For a long time, our faces have been reveling in our dedicated attention. But what about our bodies? Nowadays, there are potent body products that take inspiration from the actives we slather on our complexions, so it was only a matter of time before body tools leapt onto our radar. After all, we've been pretty obsessed with LED masks and jade rollers for awhile—why should our bodies be left out of the conversation?
Unsurprisingly, e-tailer Cult Beauty has noted a leap in sales of body tools by 175.78% YoY, with millennials being the group most likely to snap up a body tool. "Hyper-informed consumers armed with extensive research on the latest professional salon treatments are looking to harness this technology in their homes," notes Cult Beauty founder, Alexia Inge. When it comes to body tools, consumers are looking at the old and new. The team at Cult Beauty notes, "They are going both ways: very high tech and sophisticated salon at-home products or ancient remedies, with the rise of precious stones like rose quartz, amethyst and obsidian and Gua Sha in various stones. There is also a marriage of old and new—a vibrating roller using stone, for example."
The main areas for body tools are at-home treatments, tools for hair removal and toning, body makeup and also tools aimed at relaxation. Below we've rounded up the 10 best body tools worth trying.
This nifty microcurrent device smooths and firms areas like the butt, upper arms, tummy and thighs. If you use it every day for five minutes on each area you want to treat and stick at it for 60 days, the results are pretty impressive. But you shouldn't rely on a gadget 100%. The gym will keep your muscles and heart strong and healthy, and the NuBody is just the icing on the cake.
If you're not sure how to kegel train or whether you're doing it right, you need The Pelvic Floor Trainer. You connect the device to the Elvie app on your phone, pop the device into your nether regions as if it was a tampon, and do your exercises. The app tells you if you're doing them properly and if you need to add more pressure. Plus, it helps you track your progress.
Surprisingly, this mitt is the one of the most popular body tools on Cult Beauty this year, with +566.60% YoY views. Gentler than a loofah, but just as effective, this mitt sloughs away dry, dead skin cells. Use it on dry skin before jumping in the shower or bath.
Love your de-puffing, tension-relieving gua sha? Well, Hayo'u has created a larger version for the body. Use it daily, apply body oil for slip, and then run the gua sha over the areas that hold tension, like the chest area, neck and shoulders and your back. It only takes a minute and you should notice your skin turning pink; this means that nutrient-rich blood is being drawn to the surface to feed muscles and boost relaxation.
Prefer a jade roller to a gua sha? Esker has your back (literally) with this body version. The textured roller kneads away knots and tension, tackles puffiness and general aches and pains.
Whether you want to blend body makeup, highlighter or even buff in your fake tan for a totally streak-free finish, look no further than this densely-packed, oversize body brush.
Using painless pulses of light, as well as galvanic energy, this device tackles unwanted hair. It works pretty well on all skin tones and hair coloors (most at-home IPL gadgets don't work on blond, grey or red hair or darker skin tones) as long as there is enough pigment in the hair. Read all about the gadget's specifications to see if it's right for you, here. It's not cheap, but you get 400,000 pulses out of the device, which is more than enough to treat your whole body and then some—pretty good, considering in-salon hair removal ain't cheap.
This vibrating body buffer has a few different standout functions. It helps your skincare absorb more efficiently, speeds up muscle recovery after intense workouts, boosts lymphatic drainage (great if you suffer from water retention), and softens the appearance of cellulite.
The GloPro is a dermaroller for the face that combines microcurrents and LED red light to trigger collagen production and improve the skin's appearance. You can also buy a microneedling attachment for the body, which can be used on any areas where you notice either dimpling or crepey texture. The rose quartz roller (below) can be used on the body to relieve puffiness and tension; you can also use it with the microcurrent and LED technology to get extra skin-boosting results.
This Scandi mat (below) is inspired by ancient Indian meditation rituals. Lying down on this Bed of Nails is meant to help ease insomnia, reduce symptoms of stress, relieve body aches and increase blood flow. If you suffer from back and neck pain, it can also help (although check with your doctor first). We've used it and promise it's nowhere near as scary as it looks; in fact it really is surprisingly relaxing.