Whether you’re looking to fight blemishes, smooth the look of wrinkles, or firm your skin, the combination of results-oriented skin care and high-tech devices can be incredibly powerful.
Many skin-care devices are based in tech that started in the dermatologist’s office: Red and blue light, vibration, and electrical-stimulation devices all have counterparts in the medical arena. The idea is not to replicate those treatments exactly (many in-office treatments are too intense to do at home safely) but for the at-home versions to harness the power of treating skin daily or weekly to deliver results on their own or to build on results from in-office procedures.
Worked into a routine with high-performance skin care, these devices can fast-track the benefits you’re looking for in a way that simply using the devices or the products on their own might not. Below, our favorite tech-and-skin-care combinations for your glowiest, healthiest-looking skin.
Best For: Sculpting and Brightening
If a nanocurrent device aimed at stimulating lifting and firming seems like something you might get only at a top med-spa, renowned Californian aesthetician Melanie Simon (who has arguably the most flawless complexion we’ve ever seen) is now delivering a new generation of her famous ZIIP that gives both the experience—and benefits—at home. Her genius new device combines micro- and nanocurrent therapies to lift instantly, also targeting issues as diverse as congested pores, dullness, and hyperpigmentation. Slather on the clean conductive serum it comes with and glide the device up your face and neck. For targeted treatments and step-by-steps, connect your device to the ZIIP Beauty app to customize programs for your skin.
The Tech: Microcurrent and NanocurrentZIIPZIIP Halogoop, $349SHOP NOW
Use It With: Vitamin Cgoop Beauty20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serumgoop, $125SHOP NOW
Best For: Wrinkles and Laxity
We could not believe the before-and-after pictures for this high-tech device. It’s the only 500-milliwatt laser cleared by the FDA for at-home use. Over time, the powerful clinic-grade near-infrared laser smooths, firms, and brightens the appearance of your skin. Three minutes a day per area (under eyes, over your top lip, on the cheeks, anywhere) for 12 weeks is enough to deliver spectacular results.
The Tech: Clinic-Grade Near-Infrared LaserLYMALYMA Laser Starter Kitgoop, $2,695SHOP NOW
Use It With: The LYMA Two-Step for SkinLYMALYMA Skincare Serum and Cream Starter Kitgoop, $655SHOP NOW
Best For: Lips and Eyes
This brilliant microcurrent set comes with a dual-wand attachment designed to smooth the appearance of crow’s-feet, smile lines, and eyebrow furrows. The device connects to your phone for easy step-by-step tutorials and treatment reminders. Swipe on the (clean) Aqua Gel or Silk Crème activator and use the device for five minutes a day—with consistent use, you’ll start to see incredible results.
The Tech: MicrocurrentNuFACETRINITY+ and Effective Lip & Eye Setgoop, $495SHOP NOW
USE IT WITH: HYALURONIC ACID
Best For: All-in-One
There are six attachments for this device, and every one of them delivers. Known for its powerful percussive body massagers, Therabody designed the skin-care device to help firm, smooth, and tighten the appearance of skin. Three of the attachments use different kinds of percussive technology to relieve tension in the face, jaw, neck, and head. On top of those, there’s a microcurrent ring, a cleansing ring, and an LED light-therapy ring (with blue, red, and infrared light settings, so you’re getting a total of eight different treatments).
If you want even more (hello, we do), there are now two additional options, sold together: a cryo ring to depuff and soothe, and a heat ring to help relax muscles, ease tension, and boost circulation.
The Tech: Percussive Massage, Microcurrent, and LEDTherabodyTheraFace PROgoop, $399SHOP NOW
The Tech: Heat and CryotherapyTherabodyTheraFace PRO Hot and Cold Ringsgoop, $99SHOP NOW
Use It With: Clinically Proven Serumgoop BeautyYouth-Boost Peptide Serumgoop, $150/$135 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
Best For: Lifting and Depuffing
This 24-karat-gold-plated vibrating T-bar uses subtle vibrations to temporarily lift and sculpt; it feels amazing, like a firm massage, and the results—wrinkles smoothed, sagging firmed—last for the better part of a day (or night).
