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4 Beauty Devices you do NOT need in your skincare regimen

4 Beauty Devices you do NOT need in your skincare regimen

I know it’s so easy to fall into beauty trends and fads these days. The internet and social media make you think you need just about everything fancy new gadget on the market. Well, I’m here to help you save some money and let you know why you DON’T need to purchase or use these 4 beauty devices!

Pore Vacuums

Who doesn’t love a good pimple popper moment. While pore vacuums can look oddly satisfying–they are a horrible idea. These devices will likely leave you bruised or possibly worsen the look of tiny capillaries (blood vessels) on the face. If you want to improve the look of your blackheads start using a retinol and/or some salicylic acid!

Need a good beginner retinol? Click here to shop one of my favorites from CeraVe!

Facial Cleansing Brushes

I’ll admit, I had one of these in the early 2000s, but they are a breeding ground for bacteria and no matter how “gentle” or “antibacterial” the material is, they still require diligent maintenance to keep clean and you’ll likely be over scrubbing your face—just use your fingers sis. If you’re looking to make sure you get all the makeup and sunscreen off your face nightly, opt for a gentler option, like a cleansing balm! You can find one of my favorites in our Winter box.

Microneedling Rollers

In office microneedling is an incredible procedure because we can get deep enough into the “dermal”layer of the skin to stimulate collagen production and improve scars, skin texture and more. The dermis is where collagen is and if you don’t get deep enough into this layer, microneedling does nothing. At home devices just scrape into the top layer of the skin called the “epidermis”.. They can also push bacteria deeper into the skin and cause serious infections since it’s hard to keep these devices clean or sterile like we do in the office. Please just leave this procedure to your dermatologist! 

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Facial Steamers

You have no business steaming your face at home. The heat can lead to worsening inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea. Steaming your pores does nothing for “getting rid of toxins in your skin”. There are no studies to prove that sweat is releasing toxins. What steam can do though is definitely increase water loss from the skin, resulting in MORE dryness and dehydration. Not to mention, the risk of burning yourself and all the bacteria and mold that can form in these devices over time if they are not properly cleaned.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but hope this helps you save some money! 


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