PENNY McCORMICK investigates the latest trends in SMART BEAUTY …
We’ve already incorporated gadgets such as the Foreo Luna Go and the Clairsonic Mia Fit into our routine. Early adopters will soon ditch their Mason Pearsons in favour of the Kerastase Hair Coach by L’Oréal (launching this year) a smart brush with an inbuilt microphone that records the sounds of dry, frizzy or breaking hair and aims to teach the user how to brush properly.
Remember the talking mirror in Snow White? At the recent BeautyTech Summit held in Las Vegas, one major innovation was the HiMirror – the world’s first smart beauty mirror that takes a photo of your skin, then provides an analysis of superficial flaws such as sun damage, pores and wrinkles, recommending products to fix them. It hasn’t been programmed to tell who is the fairest of them all (yet), but the upgraded model has different environmental settings so you can see how your skin will look throughout the day.
It’s an indication of where we’re heading with more and more gadgets that will help us to self-treat and self-educate rather than rely on doctors and other professionals. Sanilaus Vander, co-founder of Wired Beauty website, believes that future generations, “won’t be relying on a top-down approach, with major brands and beauty consultants telling them what their beauty regime should be.” Wearable technology and data analytics will be the tools of choice to monitor and measure results.
HiSkin users can evaluate the skin on a deeper level, in much the same way as Samsung’s S-Skin tool, though the latter goes one step further using a micro-needle patch that penetrates the skin for more specific readings (of redness, melanin) and then offers LED light settings to rid dark spots. LED Treatments are much in vogue. Dr Coleman explains, “LED light therapy has a role for its anti-inflammatory properties but it is labour-intensive. The most frequently used LEDs are red (anti-inflammatory) and blue (anti-bacterials) though there are other coloured lights with different wave-lengths. LEDs are also used in skin cancer treatments, to treat acne and as a photodynamic therapy. Fifteen minutes exposure to a red light can have the same uplifting effect as a short stay on the beach.”
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