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Change My Face wins Best Business Women Awards

👤 🕔 March 24, 2021 Comments Off on Change My Face wins Best Business Women Awards
 
Auroile Prince, Changemyface

The woman behind a Cheltenham-based tech company, which makes software allowing people to visualise themselves as they age, has won a Best Businesswoman Award.

Changemyface makes software for education, science, health, pensions and HR. Its apps have been no.1 in 16 countries, achieving more than one million downloads across a global audience. Its software can reveal the effects on the human face of lifestyle choices such as drinking, smoking, tanning, diet, stress and pollution.

Businesswoman Auriole Prince, founder of Change My Face, won Best Woman in STEM in the Best Business Women Awards competition which seeks to find the best female business talent from across the UK.

Change My Face provides face changing technology as a B2B SaaS (software as a service) enterprise for the health, finance and beauty industries.

Auriole said: This award is especially meaningful to me, as my background is not in science and maths, but in art. During my career as a forensic artist for Missing People, I trained with the Medical Artists’ Association of GB and the FBI Training Academy in Quantico.

“Art and science became inextricably linked and grew into Change My Face, a technology company which is now creating AI and machine learning models using an amazing team of developers to create a way to visualise your future self with the effects of lifestyle. Our clients include far reaching global companies in the corporate wellness sector and health insurance encouraging employees to stay healthy and happy to organisations in the finance industry who are encouraging people to save for the future.

“Seeing oneself in the future can have an incredible impact sparking behavioural change. We are also excited to have built software for interactive exhibits at Science museums in the US and Scotland and currently at We The Curious science and education centre in Bristol.”

Changemyface launched in 2012. Some of its early projects were for TV lifestyle programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies. Auriole began pulling together a teach of software developers, some of whom are based in Uruguay. The first major project was for the Scottish Government – The Drinking Mirror app was launched 7th January 2013 and has amassed more than 500,000 downloads in the Scottish Government ‘Drop a Glass Size’ campaign, to encourage women to drink a little less.

The judges said, “This was a very inspiring entry with great supporting evidence – the app is impressive with companies able to bespoke this to use as part of their marketing and the client list impressive. The technology takes you into the future and this business will continue to go far.”

Debbie Gilbert, the Best Business Women Awards organiser, said: “These awards received many entries despite the pandemic, which is a testament to the tenacity of female entrepreneurs. This is a tough competition judged by business experts. To win is a major achievement.”

 

Calling All Dentists

👤 🕔 March 12, 2021 Comments Off on Calling All Dentists

Calling All Dentists…We’d like to know about Your smile, Your health and Your Future Self!

               

AI maging can predict better or worse future outcomes depending on your teeth, as well as visualisng cosmetic dentristy & changes.

 

At Change My Face, we are fascinated by the way our health can be reflected in the way we look. Sometimes the signs are there, it’s just knowing what to look out for.

 

We are excited to be using new AI technology in a new web app which will be accessible to dentists and the wider community to showcase cosmetic dentistry, effects of poor dental health on the ageing process and changes to one’s teeth.

 

Smoking and a high sugar diet can affect the way our teeth look now, but we can make changes to ensure this doesn’t worsen in the future. Most of us can err on the side of apathy when it comes to brushing our teeth, flossing and eating less sugary foods. My dentist once told me, just floss the teeth you want to keep! We now know that our dental health can have a huge impact on our general health and ageing process. Gum disease and the subsequent inflammation has been linked to higher rates of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and now potentially there are links to dementia and alzheimers.

 

As we age, tooth loss and gum disease can cause the bone structure around our jaw line to recede, something we never think will happen to us!

 

The new Change My Face app will allow you to upload a photo and give you different versions of your current and future self so that you can make better decisions with your dentist about your dental health.

 

We would love to hear from you…the dentists! What would you like to show your customers and what results would you expect from the software? Is there software that you are already using that works well or would you like it to do more?

 

Here are some examples of how the imaging can work and what can be shown, with these images you can see how teeth can become stainedwith a poor lifestyle, then worsening with the ageing process, as the underlying bone structure starts to collapse in on itself.

