The future is beauty
I’m an old school analogue girl living in a new digital world. As a result, I am reluctant to embrace all forms of technology. I'm not being dramatic when I say I've had vivid nightmares about those robot vacuum cleaners, I'd rather go to a till than use a self-service checkout and up until three years ago, I was only contactable via text or phone call as I refused to swap my beloved hot pink Nokia c3 for whatever model of iPhone was on the market.
If I could have it my way, I'd be writing this very article on a typewriter. Not a hipster, just a technophobe. But there is one realm of technology that I don't find so terrifying: beauty tech. Call it vanity, call it consumerism but if there's a LED face mask that promises to give me youthful, acne free, glowy skin - I'm in.
But like most technology, it does serve a greater good and my technophobia is just as irrational as my fear of closed shower curtains. From light therapy masks that keep spots away, to firming massage heads that promise similar results to facelifts to an ultrasonic scrubber that just makes washing your face easier, beauty gadgets are making treatments loved by Hollywood's elite accessible to all. While some treatments and desired results still require a trip to a professional, technological advancements in at-home beauty devices are ever improving and there are now a variety of options to treat skin issues of any sort.
Below, are just a few of my top picks for when you want beauty to meet technology.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, €51.60, McCabe's Pharmacy
LED facials have become more and more the norm. While there are LED masks out there with triple the price tag, this Neutrogena Light Therapy acne mask does just the trick without breaking the bank. The energy from red and blue lights gently filters through the skin and has been scientifically shown to target acne-causing bacteria, reducing the appearance of breakouts. The best thing? Each "session" last just ten minutes.
Nurse Jamie, €145, Cult Beauty
A favourite of the Kardashian klan, Nurse Jamie is the queen of gadgets in the US. Luckily Cult Beauty stocks them making them accessible for Irish faces. There are 48 massaging stones in this contraption and you simply roll it over your chosen area for a couple of minutes each day and it helps improve skin tone and texture. There’s the added bonus of the high-frequency sonic vibration, which helps the device get deeper into the skin.
Jade 2D Texturized and Smooth Facial Roller, €42, Revolve
Okay, so this might not exactly be a whizzy machine that you can plug in but it is one hundred per cent one of the best beauty gadgets on the market right now and one that has eased me into a world of beauty technology. It is the master of de-puffing (especially if you keep it in the fridge or freezer for extra coolness) the face and eye area. Excellent in the morning. It’s genuinely just a delight to use.
FaceGym Pro, €509, FaceGym
A mini face trainer you can take home. Your face has tens of thousands of small muscle fibres that, over time, become weak and lose their elasticity. This device applies mild yet forceful EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) to the face, strengthening the muscle to visibly lift, tone and tighten each of tens of thousands small muscles fibres in as little as 10 minutes.
Mia Prima Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush, €87.33, Clarisonic
Clarisonic's vibrating brushes were all the rage back in 2016. Serving their worth, the brushes still remain as one of the top-rated devices. The cult favourite is the Mia model. It’s ideal for even the most sensitive skin; the soft and gentle brush works diligently to remove makeup, dirt, and oils with oscillation technology that distributes 300 micro-massage movements every minute. After continual use, you can expect to see enhanced cell turnover and smoother, softer skin.
Heated Eyelash Curler, €22.75, Blinc
For someone who is terrified by robotic hoovers, you'd think an electronic, heated eyelash curler would make me scream but you can't argue with results. Designed to work without clamping the lashes or applying excessive pressure, Heated Eyelash Curler curls the lashes without unnecessary damage. Not only is it safer for the lashes but heated curls last longer than curls created by pressure and allows you to customise your lash curls to make your eyes look wider, more alert and youthful.
The future is bright.
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