iluminage: Skin Smoothing Laser

The most effective anti-aging techniques usually involve the use of a medical laser which is only accessible in a clinician’s office and require a technician.

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Challenge

It’s clear to anyone who flips through an issue of Cosmopolitan or wanders the beauty section of Nordstrom: The market for products that effectively reduce signs of aging is a burgeoning one. The most effective anti-aging techniques—those that remove unwanted hair, age spots, or facial lines and wrinkles—usually involve the use of a medical laser. Traditionally, such laser treatments were only accessible in a clinician’s office and required a trained professional to administer. Not only are these procedures expensive, but they’re also inconvenient to schedule and attend regularly. Many women find it difficult to stick with the treatments long enough to see real results.

Iluminage, a Unilever brand, partnered with Continuum to bring clinical skin care into the home. The company envisioned a handheld laser that women could use safely and effectively to treat facial lines and wrinkles. Assembling an expansive team of mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as industrial and digital designers, Continuum made this vision a reality.

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Research & Insights

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Solution

FDA-approved for in-home use, the iluminage Skin Smoothing Laser has been clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. As the world’s first connected beauty device, the Skin Smoothing Laser establishes a new market category at the intersection of consumer electronics and women’s cosmetics. It also gives women around the world access to professional-quality beauty treatments from their own home.

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Continuum applied expertise in mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as software design, to miniaturize the laser technology to a safe yet user-friendly size.
The team designed a device elegant enough to keep on display in one's bathroom to encourage use.
The laser plugs into any computer via mini USB cord.
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78%

of women saw improvement in their skin’s appearance after using the Skin Smoothing Laser for just two weeks.

Those who used the device for 12 consecutive weeks reported 95% improvement.

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Results