9 best skincare tools to take your at-home beauty routine to the next level

Good-quality skincare tools may be on the expensive side, but the results simply speak for themselves. Thanks to innovations in the field of beauty tech, you’ll be able to achieve transformative and nearly instant results if you choose the right one – so the effectiveness certainly makes up for the hefty cost.

Plus, if you actually calculate cost per use, compared to what you would normally pay for an in-salon facial every now and then, at-home clinician-grade skincare tools add up to be more affordable – and you’ll be doing the treatments from the comfort of your own sofa.  

For true skintellectuals, LED face masks, skin-tightening devices and massage guns are nothing new, but hardcore beauty enthusiasts would agree that not every product is actually worth the splurge. High-performance and clinically approved facial devices offer a service above and beyond the regular tools such as gua shas and face rollers, that have already become a staple in the GLAMOUR office skincare routine. 

CurrentBody Skin LED Lip Perfector

Dr Dennis Gross DRx Spectralite Faceware Pro

Interest in beauty tech has grown even more in the past two years, and especially during the never-ending lockdowns, when we were all stuck at home and going to a clinician was out of the picture. 

“We saw a clear pivot in audience engagement towards practical beauty advice that they could use at home,” explains Newby Hands, Global Beauty Director at Net-A-Porter. And one area, in particular, that’s seen huge growing trend is beauty tech. “Devices have been a growing market for us, and this obviously really took off during the pandemic,” Newby shares. 

“The huge growth has been in high-tech devices,” she confirms. “It seems that while previously, women had become their own facialist, now they’re fast becoming their own clinician.”

It’s a trend we’ve seen across the entire beauty industry. “Lockdown changed people’s perception of beauty treatment devices,” agrees Alexia Inge, co-founder and co-CEO of Cult Beauty

“The forced evolution of the at-home salon has created a market for £400-£2,000 devices,” says Alexia. Gadgets from the likes of Theragun, DRx Spectralite FaceWare Pro and the Deesse Mask have all seen a marked increase. And over at Net-A-Porter, the retailer’s best-selling tool – Angela Caglia’s £1,750 LED Wireless Mask – is consistently selling out quicker than ever. 

More recently, the CurrentBody Skin LED Lip Perfector is one of the our new skincare obsessions, and a great tool that will take care of your precious lips.

Of course, not every product is worth the splurge, so to help you narrow down your choices, we’ve put together a list of the very best skincare tools out there – all with different purposes and desired results.

Feeling inspired to upgrade your skincare routine? Check out our guides for the best moisturiser for dry skin, best moisturiser for combination skin and the best moisturiser for oily skin. We can also help you pick the best face masks, anti-ageing creams, night creams, gradual tanner, sun cream, cleansing bars, hyaluronic acid serum and vitamin C serums. 

For more shoppable beauty content from Glamour UK Commerce Writer Denise Primbet, follow her on Twitter @deniseprimbet and Instagram @deniseprimbet.

Scroll down for our edit of the best skincare tools on the market and find out why they’re worth the investment…