I *did* visit the Preston-Forest Whole Foods to have my face scanned on Friday. I never go to that location since the Park Lane store opened down the street, so I had no idea that some Whole Foods locations offer face scanning - for FREE. I also found out about it in the funniest way. A friend posted this Whole Foods satire on Facebook a few weeks ago. I found it quite amusing - I love Whole Foods, but I can appreciate the humor. However, this passage stuck out:
Where is this face machine? I need it! Another friend commented that Preston-Forest Whole Foods had one. *happy dance*
So what exactly is the scary face machine? It's an 8-point skin analysis that would usually run about $200 in a dermatologist office. I jumped on this because I really should be going to a dermatologist with my pale skin. It's just something I keep putting off and forgetting about. I figured this analysis would be a great way to see what state my skin is in. I have a pretty extensive skin care routine and wear sunscreen daily, but without a dermatologist it is hard to know if it is actually working.
I arrived at Whole Foods with nothing on my face but eyeliner and mascara. I didn't even apply powder, since I was unsure how the machine would operate with anything other than moisturizer and sunscreen on my skin (as it turns out, the machine can beam through makeup, but I still recommend having as little extra junk on your face as possible.) Angel was the beauty department rep that helped me out. He took down some basic info from me and I sat down for the scan. He scanned the left side of my face since that is the side that is most exposed to the elements due to driving. The scanner is very similar to the machines that you stick your face in for eye tests at the optometrist. It only takes about a minute and you are all done! It took a couple of minutes for the system to compile my results, and then Angel went over the reasons I scored how I did and recommended some products. I was not pressured to make a purchase at all, and I received a printout of my results and recommendations.
These are the 8 points that the scanner analysis:
- Visible Spots (Skin irregularities that appear on the surface of the skin — freckles, scars, age spots or blemishes)
- Wrinkles (A result of the aging process and most common around the eyes and mouth)
- Texture (High and low points of the skin — blue points show skin indentations; yellow areas are raised points)
- Pores (Small openings dispersed throughout the skin)
- UV Spots (Sun damage and spots on the surface and in the deep layers of the skin)
- Brown Spots (Skin discolorations including localized hyperpigmentation, under eye shadowing and moles)
- Red Areas (Redness caused by broken capillaries, Rosacea, inflammation or the aftermath of breakouts)
- Porphyrins (Naturally occurring bacteria that can become lodged in pores and lead to breakouts)
Spots - 91%
Wrinkles - 99%
Texture - 99%
Pores - 88%
UV Spots - 13%
Brown Spots - 76%
Red Areas - 69%
Porphyrins - 79%
I was very pleased with my results for spots, wrinkles, texture, and pores. I've been feeling awful about my skin lately. My job is incredibly stressful and I went through some things in 2011 that caused me to cry almost every day for a few months, so I feel like I've aged quite a lot. And my pores have been more clogged than usual. But it seems things were not so bad as I thought. It really lifted a small weight from my shoulders.
I know that the UV spots (and brown spots - which is a direct result of the UV damage) result is pretty frightening, but I honestly was not surprised. I am *extremely* sensitive to the sun and I live in Texas. I was also bullied incessantly for having pale skin, so I fried myself in tanning salons off and on through most of junior high and high school. I thought if I could just get a tan everyone would leave me alone. It's a big regret because I was only damaging my skin and would pay for it later. (And no, I did not get a tan at all. It's just not possible with my pigmentation.) Fortunately, if I continue to care for my skin, wear sunscreen every day, and make some tweaks in my skincare routine, I should be ok and those spots will not surface.
The red areas result is a bit rough, but I'm not surprised by that either. Rosacea and broken capillaries frequently occur with pale skin, but I don't think it will really surface on me.
The porpyrins are easily avoided by not touching my face and keeping my makeup brushes clean. I scored fairly well in that area at 79% because it is not possible to have a completely germ-free face. Also, that category makes me think of this:
As far as the products I use and my skin care routine, I am keeping things mostly the same. To combat the UV and brown spots, I'm adding a vitamin C serum and a vitamin A night cream. I needed a new serum and am running low on night cream, so these were reasonable purchases. I went with the John Masters Vitamin C Serum and Derma E Vitamin A Creme per Angel's recommendaitons. I also plan to do my own product research in case I want to try different products, which I most likely will. I am always trying new things. I'm also going to utilize my masks and treatments more to help de-clog my pores; I've been a bit lazy about doing extra treatments lately.
The plan is to return in 3 months for another scan. The system will compare the new results to these results to see if my skin has improved. I definitely recommend doing this if a Whole Foods in your area offers it!