Skincare Tools: Grab or Garbage?

Skincare Tools: Grab or Garbage?

Skincare Tools: Grab or Garbage?


In recent years, the beauty and skincare industry has witnessed a remarkable surge in the popularity of skincare tools. From derma rollers to facial cleansing brushes, jade rollers to LED light therapy devices, these innovative tools have captivated the attention of beauty enthusiasts and skincare experts worldwide. But let’s be real– are they worth it? Are they actually beneficial? Let’s break it down!

Section 1: Skincare Tools We Love

  1. Gua Sha: By using the gua sha in specific motions along the contours of the face and neck, it can help promote lymphatic drainage. This process encourages the removal of toxins and excess fluid, reducing puffiness and promoting a more sculpted appearance. We recommend pairing this with a non-comedogenic glide such as jojoba oil or a hydrating serum such as our favorite– Silky Skin Hydrating Serum! to avoid being abrasive with the skin! This is not a needed step in a skincare routine, but if you want to add it in– the benefits are there! 
  2. Ice Rollers: We love ice rollers for reducing puffiness! The cold temperature of the ice roller helps constrict blood vessels, which can reduce inflammation and puffiness in the skin. This is particularly effective for depuffing the under-eye area and soothing swollen or irritated skin. Other benefits include soothing irritation, and enhancing the effectiveness of skincare products. Be sure to properly clean your ice roller in between uses to lessen the spread of bacteria!
  3. LED Light Therapy Devices: LED (Light Emitting Diode) light therapy devices emit specific wavelengths of light that can penetrate the skin at different depths. This can be very beneficial to a variety of concerns! LED light therapy can reduce inflammation, improve skin tone and texture, speed up healing, and more! At Sunday Skin, LED light therapy is utilized in our Deluxe Hydrafacial, and can be added on to any facial!  Be cautious of using proper eye protection and as always, speak with a healthcare professional with any questions or concerns! 

Section 2: Skincare Tools to Be Cautious About

  1. Pore Vacuum: Pore vacuums use suction to extract impurities from the skin, but if used incorrectly or at high intensity, they can cause skin damage such as bruising, redness, and broken capillaries. Pore vacuums may also aggravate existing skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, or sensitive skin. The suction force can cause irritation and inflammation, making these conditions worse. We recommend seeing a licensed aesthetician for any extraction needs!
  2. At-Home Pixie razors: When using pixie razors for facial hair removal, it's important to be cautious of skin irritation, ingrown hairs, cuts and nicks, hygiene concerns, and more. We recommend getting a dermaplane facial or adding on dermaplaning on to any facial! Our other recommendation would be getting laser hair removal. Laser hair removal gives long-lasting results and is a safe alternative when done by a professional!
  3. Electric Face Scrubbers: Excessive or aggressive use of electrical face scrubbers can lead to over-exfoliation, which can strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt the skin barrier. This may cause dryness, redness, irritation, and increased sensitivity. There is also a risk of micro-tears, spreading unwanted bacteria to the skin, and being incompatible with certain skincare products. 

Section 3: How to Choose the Right Skincare Tools

  1. Skin Type Considerations: Different skin types have varying needs and sensitivities. Using a skincare tool that is tailored to your specific skin type ensures that it effectively addresses your skin concerns and delivers optimal results.
  2. Quality and Safety: When purchasing skincare tools, do your research! Make sure they are from a reputable brand and ensure they are safe for at home use. 
  3. Consulting a Professional: We encourage you to always chat with a trusted provider, aesthetician, or aesthetic skincare expert! All of our providers at Sunday Skin are board certified NPs or medical aestheticians with continuing education and training! You can book an appointment with any of them, here.


In conclusion, skincare tools can be highly beneficial, but they can also cause harm to the skin if used inappropriately. Having the knowledge of when to grab a skincare tool versus throw it in the garbage is key! We are here to help whenever you need assistance!

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