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The Best Face Massage Tools for the Ultimate DIY Spa Session

Stressed, congested, and puffy skin? There's no problem these can't handle.

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To say that skin, the largest organ in the human body, is moody feels like an understatement. When your skin is in the midst of a major mood swing, slough away the stress with a facial massager. Facial massages are an age-old skincare practice adopted by many cultures, including China, Japan, India, France and beyond. The ancient ritual has since migrated to the U.S. with innovative tools on the market like jade rollers, gua sha tools, tech-driven devices and more.

So, what to do when you're having a stressful skin day? A nice massage will powered by one of the below tools will spoil your skin with the loving, lifting, and sculpting it needs. To get more technical, many facial massagers offer lymphatic drainage benefits to rid your skin of toxins and can reduce puffiness. Pair a facial massager with your go-to hydrator of choice, whether it's a serum, oil, mask, or moisturizer, to create a soft slip so the tool glides across your skin nicely, which will penetrate products deeper into the skin and allow them to absorb better.

Turn on some relaxing tunes, have a glass of wine nearby, then get to unwinding with one of the below face massage tools that are sure to bring sensorial spa-like feels to your own bathroom. Massage on.

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The People's Choice
Face Sculptor
Skin Gym nordstrom.com

This popular pick is loved for its ability to deeply knead away at your skin for the ultimate sculpted effect. To chisel your cheekbones and bring out the natural contours of your face, sans makeup, apply your favorite moisturizer or serum then glide this roller upward and outward in soft, gentle strokes for five to 10 minutes. The massage will give you that I-just-left-a-facial glow at home.  

The $20 Steal
Massaging Facial Cleanser
e.l.f. elfcosmetics.com

It's hard to deny a $20 product that guarantees spa-like feels in your own bathroom. This conveniently shaped tool allows for an easy grip and the ability to touch hard-to-reach places, like the sides of your nose or near your ears. One side features silicone bristles for even deeper product penetration to remove dirt and debris, while the other side has soft bristles simply meant for a glorious massage.  

The Anti-Ager
NuFACE mini
NuFACE dermstore.com

This mini microcurrent facial toning device is a celebrity favorite, loved by Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and more for a reason. Well, it's because in five minutes it'll give you a face lift. It sends tiny electrical currents through your skin, to stimulate the muscles underneath to tone and tighten your skin, which bids adieu to the look of fine lines and wrinkles overtime. Lather the leave-on gel all over, then glide the NuFACE across your skin as instructed by the brand. 

The Rose Quartz Gem
Lift + Sculp Butterfly Stone
Georgia Louise georgialouise.com

This rose quartz butterfly stone does more than just look pretty. Created by sought-after skincare expert and facialist to the stars, Georgia Louise, this stone mimics the facial massage that got her famous. First, get a nice slip on your skin with a facial oil or serum, then sweep this on your skin to lift, drain and sculpt the skin, being sure to use the wings to touch the contours of your face. Pop it in the freezer if you're trying to reduce puffiness. 

The Fine Lines Fighter
NuVibe RX Amethyst Massaging Beauty Tool
Nurse Jamie sephora.com

Nurse Jamie, who stars in Netflix's newest show Skin Decision and is an expert loved by Hollywood's hottest, created this beauty tool made out of an amethyst crystal known for its cooling sensation that vibrates at 6,000 pulses per minute. To loosen up the tension in your face, press and glide this onto your skin in an upward direction and enjoy the massage. It softens wrinkles and fades the look of fine lines. 

The Ultimate De-Puffer
Pink Ice Globe Facial Massager
Aceology olivela.com

These shiny pink balls look like a good time, and they are. Place them in your fridge or in a bowl of ice beforehand to reap the benefits of its extra cooling effects, then skate them across your skins ever-so-softly to de-puff, calm inflammation and reduce redness. The magic of these don't stop at your face either—they work well on your neck, shoulders and back (or wherever, really). 

The Deepest Cleanse
LUNA play plus
Foreo sephora.com

The Luna is loved for the deep, nourishing cleanse it offers to wash away every remnant of your day. Not only will it leave you with oh-so-fresh feeling skin, the soft silicones and gentle yet effective vibrations feels like a facial massage you won't want to skip after a long day. It sloughs away dead skin cells while the pulses will put you straight to sleep. 

The Skin Stimulator
Gold Sculpting Bar
Jillian Dempsey sephora.com

This super-sleek, 24K gold bar created by celebrity makeup artist Jilian Dempsey knows what its doing in the skin sculpting and contouring category. It pairs well with clean skin coated with a moisturizer. Close your eyes, then roll this onto your skin and neck slowly and surely. Be sure to enjoy every vibration, which will leave you with toned, chiseled skin. 

The Pro-Level Massager
Sarah Chapman Skinesis The Facialift
Sarah Chapman amazon.com

Once you get past how funny this tool looks, you should actually try it. You know all those facial massaging techniques, like pinching, tapping and knuckling, only pros know how to do properly? Using eight massage heads and 48 nodules, this innovative tool does exactly that for you. Push and roll the massager on your jawline up to your ears six times for the full effect. These movements bring oxygen back into your skin for an immediate glow, drains toxins and reduces puffiness.

The Glow Booster
Magic Glow Wand
Joanna Vargas dermstore.com

Pamper and plump your skin with this at-home facial tool that comes with the works. Equipped with four settings: Hot Mode, hot + massage mode, cool mode, and cool + massage mode, this wand allows skincare products to seep even deeper into the skin. Each mode has targeted treatments, which offer lymphatic drainage, de-puffing and pore-shrinking benefits that result in a radiant glow. The massage modes are what bring all the sensorial feels to put your skin at ease.  

The Detoxifier
Jade Facial Roller
Herbivore sephora.com

“Jade facial rollers have been used to massage the skin since the 17th century in China,” dermatologist Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M.D. told Marie Claire.“Jade rolling may increase some level of lymphatic drainage in the face, which can temporarily reduce swelling." In short, this cult-loved roller from Herbivore is not only for looking good on your Instagram feed. When paired with a serum, oil, moisturizer, or mask, it detoxifies the skin and pushes products deeper into the epidermis, giving you better absorption.

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