11 Makeup and Skincare Tools You Can Use Without Touching Your Face

Mar 17 2020 - 3:45pm

Newsflash: You use your hands for almost everything you do, picking up lots of potentially harmful germs and bacteria [1] along the way. You also touch your face a lot — probably more than you realize. Unfortunately, that can be especially hard to avoid when you're doing your skincare routine [2] in the morning, applying your makeup, and washing your face [3] at the end of every day.

At a time like this, when we're all becoming hyperaware of these behaviors, finding products that make it a little easier to curb a habit that's sometimes second nature to all of us is key — and luckily, there is a way. Read ahead to check out a few of the most sanitary tools you can try if you're looking for a hands-free (or as hands-free as you can make it) approach to applying your makeup and skincare products.

Foreo Luna Play Plus

The Foreo Luna Play Plus [4] ($49) is a fully waterproof facial cleansing device that lifts dirt and removes makeup while also focusing on dullness and uneven texture. It's made out of silicone (vs. bristles), which means it won't harbor bacteria that you then transfer to your face.

Sigma Skincare Brush Set

Each tool in the Sigma Skincare Brush Set [5] ($41) is designed to help you apply your masks, moisturizers, and serums without pulling the skin too much — just like an esthetician might use at a spa. It doesn't hurt that it's also a more sanitary form of application.

Fancii Waterproof Facial Cleansing Spin Brush Set

The Fancii Waterproof Facial Cleansing Spin Brush Set [6] ($29) uses microdermabrasion technology to gently scrub dirt and oil from your skin. The kit also comes with three different brushes depending on your skin type and the kind of cleanse you're looking for. As with any facial cleansing brush, just make sure you replace the bristle head every few months.

Disposable Mini Cosmetic Spatula

This Disposable Mini Cosmetic Spatula [7] ($8 for 100) is the perfect alternative if you're trying to avoid repeatedly dipping your fingers into your tub of moisturizer or face mask.

Sephora Dynamic Duo on the Go

The price of the Sephora Dynamic Duo on the Go [8] ($12) cleansing brush isn't its only selling point. It's a two-sided product — there's a bristle-face brush on one side and a soft silicone pad on the other — which gives you a tad more control over how gentle you want your wash to be.

Tatcha Original Facial Cleansing Brush

It's pricey, but the Tatcha Original Facial Cleansing Brush [9] ($124) uses rice enzyme powders to effectively brighten your complexion all while giving you a deep cleanse. You use the soft bristles to sweep the products across your skin.

Every Drop Beauty Spatula

The Every Drop Beauty Spatula [10] ($6) is the perfect item to have in your pile of goods when you're literally trying to use your products to the last drop.

E.l.f. Cleansing Duo Face Brush

The E.l.f. Cleansing Duo Face Brush [11] ($14) has bristles soft enough to use on sensitive skin but still strong enough to provide you with a deep cleanse.

It Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush

Ever thought about applying your moisturizer with a brush? The It Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush [12] ($58) is the perfect, nonabrasive tool to get the job done.

Clarisonic Mia Prima Facial Cleansing Brush

The Clarisonic Mia Prima Facial Cleansing Brush [13] ($99) isn't just a cleansing brush. It also works to eliminate dullness and visibly reduce the appearance of pores.

Artis Elite Oval 7 Brush

Talk about multitasking. The Artis Elite Oval 7 Brush [14] ($42, originally $65) can be used to apply everything from foundation to powder to moisturizer — just make sure to properly clean it between uses if you're going to use it for all three.

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