While fashion trends tend to be cyclical, the beauty industry’s R&D departments seem to be falling over themselves in their search for the next breakthrough anti-ageing technology. Just look at how corsets (or waist trainers, as the Kardashian clan calls the restricting garment) are making a return in the fashion world, and then look at the latest aesthetic treatments like Ultherapy and lasers to hit the beauty market.
But on the other side of the coin, we’re also seeing a resurgence in the popularity of simple face massaging tools that require little to no expertise to use. The best part is that these are not electrically powered, saving you the hassle of having to charge them. One way of looking at it is that urbanites like Singaporeans are looking for simple solutions in our increasingly stressful lifestyles – thus the inclination to put complicated devices aside in favour of simpler tools.
Another is, if you would have it, that 50 per cent of Singaporeans are stressed out by the thought of doing nothing, according to a recent online poll of 600 participants done by Sentosa. So even while we are watching Netflix, we’d prefer to actually do something else – something more productive, like massaging our face for better skin. As Net-a-Porter’s global beauty director Newby Hands observes, “part of the [tools’] success is they now tend to be simpler to use; they have to pass the Netflix test – can you use them while watching TV – if the answer is yes, the better it sells”.
Either way, the sole beneficiary is our skin, as the face massagers stimulate better circulation which aids in skin rejuvenation, leading to glowing, youthful-looking skin. Many of them are also made from minerals or gemstones such as jade and rose quartz, most of which are said to have mood-boosting effects because they help balance your body’s energies. Whether or not you have to use the massagers with skincare products such as serum, moisturiser or face oil depends on the tool, but a general rule of thumb is that if you find that the tool is tugging too hard at your skin, it’s best to reduce the friction with a cream or lotion. But apply your skincare to your face – not the massager – to ensure even distribution of the product.
PS: Since you’re going to use these on your face, always remember to wipe them down with a clean cloth (either dry or damp, it doesn’t matter) to remove any traces of skincare products and sebum. You can also dip the devices into warm, soapy water before rinsing and wiping it dry with a clean cloth. If there are moving parts, make sure to place your face massager in a well-ventilated area to air dry it properly.
Here are nine to try: