Thursday, 17 July 2014

2 Funky Skin Gadgets You May Not Have Heard Of

I’m a real nerd when it comes to home beauty gadgets. I love them, love them, love them. From the high-tech wizardry of the Philips ReAura Fraxel laser, to the ‘no battery required’ Sarah Chapman Facialift massager, I own a fair few.

My thirst for discovering skin tools is such that I am constantly Googling for new launches.  I get particularly animated when I spot something space age looking and recently came across these two.  I don’t own either - yet! Do you? Perhaps you have spotted something snazzy yourself?

June Bracelet



Fancy donning this on your wrist? It may look like just a leather strap with a sparkly jewel on the top but it’s so much more – it’s a gadget to help you stay safe in the sun.  Developed by Netatmo, the June bracelet measures your UV exposure and hooks up to your phone to tell you when you’ve had too much.

June uses your own personal profile including skin, eye and hair colour, together with UV readings from your location, to deliver real-time tailored advice on sun protection. This could include telling you what level of SPF to use, when to pop on sunglasses and a hat, and when to move in to the shade. You have to be wearing the bracelet, of course, as it is equipped with special sensors to take the UV readings, and you’ll also need to have your phone with you.

June app iPhone screenshots


I’m really desperate for one of these. Sadly they don’t support Android (yet), only iPhone 4s and later models – we’re a ‘no Apple’ zone at home! However, Netatmo informs me that an Android version “is on the roadmap for next year”. Hurrah!

The bracelet is reportedly going on sale in Apple stores but when I visited the brand’s flagship shop in Covent Garden this week staff there knew nothing about it, only the June app on iTunes and only then when I pointed it out to them!  However, with Apple stores selling the Jawbone UP bracelets for monitoring how we eat, move and sleep they thought it likely the June bracelet would follow soon.

Meantime, you can buy the June directly from Netatmo. It comes in three colours - gold, gunmetal and platinum and costs €95.00 here. What do you think?  Bit gimmicky or a useful device?

Lancer – Microcurrent Boost



Here’s another ‘bling’ skin tool I’m lusting after. The Lancer face and neck toner uses tiny electrical currents to massage the facial muscles and stimulate the deep dermis layers of the skin, where collagen and new skin cells are formed.  The current is said to work in harmony with our skin’s own electrical rhythm. 

At £250 it isn’t cheap but the head is made from pure germanium, a rare semiconductor metal, and the wand itself is gold plated which is said to help prevent errant ambient electrical currents from interfering with the treatment.

I chime with microcurrent: I can see how gently massaging facial muscles can help tone them, in the same way that exercising at the gym helps keep body muscles trim and firm. Caci is probably the best known microcurrent treatment here in the UK. I’ve had Caci salon treatments but at around £50 a time it can get expensive maintaining results.

Last year Caci launched a home device called the Microlift but at £350 it’s a lot more expensive than the Lancer and seems flimsy by comparison. I’ve been after a home microcurrent tool for a while and have now got my eye on the Lancer! It’s  just arrived at Space NK here.
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  1. Oh how clever is that June bracelet? And it looks great too!

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    1. It is clever. Can't wait for the Android version! Tx

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  2. That bracelet is really clever! Great to make sure you don't burn or damage your skin.

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    1. Yes it's definitely got a good health application. Tx

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  3. I love the bracelet which measures UV. That is definitely something I could do with.
    I would need to get an iPhone too!
    Sis x

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    1. I'm going to wait for the Android version. Tx

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  4. I'd love to try the Lancer thing. I wonder if there's anything to it or not. I bet Angelina Jolie's got one! Alex x

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    1. I really want the Lancer. From my experience with Caci, microcurrent does work. The question is whether a home device will be powerful enough to replicate, to a useful degree, a salon system.

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  5. What a great idea that bracelet is! But what is it with apple getting first dibs on these things!!
    The lancer made my eyes water when I saw the cost lol!

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    1. It frustrates me too that Apple seems to be the launch platform for most mobile apps :(

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  6. That bracelet sounds pretty cool, but I think sometimes things are just made for no reason. I am sure any reasonable person will know when it's time to get out of the sun or to reapply some sun cream. My hubby bought me some watch for my birthday. It measures my performance when I exercise, has GPS built-in, but I never used it so far. I just can't be bothered to have another thing to worry about. I've done my exercise, I am happy - I don't need devices to tell me what I have done.

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  7. This bracelet sounds amazing! I have really fair skin so can't take much sunshine so could see it being pretty useful

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  8. Oh my god, I never even dreamt stuff like this could exist! That bracelet especially. I think something that warns people about sun exposure should be an everyday essential. Genius idea xo

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  9. I've not heard of either of these products, but I'm glad to have read about them! That bracelet sounds like a great way to ward off harmful sun rays. Another great post... T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  10. Me too- me too! Such a beauty tool nerd! I am trying everything I can find and usually it does not work what it promises- but I am still intrigued and with these 2 tools it is happening again! Sounds so interesting! I might invent my own little tool sometime- lol- maybe others will fall for it too and I will be a millionaire- hehehehehehe! BTW I still don´t know your age- lmao- no pressure lol!!! Kisses from Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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