As for other health-related products (think of a pair of glasses), those for skin care are more effective if made for specific patients: the cons is linked to the excessive price that personalized preparations present.
A German startup, the skinmade, is starting to change this trend with a 'fleet' of small totems capable of mixing and making face creams on demand based on the specific characteristics of each user.
The totems are already present in shopping malls in Hamburg, Frankfurt and other German cities, with plans to cover the whole of Germany by the end of 2019. The machine, equipped with the inevitable touch screen, analyzes the customer's skin starting from the corners mouth and eyes.
How it works
One is done corneometry to measure the hydration levels of the skin: elasticity and fat levels are also measured with a proprietary technique and sebometry. The data are then processed in the cloud with algorithms based on machine learning and neural networks to determine a unique formulation for each subject.
The mix of ingredients is dosed to produce (in about 7 minutes) a 30ml "custom made" face cream box, at the reasonable price of 40 €. The measurement can be performed again every 6 weeks to check for changes in the composition and texture of the skin.
Next steps? Portable machines for home visits and productions, smartphone apps that allow you to monitor the skin, face masks based on this product and 3D printed to adhere perfectly to the client's somatic.