Once upon a time, all we had in our bathroom beauty arsenal was a face mask and (if we were lucky) an exfoliator. How times have changed. Thanks to huge advancements in the world of skincare and technology we are now able to mimic professional beauty treatments at home with a huge array of hi-tech at-home facial gadgets and tools. And with current COVID-19 restrictions on spa-based beauty treatments, they have never been more in demand . But which do we use and rate? Here’s how the 35 Thousand team get their glow on….
The at home facial
Foreo UFO II, $159.20
This palm-sized gadget is a bit like the Swiss Army knife of the beauty world. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a round silicon covered disc-shaped gadget with one side that has a ring round it that lights up (hence the name). On this (flat) side you attach one of the Foreo masks (you scan the barcode on the back of the mask so your device knows which one you are using) and a synced app on your phone will talk you through the next steps.
“Placing the UFO II against your skin it will either then vibrate (sonic massaging), use full spectrum light therapy, warm up to deliver ingredients into your skin and cool down to close pores. Editorial Director Susannah Taylor uses one and says “It’s a very clever piece of kit that makes skincare work harder. It’s perfect for these times when we can’t make it to a spa and my skin looks radiant since I’ve started using it. However the one downside is that you have to use the Foreo masks with it when you may prefer to use your favourite brand.”
The Microcurrent device
ZIIP GX $495
The ZIIP is a handbag sized electrical facial tool that promises healthier more glowy skin. It uses nanocurrents and microcurrents to communicate with your skin cells, increasing their effectiveness and encouraging the production of elastin and collagen. Misty Reich founder of 35 Thousand says “It’s super portable and I love that there are different treatment programs you activate via an app on your phone that then load onto the device via Bluetooth. Each one also comes with a video which you mirror at home. Programs span 1-12 minutes and can be super focused – for example you can choose depuffing and brightening the eyes or treat your whole face and neck.”
The downside, Misty says, “Is that the shape of the device can make it tough to get into some parts of the face (such as round the eyes) and it has two larger contact metal pads that both have to be touching your face for the device to work. However the glow factor is great.”
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NUFACE Trinity $325
The Nuface is an advanced microcurrent device which helps to improve facial contours, tone skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles – all in just 5 minutes a day. With two models – Trinity and Mini – they both have similar power levels, but the Trinity is bigger and you can change the treatment heads to sizes and shapes to address specific areas (ie eyes or body). Meanwhile, the mini version is very portable, and great for on the go.
“The device beeps at regular intervals to tell you to move to another area and you can find and print out treatment programs to follow,” says Misty Reich, however she says the one downside is that there is no app to follow. “Microcurrent in general can give great results if used regularly for lifting and tightening – it has a subtle but real impact,” she says, “They all require use of a conducting gel of some sort- they will try to sell you their gel but Aloe Vera gel works great for me too.”
The Contouring bar
The Gold Bar, Jillian Dempsey $195
Jillian Dempsey’s Gold bar is a high-tech 24 carat gold vibrating bar that promises to lift, contour, tone and revive skin. “I’m a big fan of this product,” says PR director and journalist Anna-Marie Solowij “It delivers a deep massage, making my skin glow, while helping to prop up sagging jowls and iron out ‘tech neck’ lines. I was lucky enough to have a masterclass with Jillian, in her studio in LA, and the way she used it wasn’t what I expected – with really firm pressure, working upwards to counteract gravity. Pre COVID, it was a key prep tool in my arsenal before a night out; ironically, now I’m not going out but have more time, I find I’m using it more.”
The Dermaplaning tool
The Hollywood Smoother
Over the last few years, dermaplaning – the removal of the peach fuzz (known as ‘vellus’ to the beauty world) from your skin – has risen in popularity. According to CurrentBody who stock a huge selection of electrical beauty products, there has been a 58% lift of sales in home dermaplaning products since the beginning of lockdown. Here at 35 Thousand we feel it’s best to have a consultation with a dermaplaning expert before you attempt it yourself at home (removing the wrong type of hair can cause it to grow back thicker), however once you’ve learnt the ropes the Hollywood Smoother – which uses sonic technology to remove hair – can be useful for many reasons. Susannah Taylor says “Whilst I don’t use this to remove vellus, I actually use it for tidying up under my eyebrows and it works very well on removing random nasal hairs. I also use it on my husband’s ears which are becoming a bit furry around the edges! It’s much less traumatic than plucking.”