World-famous makeup artist Jillian Dempsey uses it to get her clients ready for the red carpet but recommends using it daily for 10 to 15 minutes for optimum results. Start with a layer of face oil and glide upward as you lift and sculpt your whole face. The roller helps drive all the goodness from the oil into your skin.
The Tech: VibrationJillian DempseyGold Sculpting Bargoop, $195SHOP NOW
Use It With: Nourishing Face Oilgoop BeautyAll-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oilgoop, $98/$89 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
Best For: Fighting Breakouts and Smoothing
The combination of collagen-stimulating red light and soothing, cleansing blue light makes this mask a powerful all-in-one face treatment for any skin type.
The Tech: Red and Blue LightDr. Dennis GrossDRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Progoop, $455SHOP NOW
Use It With: Bestselling SerumVintner’s DaughterActive Botanical Serumgoop, $195SHOP NOW
Best For: Energizing and Calming
This device combines rejuvenating red light, gentle heat, stimulating microcurrent, and massage-like vibrations for an amazing treatment that takes a mere five minutes. Use it daily for refreshed, vibrant, healthier-looking skin.
The Tech: Low Vibration, Microcurrent, and Red LightSolawaveRadiant Renewal Red Light Skincare Wandgoop, $169SHOP NOW
Use It With: Supercharged SerumAugustinus BaderThe Serumgoop, $390SHOP NOW
Best For: Soothing and Plumping
This strap-on mask (you can use it while you catch up on email or relax with a book) from the beloved sauna company uses red and near-infrared light to smooth the look of wrinkles, even skin tone, and brighten the appearance of skin.
The Tech: Red and Near-Infrared LightHigherDOSERed Light Face Maskgoop, $349SHOP NOW
Use It With: High-Performance Face SerumMACRENE activesHigh Performance Face Serumgoop, $195SHOP NOW
Best For: Neck and Décolletage
This red and near-infrared light mask is designed to fit perfectly on your neck and décolletage, no matter your body type. Apply your treatment serum in the evening, then sit back and let the light work its magic supporting all the active ingredients in your skin care. For the best results, use the device three or four times a week for 10 to 20 minutes at a time.
The Tech: Red and Near-Infrared LightHigherDOSERed Light Neck Enhancergoop, $349SHOP NOW
Use It With: Targeted Skin CareMACRENE activesHigh Performance Neck & Décolletage Treatmentgoop, $295SHOP NOW
Best For: Body Smoothing and Firming
From the makers of the NuFACE devices, this new microcurrent tool for your body smooths the look of dimples, firms the look of skin, and sculpts. Apply the hydrating gel activator (it’s made with hyaluronic acid) and glide the device across your thighs or buttocks. For optimum results, use it five minutes a day, five times a week.
The Tech: MicrocurrentNuFACENuBODY Skin Toning Devicegoop, $399SHOP NOW
Use It With: Antioxidant-Rich CreamLe PrunierPlumbodygoop, $80SHOP NOW
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EXFOLIATING JELLY FACE WASH
Natural fruit enzymes, omega-rich Arctic cloudberry, bitter orange peel, and brightening Australian kakadu plum power this gently resurfacing cleanser. It’s mild enough to use morning and night and leaves skin with a fresh, immediate glow.
goop BeautyCloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleansergoop, $35/$25 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
This gorgeous toner—extremely gentle but also extremely powerful—works for any skin type. Brightening flower extracts lightly exfoliate, while aloe, tamarind, and glycerin moisturize and soften.
goop BeautyFlower Acids Resurfacing Tonergoop, $45SHOP NOW
Two forms of vitamin C combine with antioxidant-rich turmeric to moisturize, plump, and illuminate skin instantly, leaving it bright and glowy.
BeautycounterCounter+ All Bright C Serumgoop, $90SHOP NOW
This luxurious blue balm hydrates, brightens, and soothes with olive and magnolia leaf oils.
Furtuna SkinRinascita Delle Olive Replenishing Balmgoop, $225SHOP NOW
ALL-IN-ONE TINTED SPF
Use this light, silky foundation on its own or with your favorite moisturizer. Soothing centella extract, nourishing prickly pear extract, and antioxidant-rich white sage renew and illuminate.
Tower 28 BeautySunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundationgoop, $32SHOP NOW