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5 Reusable Skin Care Tools To Get You Through 2021

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What's more exciting than trying new products? Tools. Testing new tools are equally or even more exciting than new products. Compared to new creams, serums, or retinoids, skin care products take a few days or even weeks until your skin sees improvements. Whereas tools, you can feel and see the difference almost immediately after use.

According to Pinterest, many people are jumping on the 'skinimalism' bandwagon in 2021. If you're on board with this trend, reduce your products and use long-lasting tools to help achieve healthy, glowing skin.

So, what are the skin care tools you need in your routine in 2021?

Read on to find out!

Facial Dry Brush

Starting with your morning routine, incorporating a natural dry brush helps encourage fluid circulation and puffiness reduction. In addition to removing dead skin cells, dry brushing acts like a lymphatic massage (also known as 'lymphatic drainage'), which helps natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste toxins from bodily tissues.

Developing a facial dry brushing habit in the morning will help you achieve fresh, bright, and clean skin. Dry brushing prepares your skin for skin care products and their absorption.

The facial dry brush to check out is Province Apothecary Daily Glow Facial Dry Brush.

The Daily Glow Facial Dry Brush is ideal because it is ethically crafted by Swedish small brush manufacturer Iris Hantverk IRIS HANTVERK.  It's made out of goat-hair bristles and an oil-treated solid oak handle that perfectly fits in your hand.

Try This:

Apply gentle pressure and brush from the top of your temple and downward over the neck. Then, down the center of your nose and around your eyes.

Province Apothecary Daily Glow Facial Dry Brush

Price: $52

Konjac Exfoliating Sponge

Exfoliation is crucial regardless of your skin type. It helps remove excess dead skin cells, peach fuzz, or debris that would prevent your skin from absorbing your serums and moisturizers for more evenly-toned, radiant skin.

While the facial dry brush helps detoxify, incorporating a physical exfoliation tool helps remove dead skin cells at a deeper level.

The go-to exfoliation tool is BKIND's Konjac Sponge Infused With Bamboo Charcol. Designed to renew your skin, this exfoliation tool aids in cleaning pores and flaky skin, leaving your skin smooth and dewy.

The best part is that you only need this sponge to cleanse your face for the days you don't want to use multiple products. Other features to keep in mind are that this tool is sustainable, as konjac is organic and is compostable.

Try This:

Soak the konjac sponge until water is fully absorbed. Then gently scrub your face with the sponge. Rinse your face with warm water afterward. Use this product on its own without other products and experience its natural exfoliating properties.

BKIND Konjac Sponge Infused With Bamboo Charcol

Price: $10

Gua Sha

The gua sha tool is one of the trendiest tools in the skin care market these days. If you're unfamiliar with the gua sha, it's like dry brushing. Gua sha helps with blood circulation, lymph drainage, and body fluids detoxification.

If you're not convinced by this nifty tool, try using a porcelain soup spoon! Chinese grandmas, aunties, and mothers use the spoon as a simpler alternative to the actual tool, and it does the same thing!

Although many brands market this tool as apart of traditional Chinese medicine and century-old acupuncture practices, the history of gua sha is a lot more complicated and personal than the pretty rose quartz healing properties. Vogue's article by Meng Jin succinctly shares her childhood experience with gua sha and as an adult in western skin care.

Amazon Choice's gua sha tool is affordable compared to tools made from rose quartz or authentic jade.

Try This:

Use the gua sha like you would the facial dry brush. Gently massage your face downwards towards your neck. You can use the gua sha on your body to disperse lymphatic toxins—on your legs, arms, shoulders.

Gua Sha Facial Tool

Price: $9.99

Eye Massage Tool

If you ever pulled an all-nighter, you know about puffy eyebags and dark circles. Try using an eye massage tool to gently energize the under-eye area and look rejuvenated after a long night.

With the Rose Quartz Eye Massage Tool from Mount Lai, you can depuff your eyes effortlessly. Chinese acupressure points inspire the tool's effects, and with rose quartz, this tool soothes and relaxes your under-eye area.

Additionally, apply an eye cream or eye serum to increase your under-eye appearance. Look for products with caffeine, vitamin C, and vitamin E, which encourage collagen and reduce cellulite.

Try This:

To use the eye massage tool, start from the inner corner of your eye and then glide upwards towards your temple. Do this motion several times to see results.

Mount Lai The Rose Quartz Eye Massage Tool

Price: $30

Ice Ball Facials

Try something new this year with an ice facial! Like the eye massage tool, ice facials help reduce bloating and toxins from your face.

Skin care experts like U-Beauty founder Tina Craig (AKA Bag Snob) use an ice tool to deport, reduce inflammation, and reduce aging signs. Craig uses coconut milk because "it's a natural anti-bacterial cleanser, melts fast in a creamy slush, and feels less harsh on my skin."

Try This:

To make an ice ball, you'll need a sphere mold, and yes, the same one's bartenders use. Just remove the top of the mold and hold the ice with the bottom mold. Circulate the ice mold around your cheeks and jawline several times.

Alternatively, you can use an ice cube with a cloth around it to energize tired and bloated skin.

Glacio Sphere Mold Packs

Price: $12.99