The Missing

👤 🕔 March 12, 2021 Comments Off on The Missing

With the recent tragic news that Sarah Everard’s body has been located, I thought as Founder of Change My Face, I would share my perspective both from a female point of view and in my previous role for Missing People supporting families and friends of those who have someone missing. Having grown up in London it is terrifying to know that each and every one of us could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. My thoughts go to Sarah’s family and friends.

 

In my previous career, I worked as a forensic artist for The Missing People Charity in London which was started by 2 sisters (one of whom Mary Asprey OBE sadly died last week) after the Estate Agent Suzy Lamplugh went missing in 1986. Suzy left her office in the middle of a fine sunny day to show ‘Mr Kipper’ a house and has never been seen since having seemingly disappeared into thin air. Having someone missing lives with you night and day as you are always wondering where they are and hoping they will one day walk through the door. Even finding a body can bring closure, even though it’s the worst case scenario.

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/long-reads/suzy-lamplugh-killer-john-cannan-sarah-everard-b1815054.html

 

Missing People provides unending support to families and friends, long after police investigations are closed or put on hold. I think it’s important to note that some cases like Sarah’s can go on for years, so in case anyone would like to be proactive, you can offer support in the wake of tragedy like Sarah’s.

 

https://www.missingpeople.org.uk/support-missing-people/donate

 

Stay safe everyone!

 

Auriole Prince (Founder & CEO Change My Face)

Change My Teeth: Floss More to Live Longer

👤 🕔 February 24, 2021 Comments Off on Change My Teeth: Floss More to Live Longer

Did you know that behind your beautiful smile lies millions of bacteria, good and bad? Did you know that the bad stuff can affect how long we live, the ageing process and what diseases we suffer from? Most of us can err on the side of apathy when it comes to brushing our teeth (20 seconds instead of 2 minutes), maybe a token flossing session once a week and treating ourselves with sugary foods. My dentist once told me, just floss the teeth you want to keep!

 

Letting your teeth and gums deteriorate, especially gum disease can have wider health implications. In Andrew Steele’s recently published book, Ageless, which we highly recommend, he discusses that your dental health can have an affect on your lifespan as well as your risk of dementia and now there is a possible link with Alzheimers too. Research in the 80’s and 90’s showed that people with tooth decay and gum problems were more likely to develop heart disease as they got older. It was  originally thought there could be a correlation between poorer people having less time and money to spend taking care of their teeth and those who were wealthier taking more care overall of their health. The conclusion was adamant in that people who brushed twice a day were at a lower risk of heart attack than those who brushed only once. Also more frequent brushers had less inflammation.

 

In addition (bad) bacteria in the mouth can also have an effect on diabetes. We are learning that chronic inflammation, leading to some of the ‘older age’ diseases links the gut with the mouth. An article in the Economist this week details a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which included sessions on the links between microbes in mouths, the intestines and chronic disease. Dr Chapple who was head of dentistry at Birmingham University chaired the discussions around the connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. RA involves the immune system attacking the body’s joints. The theory describes bacteria hitchhiking a ride from the mouth to the rest of the body via an enormous supply of blood vessels. In addition high glucose levels disrupt the body’s inflammatory system leading to many complications including gum disease. The potentially life changing link between gum health and Alzheimers will be thoroughly tested in a trial that will take place at the end of next year.

 

So, as we are all constantly being told by our dentists, keep brushing your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss between them for a longer and healthier life. Smile wide and bright everyone!

The Death of Age

👤 🕔 February 18, 2021 Comments Off on The Death of Age

In Andrew Steel’s new book Ageless we learn how science is changing the outlook of our future years and you may not know this, but scientists are making great strides towards ‘treating’’ ageing.‘Old Age is a Massacre’ wrote Philip Roth, though Andrew Steele has a hopeful message for all those facing the prospect of getting older.. old age needn’t even be old. The crazy thing he argues is that we have gotten used to old age and acknowledge what this brings including heart disease, cancer and cognitive decline. But we don’t need to accept this – shortly we’ll experience the benefits of drugs which mimic the the life extending effects of dietary restriction, gene editing tools such as CRISPR (for which it’s creators won the nobel prize for chemistry in 2020) and senoyltic drugs that clear accumulating cellular detritus of a long life. 

 

Since COVID though, we have learnt so much about lifestyle and how it can affect the way we age, how we feel and how we act. We now know that being overweight or obese can turn COVID from bad flu into a life threatening disease.

