Welcome to our annual skincare awards, guys! It was a lengthy, at-times difficult process, but we managed to whittle all the best skincare products we’ve been using this year down year to five. These are the true desert-island skincare products. The ones we keep re-purchasing, find ourselves gushing to our best friends about, and wouldn’t be afraid to take back home to meet the parents.

In today’s skin news, Clarisonic is here to save the day your face with its Smart Profile Uplift device. I’ll admit, any facial device that has the word “lift” in its title automatically commands my undivided attention. Now, I’d like yours, as I run through all the reasons you should dramatically throw out every other device in your beauty cabinet*, and replace it with this.

It’s no great secret that I love myself a good facial massager. I’m also a purveyor of thoroughly cleansed skin. “Get you a device that can do both,” I tell myself. I’ve finally found one, thanks to this dynamic massaging/cleansing duo. I’m only 26, but I can already feel the sweet hand of gravity gently tugging at my face. I want to slap that hand away.

If you are of the same ilk, the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift is for you. When using it, start with fresh, clean skin. I recommend using a cleanser that removes everything in tandem with your Clarisonic’s cleansing head for skin so clean you could eat off it. I like to do the cleansing part in the shower, but feel free to do so in whichever pocket of your home works best for you. Done? Cool. You’ve arrived at the fun part: Setting the massager loose on your face.

Despite having a fairly chill disposition, I’m a natural-born frowner. From dawn to dusk, the muscles atop my eyes are busy furrowing themselves into two little crevices that run down the space between my eyebrows like the Nile river. And that’s not the only part of my face that collects tension; I’m pretty sure French Montana and Kodak Black jumped into the studio to write ‘Lockjaw’ as a tribute to my stressed out mouth region. Always clenching. The massager is to my face what xanax is to a wealthy, neurotic housewife: The only thing to calm it down.

Not only does it feel heavenly, but the results of the massager are instantaneous. My face looks juicier after every use, thanks to the silicon massaging head. The vibrating applicator stimulates collagen regeneration and strengthens the skin — talk about good vibrations! It also promised to help all my serums and moisturisers penetrate deeper into my skin, and I can hand-on-heart vouch that it lived up to these claims. My skin is drunk on Drunk Elephant, La Mer, and Dermalogica. It finally knows what it feels like to be ALLIIIVEEE. After a month of incorporating this into my skincare ritual, my skin is pretty much a qualified yoga teacher. Zen, taut, and never not beaming with joy. To conclude: that’s a hard yes from me. Buy it here.

*You absolutely do not need to do this. I’m just a sucker for D-R-A-M-A.

Step One

Wet your face with warm water. Apply your preferred cleanser to the cleansing brush head. Turn on the device and take it to your face, moving it in circular motions over your skin.


Step Two

Rinse and dry your face before applying a moisturiser or serum of your choice to your face, neck, and décolletage.


Step Three

Fix the silicon head to your Clarisonic before moving it across your skin in a circular motion.


Step Four

Massage any remaining product into your face. Voila!


Words, Madeleine Woon. Photography, Blair Gauld. Model, Sofia Campagnoli at IMG.