Watch Out For New Vichy Skin Diagnostic Tools

By Beaut.ie | March 13 2009 | 14 Comments

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“26!”, announced the gal holding one of Vichy’s newest skin diagnostic gadgets, the hand-held Skinconsult tool, which she’d been using on me to measure my hydration, sebum and ageing concerns.

It’s all a bit Star Trek, but this little skin-diagnosing doofer is currently arriving in 45 pharmacies nationwide, and gives your pharmacist an extra weapon in their arsenal to help accurately judge your skin concerns.  That’s good news for us as consumers, because the brand estimate that over two thirds of Irish women don’t know what their skin-type is, and a further 69% of the ones who think they’ve got it down pat are actually wrong.

It’s a baffling business, skin.

So the new Skinconsult can, in three minutes, give you an overview of your issues. I’m apparently quite well hydrated – my levels were about 60-something percent and the sebum level on my forehead was Very High (but I suspect that as it was Very Warm in the room that this may have had something to do with that little fact).

Skinconsult is merely the infantry in Vichy’s diagnostic army. It’s joined by the bells-and-whistles cavalry of Dermo-Analyzer, an all-singing-all-dancing piece of sleek white gadgetry that’s borne of 12 years of research and development. Capable of putting your skin through six paces, it’ll check out your hydration levels, perform a skin type analysis, work out your skin age, tone, level of pigmentation and UV damage and test your skin sensitivity. It checks against 7,000 skin profiles, so you’re guaranteed accurate results.

Oh – and the 26 thing? That, dear readers, is my skin age. And yes, I am bloody smug about it!

Both services will be available nationwide; check your local pharmacy for details, or if you’re near a McCabes, then you’re in luck!

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14 Replies to "Watch Out For New Vichy Skin Diagnostic Tools"

  • xgirl says:

    This sounds great, though I’d be afraid they’d tell me my skin age was 56 or something :)

  • ashyho says:

    ah this is what i need, must keep an eye out for it

  • Kirstie says:

    xgirl – divil a bit of it! You take great care of your skin!

  • Gingerrama says:

    Is this like the Lancôme yoke? And derms in the US use something along these lines. They’re scary. Do not approach without a friend to hold your hand and feed you cake afterwards.
    (Cake is anti-ageing. Peoven fact. Look at old ladies in tea-rooms: perfect skin.)

  • Kirstie says:

    they’re both hand-held probes that measure levels in the skin – the dermo analyzer one is much fancier and takes pix to accurately judge ageing etc. I mean, it’s not a new concept (I’ve had this done before several times in-salon for example) but the fact that it’s free to all and easily available means it’s well worth a mention.

  • sweetie says:

    Kirstie, is there any place I can find exactly where these machines are? Maybe their website or something? Where did you get your check? I always thought that I take a good care of my skin, but recently it’s been acting very weird, drying out, flaking a lot, and, to add to it, breaking our like crazy :( Maybe this diagnosis will answer some questions…

  • Kirstie says:

    sweetie – I am waiting on precisely that info, but they are definitely in McCabes pharmacies as a start.

  • sweetie says:

    Oh, yay, there’s quiet big McCabes right next door to me!! Fingers crossed :) Thanks, Kirstie.

  • JustMe says:

    How long does it take to do?
    There is a McCabes in Dundrum isnt there?

    Hummm maybe have a look at lunch time

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    Ya hoor – 26!! I think I’d be about 90!

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