There’s little way around the fact that education is the cost to better skin.
This entails knowing what goes into your skincare products and being able to navigate the jargon surrounding every bottle that lines your vanity. We’re not talking marketing fluff, but actually looking at, say, the ingredient list on the back of the bottle and being able to decode its secrets. Then, on top of that, you need to know whether these best serve your skin type and concerns. No joke, it’s a syllabus unto its own.
Thankfully, the skincare gods have sensed the distress of many and sent Picky, a new app to the market. Founded in Korea this March, the mobile app brands itself as a “skin type and skincare product analyser”. What it offers you is a skincare expert in your pocket, but this time, it had the added edge of being personalised.
Skincare analysers are not new to the market, what with websites like CosDNA being the default. CosDNA decodes skincare labels and ranks individual ingredients in a product according to how safe they are, but the big question as to whether the products it green lights are going to work on you remain unanswered. Picky does that and eliminates trial and error from the picture.
When you download the app, you go through a 14-question quiz for the algorithm to best understand your complexion. There are four skin types in the system, and the app will pair you to the most similar one. Now, the fun begins.
You get access to a library of thousands of brands and over 30,000 products across Western and Eastern labels, all of which are broken down into digestible nuggets for you.
Based off your skin type or needs, Picky has filters that allow you to sift through the library for specific ingredients, products to combat concerns, or are friendly to your requirements, be it eczema, pregnancy or cruelty-free and vegan. The filters even go as in-depth as being “fungal acne-friendly”, so those suffering from the breakout will know what they can or can’t use.
Every product is also ranked with a risk level for your skin, rather than a generic one. These rankings are “holy grail”, “worth a try” and “risky”. Topping this level of personalisation is the app’s capacity to match products that are more likely to work for you if you don’t want to have to put in the work of discovery, trial and error.
The downside, however, is that the app is currently only available on the App Store, and not on Google Play. Otherwise, Picky proves to be a very useful tool for those looking to get smart about skincare.
Download Picky here.
All photos credited to Picky.