This True North Skincoach app is pretty genius. It takes a picture of your face and then lets you know what your problem areas are. It focuses on four areas; dehydration, sensitivity/redness, Dryness/roughness and lines/wrinkles. It also measures the air quality around you and the UV index. True North is a Scandinavian brand started by Jan Behrens a medical research specialist. Scroll down for link to the app.
Why I like it:The app is quick and easy to use and free. It gives a balanced view of your skin conditions without scaremongering or making the user feel uncomfortable or not good enough. I like the mention of wrinkles and the acknowledgement that there’s no natural magic bullet that can get rid of them. The skincoach instead encourages us to be proud of them and to think of wrinkles as a ‘reflection of your smiles, your experience’ and all of the good times we have had. Rather than stress out too much about them.
Whats’s not in it: Their products contain no Mineral oils and Parabens. I have am awaiting feedback from the Company as to whether their products are tested on animals. [update]. Products are not tested on animals.
The app scans your face and then within seconds shows with dots the areas of your face which need focus. And then… drum roll. It gives you your skin age and emails you the analysis. Oh lord. I am approaching my 46 birthday in November so I was eager to see the diagnosis. Low and behold, it came out at 33-40, True North skincoach? I’ll take that. IOS uses can download the free app here.
You can then head to the prescription page where it gives you ‘your full balance recovery’. They give you a full list of their products which will have your skin looking tip top in no time.
Here’s my diagnosis.
Yellow shows moderate dehydration, red is more severe.
The upper layer of my epidermis where the hydrolipidic film lies needs more hydration to avoid fine lines and wrinkles developing.
The pink and dark red areas show a nonbacterial inflammation on the skin. I am to avoid ingredients with a high concentration of Vitamin A in, along with strong Fruit Acids and Glycolic acid. And keep wearing sun protection on my face each day. They recommended calming and moisturising products for these areas.
Dry patches on my face need an excellent moisturiser to maintain and repair the upper layer of my epidermis. Left untreated the ageing process will happen much faster.
Fine lines are in red and deep lines show purple. These are due to the natural ageing process and or sun damage.
From this diagnosis. I am to avoid using soap on the face, which I am guilty of doing quite a bit so kudos to this app for noticing that. My skin objective is to rebalance and regain moisture on the skin and focus on ingredients such as Vitamin E. Are you going to test your skin age? let me know how you get on. Do you think it is accurate and that it really works?