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  • Ellen Eide Kislal 6:19 pm on February 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , redness, , skin care, ,   

    Maximize your good looks by making smart product choices! 

    Too many choices on the skincare aisle? Want to figure out what skin condition to target for maximal impact?

    Sure, there are some creams out there that really can even out your skin tone. But if your skin tone is already even, maybe that’s not the product for you.

    A dermatologist we consulted recently mentioned that a patient will often state his or her main affliction to be something other than what she would cite as the patient’s main cosmetic concern.   Bearing this in mind, we developed a free, private automatic skin analysis web-based tool.

    It’s easy to use;  just visit


    and upload a photo of your face.

    Your skin will be analyzed for acne, redness, hyperpigmentation including spots and freckles,  and fine lines and wrinkles.  Based on the analysis, you’ll be classified as one of the following:

    • Dolphin Smooth, even skin.. lucky you!
    • Leopard Adorable but speckled
    • Shar pei Fine lines and wrinkles are apparent
    • Cardinal Sensitive skin and redness
    • Sea Star Acne-prone skin

    We’ll give you a little information about the concern and show

    you a set of products that we think will give you the best bang for your skincare buck.


    Oh, and one more thing… rest assured that no one other than you will  have access to your photo. Ever!

    So, what skinimal are you? Find out today and take the first step toward dophinizing yourself!


  • Ellen Eide Kislal 11:07 am on July 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: decision support, options, skin care, , software   

    Decisions, decisions! 

    Choices.  The cornerstone of the American lifestyle. Whether it’s choosing our President,  a career path, or an ice-cream flavor, we value the ability to choose.  Image

    Options? Yes please!

    But as the number  of options grows, making a decision starts becoming more difficult.  How do we know we’re making the BEST choice?  What if the mascarpone cherry rice pudding is actually better than the rum raisin rice pudding? (If you’ve ever been to Rice to Riches in NYC, you know what I mean!)   Are we missing out on something truly fabulous by choosing something that’s merely excellent?

    When faced with too many choices we don’t always have the time to look at all the information out there to make the best choice for our situation.

    I think this is true in skin care.  There are hundreds of products in the skin care aisle at the pharmacy.  Hundreds more at the cosmetics counter at the mall.  Not to mention on line.

    The number of options can be overwhelming and a bit confusing. “Is my skin red? Sensitive? Acne-prone?  Sun damaged?”  Honestly, it may be hard to tell. (Does an occasional pimple mean my skin is acne-prone or does it happen to everyone?)

    Toward that end, we’ve created a patent-pending skin analysis tool which can analyze a photo of your skin and tell you what condition is most prominent.  You’ll get guidance as to whether you’d be better off spending your money on an anti-redness product, an acne treatment, a skin-tone balancer, or an anti-wrinkle product.  It will help narrow the number of choices to a more manageable number.

    Options? Great!  Too many options?  Help!

    For more information on this service, please send a note to info@mimlabs.com

    • Divine Grace 7:41 am on January 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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  • Ellen Eide Kislal 3:48 pm on November 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , measure, , , skin care, , ,   

    The Significance of ‘Wrinkle Index’ 

    Wrinkles. Something we analyze consciously or subconsciously continually in our daily encounters with colleagues, friends, the TV, and the mirror. But the intuitive results are qualitative: “lots” or “a few.” “Deep” or “fine.” In order to measure the effect of a treatment, however, more precision is required.

    Toward that end, we at skinofmine.com have developed a method for quantifying wrinkles. Users can find their “wrinkle index.” But what does
    that index signify? The best way to get an intuitive feel for what the index is showing is by examining a few examples.

    The images shown below were analyzed using the wrinkle quantification tool at skinofmine.com. The tool requires the user to highlight the wrinkles as shown in the green masks in the lower rows, resulting in the wrinkle indices shown.

    The index seems to correlate well with visual inspection; the more wrinkles in the photo, the higher the wrinkle index. With some caveats.
    Shadows in the photos can artificially elevate the index. As can including hair, beards, eyebrows, moles, the jawline, or pimples in the highlighted area. Keeping lighting, zoom, and contrast levels consistent is also important for reliability.

    So, why is the wrinkle index important? Well, if I’m going to splurge on a $100 jar of hope, I’d like to see some results. And be able to measure them.

    Back to skinofmine.com

  • Ellen Eide Kislal 3:21 pm on October 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , analyze, , , , , , skin care, ,   

    Quantifying Acne 

    We used the Skin Of Mine Acne module at skinofmine.com to quantify acne of six individuals, where the severity of the acne of the individuals ranged from none to severe.  In each case, the computer mouse was used to manually highlight the areas of concern for each individual.  Results are shown below. The lower row of images shows the highlighted regions in green.


    Quantification results coincide well with visual assessments. Note that for individual 3 (Acne Index of 56) the index would likely be higher if the entire face were exposed.

  • Ellen Eide Kislal 2:54 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Focus on Lips, lip plumper, lips, skin care, ,   

    Experimenting with Focus on Lips: Plump & Reboost 

    I’ve been curious to see whether I could measure an effect due to an over the counter, topical  lip plumper. I somewhat randomly selected Focus on Lips: Plump & Reboost from CVS.

    I uploaded a “before” photo (mouth closed, no smile) to my account at skinofmine.com and tightly boxed my lips, following the pattern of the demonstration image shown. Lip plumpness: 42.

    I then applied the Plump & Reboost gloss and waited 10 minutes. A lot of tingling, but no discomfort.  I re-photographed myself, again with mouth closed, no smile. I uploaded the “after” photo to my account and again boxed my lips. Lip plumpness: 46. Cool!

    One diet soda and an hour later, it was down to 44. Time to reapply, I guess…

    Back to skinofmine.com

  • Ellen Eide Kislal 5:11 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , discoloration, , Neutrogena, , skin care, skin discoloration, skin tone,   

    Quantifying the Impact of Neutrogena Tone Correcting Targeted Treatment 

    I’ve recently become much more aware of the impact that uneven skin tone has on the perception of age. Wrinkles alone are not as good a predictor as a more comprehensive analysis which includes both wrinkles and evenness of skin tone. (And a few other dimensions too.) When I took a good look in the mirror, I noticed discoloration, especially along my cheek bones. A lingering “pregnancy mask” crossed with sun exposure I suppose.

    With uneven skin tone on my mind, I went shopping.  I came home with a tube of  Neutrogena® Tone Correcting Targeted Treatment.  I wanted to see first-hand whether I could measure a difference in the evenness of my skin tone after using the product.

    I uploaded a photo of my cheek  my account at skinofmine.com and measured the evenness of the skin tone, manually marking the area along my cheek bone as the region of concern.  This led to a discoloration index of  “25.”

    I’m now four weeks into the application of the cream.

    I  uploaded a new photo to skinofmine.com and again measured the discoloration along my cheek bone. The result:  “18.”

    These numbers seem to jibe well with my own visual assessment: less discoloration on my cheek. 28% to be precise.

    Yea!  I am glad to see on my own skin that the product is doing what it says it will: correcting tone.

    Back to skinofmine.com

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