The Best Beauty-Tech Gifts for Every Budget

The Best Beauty-Tech Gifts for Every Budget

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The Best Beauty-Tech Gifts for Every Budget

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Before the pandemic, the market for at-home beauty devices was estimated at $6 million. But after nearly two years of pared-down makeup routines and daily video-conferencing, the demand for wonder-working beauty technology is way up. Market research firm P&I Intelligence predicts it will reach $45 million by 2030.


The high-tech beauty gadgets we've gathered here offer solutions to a slew of cosmetic concerns, from thinning hair to hyperpigmentation. Whether you need a gift for the "skinimalist" in your life or are looking to augment your own appearance, these at-home devices will get the job done — often for a fraction of the cost of professional treatments.


Prices and availability are subject to change.


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Skin Moisture Analyzer
Amazon

Skin Moisture Analyzer

$29 from Amazon

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This moisture meter for the face allows users to check water and oil levels in their skin and compare their results against ideal ranges for each area. They can then adjust their beauty routines accordingly to increase or decrease hydration, and even gather data about whether a new moisturizer, serum, or cream is actually doing its job.

ORA Facial Microneedle Roller System
Beauty ORA

ORA Facial Microneedle Roller System

$33 from Beauty ORA

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A device that delivers hundreds of pinpricks to the face isn't an obvious gift choice. But microneedling — a pain-free, collagen-boosting process that creates smoother, brighter skin — has legions of devotees. For the person who wants to self-treat at home, ORA's Microneedle Roller System is a top pick among dermatologists because its short (0.25mm), ultra-thin needles reduce chances of damaging skin.


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Aira Ionic Facial Steamer
Amazon

Aira Ionic Facial Steamer

$50 from Amazon

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For the person in your life who's obsessed with having pristine skin (hint: they sleep on a silk pillowcase and greet you with an air kiss), a facial steamer is the perfect gift. This version by Vanity Planet is highly effective thanks to ionic technology that allows water molecules to penetrate skin cells on a deeper level. The result? Oil-free pores, bygone blackheads, and purified skin that glows from the inside out.


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PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System
Net-A-Porter

PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System

$140 at Net-A-Porter

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Step one to a fuller, younger-looking mouth is puckering up to this volumizing device, which exfoliates lips so that the accompanying plumping serum can be better absorbed. Next, users swap the detachable tip for a vacuum-like "kisser," which uses suction to create instant volume and also stimulates collagen production for longer-term benefits. Finally, a five-minute lip sheet mask locks in results for the day.


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DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro
Dr. Dennis Gross

DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro

$169 at Dr. Dennis Gross

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From "elevens" to crow's-feet to bunny lines, the eye area is often home to a disproportionate number of common cosmetic concerns. This FDA-cleared eye mask targets all of the above via red LED therapy, which is believed to boost collagen production, firm skin, and help even out skin tone.

TriPollar Geneo Personal
TriPollar

TriPollar Geneo Personal

$199 at TriPollar

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Fans of oxygen facials can now get that improved skin texture and post-treatment glow at home with TriPollar's Geneo Personal device. Users simply plug a capsule into the handheld gadget and run it over their skin in circular motions. According to reviewers, results are "surprisingly good," and regular use makes skin look "smooth and radiant." 


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HiMirror Smart Beauty Mirror
Urban Outfitters

HiMirror Smart Beauty Mirror

$199 at Urban Outfitters

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Not everyone wants this much feedback about their face. But for those who do, this smart beauty mirror offers it in painstaking detail. In addition to assessing hydration and pigmentation, this device analyzes fine lines, under-eye circles, dark spots, and pores. It can top off these analyses with personalized product recommendations, and it's a handy tool when it's time to apply makeup, too: The mirror has five lighting options that can be adjusted for brightness and warmth, 2x and 3x magnification, and it can even be used for virtual makeup try-ons.