 

Covid has certainly put lifestyle at the front of the agenda. There is now a microscope on our lifestyles and vulnerabilies. Age is the number 1 identifier for vulnerability followed by ethnicity, underlying health conditions and weight. Vitamin D is a contributing factor to reducing the  Those of us who are at home have either adopted a healthy new regime of online workouts or taken to the wine or gin bottle more evenings that not…(or both like myself). Working from home brings a new enthusiasm for wandering into the kitchen and snacking on treats (because life is hard and we need something to cheer us up). And by the time Friday arrives after a week of homeschooling, WFH, walking the dog 10 times around the same route and providing meals for hungry students, kids, families we are all tucking into unhealthy foods and drinking too much.

 

The French cancer doctor Professor David Khayat says we shouldn’t worry so much about what we eat and how much we exercise, ok maybe worry a little bit, but for the main part we should drink the wine, eat the odd steak frites and have lots of sex, pleasing a large proportion of the French public. Probably most of the rest of us would agree that banning all of the wrong foods and alcohol from our diet, would make us more miserable but whether we feel European or not, this is probably refreshing to hear right now.

The New War Against Obesity

👤 🕔 July 31, 2020 Comments Off on The New War Against Obesity

In light of recent COVID19 events, we now know that obesity can increase our chances of becoming seriously ill from Coronavirus. BJ has waged war against obesity which has been threatening to bankrupt the NHS for some time now. It’s not just COVID19, but also the risk from obesity for longer term preventable diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Behavioural change can help the fight – an image speaks a thousand words and is a great way to spread an old message. Change My Face worked with Change4Life nearly 10 years ago, ageing 10 children according to obesity statistics and 10 years on we’re working with health insurance companies in the US and developing AI machine learning technology in pre-diabetes campaigns. We only have to glance at our phones or listen to the news to hear stories telling us what is bad for our health and that if we keep certain habits, we’re likely to experience life-threatening diseases.

 

Being told the facts on how we can reduce our biological age and get into shape in a positive way will result in more people listening and actually taking action for themselves to improve their fitness. Once individuals start to feel and look better in a relatively short space of time they’ll be encouraged to continue with their new regimes. These positive preventative messages give hope. They save lives and save money.

 

Change My Face’s unique application program interface (API) can be used to share positive messages to a targeted audience while directing them to sources of information and services. Via an app the user can see their future selves based on their current lifestyle habits; this powerful visualization tool is often the incentive most people need to trigger life changing decisions.

 

It’s time for individuals to embrace the truth, look into their future, turn back their biological clock and fulfil their health potential!

 

Let’s look at what’s happening now

 

There’s lots of data available to prove that waistlines and bad habits continue to grow. The statistics show that unhealthy lifestyle patterns increase year on year with no indication of slowing down. Here are just some figures to demonstrate how alarming the figures are.

 

  • In the UK, the NHS report that over 60% of adults are classed as overweight or obese. A higher percentage of women than men fall into the obese category, however being overweight is more common among men. And around 30% of children aged between 2 and 15 years of age are either overweight or obese.

 

  • Studies from the State of Childhood Obesity reveal that in the US the adult obesity rate exceeds 35% in 9 states, 30% in 31 states and 25% in 48 states. Approximately 4.8m US children aged between 10 and 17 are obese. The cost of US childhood obesity alone costs around $14 billion every year in direct health expenses.

 

  • In addition to these figures, the World Health Organization reported on a study performed by the International Agency For Research On Cancer (IARC) in 2018 giving evidence that there is a link between obesity and smoking. Dr Christopher Wild, the IARC Director says: “Prevention of smoking is key to reducing the global burden of cancer and other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Obesity is also among the most important preventable causes of the same diseases. These new results provide intriguing insights into the potential benefits of jointly addressing these risk factors with public health measures that combine weight control and tobacco control strategies.”

 

It’s time to turn back our biological age

 

Research has also proven that obese parents are more likely to bring up obese children. This is a dangerous cycle and it must stop. There are both tangible and intangible costs associated with overweight societies: poor health, a drain on health services, lower productivity and a risk to economies.

 

But the high cost of obesity on society goes much deeper – there is the emotional cost. The reality is that the overweight members of society face discrimination, are more likely to take home a lower salary, experience a lower quality of life and susceptible to anxiety, stress and depression.

