In the past, the kind of skincare routine that was recognised as ‘comprehensive’ comprised of just three steps: cleansing, toning and moisturising — a hallmark that started with Clinique’s iconic system launched decades ago. In recent years, with the invasion of Korean-inspired 10-step routines, plus the advent of targeted serums, creams, balms, masques and tonics to purify, tone, exfoliate, soothe, lift — our beauty cabinets and nightly rituals are more packed than ever.
These days, beauty companies are harnessing technology to deliver results and convenience. We don’t mean newfangled ingredients that tout the latest advancements in dermatology but actual gizmos made to recreate a spa experience at home. Call it a revolution if you will — the latest technology has us pressing nifty little gadgets against our faces to cleanse, exfoliate and even get rid of eye bags. In fact, some of these companies claim that their futuristic devices will save you trips to the dermatologist or the beauty salon, letting you pamper your skin with a therapist’s touch, but in the comfort of your own home.
Like everything else in our lives that technology touches, such developments are a game changer to our habits — they catapult skincare into the future.
Here’s our pick of five high tech beauty gadgets to incorporate into your skincare routine.
Hack your daily cleansing step with the new TIA device by Beglow. More than just your run-of-the-mill cleansing brush, the TIA features two applicator heads, harnessing sonic vibrations that help cleanse, lift and tone the skin for the perfect healthy complexion. Shaped like an hourglass, on one side the removable (easy to clean!) silicone applicator gently sloughs away impurities, while the titanium applicator on the other side works to smooth the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin. Thanks to the unique SkinSense technology, the TIA starts pulsing when the brush touches your skin, and it also is able to generate multiple frequency pulsations to stimulate facial muscles and improve blood circulation. Essential, when you’re looking to improve the appearance of the dreaded double chin.
HK$1,998, available at Lane Crawford.
This eye device might look like a pair of glasses from the future, but is actually used to treat the areas around your eyes. The Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses boasts LED lights and is said to be able to penetrate the skin to reduce the appearance of dark eye circles, minimise puffiness as well as to restore radiance. It allows users to customise its different light colours and functionality: Red is for boosting collagen production and reduction of fine lines, yellow is for diminishing dark circles and increasing blood circulation while orange is for a powerful combination of the red and yellow light.
HK$1,600, available at Sephora.
A number of beauty rollers out there are designed with spherical attachments to pinch, lift and define blurred jawlines, but Nuface’s toning device gets the added benefit of soft wave microcurrent technology to help tone the skin over time. Equipped with a smart Skin Sensor, the device adjusts to work with the contours of your face. Just massage the device onto your skin in an upwards motion, five times a week for best results.
HK$2,790, available at Lane Crawford.
This device is Victoria Beckham’s sworn beauty trick and promises to kick your masking game up a notch. It warms up in your hands to infuse active ingredients into your skin, and effortless switches to cooling mode to diminish puffiness and minimise pores. You could even pair it with your phone and enjoy a 90-second guided meditation session. Foreo recommends pairing it with its own range of masks for a complete spa treatment in the comfort of your own home.
HK$2,280, available at Lane Crawford.
No, this isn’t part of Iron Man’s costume, but a face mask created by NYC dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross. As the brand’s bestseller, the DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro uses a combination of LED blue, red and yellow lights to reduce acne and pore size, boost collagen production and also firm up lines and wrinkles. All you need is three minutes and you’re off to better skin.
HK$3,859, available at Net-a-Porter.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.