From LED light beds to microneedles that prick at your pores, the beauty space is filled with some crazy gadgets. But, with so many on the market, it’s hard to know which are worth the hype, and which ones are just gimmicks. As the unofficial beauty guinea pig of the COOLS office, I’ve given just about every state-of-the-art beauty tool a try at least once, shocking, pricking, and scrubbing myself in order to wade through the B.S.
So, if you’re looking to make the big investment in a shiny new beauty gadget, here are the ones that are actually worth it.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Before I found this hairdryer, it would take a good 30 minutes to dry my hair. Now, it takes 10 minutes, plus my hair looks (and feels) much healthier—which is exactly what I needed after washing my hair with Corona for a full month. Sure, this isn’t the most budget-friendly buy, but believe me, it’s worth it.
NuFace Trinity Toning Device
This best-selling facial toning gadget is one of the best devices for giving your face a more toned, contoured look. I love it, our Editor-in-Chief swears by it, and our Editorial Director is addicted to it. Disclaimer: It’s tiny, but mighty—make sure you use the gel, or it may shock your skin a bit (a rookie mistake I unfortunately made!).
Clarisonic Mia 1 Cleansing Brush
Cleansing brushes have become a vital component of our skincare routine, and this one is the O.G. The combination of sonic power and ultra-soft bristles help scrub and slough away any unwanted impurities, all while leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. Editor’s tip: It’s also perfect for scrubbing away any stubborn masks.
Eterno LED Device
I’m a firm believer in the power of LED light therapy for skin, and this device definitely does not disappoint. Instead of a full-blown mask, this red light LED device allows you to pinpoint the areas on your face that are in need of some extra TLC, plus it has a glass cover that allows it to glide across your face with ease.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Electric Toothbrush
I’m obsessed with keeping my mouth clean. Dirty tongues are one of my biggest pet peeves, and having shiny white teeth has always been my ultimate goal. That’s why I’m obsessed with this toothbrush: It allows you to customize your brushing experience by letting you choose the intensity, swap heads for your different dental concerns (bonus: there are also tongue scrubber heads!), and connect to a smartphone app so you can track your cleansing progress. Basically, it makes brushing your teeth fun again.