10 Beauty Gadgets Byrdie Editors Swear By
Now more than ever, the shelves and landing pages of our favorite beauty retailers resemble the covetable inventory (and treatment menus) of exclusive medspas and prestigious dermatology offices. Before, services involving microcurrents, LED light therapy, and dermaplaning were, for the most part, by appointment only. But now, the lines are blurring (even a tad literally if we're talking about results), and an ever-increasing number of creative and technological advances are being made to make the exact same (or at least very similar) treatments available for us to use right at home. And while some of them are indeed an investment, they're an unequivocal steal compared to an in-office alternative.
That being said, not all of these new beauty gadgets and devices are created equally, and we've seen and tried our fair share of wild-goose chases. Yet on the flip side, we've also become addicted to a handful of truly life-changing products (at least where our beauty repertoire is concerned) that we feel are worth the splurge (or not splurge!) and the hype. Ahead, 10 beauty gadgets our editors actually use and swear by for legitimate results. Keep scrolling!
What it is: A vibrating, soft-bristled toothbrush with four 30-second timed intervals (two minutes total) to ensure a streamlined, yet thorough, brushing experience.
Why we love it: "I'm going to be honest here, I haven't loved the majority of electric toothbrushes I've tried. And worse, considering how expensive they are, I haven't even noticed a difference. Eek. But this one, this one I love. It's basically your good ol' manual toothbrush but just ever so slightly elevated with strategic, interval vibrations and a super aesthetically pleasing design. Created with a strict, no-BS approach, it's everything your mouth wants and needs, and nothing it doesn't. Plus, there's even an optional automated refill option where the brand will send you new brush heads." — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
What it is: Working from the inside out to boost collagen production, this LED lip device increases circulation and lip tone, encourages plumpness, and discourages lines and creases.
Why we love it: "Unless it's filler (or a super-strategic lipstick application), I'm basically skeptical of any device or product which claims to make your lips look better, fuller, or all-around more pillowy. Until I met this admittedly strange-looking contraption from Revive. Essentially, you wear it as a mouthpiece for three minutes (I do it before falling asleep every night), and the LED light works its magic. I haven't noticed any huge differences, but I swear my lips (which naturally have deeper lines) have looked less pruney." — Erin
What it is: Ingeniously designed to have your back in a pinch, this pocket-sized portable razor allows you to shave on the go—all you have to do is twist the dial in the center to spray the area you want to shave with water, moisturize with the shave bar, and then shave.
Why we love it: "I'm the kind of person who desperately yearns to be smooth as a baby's bum (head to foot) every minute of every day—but fails miserably. And usually, it's because I'm too lazy to make my beloved sugaring appointment or take more than three minutes with my razor in the shower. Thus, my life has truly transformed for the better since incorporating this portable razor into my routine. I pretty much carry it in my bag everywhere I go, and now I never have to be embarrassed when I forget to shave just one of my knees in the morning." — Erin
What it is: An at-home beauty gadget inspired by dermaplaning (a coveted, in-office treatment only), this convenient exfoliating device provides all the same benefits like exfoliation right from your bathroom vanity. Utilizing a special sonic vibration and a safe, stainless steel edge, it helps banish dead skin and baby hairs from the cheeks, jawline, forehead, etc.
Why we love it: "I was skeptical about how much of difference this tool would actually make in the look and feel of my skin—until I tried it. It's an at-home dermaplaning device, which means it uses a small blade to painlessly exfoliate your skin while it removes dead skin cells and peach fuzz. Then, post-treatment, it enhances the efficacy of the skincare products that follow (because they're better able to penetrate your skin). I was shocked at the results. My skin was immediately brighter, more even, and my cheekbones looked more pronounced. I'm officially addicted." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
What it is: According to celebrity esthetician Angela Caglia (the creator of this gorgeous roller and a glow-giving skincare line), rose-quartz is thought to be renowned for its ancient skin-nourishing properties and unconditionally loving energy. Designed to be rolled over the face, it improves circulation, elasticity, and cell turnover, while simultaneously draining fluid.
Why we love it: "I'm basically the most un-Angeleno there is due to my lack of enthusiasm when it comes to crystals. That being said, I 100% buy into this rose-quartz roller from Angela Caglia (who gives the dreamiest facials, by the way). Rolling it on my face each morning feels cool and calming to my skin, it magically depuffs away my early morning sleepies, and I'm also convinced it somehow (magically) improves the tone and texture of my skin. I used to be skeptical of face rollers like this, but now I'm a believer." — Erin
What it is: This innovative facial-toning device is specifically created to utilize microcurrent technology to help stimulate the muscles in the face to not only impart a bright and glowy aftereffect but also to help minimize fine lines and wrinkles while simultaneously maximizing the tone and texture of the complexion.
Why we love it: "I love how easy to use this beauty gadget is—I'm generally too lazy to figure out most devices, but this one is so simple thanks to the NuFace app you download on your phone. My face feels more lifted and toned after a week of use, and honestly, sometimes I notice a difference after just one session." — Faith Xue, editorial director
What it is: No longer are lasers only found in medspas or doctors' offices—conveniently sized, this powerhouse laser targets the (slowly depleting) collagen stores around the eye area to reveal enhanced brightness and fewer lines and wrinkles thanks to the laser's signature beam of light.
Why we love it: "I don't love bigger devices because they're a little more intimidating and take up too much space in my teeny bathroom. The Tria device's size makes it super user-friendly, and it's easy to target the lines around my eyes and nose and other hard-to-reach areas. It visibly brightens up my eyes after just a few uses, and all in all, each treatment takes about two minutes. Convenience is key for me!" — Victoria Hoff, wellness editor
What it is: This cutting-edge LED light therapy device is designed to be easily incorporated into your daily beauty routine (it only takes three minutes of commitment per day) and improves the natural radiance and smoothness of the complexion by stimulating the skin to produce new collagen and elastin, thus helping to lessen the inevitable formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness.
Why we love it: "Because it works! Plus, it only takes three minutes, and it fits into my existing routine. (You don't need extra products to apply or use it with.) I do my 11s and my sleep wrinkle while I'm lying in bed before I fall asleep, and they're visibly less defined now, and I don't notice makeup settling into them like it used to." — Deven Hopp, beauty director
What it is: Made from easy-to-wash silicon, this sonic-powered facial-cleansing brush dives deep into the skin to perform an advanced system of cleansing which not only removes 98.5% of dirt and oil but also improves the appearance of pores and the noticeability of fine lines and wrinkles while discouraging the formation of acne and blackheads.
Why we love it: "I'm not an avid cleansing-brush user, but I can really get behind this futuristic little seashell-shaped doodad. The antibacterial device vibrates across your face at whatever speed you choose to gently cleanse and exfoliate without feeling like your skin is going through a car wash. Also, I'd be lying if I said the aesthetic of the product didn't make me want to use it even more." — Amanda Montell, features editor
What it is: Inspired by the bacteria-ridding blue light treatments administered professionally by dermatologists and estheticians, this handheld beauty gadget works to deeply penetrate the skin to clear up existing acne while nixing the bacteria which contributes to breakouts in the first place.
Why we love it: "While not a remedy for deep, cystic acne, this device penetrates a bacteria-killing blue light deep within the skin to destroy those pesky breakouts that result from P. acnes. I find it therapeutic to lie on the bed with my eyes closed and glide it along (freshly washed) skin for a few minutes a day. I swear it works, especially when I've got tiny bumps from greasy summer skin." — Lindsey Metrus, managing editor
Next up, the new high-tech hair dryer that simplifies your haircare routine.