Since Corona life, technology and beauty have come together like never before, with innovative creations that give spa-worthy results fast becoming the go-to for great skin & manageable hair from the comfort of your sofa. Sales of beauty tech have doubled at Net-a-Porter since lockdown, and it seems post-pandemic even beauty novices are jumping on the tech beauty wagon.
But not every device is worth the splurge – here we’ve edited the best of the bunch that will revolutionise your at-home beauty routine and may in the long run even save you some £££.
Specialising in LED gadgets since 2015, offering salon-worthy results from the comfort of your home. Made from medical-grade silicone, this hands-free “collar” helps improve skin firmness and reduce hormonal breakouts and pigmentation on the neck, lower face, and forehead, in just 10 minutes a day, three-five times per week. The red wavelengths reduce inflammation and redness while the near-infrared triggers collagen production. Unlike many of the other products in the collection, this “collar” is easily portable and adaptable to lots of areas on your face and body too, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. This has fast become our WFH must-have accessory!
If you take your at-home hair removal seriously, you will be familiar with this innovative brand and its existing range of hardworking devices. To add to the bestselling collection the latest star on the block is the PRO, claiming (and proven) to permanently reduce hair without tricky shaving, messy waxing, or painful exfoliating. Using RPL (reactive pulse light) which is based on in-salon IPL, it has an unlimited number of flashes to last you a lifetime of hair reduction, plus it’s cordless and can keep going for longer with up to 600 flashes between charges. With six different energy levels and two modes, personalised hair removal has never been so strong – quite literally. And we’ve done the maths, over time it works out cheaper than your monthly wax appointments.
This new state-of-the-art hairdryer, that weighs less than a can of Coca-Cola, has sent beauty influencers into a frenzy. Promising to dry hair seven times faster than any other hairdryer in the world, plus it’s super quiet and 30% more efficient than its competitors. If that’s not enough, it also contains “Oxy Active” technology, which emits active oxygen that reduces bacteria and subsequently boosts shine, elasticity and protects hair colour. No stone has been left unturned; this is a game-changer for hair styling at home like no other.
Did you know your skin accumulates over four kilos of dirt and dead skin cells in a year? (We also feel a little repulsed!). It’s time to clean up, upscale your shower experience and bring a touch of spa to your daily ritual. This smart massaging body brush has been clinically proven to remove 99% of dirt and oil from skin and unlike traditional body brushes, it is soft, non-scratchy and therefore great for sensitive skins too. The velvety-soft silicone brush head is flexible – so you can get to all those hard-to-reach areas and it’s fully waterproof so you can use it in the shower or bath to lather up, exfoliate and energise your skin, plus it has a staggering battery life too. Say hello to firmer, brighter, cleaner skin!
Likened to a hot stone massage for your eyes, this de-puffing electrical device warms up to help relieve dry eye symptoms such as redness, itchiness, and over watering, produces better quality tears (that’s a thing!) and increases circulation that helps drain excess fluid which reduces puffy eyelids. Plus, the clever red LED light, based on NASA technology works to promote collagen and elastin to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Both the eye massager and the LED light can be turned on and off independently so you can adapt the wand accordingly. This will be a welcome relief especially if you spend most of the day staring at a screen.
If you suffer from bad circulation or quite simply love nothing more than a relaxing foot massage, then welcome to foot heaven. Using EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) technology to simulate the act of normal exercise, causing the muscles in the lower legs and feet to repeatedly contract and relax, meaning you can sit on your bum tricking your body into thinking it’s exercising. Sadly, this isn’t a substitute for your spin class, but with 99 intensity levels and three programmes to choose from, you can be sure your feet and legs will be suitably stimulated.
If like us, you find tonging your hair a complete nightmare no matter how many YouTube tutorials you watch, then this rotating curling iron will be a complete game-changer to your at-home hair styling routine. Quite simply loop your hair through the barrel, press the button and your hair will automatically spin around leaving you with the perfect curl. It’s so easy, it’s almost impossible to get wrong. With quirky designs such as leopard print, bright neon, and glitter, this makes for a great gift too.
The name behind the A-List’s famous faces (the Kardashian clan are all fans), who’s been creating beauty tools and gadgets for the last 20 years to bring treatment expertise to the comfort of your home, minus the waiting list and the price tag, but with the same skin-saving results. These orbs are meant to mirror the powers of cryotherapy, (using cold temperatures to reduce blood flow, inflammation, and boost circulation) this duo of ‘large’ and ‘mini’ orbs can be used cool or warm and allows you to apply gentle pressure to the face and body leaving you with a flushed, healthy, and radiant complexion. For added benefits and better slip, use alongside your favourite face oil.
This may resemble a fancy dress costume taken straight out of a Star Wars film, but in fact this truly futuristic mask, is in fact a skincare saviour. Created by beauty-tech entrepreneur, Lily Earle, daughter of Liz Earle MBE, with the help of medics and skin doctors in South Korea, it uses NASA technology combining red wavelength (RWL) and blue wavelength (BWL) light that penetrates 12 times deeper than similar masks. Born out of Lily’s chronic migraines, which took their toll on her skin, Lily saw the anti-inflammatory and healing it had on her skin while also relieving her headaches. Although eye-wateringly expensive, this device will last forever and can be worn as little or as often as you like. It’s an investment your skin will thank you for. Start saving up now!
Therabody’s massage gun has been relieving knots and muscle pain since it launched in 2016. So, with the huge success of its ‘body gun’, it seems fitting that the same technology and expertise, is used to create a face tool too. With similar design functions but with less pressure on the face, this powerful tool will create contours you never knew you could achieve while encouraging lymphatic drainage that causes face bloat while firming and improving skin tone. It also relieves tension and stress in your face, that is often caused by teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and constant frowning. Plus, there are a handful of different attachments to try, too, like the acne-clearing LED light therapy or firming microcurrent. Portable, lightweight, and easy to use, this takes your at-home facials to professional heights.
It’s rare to not be anything but impressed with an Aromatherapy Associates product. Super easy to use, quite simply pick your oil, remove the lid from the atomiser, take out the bottle that’s in there, replace with your chosen oil and then select from 30 minutes up to three hours of puffing time. Voila! The atomiser doesn’t heat, and the oils aren’t diluted in water, so expect beautifully strong scents that you can easily shift from one room to the next. This should be high on your Christmas gift list.
Do you feel the occasional bout of stress and odd, nervous tingle in your belly? With the technological innovation and science to back it up, Sensate 2 is a gadget sure not to disappoint. By simply placing it on your chest, the device will release a comforting thrumming to soothe the body and mind. Not only will it reduce your stress levels, but it can even help you sleep better. A real miracle worker!
Say goodbye to oily, itchy scalps and brittle hair with BeautyBio’s revolutionary Rejuvenating Scalp + Fuller Hair Therapy. Using microneedling techniques (as they do in facials) courtesy of its tool, the set also comes with a serum. Packed with haircare goodies from zinc to camellia leaf extract, this is certainly the way to go for a healthy, cleaner scalp. Despite its eye-watering price, this haircare spa-in-a-kit is an investment worthy of your hard-earned coin!