5 Skintech Grooming Devices for Men
As something of a nature boy I struggle with my love of technology. I look for natural solutions to basic grooming problems where possible (you can’t beat a £3 muslin cloth for cleansing and exfoliating) but I’ll admit I’m fighting a constant battle with my inner-eight-year-old, who loves any grooming gadget with flashing lights, digital displays or (sighs adoringly) built-in sensors.
Exciting my geeky side at the moment is the new heated razor from GilletteLab which reinvents the daily shave and brings with it all the soothing, pore-opening benefits of a traditional hot towel shave. Then there’s Oral-B’s Genius X Electric Toothbrush, which features artificial intelligence that links to an app on your phone so it can track where you’re brushing and which bits you’re missing. Given that 80 per cent of us omit areas when brushing, this kind of feedback illustrates how technology can deliver sound benefits in the bathroom.
La Roche-Posay’s My SkinTrack UV wearable device is useful too as it tracks your skin’s exposure to environmental aggressors like UV light and pollution, warning you when they might be damaging your skin. Along with Neutrogena’s innovative Skin360 scanner – a diagnostic device that turns your mobile phone into a dermatologist – and Opatra’s Dermisonic device which is designed to improve skin with the help of LED light technology and ultrasonic stimulation, it’s part of the burgeoning skintech revolution that will change all our lives.
Proctor & Gamble have developed a device that scans the face and delivers minute amounts of make-up to conceal imperfections – potentially a great way to hide age, zits and razor burn in the future and, because it’s highly targeted, an economical one too.
With research showing demand for “smart” skincare tools and personalised grooming growing, we’ll soon have devices telling us when to moisturise, the best time to shave and alerting us to any harmful changes in the skin.
No doubt the first laser shaver can’t be far away, and we’ll eventually be printing our own custom-fit face masks via 3D printing technology too. In the meantime, my heated razor is warming up nicely and my toothbrush is telling me I’ve missed a couple of molars, so I’d better crack on.