Sensitive skin requires tender care, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to forgo using innovative tools that can enhance your skincare ritual. Here, we break down the pros and cons of several of the most popular skincare gadgets—and how they fare for sensitive skin types.
The Clarisonic is a skin-cleansing tool that consists of a spinning brush that removes dirt, excess oil, and makeup while lightly exfoliating. Is it appropriate for sensitive skin? As always, there are pros and cons. Using a Clarisonic occasionally can be a great tool to deeply cleanse skin and even out skin tone. But if used too often or with heavy pressure or harsh cleansers, it can damage or remove the protective skin barrier causing dry, red, inflamed skin. Dermatologist Heather D. Rogers, MD cautions that the Clarisonic should be used sparingly.“For very oily skin, it is once a day tool, for normal to dry skin it is a few times a week tool if you don't have another product to exfoliate your skin," she tells on Seattlerefined.com.
For those with sensitive skin, use the sensitive brush head, 1 x per 4-5 days with a gentle cleanser and very light pressure. Be sure to avoid other exfoliating products or procedures when using the Clarisonic.
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Dermarollers are rolling devices covered with small needles that create microscopic holes in the skin. The goal is to trigger the skin’s natural repair response, which activates collagen and elastin production, the substances that give skin its structure, volume, and firmness. According to Arash Akhavan, MD, regular use can improve overall skin tone. She tells Marieclaire.com, "The collagen stimulation can produce subtle improvements in fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne scars and stretch marks."
For sensitive skin use extreme care when using dermarollers. Limit use to 1-2x per week and chose the dermaroller with the smallest needle size. Avoid using serums with the dermaroller and do not exfoliate for several days before or after using the dermaroller. Follow the manufactures guidelines for hygiene and stop use if swelling and irritation occurs.
LED Light Therapy
LED Light Therapy utilizes UV-free blue or red LED light to stimulate reactions in the epidermis. Blue light is used to treat breakouts by destroying acne-causing bacteria. Red light is used to reduce inflammation and stimulate collagen production while reducing wrinkles. According to Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc on Huffingtonpost.ca, at-home LED facial require some diligence: "Probably the biggest pro is that it works. Studies conducted using LED for acne and anti-aging showed significant improvement in both. The biggest con is that you have to commit to using it every day. This needs to become part of your daily skincare regimen."
LED Light Therapy is non-invasive and should not irritate sensitive skin but as stated above the downside is you must commit to using it regularly to see results.
Ice Rollers and Cooling Globes
Ice Rollers and Cooling Globes are devices that you chill and then roll along your face and around your eyes to reduce swelling and redness. Esthetician Kerry Benjamin tells Refinery 29, "Basically, they can instantly reduce the look of fatigue, puffiness, and redness on the face as well as around the eyes."
Ice rollers and cooling globes are fantastic for sensitive skin and are the ideal treatment for early morning puffy eyes, reducing heat, redness and calming skin.
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Ultrasonic Skin Spatula
The Ultrasonic Skin Spatula is a small handheld device with a blunt, angled metal blade that vibrates up to 30,000 Hz and releases a spray of water. The water and ultrasonic vibrations gently lift and exfoliate dead skin cells and debris without causing irritation. The angled blade can effectively clean the sides of the nose and chin and help reduce the appearance of blackheads. It is considered more hygienic than skin brushes as the metal blade can be easily disinfected with alcohol.
It is an esthetician favorite for exfoliating sensitive skin and then applying serums for maximum absorption. Be sure to use light pressure and use 1-2x per week
The latest at-home skin care devices can be a powerful addition to your skincare regime. The key is not to overdo it. Start with using a device 1-2 x per week and see how your skin reacts. Avoid exfoliating or over cleansing when using devices and stop if you experience irritation, swelling, or redness.