While I was at the Total Beauty Blog Summit 2008 in LA last weekend, I got to try out Visia, a machine that uses “multi-spectral imaging to reveal damage on and beneath the surface of our skin that is not detectable by visual examination alone”. It was the first time I ever got a real skin analysis done and it was amazing and terrifying at the same time to see how my skin really was.
Basically, what you do is take off all of your foundation and concealer, enter your personal details into the machine, stick your head in it and it will snap a couple of digital and UV pictures of your face to examine the following concerns:
* Age spots
* UV spots
* Brown spots
* Red areas (rosacea/color variations in skintone)
* Porphyrins (bacterial growth)
The machine will then compare your results with other women of the same age and ethnicity to provide additional information about your skin. The machine also has a feature where they can fast forward time to let you get a preview of what your skin would look like in up to 5 years .
Below are my results (sorry if you find the pictures scary)
The skin within the blue area is the area that is being examined. The little blue dots or highlighted areas are where your trouble spots are. The chart on the left is a comparison of your results with your peers and the numbers are a percentile. For instance, if you look at Wrinkles, I got a 99 percentile, which means only 1% of the population has less wrinkles than me.
Advice from the Pros
According to Chief Scientific Officer from Intelligent Beauty, Scott Whittier, my skin is overall, in good condition (yay!) He suggested that I try adding a whitening treatment to my regime for my sun spots and keep wearing sunscreen every day to minimize future damage.
Now I have to start my hunt for a good whitening treatment – any recs ladies?