fall into the former camp, then it’s likely that your tech goes beyond just entertainment and personal devices, and might even extend to skincare gadgets.

And it’s not just women who can benefit from these tools, but men as well. Ranging from anti-ageing massagers and cleansing brushes to light devices, it can be difficult to pick the right investment piece — these tend to run into hundreds of dollars — from the mind-boggling array on offer. Here are some of our current favourites.

The Scrubber

It’s always a smart idea to start with a good cleansing device as it’ll help set the foundation to good skin. The Foreo Luna 2 for Men, S$315, is primarily a facial scrub brush, that uses sonic technology to get rid of dead skin cells and unclog pores. This sleek device is especially good pre-shave as it gives you a smoother shaving experience and extends the shelf life of your razor blades. If you have any wrinkles and crow’s feet, just switch to its anti-ageing mode and apply to these areas.

The Fixer

If you have even more sophisticated needs, then light therapy devices will be able to address multiple concerns. Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light++, S$398, uses LED chromotherapy technology to repair and soothe the skin. The device now comes with three lights — yellow, blue and red — as well as two new light combinations (orange and purple) for customisable treatments of issues ranging from dull to saggy skin.

The Illuminator

If you prefer your devices handsfree, then Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, S$709, is a medical-grade, full face mask that works to bring about a more radiant complexion. The mask might look like something Daft Punk would don, but it actually features a combination of 100 LED lights in red mode and 62 lights in blue mode that can be used either individually or synergistically to smooth out wrinkles and destroy propionibacterium acne bacteria to prevent future breakouts. You need to use this for just three minutes a day after cleansing the skin, for results that show up in just a few days.

The Soother

If you’re not keen on constantly charging your tools or popping in new batteries, the ReFa Active WF is a multi-tasking face and body massager that doesn’t require any charge. Specifically designed for muscle relaxation, this titanium-coated roller replicates the firm feel of an aesthetician’s massage, so you’re able to target the parasympathetic nervous system and drain toxins from your entire body.