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01 LIGHT RELIEF Resembling a prop from the latest Ridley Scott epic, this LED mask promises equally sci-fi results: skin cell regeneration. The Opera can also be programmed to emit blue light, which “has an antimicrobial effect on the bacteria that drives acne”, according to cosmetic dermatologist Dr David Jack. For anti-ageing innovation, it’s worth booking some face time. Opera LED Face Mask ledaesthetics.co.uk 02 SHOCK THERAPY Plug-and-play tech has found its way into your grooming arsenal: connect Play Skin’s new hydrogel mask to your smartphone, then use the app to stimulate your facial muscles with micro currents. But while similar tech has been used to treat conditions such as excessive sweating, evidence of cosmetic effect is minimal. “Still, it’s possible currents could show benefits to the skin,” says Dr Jack. Play Skin Smart Face Mask playskin.it/en 03 COOL & RESPONSE The futuristic Mapo mask is custom-fit with flexible sensors that track your skin quality. Results are then beamed to your smartphone, informing you when and how to moisturise or cleanse; it’s like a robot dermatologist.
Dr Jack, however, is not sold: “I’m not convinced of the need for an electronic device to tell you that your skin is dry. Just look in the mirror.” Mapo by Wired Beauty wired-beauty.com