Is Wearable Skincare The Next Big Thing? | Clozette


Beauty gadgets, tools and whatnots have been a part of our lives ever since the beginning of time. They always go hand-in-hand with the human's propensity for vanity and while some of them have gone obsolete, some are still being used and practised today. For the Egyptians, it was in the form of pot and sticks to apply their eyeliners, then fast-forward to the Elizabethan era where leeches (yes, the blood-sucking parasite) were used for facials —  it's still being practised today — and there's also the variety of hair styling tools that emerged in the '40s to the '60s that are still being used today. But now, it's a different story. 


A new day comes with a new beauty tech innovation. It seems like we can't go on a week without having something new in the makeup or skincare department that's being crossed over with an A.I. or our smartphones. This new gadget from L'Oréal gives us similar vibes. The brand, in partnership with Swiss industrial designer Yves Behar and tech giant Apple, introduces La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV sensor clip, a minute accessory that supposedly aims to track your skin's health as affected by UVA and UVB rays. It helps in preventing damage that ranges from sunburn to something more serious like skin cancer. It also helps prompt about levels of pollen or pollution in a given area. 



The size itself makes it handy for clipping onto your clothes or your bag and it takes in UVA for data analysis and uses the data to mix with an algorithm to compute for UVB. Running by means of something similar to a solar panel, the sensor uses LED to store energy from sunlight as its power source instead of relying on batteries or Bluetooth. When the sensor is brought close to your smartphone, it directs information to its corresponding app, prompting the user to do necessary measures such as taking shade, putting sunblock and other related activities. Just like the other beauty innovations such as digital wellness and bespoke makeup, this is claimed to be the industry's 'next big thing'.


(Photo from: apple.com)


So the question lies: is it really? 


While the prospect of wearable skincare seems intriguing and the idea of it being more scientific than our personal discernment seems more reliable, we believe that skincare is actually intimate and personal; it's something that can be instinctive. Not everything must be app-driven. Unlike facial gadgets or beauty tools that are upfront in aiding our use of skincare products, a prompter like this clip-on sensor definitely invites scepticism especially from beauty enthusiasts who already religiously follow a skincare routine (and, thus, know the importance of sunblock). Plus, with the only feature of detecting UVA and UVB, why can't this be a feature incorporated in other wearables such as smartwatches or Fitbits instead?



So will it soar in popularity? Maybe. Is it practical? In our book, it's probably helpful but not adding anything new to the table. Truthfully, if it comes down to this and another beauty gadget, we'd say we prefer something that's not wearable but makes skincare much more enjoyable. We'll have that any day than something that tells you when you're taking in too much sunlight as if you can't already feel it. 


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We've gone past the halfway mark of this month, but we still have a lot of things on our to-do list. One of the many things we want to continue to accomplish is to stay abreast on what's happening in the worlds of fashion and beauty. Like any other enthusiast, we've got our noses over the latest and hottest. So here's what we found out.


An avocado mask



Glow Recipe, the brand that popularised the now cult-favourite Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, has unveiled a new product that promises to be just as good — and as popular. Meet the Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask, which is made with real avocado and Manuka Honey promises to make your skin silky smooth while you sleep.


Selfie check-in



The future of staycations and hotel experiences has arrived. The Grand Park City Hall has just announced their facial recognition technology for mobile check-in. Yes, with your selfie, you can check in for your stay and even avail of different services offered by the hotel. Download the GPCH app (for Android and iOS) to learn more.


The Outnet clearance sale




Ready your wallets for The Outnet's series of sales. You can now start availing of products in reduced prices starting today. The discount goes up to 80% off, so better hit TheOunet.com now!


Sunday Riley in hot water



Sunday Riley, the creator of her eponymous skincare brand, is under hot water for not being clear about her credentials. The entrepreneur has always referred to herself as not just the CEO of her company but also its product formulator, but a report on Business Insider says her "credentials are murky." This comes a few weeks after it was made known to the public that employees of the brand were asked to write positive reviews about their products in different beauty e-commerce stores.


(Cover photo from: @glowrecipe)



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With years of professional experience in makeup and millions of YouTube subscribers under her belt, we knew that Lisa Eldridge releasing her own beauty line is not a matter of 'if' but 'when'. And the wait is almost over because she's about to drop her first items this season, just in time for the holidays. We know you're already pumped so we're gonna spill the tea on what we know so far about this long-awaited beauty launch.


It's all about the red lip



She is known for her red lip tutorials and the look has become her signature. So it's very fitting that the first makeup items she'll be releasing under own beauty line are red lipsticks. Three limited-edition lipsticks will be released: Velvet Morning (orange-red), Velvet Jazz (brick red) and Velvet Ribbon (red with blue undertones), according to Fashionista. As the name suggests, these lipsticks are said to have a pigmented, velvet-like finish. 


The packaging will feature her signature



We're all sticklers for beautiful packaging and it's safe to say that these lipsticks don't disappoint. The bullets' design is simple and elegant featuring gold accents and an engraved signature of the creator. These lippies will surely add sophistication to our vanity tables.


It's available for international purchase


Is there anything more disappointing than not being able to buy coveted beauty items because they're not available for international delivery? Well, thankfully that's not the case with these lipsticks. You can buy them on Eldridge's own website starting on 19 November for £26/~USD33.26 each or you can buy them as a set for £75/~USD95.94. 


She literally dreamed of these lipsticks



Eldridge shares that she actually dreamed of these lipsticks. “I often dream about makeup and I dreamt about this product several years ago,” she said in a press release. Wow, so these lipsticks are literally what dreams are made of! It seems like Eldridge is a bit of a clairvoyant. On Instagram, she shared how she cut a piece of red velvet fabric and stuck it on a model's lips for an editorial shoot whose concept was also inspired by her dreams.




Who's next?




Over the past few years, we've seen influencers and creators release independent makeup lines but there are some that have yet to launch their own. For one, Jenna Marbles, who does quirky makeup-centric videos has already shared that she's not so skilled when it comes to makeup, so it would be interesting to see some Jenna-approved 'user-friendly' makeup items from her. Another vlogger we can't wait to have her own makeup line is Jenn Im, who previously had a bestselling collab with Colourpop. Whoever is next to build their own beauty empire, we'll surely be here to tune in.


(Cover photo from: @lisaeldridgemakeup)


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