Home beauty devices are gaining traction and could pose an increasing threat to the professional industry.
According to Mintel data published in Raconteur’s annual Skincare and Dermatology report, gadgets such as cleansing brushes, LED masks and dermal rollers have helped boost the value of the UK beauty devices sector to an estimated £317 million – up by 2% in 2016.
The mass beauty industry has taken its cue from the pros, charting the changing face of the industry as needles, lights and lasers took hold and proved their efficacy.
DIY versions that promise salonworthy results for a fraction of the cost and from the comfort of consumers’ own homes are now used by 38% of UK adults, while professional services only grew in value by 0.3% in 2015, according to Mintel. Of the women who haven’t bought a beauty device in the past two years, Mintel found that 28% were interested in purchasing one.
As the sector evolves, beauty businesses could have cause for concern, particularly because of the lower price points of newer entrylevel devices. One such product is Foreo’s new Luna Play facial cleansing brush, a tiny, sonic device that has silicone bristles and retails for £29.
“The most popular are facial-cleansing and hairremoval devices, so the professional sector is likely to see competition in these areas in particular,” commented Khanom.