At some point in the past few years, skincare got very technical. Arguably, it started with Clarisonic's innovative cleaning brush just over a decade ago in 2009, but even then, it was only diehard beauty fans who invested. Today, while we might all be up on our vitamin C and hyaluronic acids, when it comes to gadgets, we're not all there. At the beginning of 2020, however, the Business of Fashion reported that plenty of huge beauty brands were getting in on the tech scene. Then, the pandemic hit, and while in recessions lipstick sales notoriously go up, this time it was skincare that had the boost, not makeup, which provided a perfect storm for people to invest in skincare gadgets.
According to CurrentBody, an online beauty retailer for skincare products, gadgets are one of the “fastest-growing trends in the world of beauty,” and bathrooms are becoming increasingly more futuristic. Beauty technology can be a bit of an investment, so it’s best to ask yourself what your skin really needs. Advanced cleansing, anti-ageing, and acne prevention have all been given a tech update, and spa techniques such as microneedling, LED therapy, and dermaplaning have been refined for at-home use, which, let’s face it, has been ideal for 2020.
And we've seen plenty getting in on the action, too, at least it looked that way on social media over the past few months. As our social lives slowed down, our skin routines became even more intensive. Between LED light mask therapy and nifty microneedling tools, enthusiasts appeared to have amped up their skincare routines with some pretty intensive tech. Admittedly, some of it looked a little medieval or reserved for the likes of braver beauty lovers like Gwyneth Paltrow. The big question is, Which of these newly popular beauty gadgets actually make your skin glow?
Personally, I use a facial steamer every other week. My mother always encouraged me to do regular face and hair steams to help open my pores and relax, and the method has stuck. I use the Hangsun Facial Steamer with an essential oil and unwind—I love the "just finished a great session at the gym" dewy glow it gives me. You may have also spotted the Cult Beauty LED light therapy mask doing the rounds on social media. It did give me a fright when it first showed up on my Instagram feed. However, it's inspired by spa-based LED treatments, and Cult Beauty says the mask can actually stimulate cell repair and help improve acne.
If you're not sure where to start, here are some beauty gadgets that actually make your skin glow. So keep scrolling for our recommendations and then shop the newest gadgets that have just launched.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro (£430)
Using anti-acne blue light, this is one of the ultimate beauty gadgets that help battle breakouts and acne. It promises to leave skin smoother and with fewer wrinkles.
FaceGym Gold Derma Roller (£45)
This roller helps to stimulate collagen, which will encourage the skin to be plumper and reduce signs of fine lines.
Foreo Luna Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush (£99)
Foreo's products are always worth the price. This helps to deep-clean the skin with it's different brush zones. Worth noting, it's completely waterproof and hygienic.
Dermaflash Dermapore Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser (£70)
Using ultrasonic tech, this tool helps to get rid of dirt as well as prep the skin for better product absorption.
Panasonic EH-XS01 Facial Steamer (£90)
This not only leaves the skin smoother, but it also helps to give the skin a deep clean.
Nurse Jamie UpLift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller (£55)
Containing 24 massage stones, this will help to energise the skin.
NuFace Mini Facial Toner (£130)
Use for five minutes a day. This is the non-surgical facelift in a gadget.
The Body Shop Oils of Life Revitalising Facial Roller (£16)
One of our team's favourites, this inexpensive tool is fantastic for sculpting the face and helps to relax muscles, too.
For Smoother Skin
Dermaflash Luxe Anti-Aging Exfoliating Device in Navy (£180)
Get smoother and brightened skin at home.
Tripollar Stop Facial Skin Renewal Device in White (£199)
This product uses radio frequency to strengthen and firm skin. By stimulating the tissue, it helps to boost collagen, which in turn gives the appearance of fewer lines.
Another winner from Foreo, this new gadget is ideal for toning but is also great for stimulating blood flow and allows for better absorption of products.
Nurse Jamie Dermascrape Ultrasonic Skin Scrubbing & Skincare Enhancing Tool (£70)
White Lotus Microneedle Roller (£54)
NuFace Break the Ice Fix Collection (£150)
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