There are enough skin-care gadgets out there to turn your beauty regimen into what feels like an at-home dermatologist appointment. While some are more low-grade—like the jade roller—and others are quite advanced (à la microcurrent devices), there are a select few that rank as the best beauty tools for aging skin, according to experts.
Generally, as you age, your skin produces less collagen and elastin, and it’s more prone to becoming dry or dehydrated. So, if you have mature skin, everything in your regimen should be gentle and non-irritating, including any devices that you use. “Mature skin is often thinner with decreased collagen and is more prone to injury,” says Jennifer Herrmann, MD, a board-certified dermatologist.
When you’re shopping for skin-care devices, your best bet is to stay away from those that involve a lot of aggressive scrubbing or that manipulate your skin in all different directions. “When treating mature skin, something you always want to keep in mind is to make sure you’re not pulling or rubbing the skin too harshly,” says Lisa Guidi, esthetician and founder of Erase Spa in New York City, noting that this can lead to irritation.
As for what to actually try, keep scrolling for the expert-approved skin-care tools to invest in once you’re over the age of 50.
The best beauty devices for aging skin
Dr. Herrmann is a fan of this at-home microneedling device for mature skin types. “Microneedling and [this device’s] LED light help to stimulate collagen synthesis, and also helps other topical products penetrate the skin’s outer barrier more effectively,” she says. The teeny needles ignite your skin’s natural healing process, which is how you get a boost in collagen production, and using it regularly can help even out your complexion and smooth uneven texture.
2. NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device, $325
Another collagen-stimulating device is the NuFace, which Guidi recommends to help address fine lines. “Microcurrent therapy helps rejuvenate the skin and help with the skin’s natural collagen production,” she says. It works by sending current through your skin to stimulate collagen-building proteins, and it also results in a more toned, de-puffed, and sculpted face (since it works the muscles).
3. Sken Vibration Energy Beauty Bar, $35
Guidi likes using a vibrating face massage bar like this one to supplement with a microcurrent device. “This uses high-frequency vibration to quickly relax facial muscles,” she says, adding that it helps with lymphatic drainage massage. You’ll reap similar benefits to a jade roller, but the vibration gives an added boost to the facial contouring effect, especially if used regularly.
Watch the video below to learn more about the beauty tools that a dermatologist believes are worth your money: