Edwina Ings-Chambers: Beauty gadgets get super high-tech

From skin-scanning at Boots to a hydrating hairdryer, welcome to the future of beauty!

Beauty tech is a key area of growth, but it isn’t all about at-home offerings. In-store is a focus at Boots where this month it introduced its No 7 Pro Derm Scan (below), a free service that photographs your skin to dermatologist levels of detail and accuracy. The picture is used to appraise your levels of hydration, fine lines and wrinkles, pores and oil balance in order to better prescribe your correct skincare (and skin tone for your foundation shade).

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It’s a simple 15-minute process: the gadget looks like an iPhone with a large lens and is held at four points on the face to capture images. These then translate into a mark out of five for each of the categories. (The service is available at 429 stores, find your nearest and book in advance at boots.com.)

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The resulting products the consultant will recommend are all Boots No 7 – no hardship as the skincare is top notch – and if you try out your recommended regime for four weeks and don’t love the results you can get your money back. But, should you want to, you can always take your diagnosis and use it to shop elsewhere. My hydration result was four out of five, which came as a surprise, as dehydration is one of my main issues.

I’m convinced that this was because I’ve been trying the Réduit Boost (£179, reduit.com), a new at-home gadget that promises to super boost the absorption of your skincare with up to five times better results. The small hand-held gizmo is pre-programmed via an app to coincide with the products you use: be it a hydrating serum, an anti-blemish product or an anti-wrinkle potion.

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Once you apply that stage of your skincare you swipe the Boost over the top – the process is pre-timed on the app. Its pulsed electromagnetic powers help to push the products deep into the skin for optimum results.


Hair is also welcoming fresh tech with the Zuvi Halo Hairdryer (above, £329, zuvi.us). It’s impressive: pretty quiet for starters, but it also uses 60 per cent less energy than traditional dryers and works with light energy technology – inspired by the sun, no less – to dry the surface of the hair but leave the inside hydrated so it feels and looks healthier and stronger. Tests also suggest it’s 57 per cent kinder on dyed hair and boosts shine by 38 per cent. It’s currently only available online but dedicated stores will be opening this summer. The handle is chunky – so it could be worth waiting and getting tactile before you spend.