Style Weekend: Portable beauty tools for glowing skin, salon-worthy hair

This list will elevate your self-care rituals

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The beauty industry is continuously growing and innovating, not just in terms of skincare and beauty product formulations but also in the transformative power of beauty tools. From state-of-the-art skincare gadgets to precision make-up implements and versatile hair styling devices, these tools have revolutionized how we approach beauty routines. 

Last week, we listed affordable yet quality make-up application tools. In this week’s issue of Style Weekend, we scouted portable beauty tools for flawless skin, salon-worthy hairstyles, and body relaxation. This list will elevate your self-care rituals and enhance your natural beauty as you delve into the world of beauty tools and discover the right companions for your style and needs.

Pure Culture organic bamboo cotton pads

Cotton has been an integral part of the beauty routine. For those who are looking for alternatives to one-time-use cotton pads, Pure Culture’s organic bamboo cotton is a must-have. 

It is made from 70 percent bamboo fiber and 30 percent cotton fiber, making it soft and suitable even for sensitive skin. It is also washable and reusable. In addition, for every purchase, one percent goes to the Planet and CleanHub. 

Oil control volcanic roller

It is an earth-friendly and sustainable alternative to disposable oil blotting papers. Derived from lava and other minerals, this stone effectively absorbs oil and is safe for all skin types. This type of product is washable and reusable. Happy Skin and Fresh Philippines are some of the local brands that sell this. 

Gua sha

Numerous references date the history of gua sha to the Paleolithic Age, when people got sick. Stones were used to reduce body pain and other symptoms of illness. In Asia, especially in China, gua sha cut from crystal stones has been part of traditional Chinese medication for thousands of years. 

Today, various shapes and types of gua sha are within our reach. To use, start with a clean, moisturized face and neck. Gently scrape a smooth-edged tool across the skin to promote lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness, and improve circulation. We highly recommend getting stone gua sha like the ones made from jade or rose quartz. These materials are easier to use and are proven to have more benefits. 

Face rollers

You can try face rollers first for those who find gua sha intimidating. These handheld beauty tools have a smooth, typically cool surface that you roll across your face. They often come in various materials like jade, rose quartz, amethyst, or stainless steel. Our top pick is the one from Happy Skin. Made with natural rose quartz and a stainless body, it gives a premium feel and touch every time you glide it over your skin. 

Apply your favorite serum or moisturizer, then gently glide the roller over your face in upward and outward motions, starting from your neck and moving toward your forehead. Repeat each stroke three to five times. This practice has the same benefits as gua sha. Store your roller in the refrigerator before use for an extra cooling effect.


Ceramic body massager 

A whole day of work can cause stiff and tense muscles. It would be great to have a portable massager in your pocket. The Fillimilli ceramic body massager features protruding and flat sides to target both large muscle and soft tissue for quick relaxation and recovery. 

TYMO Curlgo

For on-the-go, long-hair folks, this travel-safe and portable hair tool could be your next BFF. This curling iron allows you to create bouncy curls and shiny waves in just a few minutes, anytime, anywhere. You can even choose the direction of your curls with the directional button. 

With a battery life of up to 60 minutes and weighing only 358 grams, Curlgo can easily fit in your handbag. This tool is also user-friendly, and even beginners can easily get the hang of it. For extra safety measures, especially for those traveling, it also has a travel safety switch to prevent it from operating without your consent.

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