5 Tools To Add To Your Skin-Care Routine ASAP

You've got your makeup brushes, your hair brushes, and, of course, your toothbrush. (And, if you're really organized, maybe you even have them meticulously sorted by type, size, and color.) But did you know there's an entirely different category of bristles that you might not be paying attention to, but should? We're talking skin-care brushes — and they're actually pretty genius.

Ahead, find five brushes that are specifically designed with skin care (face and body) in mind. You probably never knew you needed them, but after a few swirls, you may wonder how you ever applied self-tanner without one.
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Self-Tanner Brush
If you've ever tried to smooth on faux tanner with your hands, you know the results are not always pretty. (And those mitts aren't much better.) Instead, the folks at Spray di Solé came up with a different technique: buffing on the formula with a jumbo kabuki brush. Though the application took a good 20 minutes, and gave us a minor wrist cramp, we didn't spot a single streak or line. Best part? No orange palms.

Spray di Solé Kabuki Body Brush, $30, available at Spray di Solé.
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Exfoliating Face Brush
Before the world was blessed with Clarisonics, people used brushes to exfoliate. This one from Tatcha is inspired by the cleansing rituals of geishas. Fill the lacquered bowl with warm water and Tatcha's Polished Rice Enzyme Powder, then use the brush to whip it into a froth and swirl it all over your face like the fancy lady that you are. Or just leave the 24K-gold-coated washing station on your counter to impress houseguests. (Which will perhaps help justify the price tag?)

Tatcha Polished Original Face Brush by Kashoen 1883 Limited Edition Set, $124, available November 3 at Tatcha.
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Exfoliating Body Brush
Dry brushing has been around for ages, yet very few people take advantage of it. "Dry brushing is my favorite method of body exfoliation, because it is multitasking — it's actually incredible as a cellulite treatment and increases elasticity...and stimulates collagen production," says aesthetician Joanna Vargas. She advises starting at the tops of the feet and brushing upward in sweeping motions. And the winter months are the perfect time to pick up the habit. "It immediately increases circulation, so you will feel warmer when you are done," adds Vargas.

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush, $48, available at Nordstrom.
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Facial Brush
You know how relaxing a mask or peel feels when it's brushed onto your face at the spa? There's nothing stopping you from incorporating that technique into your at-home routine. Plus, "the product goes on more evenly, and it's technically cleaner than using your hands," says Vargas. This one is specifically made for sweeping on facial products, but Vargas says "any fan brush from Sephora" will do.

Éminence Fan Applicator Brush, $15, available at Dermstore.
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Moisturizer Brush
Though this is marketed as a makeup brush, Kylie Jenner clued us in on a pretty genius skin-care trick: using it to buff on your moisturizer. The motion is great for your skin and reduces tugging. But while the brush is technically antimicrobial, Lamees Hamdan, MD, founder of Shiffa beauty, advises to wash and disinfect it frequently since you're using it with wet products, which increases the chance of bacterial growth.

Artis Elite Mirror Oval 10, $72, available at Artis.
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