*NEWSFLASH* It’s been a year of lockdowns (just in case you’re losing track) and in lieu of the professionals, we’ve sought alternate ways to show our skin, our hair and wellbeing the care that we’d have outsourced. Forced to become our own hairdressers, aestheticians, waxists (ouch!), we’ve sought the support of an ever-increasing pool of tools – from sleeping aids to hair removers – to help us look and feel the way we did before ‘Corona’ ceased to mean a bottled beer…

Upgrading your shower to something befitting a scene from an ad for shampoo, the new {Hello Klean Shower Filter} removes up 90% of the chlorine while filtering minerals common in tap water (iron, copper, nickel, lead, cadmium and chromium), to soften the water and leave your hair silky, your colour more vibrant and skin feeling comfortably plump and hydrated. It’s also a boon for your bathroom – helping to counteract limescale and minimise stale, mouldy odours.

It’s been an anxious time for most and precious Zzzs have proved elusive. If you’re one of the many who’ve struggled to sleep, the {DoDow} device is far better than sheep – helping you drift towards ‘nod’ and encouraging calm by projecting a gentle blue light on the ceiling. The premise is beautifully simple: by syncing your breath with the pulses (the light dims and brightens) this slows down your breath rate – from 11 to six every minute – while focusing thoughts so you’re free from your worries and able to drift towards deep, rehabilitative slumber.

If you’re already eager to preen for bikini season (the sun is up there) but can’t get a wax in the diary, {Silk’n} is here to save money and pain by delaying – and hopefully halting – your regrowth. The {Infinity Premium Smooth 500K Laser Hair Removal Device} ‘zaps’ your follicles, harnessing galvanic and optical energy to target the roots without ouches and stop stubborn strands in their tracks (take that, ‘tache).

Here to battle your key beauty bugbears, from fine lines to blemishes and puffiness to dark circles, ZIIP Beauty’s {OX} is an at-home electrical facial that stimulates cells to promote manufacture of collagen, elastin and moisture-retaining glycosaminoglycans – resulting in firm, plump, resilient skin with a ‘spring’ in its step. Pre-programmed with the ‘Lymph & Lift’ treatment to simulate drainage and aid the removal of toxins, this syncs with your phone to provide an array of ‘aesthetic assistance’ (without an aesthetician).  

A facial for your body, the NuFace {NuBODY Skin Toning Device} emits low-voltage currents that mirror your body’s electrical impulses, triggering cells’ manufacture of ‘scaffolding’ needed to keep your skin supple and toned. Perfect for arms, thighs and bottoms, this helps to diminish the dimples and counteract sagging for limbs you’ll be raring to bare.

Harnessing red and near infra-red light to encourage creation of collagen, boost circulation and in turn, diminish the look of fine lines, the {Déesse Pro Express} is a flexible face mask that ‘reboots’ your skin in a matter of minutes. Lightweight and perfectly portable, the cutting-edge mask works to tackle the signs of the passage of time – triggering repair and renewal to restore luminosity, dial up the brightness and help to ensure you arrive at the pub looking younger than this-time-last-year. Miracles do exist (and this is one of them).

Microneedling, but for your scalp, BeautyBio’s latest innovation is the {GloPRO Scalp Attachment} – an exclusive gizmo that stimulates growth by ‘awakening’ follicles via its miniature needles. By firming skin’s uppermost layers to safeguard your roots and encourage your scalp to ‘reset’ and rebalance, it takes just 60 seconds every day to visibly improve the strength and density of hair – from increasingly (antisocially!) distanced partings to the hairline damage wrought by too-tight braids or over-styling.

FOREO’s pioneering {LUNA 3 Plus Thermo Cleansing and Toning Device} is a sonic toothbrush-cum-personal trainer for your skin and facial muscles. A 360˚ workout that boosts the effects of your cleanser by helping it penetrate pores to eradicate any embedded detritus *shudder*, this new-and-improved beauty hero now features a series of touchpoints (they’re thermal!) to melt any pore-clogging sebum and all-but-obliterate grime (“Bye-bye breakouts.”). A pocket-friendly facialist, this futuristic gadget can be partnered with an app that lets you flit between the cleansing, thermo and microcurrent treatments to address your daily needs. Think: Cher Horowitz’s digi-wardrobe, but for beauty…

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