We’re an iPhone-loving, app-nerdy bunch here at Clear and so we did a quick survey around the office to see what skin care apps our team has pinned to their home screens. Of course, the virtual makeover apps are a must-have, but we also turned out to have a number of great, little-known apps on tap that deserve a shout out! So without further ado, and in no particular order, we present: Clear’s Seven Must-Have Skin Health iPhone Apps…
1. Modiface Acne Retouch
This app from Modiface lets you retouch your photos by removing skin blemishes from your portrait shots right on your iPhone. Masks a wide range of blemishes, from pimples and acne to discolouration.
Your body’s hydration level can have an enormous impact on your skin’s appearance and health. But let’s face it – we don’t always get our fill. To help with this, iDrated helps you log your water intake and remind you when you’re running behind on the h2o.
3. MySkin Skin Care Advice
MySkin is an interesting take on crowdsourcing skin care options. Once you’ve built your skin profile out, you can compare products that have worked for you in the past with products that have worked for other people with similar skin type profiles. MySkin says: “Find skincare products that work for you – personalized, scientific, unbiased advice on what skin care products work best for your unique skin profile. Join the fastest growing social beauty community to find your SkinTwin, compare your skin similarity with friends, and get answers to all your skincare questions.
Take your Skin Assessment to get free recommendations on what would work for your skin from over 160,000 skincare products across all brands and retailers, based on your skin conditions, lifestyle, diet and skin concerns. The recommendation engine is powered by patent pending technology developed by leading dermatologists, plastic surgeons and cosmetic pharmacologists.”
We tried it out and it’s actually very good at identifying the types of products that meet our skin type. MySkin is a free app.
4. Sleep Cycle
Quality, restful sleep is as important as water intake in the quest to keep your skin healthy. So how do you go about getting “quality sleep” exactly? Well, as you sleep you go through different phases, ranging from deep sleep to light sleep. The phase you are in when your alarm goes off is critical for how tired you will feel when you wake up. We’re huge fans of the Sleep Cycle app for helping log our “quality” sleep as well as help the waking process so you don’t feel (and look) like you’ve been run over by a truck because you woke during a deep sleep phase.
Since you move differently in bed during the different phases, Sleep Cycle can use the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movement and determine which sleep phase you are in. Sleep Cycle is .99c but restful sleep, reduced stress and clearer skin is totally worth it.
5. Skin Therapy Letter
Feelin’ nerdy? Dermatologists use the Skin Therapy Letter journals to keep up to date on the lastest skin condition research, but you don’t have to be a Doc to keep in the loop. Medical journals make for sleepy bedtime reading, but if you’re struggling with a skin condition, it helps to be informed on the latest research so you can better understand what your options are.
6. Skin Visualizer
The Skin Visualizer is another app from Modiface, this one has a full photo-based skin scanner highlighting the dark regions and discolorations on the face, and has a skin-care visualization feature that allows users to visualize what they can look like when their acne, Rosacea, dark spots, and other skin conditions are reduced. Kind of an app for inspiration to stick with your regimen.
7. LoveMySkin – Mole Map for Skin Cancer Prevention
LoveMySkin presents four views of the body and allows you to add markings that you want to keep track of.
You can zoom in and around a detailed rendering of the human anatomy (that explains the 17+ rating, unfortunately). You just tap a spot to add a mole marking. You can also edit the details of each mole and keep notes on growth or changes. A built-in guide makes comparing benign moles to malignant moles easier, though nothing replaces the opinion of a professional. The idea is to get familiar with your body so that you know what’s normal and abnormal for you. We like to call this one your “Mole Inventory” app:)
Not an iPhone user? No worries, the DroidLibrary has some Android-compatible options available here for Google fans.