These latest innovations allow users to treat skin concerns, apply a flawless finish and shrink away extra inches without risk of cross-contamination—a major boon in the social-distancing era. Here, the touchless beauty advances our experts can’t keep their hands off of.
The Smart Skinpods and Hairpods used with the RÉDUIT UNI ($99) system—think of them like little beauty Keurig pods with formulas like Hydra Booster and Micellar Water Shampoo—house high-quality actives that are amplified by the device’s ultrasonic diffusing and magnetic misting to deliver concentrated formulations deep into the scalp and dermis.
“Airbrush is quick, effective and sanitary, and gives you a beautiful finish that looks like skin. So, all of those things together make it a no-brainer,” says celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff, who notes that the spray-on foundation trend is making a 2021 comeback, and likes the Luminess Breeze Airbrush System ($170) for its ease and cleanliness. “The great thing is that you don’t need to touch the face. Especially these days, we really know the importance of not touching our faces and keeping our hands clean.”
“I have embraced the touchless trend with skin-care applicators,” says content creator Bart Kaczanowicz of omgbart.com . “The ANISA Beauty Fan Mask Brush ($25) allows for precise placement of product, and has quickly become a personal staple that works with all product textures. It also rinses clean in seconds, making it both hygienic and practical.”
Using blue light technology to scan and printing technology to cover imperfections, the next generation of skin care is like a 3-D printer for the face. “The Opte Precision System ($599) fuses skin care and makeup, resulting in a flawless look while actively treating dark spots and hyperpigmentation,” Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew Elias says. “It first scans your face and then applies the product to cover sunspots and texture issues—even some acne— while treating your skin all at once.”
The 1-ounce SolaWave Wand ($149) conveniently combines four treatments in one—microcurrent, red light therapy, therapeutic warmth and facial massage—to be used in the comfort of your home. “Most people want to limit contact or are working from home,” says aesthetician and SB Skin founder Shamara Bondaroff. “SolaWave is the perfect at-home tool: it’s convenient, sleek, affordable, and it works!”
When celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson opened his Los Angeles Starring salon two years ago, it’s as if he knew this trend was coming. “We have no front desk, cashless payments, appointment booking through an app, and semiprivate pods called ‘Clouds,’” Gibson says. “The only touch point in our high-tech smart salon is your stylist.” Using Amazon Smart Codes, guests can scan images of products on their smart phones, which are then delivered to their homes within a day.
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Beauty expert Rachel Anise, founder of Beauty Professor, says the lightweight and portable Mineral Air Skin Renewal Serum System ($70) is the touchless tool that earns its keep in her travel bag. “It can yield hundreds of applications between charges, and due to its diminutive size, it travels with ease. Instead of pods, Mineral Air’s formulas come in tiny bottles and only a few drops give significant coverage, which lends to its versatility.”
“The best thing about the EON body-contouring device being touchless is that it allows larger surfaces to be treated at once,” says Delray Beach, FL facial plastic surgeon Miguel Mascaró, MD about this completely contactless treatment that hovers over the target area. Using a robotic arm, EON delivers 1064 wavelengths of laser energy to melt away fat cells. “When it’s a device that that requires touch, we’re basically enslaved to how big the touch pads are. However, with this one, we can program the robotic arm to go over a wider area, and we see a reduction in inches after one treatment without it ever touching the patient’s skin.”
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