When you're a professional beauty editor, poking and prodding your face in the name of research is simply par for the course. Sure, many tools don't make it past round one of testing—but there's an elite group that have earned a place in my everyday routine. Scope 'em all out, below.
1. Dr. Jart Liftra Contour Shaper
I've tried other facial massagers before, but there's something about the—slightly suggestive—shape of this one that hugs the contours of my face in a way that makes me feel like its actually working. (And by working I mean strengthening my facial muscles, boosting elasticity, and enhancing blood cirulation.) Three or four times a week, I roll this little guy from my chin to my cheekbones, then right on up to my temples. And I swear my jawline is slightly more sculpted because of it.
Dr. Jart+ | $80
2. Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask
Before I got my hands on this Best of Tech winner, I'd only tried light therapy during in-office facials—which is a real shame, considering I've noticed a definite decrease in breakouts (!) since I started incorporating this LED-emitting mask in my skin-care routine. The blue light zaps acne-causing bacteria, while the red lessens inflammation, which can exacerbate blemishes.
Neutrogena | $35
3. Michael Todd Beauty Sonic Eraser
I've been fighting the good fight against hereditary dark circles for decades, and along the way I've tried countless lotions, potions, and creams. Most just do a so-so job, but when paired with this sonic applicator—which combines micro-massage, ionic technology, and thermal warming—even the least impressive of the bunch helped brighten. After I apply eye cream, I simply glide this device over the area using circular motions—and did I mention it feels ultra-relaxing, too?
Michael Todd Beauty | $79
Oh, ZIIP—how I love thee. Before it won our Best of Tech award, this microcurrent device won my endless devotion: Its electricial emissions train facial muscles to look more taut, both short- and long-term. Simply download its complementary app, sync up the device via Bluetooth, and select a program ranging from five to fifteen minutes. You'll then be directed to a step-by-step video, wherein founder Melanie Simon shows you how to glide the device over your face for the most impactful results.
ZIIP | $495