Two forms of technology in the beauty industry are software tools and the hardware tools that use technology to operate. It is important to be aware of these tools should your patients ask about them or use them, as it is always important to be up to date on current trends and technologies.
Clean beauty is soaring in popularity and attention as people make the switch to products with gentler ingredients. These apps evaluate a product’s ingredients and educate the user so they can make more informed decisions.
Examples of clean beauty apps: Skin Matters, Think Dirty, Yuka, and EWG Healthy Living
Skin health monitoring
Like a diary, these apps make it easy to track skincare habits, such as how much water the user drinks or which product they use at night. The technology behind them evaluates that data against the user’s skin health results to identify patterns to drive skincare improvement. They may also help users monitor changes in moles and other concerns.
Examples of skin health monitoring apps: Cloe, TroveSkin, and Miiskin, which monitors moles
Our skin comes into contact with many external factors throughout the day, such as UV rays. Apps in this category help users with things like determining the best times of day for them to be outside based on their skin and UV levels and remembering when it’s time to reapply sunscreen.
Example of an external factors app: UVLens
Nano and microcurrent devices
Used by athletes to expedite the healing process, nano and microcurrents mimic the human body’s natural electrical impulses to penetrate the layers of our skin and stimulate the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The idea is that the boost in ATP production also boosts production of collagen and elastin. The result is softer, tighter skin.
Example products: ZIIP Beauty Device and Trinity Toning Device by NuFace