The mask fits snugly on your face to provide a specific profile for skin treatments. Experts disagree on how effective it can be.
The advent of 3-D printing has ushered in a wave of medical developments.
And in 2019, 3-D printers may help you ease dry patches on your forehead, brighten dull skin, or even smooth fine lines around your eyes.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, cosmetics and skin care company Neutrogena unveiled their newest tool for helping customers find answers to their pressing skin concerns.
A 3-D-printed, ultra-personalized face mask.
It’s designed to snugly fit your face’s shape. In addition, the products applied to the mask match zones on your face so you can target specific improvements you want to see.
But could 3-D printing face masks in the name of improved skin care treatments be an unnecessary extravagance?
Or is it just the personalized solution we all need?
Experts are weighing in on both sides of this argument.
Face masks and sheet masks have seen their popularity soar in recent years.
They’re touted as a soothing and easy way to deliver active ingredients to your skin and help address skin care concerns such as dullness, pimples, or redness.
Most sheet masks will set you back less than $10. Some high-end ones can be upward of $75.
However, these one-size-fits-all masks can be ill-fitting, which often makes them uncomfortable to use.
Plus, some people don’t see sheet masks as a good answer to their demand for targeted treatments. You want to reduce redness in your cheeks, not your forehead.
You want to even out pigmentation on your chin and upper lip, not your cheeks.
Neutrogena saw these issues and decided to design — or rather, print —around them.
The MaskiD is the next phase of the company’s 2018 Neutrogena Skin360 launch, a smartphone-enabled scanning tool that company officials say allows consumers to get dermatologist-grade readings of their skin’s needs.
The Skin360 tool uses LED lighting, moisture sensors, and a 30-times magnification lens to get a deeper and more detailed reading of your skin’s health.
MaskiD combines the Skin360 tool with a 3-D camera app to create a detailed topographical image of your face. The latest iPhones — X, XS, and XR — have 3-D cameras.
Then, using the Skin360 tool or an online questionnaire, Neutrogena divides your 3-D selfie into six skin care zones: forehead, eye area, nose, nasolabial folds, chin, and cheeks.
The software then selects ingredients that will help you solve your major skin concerns.
When your mask is finalized, Neutrogena will print it and ship it directly to you.
The company hopes that consumers will see satisfying results with the personalized masks.
They also hope customers will continue to use the Skin360 tool regularly to see their skin’s health changing. This way, they will want to continue to buy masks for themselves.
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Johnson & Johnson, parent company of Neutrogena, has not released details of costs for the MaskiD yet. However, they say they hope to keep the price consistent with their drugstore product line.
“We wanted to bring a custom face mask to the Neutrogena consumer, wherever they’re living, at a price point that’s not out of reach,” said Michael Southall, a research and development leader for the company’s BeautyTech sector, said in the company’s statement.
Credits to Healthline.