 

Biological age vs actual age

 

Your actual age is how many years you have spent on this earth. Your biological age is how your body has aged. If your body not been treated with the respect it deserves your biological age is likely to be significantly higher than it should be.

 

A recent medical trial in the UK for a Channel 4 program witnessed these results:

  • A male reduced his biological age by 20 years by embarking on a new fitness regime which involved walking 10,000 steps a day and drinking less alcohol.
  • A male (actual age 31) reduced his biological age by 7 years by incorporating sit-ups and running into his fitness routine.
  • A female with a biological age of 67, reduced this to 51 by increasing her walking pace.

 

A report published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine proved that adopting a higher than usual walking speed resulted in a significant reduction in biological age. 50,225 British walkers were involved in the trial.

  • Those with an actual age of over 60 who walk briskly have a 53% lower risk of death from cardiovascular illnesses compared to slower walkers.
  • This same range of individuals have a 24% reduction in the risk of death from any cause.

 

Not one of the people involved in these trials ran marathons or took part in any activity deemed to be Olympic level. They simply increased their activity by a relatively small amount and were careful with their diet.

 

How we look has never been so important

 

Over 95 million photos and videos are posted on Instagram every day. People share selfies constantly.

 

Just on this one social media platform there are over one billion active monthly users. This shows that sharing our faces is an important part of modern life – as is being influenced by what we see on our phones.

 

The Change My Face technology allows individuals to load a photo of themselves and select answers from a pre-set range of questions concerning their lifestyle. In seconds they see their face 10 years on if they continue to life the way they do now. The user can redo the test and alter their answers to see the significant change in their looks if they were to take simple steps to improve their health.

 

Our API can be licenced by businesses globally and used in campaigns to encourage positive behaviour changes. To date Change My Face apps have been number 1 in 16 countries achieving over 1 million downloads with many organisations, including health insurance companies, already making a big differences to people’s lives.

 

  • Toyota utilized the software to create the first app of its kind called ‘Fumeface’. Their marketing department encouraged the use of cleaner vehicles by showing that living in a polluted environment can speed up the aging process.
  • The British Heart Foundation created the ‘Smoking Time Machine’; a powerful tool to promote their ‘No Smoking Day’ campaign. Free downloads were available for the STM iOS app.
  • Connexion Asia used the software to ask employees what their current lifestyle was. When faced with the future many took the decision to make changes to their lifestyle.

 

Anti-aging at a cellular level

 

Healthy bodies and minds start with healthy cells. They really are the foundations for great health.

 

Telomeres are the cap-ends found on every strand of DNA protecting our chromosomes, as we age they naturally shorten. Their length affects aging and can bring on age-associated diseases and cancers. If everyone knew the truth about their future health and learned what steps to take now to alter the rate at which their telomeres shorten, they’d be more people living healthily, happily, and for longer.

 

In addition to the length of our telomeres our biological age can be determined by other markers from our blood pressure to our lung capacity.

 

Good news is that every individual on the planet has the power to slow down, or even reverse their ticking biological clocks.

 

Preventive measures to influence our health and longevity

 

In collaboration with organizations across the globe Change My Face’s mission is to empower people, to teach them about their own health and to tell them in simple terms how to reverse their biological clock. It’s not expensive, it won’t take up too much time and it’s achievable.

 

  • Walk at a faster pace than usual
  • Increase usual daily step count
  • Start some resistance exercises
  • Whilst watching TV or sat at a desk make sure to stand up every half an hour
  • Eat more fruit and veg
  • Cut down on alcohol consumption
  • Don’t eat as many processed foods
  • Nurture a good sleeping pattern
  • Stop smoking

 

Simple exercises and activities as well as a good diet can slow down the speed of the shortening of telomere length reducing the risk of serious illnesses and the size of our waists.

 

How to get your positive messages out there

 

If your organization would benefit from utilizing the Change My Face lifestyle software we’re here to help. Together we can be the change.

 

 

SCREEN SAVER : From tech neck to blue-light eye bags

👤 🕔 June 10, 2020 Comments Off on SCREEN SAVER : From tech neck to blue-light eye bags

From tech neck to blue-light eyebags what being glued to technology does to your skin

    

Total internet hits have surged 70 per cent since lockdown began, says research firm Informa Tech. And it’s not just grey roots that could be ageing you, but screen time too.

