By Aishlin Hennigan
Most of us focus primarily on the products we use in our beauty routine but how often do we review the method which we apply our products? Beauty tools are enjoying a surge in popularity at the moment and for very good reason. The right tools work in harmony with your products to promote deeper penetration and efficiency. We’ve narrowed down our top five beauty tools to ensure you’re getting the most out of your beauty and hair care routine.
Monica Tolan Cyro Globes
These stainless steel globes are stored in the freezer and designed to be massaged around the face and body either with your favourite beauty products or on their own.
They reduce the temperature of skin to 10 degrees and work with a magnetic effect to bring heat to the surface through vasodilation and constriction. This results in fresh oxygen and blood coming to the surface which causes the skin to tighten.
Regular use of the globes can encourage skin to become less inflamed and oily, wrinkles and fine lines become reduced and the application helps to amplify the penetration of products deep into the skin. The globes can also be applied to pressure points to help with anxiety, the back of the neck for migraines and used after hot flashes to provide relief.
Find the Cryo Globes at Monica Tolan The Skin Experts | Ireland’s Leading Skin Consultations for €99.
Jade rollers have been taking over all of our Instagram and TikTok feeds lately. The jade stone has the ability to remain cold while being in contact with skin drawing out negative energy and balancing chi (energy and life resource).
Jade rollers work in harmony with your products to make them more effective. They promote lymphatic drainage and blood circulation helping to reduce swelling, brighten your complexion and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The practice of gua sha may have just exploded over social media recently but it’s actually an ancient practice in Chinese medicine. Gua sha stones come in different materials like bian stone, jade and rose quartz.
Gua sha should be used with medium pressure and pulled against the skin away from the centre of the face. The stone works deeper than the jade roller as it creates more friction. This practice releases facial muscle tension, eliminates toxins and promotes drainage of lymph fluids which gives the illusion of a more sculpted face and allows for a clearer, brighter complexion.
Gua sha stones are available on Millies.ie.
Facial Cleansing Brush
Facial cleansing bristles thoroughly cleanse the skin by lifting excess makeup, sebum (oil) and dirt from the pores. The pulsations give a gentle exfoliation which results in boosting the skin’s radiance and texture. The cleansing action also improves the efficiency of products applied after the cleanse allowing for deeper penetration.
To use, apply a pea size amount of cleanser to the brush and use in circular motions, rinse with warm water and pat the skin dry. The brush should only be used a few times a week to ensure over-exfoliation or irritated, tight or inflamed skin does not occur.
A scalp brush is designed in the same shape as your palm with sharp thick bristles. During your shower, apply shampoo or scalp exfoliating scrub to the brush and massage your hair in circular motions or from the roots to the nape of your neck.
The teeth on the brush stimulate hair follicles to unblock them and promote healthier and stronger hair growth. The brush also removes product build up, excess oil and dead skin cells and irritation which contributes to dandruff. The bristles increase blood circulation to ensure your hair gets fresh nutrients. Just like a skin exfoliation, this treatment should only be done once a week to avoid the scalp becoming over-exfoliated and irritated.
Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager is available from Boots.ie for €10.99.