Beauty

Supercharge Your Skin Care with Next-Level Tech

Written by: Brianna Peters

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Published on: October 16, 2023

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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.

  1. The Tech: Microcurrent and Nanocurrent

    ZIIP
    ZIIP Halo
    goop, $349SHOP NOW
  1. Use It With: Vitamin C

    goop Beauty
    20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
    goop, $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.

  1. The Tech: Clinic-Grade Near-Infrared Laser

    LYMA
    LYMA Laser Starter Kit
    goop, $2,695SHOP NOW
  1. Use It With: The LYMA Two-Step for Skin

    LYMA
    LYMA Skincare Serum and Cream Starter Kit
    goop, $525SHOP 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.

  1. The Tech: Microcurrent

    NuFACE
    TRINITY+ and Effective Lip & Eye Set
    goop, $495SHOP NOW

USE IT WITH: HYALURONIC ACID

  1. Alpyn Beauty
    Willow & Sweet Agave Plumping Lip Mask
    goop, $28SHOP NOW
  2. Pangea
    Peptide-Rich Eye Cream
    goop, $36SHOP NOW

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.

  1. The Tech: Percussive Massage, Microcurrent, and LED

    Therabody
    TheraFace PRO
    goop, $399SHOP NOW
  1. The Tech: Heat and Cryotherapy

    Therabody
    TheraFace PRO Hot and Cold Rings
    goop, $99SHOP NOW
  1. Use It With: Clinically Proven Serum

    goop Beauty
    Youth-Boost Peptide Serum
    goop, $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.

  1. The Tech: Vibration

    Jillian Dempsey
    Gold Sculpting Bar
    goop, $195SHOP NOW
  1. Use It With: Nourishing Face Oil

    goop Beauty
    All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil
    goop, $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.

  1. The Tech: Red and Blue Light

    Dr. Dennis Gross
    DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro
    goop, $455SHOP NOW
  1. Use It With: Bestselling Serum

    Vintner’s Daughter
    Active Botanical Serum
    goop, $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.

  1. The Tech: Low Vibration, Microcurrent, and Red Light

    Solawave
    Radiant Renewal Red Light Skincare Wand
    goop, $169SHOP NOW
  1. Use It With: Supercharged Serum

    Augustinus Bader
    The Serum
    goop, $400SHOP 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.

  1. The Tech: Red and Near-Infrared Light

    HigherDOSE
    Red Light Face Mask
    goop, $349SHOP NOW
  1. Use It With: High-Performance Face Serum

    MACRENE actives
    High Performance Face Serum
    goop, $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.

  1. The Tech: Red and Near-Infrared Light

    HigherDOSE
    Red Light Neck Enhancer
    goop, $349SHOP NOW
  1. Use It With: Targeted Skin Care

    MACRENE actives
    High Performance Neck & Décolletage Treatment
    goop, $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.

  1. The Tech: Microcurrent

    NuFACE
    NuBODY Skin Toning Device
    goop, $299.25SHOP NOW
  1. Use It With: Antioxidant-Rich Cream

    Le Prunier
    Plumbody
    goop, $80SHOP NOW

 


EXTRA CREDIT: THE EASY DAILY ROUTINE FOR TRULY GREAT SKIN

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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.

  1. goop Beauty
    Cloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser
    goop, $35/$25 with subscriptionSHOP NOW

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PORE-SMOOTHING TONER

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.

  1. goop Beauty
    Flower Acids Resurfacing Toner
    goop, $45SHOP NOW

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SKIN-LOVING SERUM

Two forms of vitamin C combine with antioxidant-rich turmeric to moisturize, plump, and illuminate skin instantly, leaving it bright and glowy.

  1. Beautycounter
    Counter+ All Bright C Serum
    goop, $90SHOP NOW

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RICH MOISTURIZER

This luxurious blue balm hydrates, brightens, and soothes with olive and magnolia leaf oils.

  1. Furtuna Skin
    Rinascita Delle Olive Replenishing Balm
    goop, $225SHOP NOW

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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.

  1. Tower 28 Beauty
    SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation
    goop, $32SHOP NOW