Ever since purchasing my first Clarisonic (I’m about ten years late on the trend), I am on a vibrating kick. Don’t read too far into this… I’m referring to vibrating tools for skin and body care (insert joke here). Let me try to explain myself better. I’m talking about beauty tools like a vibrating razor and, of course, the vibrating (or “oscillating” in beauty terms) mascaras that were the “it” thing a few seasons back. There’s something so soothing about a product that offers vibrations to your skin, teeth and lashes. It reminds me of a spa massage – but… not. More like a 10 dollar massage at the corner nail salon (where they pummel your shoulders and back with clenched fists). Either way, there’s no disputing that vibrations do lead to relaxation.
Here are my picks for beauty products and tools that vibrate:
1. Clarisonic $149.00 – Sure, the Clarisonic has been the clean-skin tool for years, but I was always a bit weary of using anything electrically charged on my skin. Well, I’ve changed my mind. It’s amazing how soft the Clarisonic can make my face – I think I’m actually seeing some of the sun spots fade, too (continuous cell turnover repairs skin). Love. Psst – I use the Mia 2 (2 speeds).
2. Venus Vibrance Razor $19.00 – I find shaving to be one of the most menial tasks on the planet. But the alternative (hairy legs) is simply not an option… so, I have to shave. The Vibrance actually made shaving (somewhat) entertaining as the vibrations gave me something to focus on. It gave me a very close shave, no nicks, and left my legs smoother than a leg wax. Sadly, the razor seems to be discontinued in the US of A, but you can still purchase from England here.
3. Lancome ÔSCILLATION Mascara $35.00 – I wasn’t a huge fan of the vibrating mascara wand when it was the must-have mascara on the market, and I’m still not sold on it. But if I had to choose my favorite oscillating mascara, I’d definitely go with Lancome. The mascara formula is one of the best on the market and, for some, the oscillations really do make their lashes longer and thicker. For others (like me), the vibration makes it more difficult to apply.
4. Crest SpinBrush Pro Clean Battery Power Toothbrush $9.99- Vibrating toothbrushes aren’t a new thing, but for those not willing to make the pricey investment on an electronic one (like this), the Crest battery-operated toothbrush is a great and affordable alternative. I like how you don’t have to be committed long-term – you can use it for a few months, then toss it when the bristles weaken. For some reason, vibrations on the teeth make for a better clean… period.
5. Lancome ÔSCILLATION Power Foundation ($48.00) – 7000 micro-vibrations per minute blend this mineral foundation powder into your skin for an airbrushed look. While the vibrating powder applicators never really took off, Lancome’s Power Foundation is a promising attempt. It’s a bit harder to apply then your average powder brush, but if you are able to manage, it gives the face a more even complexion.
*image – Orange Vibrations painting by Jacqueline Lorenzo ($900.00 here)