The derma roller
Glo PRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool 0.3mm needles, $199
If you are not familiar with a dermaroller then it is a hand-held rolling device covered in tiny spikes . The thought process behind it is that it will create micro tears in your skin which will allow product to penetrate more deeply but it will also cause the skin to heal in that area and rebuild with more collagen. Formerly just used in facials or by dermatologists, they have now made it into our bathrooms.
There are two lengths recommended for home use – 0.3mm and 0.5mm. Misty Reich says “The longer the needle the deeper the ‘channel’ in the skin and the deeper the skincare actives you apply afterwards will go. If used properly, where the device is kept sanitised, and you use it with good skincare and don’t overuse it you can get a great glow.” Misty says she also knows people who swear by using it on brows in conjunction with a growth serum for rebuilding over plucked or thinning brows.”
The Gua Sha tool
Hayo’u Beauty Restorer, £38
For those that like a more natural approach, then the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer is definitely worth a try. Made from one piece of polished rose quartz and inspired by the ancient Chinese tradition of Gua Sha (which means ‘pressed skin flush’) it is ergonomically designed to fit the contours of your face to improve circulation, lymphatic drainage, plump and sculpt skin and help reduce lines and wrinkles. Susannah Taylor says, “I use the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer regularly and love the glow that it gives my skin. I have tried many other brands but think this is the best for its thickness and design. In the mornings I often use it in sweeping movements from the centre of my face outwards with a few drops of facial oil and find it leaves my skin glowing and plumped for the day ahead.”
The Ice Roller
001 Cryopress £148
Much has been written lately about Cryotherapy for the body – cold showers and wild swimming in chilly waters are said to increase blood circulation and immunity experts even believe a shock of cold can be beneficial for our immune systems. The ‘cold’ trend has now transferred to skincare – for many years facialists have spoken about splashing our faces with cold water after washing it to close the pores, but now we can take that one step further with a Cryotherapy roller. To be kept in the freezer, this one from 001 Cryopress is said to biologically trigger blood circulation which in turn increases oxygen supply to the skin as well as nutrients and an increase in cell renewal. Susannah Taylor says, “I personally love this tool for the way it feels on my skin – you take it out of the freezer and it’s ice-cold but feels very soothing on the skin. My skin looks like it does after a freezing cold walk (smooth, pores closed), but then transforms into an amazing glow. Perfect before a special event.”
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We don’t know about you, but we’re not a pretty sight right now. We set out at the beginning of the Corona crisis with the best of intentions beauty-wise, but have since let it all slip. What happens, when you need to look half decent for an important Zoom call (or God forbid a real life meeting or a date) when you have spent the last few months channeling your inner scarecrow? We asked Hannah Martin, Professional Make Up artist, and co-host of the Life & Lipstick podcast , for her mega-boosting skin and makeup tricks.
You may have been stuck inside with nothing but a computer for company over the last three months, and if so your skin will look brighter and more rejuvenated if it is well hydrated – often fine lines can be reduced and glow enhanced just by upping skin’s moisture levels. Hannah is a fan of Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum $49.46 which she also uses on flights when hydration levels are really low. “For an extra boost or if skin is really dry I apply a light layer of face cream on top,” she says “My favourites are Shiseido’s Benefiance Nutri Perfect range and Beauty Pie’s Super Healthy Skin.” If her skin needs some intense nourishing she uses Votary oils who use natural plant-based oils to nourish the skin gently.” She tells us she always has Clarins Lip Perfector lip balms, $22.87 with her at all times to keep her lips soft and supple and add a hint of colour (without looking overdone.)
For a Zoom-ready glow…
If you have a special meeting, a date or you just fancy giving your skin a treat, try a super hydrating sheet mask – preferably one that is packed with Hyaluronic acid – a key ingredient which can hold up 1000 times its weight in water. Hannah suggests applying to clean skin and allowing all the goodness to be absorbed for a good 10 minutes (great to wear while you sip your coffee), before you apply your makeup. “This will instantly plump up any of those surface dehydration lines and ensure makeup sits smoothly” Hannah says. One of her favourites is the Seoulista Gold Glow Instant Facial $17.31.
Good to Glow
If your skin hasn’t see the light of day since the beginning of lockdown, Hannah suggests packing a Vitamin C serum for brightening skin – she is a fan of Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum, $82.84 that she applies to cleansed skin every morning. If she’s particularly tired or jet-lagged from travelling (pre Corona) she also uses a Hyaluronic acid to plump up tired looking skin and does a little face massage to encourage lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness. You don’t have to be an expert she says “Simply tapping your face in upwards motions using the tips of your fingers really gets the blood circulating, helping you look fresh.”
