The Home Skin Diagnosis That Uses AI

Imagine if you could analyse your skin at home without going to a beauty counter or salon.

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Imagine if you could analyse your skin at home without going to a beauty counter or salon.

You would then be able to zoom in on the correct skincare for your different concerns, or direct your facialist to pay attention to certain areas at your next treatment, and later, check that the problems have been addressed.

French skincare brand La RochePosay developed Effaclar Spotscan, a DIY digital diagnosis tool, to do this. For more than two years, it worked with dermatologists to analyse the pictures of over 6,000 men and women of different ethnicities, skin types and acne severity. The pictures form the database the algorithm draws on to instantly analyse your skin.

Go to, which will direct you to snap front and side-profi le photos of your face. The app then immediately shows where the zits, blackheads and pigmentation marks are, and gives you a skin-grading score (from one for clear skin to fi ve for severe skin problems). Then it recommends which skincare products to use, and if you wish, which specifi c La Roche-Posay products to buy.

You can even scan your face daily to understand what your skin needs that day and tailor your skincare accordingly.

Tip: Don’t wear makeup, and take the pictures in good lighting for the most accurate results. – LZY 

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Use a Purplishpink Blusher

The lilac tones in it have a subtle colourcorrecting and brightening effect that makes your complexion look healthy and radiant. If you have fair skin, use it as you would a regular blusher. If you have medium, tan or deep skin, apply it like a highlighter on just the cheekbones and nose bridge, over your usual blusher. – GYH

1 Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Lavender Chiffon Cake, $12.90.

2 Jill Stuart Loose Blush in #05 Baby Butterfly, $54.

3 Mamonde Flower Pop Blusher in #1 Pansy, $24.

4 Marc Jacobs Air Blush in Lush & Libido, $68.

5 Clinique Cheek Pop in Pansy Pop, $40.

6 Hera Face Designing Blusher in Silhouette Mauve, $62.