SMART MIRROR: New devices can help diagnose skin needs

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THE average man checks his appearance in the mirror around 23 times a day, while for women the figure is 16, so it seems most of us like to keep a running check on our appearance throughout the day.

But what if instead of simply checking our makeup, or for evidence of what we’ve just eaten, looking in the mirror could actually tell us about our health or help us find products to suit us?

A new generation of ‘smart’ mirrors claim to do just that, helping with everything from diagnosing skin dryness, monitoring our fine lines and wrinkles, or adjusting lighting to simulate the conditions outside of our homes.

And rather than being a gimmick designed to make us more focused on our flaws, the manufacturers of these mirrors claim they will instead be able to take the guesswork out of which of your products is actually working- or not- saving you time and money.

Major electronics manufacturer Panasonic recently announced the launch of one such mirror, which it hopes will be available in stores soon.  Their interactive mirror uses HD cameras and adjustable lighting, showing you your own face in a variety of lighting settings, ensuring any products you apply look how you want them too even in a different setting.

The mirror can also demonstrate how you would look with different colours and types of makeup, as well as facial hair and hair, allowing you to try out a new style without spending time and energy searching the stores.  The product will even demonstrate how and where to apply a particular product or makeup.

Already on the market is the HiMirror, a device which claims to, “assess your skin’s condition including wrinkles, fine lines, clarity, dark circles, dark spots, red spots, and pores so that you can effectively and efficiently target problem areas and move toward your beauty goals.”

Its manufacturers say: “By collecting analytics from all over the world on skin conditions and skincare products that actually work, HiMirror harnesses the power of Big Data to develop the very best in custom built skincare routines and skincare tips.” The result is a prescribed personal routine, skincare tips, and progress chart.  Available from €249 from, this device is certainly more of a luxury than a necessity but could potentially save money for anyone who normally finds themselves working through several products before finding one that suits their needs.

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