Foreo Luna 3 Brush
Amazon

Foreo Luna 3 Brush

$169 at Amazon

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For anyone who wants a squeaky clean face but can't handle hard scrubbing or excessive exfoliation, Foreo's Luna 3 is the gadget for the job. This palm-sized silicone brush uses gentle sonic pulsations to deep clean pores. After cleansing is complete, it can be flipped to deliver a skin-firming ultrasonic massage.


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Braun IPL Hair Removal Silk Expert Pro 5
Amazon

Braun IPL Hair Removal Silk Expert Pro 5

$330 from Amazon

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This at-home hair removal device offers permanent hair reduction in just four weeks (similar gadgets promise results after months of regular use). Its innovative skin-tone sensor means that the intensity of each flash is adjusted automatically, making accidental burns less likely and leading to a skin-safe accreditation from the Skin Health Alliance. Women can use this IPL laser from head to toe, while men can safely use it on the chest, back, arms, stomach, and legs.

NuFace Trinity Complete
NuFace

NuFace Trinity Complete

$339 at NuFace

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Calling microcurrent treatments "5-minute facelifts" might be an overstatement, but not by much; there's evidence dating back to the 1980s that bursts of low-voltage electricity are extremely effective at sculpting facial muscles. NuFace's Trinity Complete microcurrent device uses two rollers to tone and lift muscles in larger areas of the neck and face, while a pronged, antenna-like attachment targets smaller muscles around the eyes and mouth. A third attachment delivers wrinkle-reducing red light therapy to skin. 


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RevAir Reverse Hair Dryer
RevAir

RevAir Reverse Hair Dryer

$349 from RevAir

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It looks like a canister vacuum, and unfortunately takes up about as much space. But if you know someone who regularly spends hours on blowouts, what you'll really be giving them with this device is the gift of time: Most people can dry and straighten their hair in just 15 to 20 minutes with this tool. Powered by suction in addition to heat, this "reverse" hair dryer dispenses with the need for a brush or brush attachment, and the even pressure it applies to strands reduces the likelihood of hair breakage or damage.

HairMax LaserBand 41
Bed Bath & Beyond

HairMax LaserBand 41

$467 from Bed Bath & Beyond

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This high-tech headband promises to restore hair growth when used three times per week for three-minute sessions. Its soft teeth part hair during treatment, and medical-grade lasers deliver energizing, therapeutic light to the scalp, thereby stimulating hair follicles and reversing thinning and balding with time. 


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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Sur Mesure Set
Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Sur Mesure Set

$477 from Yves Saint Laurent

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For makeup lovers, YSL's custom lip-color maker is the stuff of dreams. The device mixes and matches lip color from various cartridges to create any of 1,000 preset shades. Users can also snap a picture of any real-life object to make lipstick in that exact hue.

Opte Precision Skincare System
Opte

Opte Precision Skincare System

$524 from Opte

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Think of this innovative gadget as part scanner and part printer. First, its built-in camera surveys skin in search of dark spots, including those that may not yet be visible on the surface. Then, it releases a pigmented mineral serum that conceals the appearance of dark spots in the immediate term and helps them fade over months of consistent use.  


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MZ Skin Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device
SkinStore

MZ Skin Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device

$578 at SkinStore

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From repairing sun damage to vanquishing acne to reducing hyperpigmentation, LED therapy can confer a multitude of skin benefits depending on the color of light that is used. MZ Skin's Golden Facial device has four different color settings (red, blue, green, and yellow), in addition to an infrared white light that is as strong as light therapy gets outside of clinical settings.

Lyma Laser
lyma.life

Lyma Laser

$2,500 from lyma.life

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At $2.5K, the Lyma Laser is, to put it mildly, an investment. But so are laser treatments with a cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon, which can cost at least as much or even twice that amount. For anyone who's already splurging on the latter, as well as for people whose skin tone is too dark for medical-grade laser treatments, daily use of the Lyma — which doesn't use skin damage to trigger healing — may be the smarter choice. Reviewers hail its effectiveness against a host of concerns, including wrinkles, sagging skin, scarring, pigmentation, acne, thread veins, eye drooping, and rosacea. One caveat: The company is not yet shipping to U.S. addresses, but will be soon, and interested buyers can sign up to get notified of when that happens.