So just what can we do to avoid tech neck and blue-light eyebags?

Yasmin Harisha asks Dr Jonquille Chantrey, an aesthetic skin surgeon, and dermatologist RGN Emma Coleman about screen-time skin and how we can combat it.

Plus, with the help of experts at Change My Face, we show you here how screen-time damage might alter Yasmin’s face. The artists use their extensive anatomical knowledge and special software to digitally add filters and layers.

Squint hint

Staring at the screen can cause us to squint resulting in fine lines, or crow’s feet, which can become ­permanent.

Dr Chantrey recommends an eye test, to see if there is a root cause to your squinting.

Staring at the screen can cause us to squint resulting in fine lines

Staring at the screen can cause us to squint resulting in fine linesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Emma says: “The skin around the eyes is very thin. Avoid dark circles by putting your phone away before bed.

“Use a good eye product like Clinique Moisture Surge Eye (£27.50, clinique.co.uk) to keep skin conditioned. I recommend eye gels for saggy skin and creams for hollow under-eyes.”

Selfie shielding

Similar to the sun’s UV rays, blue light is emitted from our technology devices.

Dr Chantrey says: “Blue light can cause spots of age around the face as it can affect melanogenesis, the production of pigment in skin cells. The area mostly exposed to blue light can develop fine lines.”

Blue light emitted from our technology can cause spots of age around the face

Blue light emitted from our technology can cause spots of age around the faceCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Emma says: “Signs may include sagging and formation of creases under the eyes.

“Wearing sunscreen daily is the best way to prevent wrinkles and helps to protect against UV rays and blue light.”

Spot the phone addict

If you have tried every remedy under the sun and are still getting spots, it could be caused by your mobile phone.

Dr Chantrey says: “Often I see areas of acne exactly where my patients hold their phone to their faces as phones accumulate significant amounts of bacteria.”

Emma says: “I recommend using products with AHA or BHA acids. The ­Ordinary lactic acid 5% + HA 2% (£5.50, ­theordinary.deciem.com) helps keep pores clear and helps spots come to a head.”

Ear-ring aid

Listening through headphones at high volumes can damage the ears and cause inflammation around them or on the neck.

Dr Chantrey says: “Some patients may develop contact dermatitis from some components such as nickel, which can cause inflammation around the ear and neck area.

Listening through headphones at high volumes can damage the ears

Listening through headphones at high volumes can damage the earsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

“If you have found inflammation, or redness, contact your GP to get a full diagnosis. We must clean our ear pieces as invisible bacteria can build up, which causes skin reactions.”

Resting light face

The light from phone screens at night can delay your body’s ­internal clock, ­making it more difficult to fall asleep.

Dr Chantrey says: “The bright artificial light can supress sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. I would recommend changing the settings to a night cycle.”

Emma says: “Lack of sleep can cause lacklustre skin. I recommend the Inkey list retinol serum 30ml (£9.99, lookfantastic.com) which will gently exfoliate away pigmentation as you sleep.”

Tech neck

Always looking down at your phone to text or scroll through social media? You could be causing extra ­wrinkles on your neck.

Dr Chantrey says: “Certain types of neck movement can drag the jawline down quick­er and create vertical bands on the neck.”

Emma adds: “Try to stretch and strengthen muscles in the neck regularly through the day.

“You can also apply Epionce shield lotion (£32.40, skinstore.com). It will have a tightening and brightening effect.”

Emma Coleman has her own skincare brand at www.emmacolemanskin.com

 

👤 🕔 April 28, 2020 Comments Off on

Change My Face: What we do

 

Interactive marketing campaigns perform significantly better than those that simply use images and the written word. Change My Face’s aging and lifestyle software brings campaigns to life and places your customers directly into the center of them.

 

Our software allows the user to simply upload a selfie, respond to questions on their current lifestyle choices and be presented with an image of their future self based on their answers. Visualizing the effects of our lifestyle choices on our faces is a powerful trigger to influence behavioral changes and habits.

 

So, what kind of lifestyle choices take their toll on our faces? It could be smoking and drinking habits, drug use, using inferior skincare and beauty products, a lack of exercise, too much sun, or not saving wisely resulting in feelings of stress and anxiety. Poor lifestyles choice are truthfully revealed in the lines, color and shape of our future faces – making small changes can have a big impact on the way we look – and ultimately the way we feel about ourselves!

