Trend Report: Space-Age Beauty

The latest buzz in the beauty world is the development of hi-tech gadgets that promise to greatly improve your regime. Amongst these innovative tools are acne remedies, speedy blow dryers and curlers, at-home hair removers that pledge professional results, and advanced make-up applicators.

For those still dealing with problem acne, the Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment ($250) may offer some relief. This handheld device delivers powerful light therapy to your skin without the trouble (or expense) of a dermatologist visit.  A targeted beam created by the Blue Light LED banishes breakout-causing acne bacteria. In combination with the cleanser and gel that accompany the device, the promise is “to eliminate current imperfections, keep future breakouts at bay, and improve skin texture, color, and tone,” according to the product’s description.

Another innovative product to hit beauty store shelves is the Temptu AIRbrushing Makeup System ($225), a device that makes professional airbrush makeup possible from the convenience of home. If you envy the poreless look of models’ skin, you’ll want to check this out: a powerful yet lightweight Air Compressor delivers a mess-free, fool-proof coverage of foundation or blush to your skin, making it appear flawless. 

If you want to get in on the beauty tech trend without breaking the bank, try the Sephora Professional Heated Eyelash Curler ($16). For use after you apply mascara, the heat from this curler warms the wax of the mascara, creating a longer lasting curl. 

The priciest of the bunch is the Silk’n SensEpil ($499), an at-home hair removal device with results equivalent to in-office laser hair removal treatments. Designed for use on legs, arms, bikini lines, and underarms, this product “harnesses the power of proprietary Home Pulsed Light,” to eliminate unwanted hair. It will set you back a pretty penny, but 80% of Silk’n SensEpil users saw a reduction in hair growth within three months.

By Ali Straka, University of Missouri

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