I am a skincare junkie and a big fan of yours! I follow you on social media and I have accumulated a collection of great tools and devices that you use and have recommended. I need some advice on when and how often I should use them.
I am so glad you asked this question, as the effectiveness of the tools you use are based on when, how, and how often they are used.
The first tip is that all tools or devices should be used AFTER skin is cleansed and toned. And, anytime tap water touches your face, it is time to tone again in order to balance the pH in your skin.
Below is a cheat sheet for all of my go-to at-home tools:
Facial Massager: Massage is a vital step in any skincare routine. It stimulates blood flow and brings oxygen to the tissue, resulting in brighter, healthier skin. It can be done directly on the skin or over a face mask. You can keep it in your fridge or on ice - the cold creates a cryogenic treatment which is refreshing and great for depuffing. I recommend doing a minimum of 5-7 minutes 1x per day for maximum results.
Cryo-Sticks: The benefits of cold therapy are numerous. It reduces redness, swelling, and minimizes pores by diminishing swollen tissue and broken capillaries. It has draining, decongesting, de-puffing, and firming effects, and assists with the delivery of products, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the pores.
These should be kept in the refrigerator. And the best way to use them is over a fabric sheet mask or a cream mask. Run the sticks over your face while the mask is on. You can do this as often as you mask.
Microcurrent: This is a great to use for targeted muscle stimulation. Microcurrent therapies utilize low-level electrical currents on targeted muscles to mimic those in the body. They stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, lift and tone the muscles, and repair damaged tissue.
You should apply a thick layer of water-based gel which acts as the conductor. For best results you should use 5x per week for the first 6 weeks than 2-3x per week for maintenance. You can do it from 5-20 minutes at a time.
Dermal Rolling (aka micro-needling): Increases product penetration. Gently roll in an asterisk pattern over each area - vertical, horizontal, and both diagonals. You should begin doing it 2x per week and can gradually increase to 5x per week.
It is important to use a proper sanitizing solution on your needling tool 1x per week. And if you have sensitive skin, make sure you don’t experiment with the products that follow as they could irritate your skin. Use products you are familiar with.
Celluma: This portable LED Panel for face and body is one of my favorites. You can use it over cleansed, toned skin, or a clear bio-cellulose mask. Avoid creams or oils before use as they will block the light. Red light increases elasticity and enhances the benefits of the mask (use for 20-30 minutes), blue light is anti-bacterial and great for acneic skin (use for 5-15 minutes) and Infrared helps alleviate aches and pains on the body (use for 20-30 minutes. For best results use 3-5x per week.