 

Why use our Change My Face innovative software?

 

Great question – what’s in it for you? Why would you want your customers to see the effects of aging and lifestyle on their faces? 

 

If you were to use our software in your next health campaign, you’ll create an engaging and entertaining marketing initiative that truly resonates with your target audience – you’re putting them into the heart of it and talking directly to them.

 

As we age, we also become stuck in our ways with regards to how we manage our finances, what skin creams we use and how we care for our health. In order to change our habits and behaviors we need to learn something new and positive that triggers us to want to change. 

 

And what better way to spark such a change than to experience a visual jolt. Seeing our future self look back at us on the screen of our phones based on our current habits is likely to be the catalyst to make that change. Depending on your business sector you may want to ask a few questions on health or finances too to accurately determine the image that the customer sees. 

Here’s who has used our software already

 

We’ve been number 1 app in 16 countries across the world and achieved 1million downloads. Clients such as the NHS, British Heart Foundation, Compare the Market, Cancer Research UK and Connexion Asia have improved the lives of their customers with their products or services. 

 

All of the organisations we have worked with benefit from being able to converse with their hard to reach customers too.

 

In addition, Change My Face offers an API service as well as building bespoke apps and games for science museums and organisations in both the private and public sector.  

 

Let’s take a more detailed look into the value that the Change My Face aging software brings to the health & wellness, finance and beauty sectors.

 

 

  • Helping health insurance companies 

 

 

By using Change My Face software you can communicate effectively with your customer base and help reduce the number of unhealthy individuals making claims. You can also save your customers money by improving their long-term health by illustrating positive aging and the promotion of better and healthier lifestyles. 

 

It gives your organisation the ability to promote and sell your services by demonstrating the following on a personalized level:

  • the effects of smoking on faces to encourage habit change.
  • the effects of poor diet and a lack of exercise to encourage behaviour change.

 

 

  • Helping finance & pensions companies

 

 

Individuals who aren’t on top of their finances feel incredible stress. Continually frowning results in frown lines (often referred to as worry lines) speeding up the aging process. Stress also accelerates the release of cortisol (the stress hormone) which interrupts the production of elastin and collagen – the natural good stuff needed to keep our faces looking youthful!

 

Allowing your customers to see the effects of poor financial choices on their faces coupled with the opportunity to engage with them about their lifestyle and current finances helps to generate more savings and investments. These interactive communications encourage individuals to make improvements to their finances.

 

Plus, your campaign will stand out against your competitors as it invites your customers to feel empathy with their future selves instead of just living in the moment.

 

 

  • Helping beauty and skincare companies

 

 

The reason why customers choose your products over other brands is because they believe that they will work – they believe that they will reduce wrinkles and fine lines, improve their muscle tone, boost the skin’s radiance and help to retain their youthful look.

 

Allowing your customers to engage in conversation and to visualize the positive effects of using your skincare products is a strong marketing tool. It allows you to communicate messages concerning optimum skin care routines and to educate what can cause damage to the skin, in particular UV rays to promote SPF products positively.

 

By putting your customers into the heart of your campaigns you are creating an exceptional personal experience, and one that will be remembered for a long time. 

 

Our software will show sun-spots and wrinkles as well as inform your customers how their choices today can keep them looking confident and healthy with age!

 

Get in contact today

 

We’d love to hear about your next marketing campaign. Please get in touch today – together we can improve lives.

 

Lockdown Face

👤 🕔 April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Lockdown Face

Our lives have been turned upside down as the world fights to find ways to protect us from Covid-19. To stay safe, and not to overwhelm our amazing health services, we are urged to remain at home. 

 

During lockdown we must continue to care for our physical health, mental wellbeing and our immune systems. It’s key that we do everything we can to keep them in good shape. But, are we?

 

If we were to see the future effects of our new habits on our faces, would that make a difference to the way we behave during lockdown? Probably.

 

For many people, workloads have increased, and they are faced with having to work from home while simultaneously trying their best to home-school. For employees who have been furloughed, they may be worrying about money and their jobs and find that they are struggling to think of ways to fill their days – maybe they’ve been able to start a new fitness regime or learn a new skill.  

