For centuries women have undertaken extreme measures in an attempt to maintain youthful radiance – take Madame Rowley’s ‘toilet mask’ for example, a contraption from the Victorian era that would be strapped to a woman’s head overnight, three times a week. Made with flexible India rubber, the “face glove” was filled with various substances, salves and bleaches thought to treat major skin problems from clogged pores to discolorations. Mostly it was designed to encourage sweating all night long, with the idea that perspiration would soften and clarify the skin, but I think it just caused nightmares.
Thankfully today’s facial devices have come a long way from the Michael Myers slasher movie style mask, and since SkinStore is turning 20 (HOORAY!) we’re celebrating the evolution of beauty tools! Here are a selection of our favorites:
The Cleansing Devices
16 years ago in 2001, a team of scientists and engineers founded the Clarisonic device – a tool that Oprah described as a “miracle massage for your face” in the 2007 Oprah’s Favorite Things show. The nation’s voice had spoken, and within eight hours the Clarisonic brush was sold out across the USA.
12 years later in 2013, Swedish brand FOREO launched the LUNA, and a series of colorful FOREO family members followed.
We like to think of the Clarisonic as the Judi Dench of cleansing devices, and the FOREO as the Emma Stone. Both tools are new chapter in cleansing, and subsequently, help all your favorite skincare work better.