If you spend a lot of your day at your computer, or your eyes are red and sore then rehydrate them with eye drops. Hannah suggests Optrex Eye Drops, $18.53 which not only refresh your eyes, but they can illuminate and reduce that scratchy feeling. If your eyes feel a little puffy then the Chantecaille Gold Energising Eye Recovery Masks $195 for 8 pairs can be great to apply to rehydrate the skin around the eyes. “They may not drastically reduce the appearance of bags but they feel wonderfully refreshing,” she says.
Back to Base
If your skin is on the dry side Hannah says she avoids a silicone based foundation as it tends to absorb moisture and make her skin look even more parched. Some of her favourite hydrating skin saviours are Trinny’s BFF Skin Perfector, $46.50 or Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser, $43.27.
If your skin needs more coverage however, Hannah likes IT Cosmetics Illuminating CC cream, $39.50 which, she says, will make your skin look bright and fresh whilst evening your squinting. She is also a big fan of Ciate London’s Matchmaker blush, $27.20 which she uses on all skin tones to bring life and glow back to sallow cheeks.
Eyes can be a real fatigue giveaway. To put the sparkle back into yours, Hannah firstly suggests grooming your brows upwards with the Blink Brow Bar Brow build, $25.96 which will frame your eyes and immediately create a more polished look. She then suggests lining the eyes (whether smudged, winged, subtle or strong) which is essential for making eyes look more awake. She loves Nars Long Wear Liner, $23.49 and adds a few coats of Hourglass Caution Mascara $29 onto curled lashes (she swears by Tweezerman lash curlers, $21.02). She finishes with her favorite Clarins Lip Perfector (no 7 is her favourite, a toffee pink.).
You don’t have to buy lots of tools to create flawless skin, but Hannah suggests the following for an on-the-go perfected look: a foundation brush or sponge so you don’t make a mess or get lots of makeup on your hands; a powder brush that you can use for powder, blush and bronzer, and a simple shadow brush for eyes.
Hannah says that hydrated lips can make a tired face look fresh, whilst dry, cracked lips can make your face seem less youthful. She always uses lip balm so her lips are ready for any lipstick. Finally, she has a tip for when we go out into the world again , “If at any point your makeup looks tired, carry a tiny bottle of facial oil and dab the smallest amount on cheekbones to bring your skin back to life.” We love Lixirskin’s Night Switch Essential Lipids, $29.67 which can be used as a treatment or as a travel-friendly boost for parched skin.
Hannah is a professional makeup artist and the co-host of the Life & Lipstick podcast @hannahmartinmakeup.
As if having to sleep in a space the size of a mailbox isn’t bad enough, the effects of flying can also take drastic toll on our skin, leaving us arriving at our destination not only feeling shattered but potentially not looking so fresh. Since you will be seat-bound for a long period of time, maybe think about using air time as facial time too. Here we talk to top skincare experts about their suggested in-flight facial tips…
1. Cabin Clean-up
After a potential early start/ a tube ride/ traffic jam en route to the airport/ delay in the departure lounge, nothing is quite as luxurious or refreshing as giving your skin a good clean. Whether you wash your face onboard or in the departure lounge is up to you, but one product I would recommend taking in your hand luggage is a good do-it-all Micellar Water. My favourite of all time is Bioderma Crealine H2O, $6.43 which you can get in a 100 ml travel size. Suitable for even very sensitive skin, it removes everything from waterproof mascara to heavy duty foundation. Alternatively, if you are a fan of natural products one of my favourites is Absolution L’Eau Soir et Matin $35.86 which is a certified organic cleansing water.
If you prefer a wash-off cleanser then try Tata Harper’s Refreshing Cleanser, $84 which cleans skin gently but slightly exfoliates at the same time (plus the dreamy scent is the perfect aeroplane pick-me-up), but you will need to decant it into a travel-size bottle.
2. Sky High Scrub
If you are really serious about achieving a mega-watt glow then you may want to think about exfoliating your skin which will not only leave it silky smooth but will slough away dead skin cells so products can penetrate the skin better. A great product you can travel with without the fear of spillages is a dry or powder exfoliator. One of my favourites is Bobbi Brown’s Buffing Grains for the Face, $42.04 which contains Japanese Adzuki beans. Just put a bit in the palm of your hand and add water. Gently buff skin with circular movements and wash off.
