We recently wrote a feature on how we use AI and technology in an attempt to offer honest, science-based reviews of skincare here at mamabella, and in the hunt for tools to help us in this mission, we’ve just discovered the Olay Skin Advisor.
The online tool, which is available on both desktop and mobile devices, takes a selfie and uses a mixture of AI and machine learning to analyse your skin.
It scans five skin areas – forehead, outer eye, cheek, under eyes and mouth – for signs of ageing, which include sagging skin, dark spots, dullness, fine lines, wrinkles and compares your results with its database of selfies.
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From this comparison, the Olay Skin Advisor then gives you an Olay Skin Age. This age reveals how old your skin looks when compared to other people with the same signs of ageing. In our tests (we tried the tool 10 times), our Olay Skin Age came out most regularly at 29. We’re 39 this year so we’re taking that as a win!
Sadly, the photo we took looks like a mug shot…
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Note: The Olay Skin Advisor appears as a pop-up in the bottom right-hand corner of the page so you need to have pop-ups enabled for it to appear.
We should mention that when we repeated the test with a different selfie, our age came out at 32 so it’s not an exact science, and taking a selfie in poor lighting may generate an even younger, inaccurate result. On one of our poorly-lit tests, we were given an Olay Skin Age of 24!
Before you’re given your Olay Skin Age, the Olay Skin Advisor asks you a few questions about what types of skincare products you already use, how often, what your skin type is – oily, dry, combination etc – and what concerns you most about your complexion.
These answers are then used to create a personalised skincare regime designed to target these concerns and tackle the signs of ageing. Of course, all of these recommended products are made by Olay.
For example, we were recommended the Olay Regenerist Whip moisturiser because our top concern is uneven skin tone and we’re also concerned by fine lines and wrinkles. We have used this moisturiser – and you can read more in our best anti-ageing cream guide – so we can vouch for this particular recommendation.
Clicking the Buy Now button beneath each recommendation takes you to a page showing you all the stores in your local area, or online, that are selling that product.
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The recommended skincare that Olay suggests will be reviewed to see if the desired results are achieved. We wanted brighter skin, targeting fine lines and dark circles the results were as follows…
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These Olay cloths are activated with water. On one side you have a smooth, and textured side. The smooth side contains a 5-in-1 cleanser designed to remove makeup and cleanse. The textured side then exfoliates – thanks to more than 3,000 exfoliating fibre cells – to improve the look of the skin.
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We love an anti-ageing cream and for a day cream to have SPF 15 is an added bonus to protect your skin from UVA/UVB. This moisturiser promises to tackle seven signs of ageing. These include:
This moisturiser contains niacinamide to help reduce the size of your pores. It exfoliates to enhance the skin’s natural self-renewal process for healthier-looking skin and this moisturiser has been a firm favourite of users who have stuck to this cream for over 20 years, according to online reviews.
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Victoria is founder and editor-in-chief of mamabella, freelance journalist and Mum. She has a passion for empowering people to feel beautiful whatever their age, size, skin type and budget