The Best Affordable Beauty Tools That Really Work

Within the last few years, electrical gadgets and tools have exploded in the beauty industry. From facial rollers that promise to reduce fine lines to LED masks that combat acne, there’s a tool for every beauty need. However, salon-worthy results often follow with a hefty salon-worthy price tag which can be off-putting for those wanting to try something new.

But if you want to test the latest innovations before you commit to a £500 supersonic gadget, we suggest trying these affordable tools as an introduction into the beauty gadget world. Here are some of our favourites we can’t (or won’t) live without:

Quartz/Jade Roller

Made from reconstituted quartz, jade or other natural materials, facial rollers have been all the rage a la 2019. Not only does this tool feel soothing and relaxing on the skin, but the naturally cold properties of the stone also make for a refreshing mini facial.


  • Soothes skin
  • Stimulates lymph drainage (helping circulation)
  • Massages the facial muscles to boost plumpness
  • Helps eradicate fine lines over time with consistent use
  • Helps relieve tension headaches

How to use:

Using upwards movements, roll the smaller end around the eye sockets, over the T-zone and away from the nose. Flip to the large side and massage the cheeks and décolleté area. Put the roller in the fridge for an hour before use to have an extra cool massage and see the full benefits. Watch this video for a full tutorial.

Gua Sha

Pronounced gwa sha, this small yet nifty tool is perfect for mini facials on the go. This ancient remedy was first used by elite Chinese women and has since been passed down to our baskets (and Instagram feeds). Much like facial rollers, the naturally cool stones have beauty benefits for days. Affordable and effective? Tick!


  • Reduces signs of ageing by increasing blood circulation
  • Helps to smooth and tone the skin
  • Boosts collagen
  • Help to define jawline (hello natural contouring)

How to use:

Apply a small amount of your go-to oil or serum to the face and sweep across the gua sha in gentle, upward movements. Take care around the eyes where the skin is more delicate. Again, put it in the fridge for an hour or so before use to revitalise and refresh your complexion. Use in the morning to reduce puffiness and minimise eye bags or add to your nightly routine for maximum results.

Electric Pore Cleanser

We were a little sceptical before we tried an electric pore cleanser after reading some mixed reviews, but for a fraction of the price of a professional facial, it really does the trick! This powerful tool is effective but gentle and helps to unclog pores. For a full refresh after work or a grubby commute use this once a week.


  • Removes blackheads and dirt from skin
  • Promotes a clearer complexion
  • Provides a deep cleaning, polishing and exfoliating massage
  • Dilutes fine lines and promotes circulation

How to use:

After cleansing as normal move the machine gently over the face, targeting problem areas. After a few minutes follow with toner and moisturiser or for an extra boost, use a purifying face mask too. NB: Look for tools that have different levels of intensity.

Micro-Needling Tool

We praised the day beauty experts brought micro-needling (also known as collagen induction therapy) to the masses. What was once an expensive treatment exclusive to the rich and famous has been made easily accessible with mini tools to use at home. Although they’re less abrasive and intrusive, they can still offer pretty impressive results.


  • Helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Promotes new skin regeneration (fantastic news for acne scars)
  • Speeds up skin’s healing process
  • Removes pigmentation

How to use:

Glide the tool in horizontal, diagonal and vertical directions over the face for a total of 60 seconds and follow with your normal skincare – yes it’s as quick as that! We recommend using two to three times a month, (just make sure you sterilise the head).

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Words: Sherri Andrew