A love letter to all the beauty products I’ve finally had time to use at home

Body+Soul beauty editor Kelsey Ferencak has rekindled her obsession with the skincare tools, zappy gadgets and weird body treatments she forgot about.

If you’ve been more in-tune with your skincare and self-care routine lately, you’re not the only one. With more time on our hands (no more 30 minute commute to work), higher levels of stress (like being made redundant) and a shifting perspective of what is and isn’t important (take it from a Doctor working on the frontline) we’re indulging in the small stuff that makes us feel good.

Whether that be saying ‘screw it’ and buying the $250 Botox in a bottle serum, or setting aside a good chunk of your evening to dedicate to a proper skincare routine, we’re all getting back in touch with our complexions. According to Kate Morris the founder of Adore Beauty, the biggest categories that have seen growth during the Coronavirus period were self-care and DIY. “Sales of skin tools increased by 112% so products like Gua Sha’s and Dermal Rollers, as well as candles and bath products,” she tells Body+Soul. “The trend has certainly been people prioritising skin care over make-up, with sales of serums, masks, cleansers, moisturisers and exfoliators increasing significantly,” she adds.

But while I wasn’t necessarily shopping for new goodies to try, I did get back in touch with my arsenal of skin-zapping gadgets, time-consuming masks and weird and wacky body treatments that I had either a) shoved to the back of the cupboard because I could never be bothered to use them or b) forgot I even had because I rarely had the time to do anything past washing my face and slapping on a body oil before getting in to bed and doing it all over again the next day.

Either way, I forgot how much I loved them. So here’s a run down of the items I can’t put down.

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Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite EyeCare Pro LED Device ($254, at Mecca)

At-home LED light devices are having a moment, maybe because we couldn’t get to the salon for our regular Omnilux appointments, or because consistent use for only a few minutes a day can yield pretty impressive results.

This mask focuses on fine lines, deeper wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes and uses a red light to firm and brighten skin. Pop it on before bed to help getting in to a restful place.

NuFACE NuBody ($639, at Mecca) and NuFACE Trinity Mini ($319, at Mecca)

Yes, it’s expensive. But if it’s good enough for celebrity esthetician Joanna Czech, than it’s good enough for me. It’s a skin-tightening and tony body device that uses microcurrent technology to help smooth skin from dimples, sagging and cellulite.

I pop on the primer before working from my knees up towards my bum in long, slow strokes once or twice a week. Be sure to have enough of the gel on your legs as this one can zap! But I take that as a sign it’s working. Results aren’t immediate, but if you stick with it you’ll see visible results – tighter, more even skin.

Skin Gym Face Trainer ($109, at Sephora)

Similar to the NuBody, this facial roller uses a combination of microcurrent tech with geranium stones to help lift and tone skin. You can use it on your face and body. After applying your skin care regime, just roll the wand up and outwards for a few minutes every day.

Frank Body Caffeinated Scalp Scrub ($18.95, at Frank Body)

Ahh, by now we’re all aware of the importance of having good scalp health. Not only does a weekly scrub get rid of any product build up (ahem, layers of dry shampoo), but dead skin, too. But it’s also essential for healthy hair growth. By stimulating your scalp with a weekly massage you’re getting blood and oxygen to the sweet spots that help promote long, shiny strands.

Surprisingly, spending an extra two minutes before shampooing is worth it.

Foreo UFO 2 ($395, at Sephora)

They say this bad boy is a facial in a gadget that fits in the palm of your hand. Not only does it have multiple high-tech treatments (thermo-therapy, cryotherapy, LED light therapy and T-Sonic pulsations), it also infuses potent skin-loving ingredients through a sheet-mask that sticks on to the vibrating plate.

I use it before a big event, or on a Sunday night when my face needs a pick-me-up.

Syrene Aqua Hydrating Masque ($119.99, at Syrene)

This is the latest addition to my skincare routine and it’s ideal for when I’m feeling lazy. A rich gel mask you apply before bed, it’s feels cooling and soothing and my thirsty winter skin instantly drinks up all of the moisture.

In the morning, my complexion looks and feels plump and bouncy.

Bean Body Manuka Honey Coffee Scrub ($9.95, at Bean Body)

We’ve all tried our hand at a coffee body scrub and I think it’s safe to say that although we generally like the results (stretch marks and cellulite visibly diminished are two big ones), we tend to seal up the packet and avoid regularly using it because the cleanup effort is so huge.

But messy shower grout aside, I’ve rekindled my love for it with this blend that includes Manuka honey – ideal for itchy, dry winter skin. Plus, the payoff a good scrub is worth a few extra minutes wiping down the shower screen.

Heros Chiropody Sponge ($2.99, at Chemist Warehouse)

Similar to a pumice stone, this wonder brick works to soften hard skin on both heels and toes, and can even remove callouses and corns. I use it on damp skin after a hot bath, after soaking the sponge in warm water and rubbing against a bar of soap.

From there, rub it back and forth over any dead skin or hard spots. This bar will last you forever, too.