Who knew that technology could make us more beautiful? That’s right: tech-savvy beauty products are all the rage, and some of the latest and greatest are also perfect gifts for those who love to prettify. Whether it’s improving the wellbeing of skin or giving those luscious locks a little festive TLC, these innovative beauty items are for all those glam girls and boys who are on your nice list. —Jennifer Cox
The Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete ($750) is the ultimate all-in-one tool for shorter than chest-length hair. This season’s revamped edition of the Airwrap includes new barrels that will curl and offer waves in both directions along with brushes to control and shape. It also has a multi-functional Coanda smoothing dryer to dry, smooth, and hide flyaways.
Here’s something for those seeking double the beauty-tool goodness. GHD, the unparalleled experts in hair styling tools, have launched the most advanced hair straightener ever, that makes the perfect pair with the game-changing GHD Helios Hair Dryer. The new GHD Platinum+ iron ($249) features innovative predictive technology, anticipating your personal hair needs and constantly adapting to ensure the perfect styling temperature is delivered for your individual hair type at all times. The dryer ($319) is loaded with Aeroprecis technology and a brushless DC motor, empowering you to style with speed and control, resulting in faster, smoother, and more ideal styling results.
Therabody’s TheraFace PRO ($549) can help to reduce tension and relax facial muscles thanks to Theragun percussive therapy, which has now been designed for the face. This multi-tasking device can do everything from skin-toning to rejuvenation through light therapy. And the recipient can combine and customize it for other facial health treatments too.
The Pro Facial Steamer from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare ($197, available at Sephora Canada) brings the spa to home. This professional facial device delivers micro-steam technology to intensely hydrate and visibly purify the skin. It can help improve the overall wellbeing of the face as well as reduce the signs of aging.
Save your favourite friend the hassle of making multiple eyebrow appointments in the New Year and get them the Finishing Touch Flawless Brows Eyebrow Pencil Hair Remover and Trimmer ($15, available through Amazon Canada). This pain-free alternative to plucking allows the receiver to extend their time between beauty appointments and maintain clean, shapely eyebrows at home.
Foreo’s BEAR Smart Microcurrent Facial Toning Device ($429, available at The Bay) takes facial fitness to a new level. Available in two brilliant colours (mint and fuchsia), this tech-savvy device has five levels of superior microcurrent pulsations, tightening and firming skin for a youthful, contoured complexion in minutes. What really puts it over the top is the unique integrated system that scans the skin’s resistance to electricity and adjusts the microcurrent for maximum safety.
The Anti-Breakout Wand from Solawave ($162) uses blue light therapy combined with warming massage to help fight breakouts, boost the effects of serums and topicals, and make skin radiant. Just five minutes a day will see acne-prone skin drastically improve. It’s portable and rechargeable too.
Light therapy can also be used in rejuvenating facial masks, like the one from Ember Wellness ($425, available at Indigo!). The soft and flexible silicone design wraps comfortably around the face, so it’s easy to use, and the design fits any face shape or skin type. There are three treatment modes, and warm, nourishing light rays work wonders during each relaxing 10-minute session.
Amika’s blow dryer brush 2.0 ($130) is this season’s new and improved blow dryer brush that gives hair a bouncy blowout with two times the shine. Amika’s best-selling hair tool, it combines a round brush and a hairdryer all into one handy product. And this miracle brush also helps to fight frizz, it detangles, and eliminates breakage.