Archive: Skincare

New app lets you check your moles for cancer?

Want to check your moles without taking the time to go into a dermatologist? Well, according to a press release – there is a new app – created by a dermatologist to check whether or not your moles could cause cancer. All for $4.99! But does it work?

The days of worrying about a mole for weeks on end are over. The newly launched SpotCheck app is a groundbreaking and easy-to-use mobile app that identifies potentially dangerous moles without the time-consuming trip to a dermatologist.

With SpotCheck, users simply take a picture of their mole with a mobile device, and the image is instantly sent to a board-certified dermatologist (not to any kind of machine or scanner). For only $4.99, the user will receive a response from SpotCheck within 24-hours that categorizes moles as having either typical or atypical features. If a mole with atypical features is identified, the app will list local area dermatologists and recommend that the user make an appointment.

With the average wait time to see a dermatologist at 38 days, and busy work schedules and insurance co-pays often hindering the decision to have a mole looked at, SpotCheck alleviates those worries with a simple click.

Developed by Nick Wilkinson, SpotCheck is the first app designed to transmit images of moles through a mobile device to a dermatologist, who will scan it within 24-hours for a nominal charge, taking the marriage of mobile technology and personal health/beauty to an innovative new level.

SpotCheck was founded by Dr. Bobby Buka, “New York City’s most sought-after dermatologist” (NBC NonStop) and a favorite amongst Hollywood A-listers. Dr. Buka has offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn with a third on the way, and has appeared on The Today Show and CBS News as a skin care expert.

Allure tested the app out:

If you own an iPhone, you now have no excuse not to monitor suspicious moles on your body (not that you had much of an excuse before). SpotCheck, an app that launches this week, helps people identify dangerous moles with a click of their phone’s camera. Curious, I downloaded the app and snapped a picture of my mole (the same one I monitor regularly with my dermatologist). Within an hour, I received this message: “Your photo shows features that are generally regarded as typical of a normal mole.” (For the record, that’s consistent with what my doctor said.)

The app was developed by Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist who, for the time being, personally screens every submission. He guarantees a response within 24 hours—a promise that inspired him to create the app in the first place. According to a 2006 study by the American Academy of Dermatology, it takes an average of 38 days to set up a skin cancer screening. But it can take as little as one month for melanoma to penetrate the epidermis — at which point the chance of survival goes down to 66 percent, Buka says. “One third of those patients will die,” Buka says. “Suddenly, that 38-day window becomes very relevant.”

The app is free to download, but it costs $4.99 to submit a photo for review. If Buka determines that your mole is atypical, he will refer you to dermatologists in your area who are both board-certified and have signed a contract promising to schedule any SpotCheck referrals within two weeks. “The tricky part about melanoma compared to other cancers, is that we don’t have any chemotherapy that works,” says Buka. “The only thing we can do is remove it, which is why you have to catch it early.”

I’m a bit skeptical. Would you pay $4.99 to try it?

What to do with all that leftover pumpkin? How about a do-it-yourself pumpkin face mask!

Tis the season to carve pumpkins. But what to do with the shavings and filling once your Jack-o’-lantern is all lit up? Try making a skin-nourishing pumpkin mask.

This recipe — created by Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty — is full of exfoliating enzymes that will brighten your skin, giving you a healthy, refreshed glow. Pumpkin is also rich in vitamin A, which can help heal skin and repair damaged tissue. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin A will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


2 tsp canned pureed pumpkin
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp heavy whipping cream


Mix all ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly.


Dermablend’s shocking new commercial!

Model “Zombie Boy” (real name Rick Genest) allowed Dermablend to cover his entire body with their tattoo concealor, and, well, the results are shocking!

Zombie Boy is a male model, and music video star (he starred in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” video).

It’s a great commercial, if you ask me. When the video started, I had no idea he had all those tattoos under there!

PS: Isn’t it kind of sad he covered his body in all that ink? He’s actually really cute when it’s all covered up!

OOOOOOH I’m in love.

I hate when I find products like these, because once I try them – and love them – I am obligated to keep buying it! I am happy to announce, however, that this amazing product really doesn’t cost all that much – so go ahead and fall in love!

Clean Slate is a product of two halves – Clean Slate cleanser PLUS 60 seconds of Mama Mio Face Fitness.

You are going to lift, tone and cleanse your skin AND lift, tone and energise the muscles attached to your skin.

Our Mama Mio Face Fitness for Clean Slate is comprised of two fabulous stretches that help to release the tension of the day or wake your face up in the morning – The Lioness and The Scream.

The Scream is your morning yoga – and on some mornings when you look in the mirror a scream might just come quite naturally! And the Lioness is such a deep and relaxing way to end the day – you may just give your grinding teeth a deep sleep at night.

These are like mini yoga for the face. Sometimes you can see how people hold a lot of stress in their faces – these two stretches will really help to relax your hard working face so you look more invigorated and energised.

This cleanser seriously is amazing. I know I say amazing a lot – but what if I truly think it’s amazing!? What other word will work? My skin is squeaky clean – without the tightness! The smell is invigorating! Perfect way to start your day. Your skin almost feels buzzed! It’s a little zip in your morning!

You guys owe it to yourself to TRY IT!