From Acne to Wrinkles, Technology Is Changing the Beauty Industry in a Huge Way
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Remember the days when your skincare routine was to cleanse, tone, and moisturise? For 99 percent of the world's skincare obsessed population, those simple days are gone. Now, 10-step routines are the new norm, rolling fine needles across your face is an everyday occurrence, and you no longer need to visit a skin pro to get compliment-inducing results.
In a world where our iPhones pay our bills, robots put our groceries through, and trains can travel at 400 km an hour, it's only natural (or is that unnatural) that technology is having a profound effect on the beauty industry, too. The best part? At-home treatments that give salon results are gaining some seriously incredible momentum.
Without a doubt, one of the greatest beauty innovations of recent times is LED light therapy. Used to soothe inflammation (red light), reduce the frequency and severity of acne (blue light), and brighten skin to Bella Hadid-like proportions, if you haven't gone under the lamp yet, you're seriously missing out. Traditionally, LED light therapy has been administered by the pros only, but recently, there's a bunch of high-tech, fancy gizmos that allow you to DIY from the comfort of your couch. And while there's nothing quite like a sesh under the lamp at Melanie Grant, the below are seriously proving a case for at-home options.
Keep scrolling to peep some new beauty tech that we can't stop telling our friends about.
The Foreo UFO device (Launch date to be announced).
You might already be familiar with Foreo for its cult-loved Luna device (or the quirky Issa toothbrush). The UFO is new, and while an Australian launch date and price are yet to be announced, the beauty world is pretty hyped to try it. The first of its kind, the UFO is a combination of LED light therapy (in the forms of red, blue, and green), Cryotherapy, Thermotherapy, and pulsations. According to Allure, there are two 90-second treatment options (one for morning and one for night), and all that the user needs to do is attach the palm-sized sheet mask to the device. UFO is thought to stand for Ur Future Obsession, and we're 99 percent sure this is set to be true.
Dr Dennis Gross SpectraLite EyeCare Pro LED Device ($233)
At first glance, this looks like a cyborg headpiece, but it is actually a collection of 72 LED lights specifically designed to target wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles around the eye contours. The light stimulates the production of collagen, thus resulting in firmer, tighter skin around the eyes. So far, it's only got one review on Mecca's website, but it's five-star, so we'll take it. Our publisher, Alison Rice, has been road-testing too, so stay tuned to Byrdie Australia for a review.
Foreo Espana Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen ($199)
This little device is actually an at-home blue LED light treatment designed to heal acne. The light penetrates into the deep layers of the skin, killing acne-causing bacteria for skin that's smooth, clear, and healthy. The small head means it's easy to hone in on one specific blemish, too.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask ( $70 ) ($49)
This Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask was met in Australia with great fanfare, and for good reason. It comes with 28 pre-loaded sessions and uses a combination of red and blue light to reduce acne and soothe inflammation. While it isn't suitable for severe cystic acne, it's ace for healing a few pesky blemishes. You can read our full review here.