What: Foreo UFO
Tested by: Smita DeSouza, Beauty Editor
Not only has this sped up the masking part of my routine - it only lasts for 90 seconds now! - it has also upped the benefits. Once you sync your device to the app on your phone, you’re on your way to a relaxing minute-and-a-half. The device heats up to open pores for better absorption of essence from the mask, and red and green LED lights stimulate collagen production and even out skin tone respectively. There’s also T-Sonic pulsations that massage the face so your skin looks all glowy in a jiffy.
What: Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light++, $398
Tested by: Claire Starkey, Editor-in-Chief
Instead of splurging on a facial, I would highly recommend you invest in this (pretty!) gadget instead. It's really easy to use - you just pick your concern and match your light accordingly - and also effective. I used this device once and my chronic dried lip situation healed in a week... for the record I took a little vitamin D too, but really, I believe this thing is a super star of the home tool world. How exactly? Well, it's basically a light ray gun for your face. Red light repairs by stimulating collagen and reducing inflammation while blue light is great for destroying bacteria which can inflame your skin and cause pimples/acne. Yellow makes your skin glow by stimulating the cell rejuvenation process. Or make your device work twice as hard (because it's not cheap) by choosing the purple or orange lights, which combine the above benefits.
What: Eladerm Le Dermabooster Micro-Needling Device for Face, $40
Tested by: Genevive Rogers, Fashion Editor
Although at first I was uneasy about rolling sharp needles across my face for the sake of beauty, by the end of the trial I not only enjoyed the thought of my serums soaking into my skin even more than usual but more importantly, the increased glow. Easy to use, (thanks to a quick YouTube video) it was a simple and quick process I could do after the shower. I haven't had any breakouts this week so whether it's coincidence or the result of the roller, I'll continue to use it.
What: Neutrogena Fine Fairness Light Mask, $119.90
Tester: Leong Li Yuan, Senior Designer
I was curious to see how this weird, mask-like device was going to help my skin. It’s lightweight, battery-powered, with LED lights and sits easily on the face. You start to see results after three sessions, when your skin starts to look clearer, more even toned and radiant. The downside is that it cannot be charged and only lasts up to 30 applications.
What: Sarah Chapman The Facialift, $49
Tested by: Hidayah Idris, Senior Digital Writer
Surprisingly – I’m not sure if it’s my imagination or the massager – my double chin looked less obvious after I kneaded my face and neck using these rollers for five minutes. It sounds and looks painful, but isn’t. The bottom end of the massager comes with a flat disc that you’re supposed to tap onto your skin for better blood circulation and is a good alternative to tapping my face with my hands when applying my products.