It's happening: Beauty and wellness are getting a major dose of technology and it's going to make us all feel a whole lot better. Major companies like Proctor and Gamble, Neutrogena and L'Oreal are investing heavily in the health and wellness space, returning products driven by artificial intelligence, wellness apps, 3D printing and devices that quite literally go more than skin deep.
These devices and formulations promise precise treatment, taking your money further and realizing results a lot faster. Here are five of the best wellness devices I can't wait to get my hands -- er, face -- on in 2019.
If like me, you apply foundation or concealer and skincare products almost daily, Opté could make your morning routine a lot simpler.
Opté, a Procter & Gamble brand, promises flawless (literally, no flaws) skin with minimal product and minimal effort. The device, which is a little smaller than a Clarisonic, uses blue light to "scan" your face for imperfections, like age spots, and immediately applies formula to just the small areas that need it.
The best part? The technology actually works. After seeing the device in action at CES, the before-and-afters were astonishing. The finished look is skin that looks natural, makeup-free and spotless.
Neutrogena's newest product takes custom-formulated skincare and puts it in everyone's favorite medium, the sheet mask. MaskID, which will be released this year, is a service that sends you sheet masks shaped and formulated specifically for your face. After scanning your face with a phone app, Neutrogena will use the data it collected to 3D-print, fill and deliver a sheet mask designed just for you.
Most people define their skin as dry, oily or combination, but La Roche-Posay (a L'Oréal company) is trying to change that. Your skin's pH -- how acidic or alkaline it is -- might be a better way to identify skincare needs, according to La Roche-Posay.
The skincare maker's new product, My Skin Track pH, is a small patch that measures your skin's pH, which should be slightly acidic, but can get out of whack due to diet, lifestyle and hormones. The small, fingernail-sized patch connects to an app that, of course, recommends products based on your pH levels.
By making data-backed recommendations, My Skin Track could help take the guesswork out of skincare purchases, leading to faster results. Details about pricing and availability have not yet been shared.
Let's get gross for a second. Your sinuses are supposed to produce mucus, but allergies, a cold or other environmental factors can cause them to get clogged, leading to pain. In most cases, people take medication to relieve their sinus pain, but the ClearUP -- a new device from Tivic -- could offer wellness solutions to help you take less medication.
The small, handheld health and well-being device uses microcurrent technology to identify and declog sinuses, relieving pain almost instantly. The ClearUP is currently FDA-cleared to treat sinus pain associated with allergies, but after trying the product and feeling my sinuses instantly drain, it's possible the device does a little more than just that.
No word on pricing or availability just yet, but you can sign up for updates on Tivic's website.
If you go to the dentist and get nothing but high praise, this isn't for you. The rest of the population, however, is probably brushing poorly, not brushing long enough or missing areas of their mouth altogether. This product is for those people.
The Genius X, a new smart toothbrush from Oral-B, uses artificial intelligence to give you feedback on brushing. Based on data collected, this digital health device will let you know when you apply too much pressure (bad for your gums and enamel) and which teeth you didn't brush well enough. It's like a Roomba. For your mouth.
The Genius X will be available in September. Until then, check out our Quip toothbrush review.
Editor's note July 3, 2019: This article was originally published in January 2019 and has been updated with new information about product availability.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.