3. Mid Air Masks
Humidity in the air cabin can be roughly a third of what it is on the ground, so it’s no surprise that your skin can look positively parched on landing. The dehydration is such that your normal skincare won’t cut it and therefore it might be worth investing in a hydrating face mask to wear on the flight. If you don’t have anyone to chat to for a few hours (and if you don’t mind looking like a Halloween extra) you can dose off with a sheet mask on. One of my favourites is CremorLab Aqua Tank Water-Full Mask, $37 for 5 which is full of hyaluronic acid (which holds 1000 its weight in water), as well as marine collagen and mineral water. Whilst it advises to leave it on for an hour, there’s no harm in doubling that time for maximum effect.
4. Mile High Hydration
Teresa Tarmey is one of London’s most sought-after facialists and regularly perfects the pores of a wealth of celebrity clients from Kate Moss to Sienna Miller. In order to counteract the effects of flying she is a huge fan of products containing Hyaluronic Acid. If you don’t fancy using one of the masks above, she recommends a serum instead to boost your skins hydration levels. We also love Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster from Dr Dennis Gross, $84.08 or SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifer, $111.28 both of which can be worn under your moisturiser to as a mega hydration boost.
5. Airborn Aromatherapy
Anastasia Achilleos, is one of the world’s most in-demand facialists, who travels all the time to plump celebrity’s skin on film sets and backstage at fashion shows. For her, it’s extremely important that her skincare products treat her senses as well, “I need to hit the ground running straight into work and usually there’s a time difference, so for me it’s all about wellness before I can take care of others” she says. Anastasia therefore says she will use aromatherapy products wherever she can weave them into her flight. “Aroma rollers are the easiest way of using aromatherapy in-flight and are the least offensive way of using them to anyone sitting close to you.” Anastasia is a huge fan of the Speak the Truth roller, $34.62 from Ilapothecary.com which contains rose and sandalwood for a comforting and uplifting scent. And for anyone slightly fearful of flying, then “Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax RollerBall is genius,” she says which contains peace inducing vetivert, patchouli and wild camomile, $34.62. Roll onto wrists, or temples and drift away on a cloud of aromatherapy heaven.
6. Facial Massage
Queen of facial massage, Anastasia says it should be non-negotiable during a flight. “We puff up, get sluggish circulation, and then there’s the dryness,” she says, “I apply face oils a lot (almost every hour) and I massage the circle around the eyes upwards and downwards with firm pressure, and massage my cheeks from the nose outwards toward the ears. I also spend time massaging my own shoulders.” One of her favourite oils to massage skin with is Le Prunier Plum Beauty oil, $94.82. Others we love are Aurelia’s Glowing Face Oil for its disappearing, non greasy texture and Votary’s Superseed Facial Oil, $29.67 for 15ml. The great thing about facial oils is also that they are nearly always under the 100ml liquid limit.
Facialist Lynn Rae uses facial Pilates techniques and suggests some of the following for keeping your complexion alive through a long flight:
Release the forehead by placing knuckles in centre, apply light pressure and glide out towards hairline.
Massage around back of head and neck
Release tension in your temples by placing finger pads on temples and slowly moving upwards and outwards. You should feel an easy movement with a slight grip but not so as to pull on the skin.
Massage the ears, and gently pull them in different directions
Gently squeeze the cheeks and lift
Massage around jaw with fingers or knuckles
Press or squeeze inner corners, middle and finally outer eyebrows
Place thumbs under chin, curled fingers on top and squeeze, repeat below corners of mouth and squeeze, corners of jaw and squeeze, press under ears and glide down sides of neck.
To finish, rub palms together and place hands over the eyes feeling the energy and warmth.
7. Balmy Flights
Teresa Tarmey says she is never without a lip balm because she says ,”My lips get dry but also my nostrils do! I know it’s quite gross to share but I put a tiny bit up my nose to stop the feeling of dryness.” One of our all-time favourites is The Lip Balm from Crème de la Mer, $64.29,for super soft lips but it is also worth investing in a do-it-all multitasking balm which you can use on cuticles, lips, elbows, brows (or even nostrils! )We would highly recommend travelling with Weleda’s Skin Food, at just $13.54. A rich blend of calendula, chamomile, natural oils and beeswax, it’s a mask, moisturiser, and balm all in one. With one sold worldwide every 23 seconds, no in-flight bag should be without one.
Drink as much water as you can throughout the flight, and as every facialist I know says, don’t drink alcohol. Remember the state of your skin is as much about what you consume as what you put on it.