Sheet masks are one of South Korea’s most famous and sought after products. Thus, it is no surprise that cosmetics companies are always vying to spot the next new trend to develop innovative products. South Korea’s top cosmetics manufacturer, AmorePacific, will be launching their new 3D printed masks at the Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) 2020 this week. Named the “IOPE Tailored 3D Mask”, the product was developed using 3D printing technology in a collaboration with Lincsolution.
The product is driven by a smartphone app. The app measures the user’s facial dimensions and generates a skin diagnosis. Subsequently, the app sends this information to a special 3D printer, which is programmed to print a hydrogel face mask customized for the user’s face shape and skin conditions. The 3D printer is able to print each mask in just five minutes.
The 3D printed masks will be available for sale at AmorePacific’s flagship store in Seoul in April 2020.
Despite the novel idea, the IOPE Tailored 3D mask is not the first 3D printed mask. Prior to this, Johnson & Johnson has introduced their Neutrogena MaskiD hydrogel face mask. This product was one of the most notable ones unveiled during CES 2019. The 3D printer uses biomaterials such as hyaluronic acid to form the mask.
This 3D printed mask works similarly to the AmorePacific one. Using a smartphone 3D camera, the user simply snaps a selfie to create a precise, multi-dimensional map of her face. The photo will log the exact measurements and shape of her nose, space between the eyes, lips, and other unique physical characteristics as well.
Following which, personalized data from the Neutrogena Skin 360™ system creates the virtual equivalent of a dermatologist and analyzes the skin’s needs. The virtual dermatologist also makes recommendations for ingredients to be put in the mask.
Lastly, high-efficacy ingredients are 3D printed onto the custom-fit hydrogel mask on the exact zones of the mask where they will deliver the greatest benefit, forming the tailored mask for the individual.