Oh how I do love a good gadget! However, I often find myself disappointed with beauty gadgets that don’t deliver on their promises, especially as many newly launched beauty gadgets cost a small fortune. Consequently, I’m prone to cynicism when I read about new arrivals and I remained fairly jaded when I read about the HydraTest.
The HydraTest is a pen-shaped device that, quite simply, tests the levels of oil and hydration on the skin. As someone with extremely combination skin that is prone to both severe dehydration and oiliness, I was excited to see what this device would read my skin as.
The HydraTest has two rounded prongs that you place on the skin surface for a few seconds before you’re given your skin reading. The hydration levels are depicted with a percentage, whilst the oil levels use a ‘battery life’ style gauge. The hydration percentages fall into four categories; dehydrated, dry, normal and high, whilst the oil levels have five categories; low, medium, normal, high and oily.
Recently I’ve been having a bit of a skin epiphany, having realised that my skin is actually rather dry-prone rather than oily. Now I’ve got my head around that and started treating my skin accordingly (with lots of moisture and avoiding anything drying) my skin has been seriously reaping the benefits. The HydraTest has been a real star with this as it’s told me what products are working at adding and sealing in more moisture, and which products my skin isn’t reacting well to.
When I received the HydraTest, I was aware of the dryness in my skin but I hadn’t made much of a change to my routine yet. My skin was reading between dehydrated and dry with mostly low levels of oil; even my extremely spotty chin was reading low on both counts. The HydraTest has allowed me to very closely monitor the results of my current skincare routine to ensure I’m getting my skin back on track.
If you’re a skincare junkie or beauty blogger then you need this in your life. You can use it to test the effectiveness of pretty much every skincare product you buy; if a product is designed to either reduce oil or add more then the HydraTest will allow you to see if the product delivers on its claims. If you have tricky skin that’s hard to balance or combination, this is definitely a beauty gadget that you’ll find yourself getting a lot of use from. It’s available now for £75 from Beauty Pro here – link.