 

For those on the front-line, their shifts have been stretched, their homelife limited and their energy levels have been tested to the limit.

 

All these adversities coupled with the daily news detailing Covid-19 deaths is causing high levels of pressure and stress, more so for those with underlying health conditions. These added pressures can be obstacles blocking us from looking after ourselves as well as we would normally. 

 

This unprecedented quarantine has seen lots of people more readily reaching for the high sugar, high salt snacks and drinking more alcohol. The signs are there – you just have to look at social media posts to see that gin o’clock is getting earlier every day!

 

On the other hand, being able to spend time with family and enjoying a special walk with a son, daughter, husband or wife can mean so much and bring moments of joy. The surge of online exercise classes, cookery tips and DIY hacks have been a welcome distraction from the news and have motivated a few to make the most of their time and helped to promote a healthy mindset. 

 

Do you have a lockdown face?

Your face will show the effects of stress, poor diet and a lack of exercise – there’s no hiding from our change of lifestyle. Here’s what to expect if you don’t make small changes:

Pre Lockdown

Post Lockdown (combined snacking, stress, lack of exercise and earlier gin O’Clock

STRESS: Stressing over money, your job, the effectiveness of your home schooling, the health of your older relatives, the future, and the all-encompassing fear surrounding coronavirus is bound to take its toll.  

Lockdown stress face: Stress causes us to frown repeatedly resulting in deeper frown lines, lack lustre skin, inflammation and breakouts. High levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) are released when we feel stressed, which interrupts the production of collagen and elastin, speeding up the ageing process. 

Small changes: Look online (trusted sources only) or reach out for help or information. Try to form a healthy sleep routine. Don’t expect too much of yourself or your family. Focus on the things you CAN control. Eat well to keep yourself nourished. And, remember, there will be an end to all of this.

 

DIET: Spending all day at home, every day, means that we’re tempted to make frequent trips to the kitchen. When we’re feeling bored it’s easy to comfort eat and gorge on crisps, biscuits, fried food, chocolate and whatever else we find in our fridges.  

Lockdown diet face:  Signs that we are ‘treating’ ourselves to unhealthy snacks too often are weight gain, breakouts, dry flaky skin, a lack of energy and deeper wrinkles.

Small changes: Commit to buy healthier snacks and fruit so there’s plenty of healthy options to choose from. Stick to eating three good meals a day and drink lots of water. 

 

EXERCISE: With children at home, and easy access to the box sets you’ve been meaning to get around to watching, we have to be extremely disciplined not to have the television on more than usual. Occupying ourselves, and other household members, with this form of entertainment can be an easy choice. If you’re not making the most out of your permitted one-a-day outdoor exercise time and the online classes, it’s amazing how quickly our body shape changes. 

Lockdown exercise face: With minimum movement we will experience quick weight gain, develop a grey pallor to the skin and be at a greater risk of chronic disease.

Small changes: Walk a little bit further each day and up your pace. Get on your bike for a great cardiac workout. Try one of the many free online fitness classes. Feel your heart pumping and your breath quicken – a great sign that you’re boosting your physical fitness.  

 

How Change My Face can help

 

Our innovative ageing software enables people to visualise how they could look like in the future based on their lifestyle. Visualising our future selves is a strong trigger for many of us to actively make positive changes. Contact us about using our aging API for your health campaigns to promote your services and deliver powerful messages that really resonate. 

Together we can improve lives.

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Your Biological Age: Small Steps Will Make A Big Difference

👤 🕔 March 26, 2020 Comments Off on Your Biological Age: Small Steps Will Make A Big Difference

 

We only have to glance at our phones or listen to the news to hear stories telling us what is bad for our health and that if we keep certain habits, we’re likely to experience life-threatening diseases. The team here at Change Your Face believe that this ‘doom and gloom’ approach doesn’t inspire positive change, in fact, it can be harmful to our mental health too.

 

Being told the facts on how we can reduce our biological age and get into shape in a positive way will result in more people listening and actually taking action for themselves to improve their fitness. Once individuals start to feel and look better in a relatively short space of time they’ll be encouraged to continue with their new regimes. These positive preventative messages give hope. They save lives and save money.

 

Change My Face’s unique application program interface (API) can be used to share positive messages to a targeted audience while directing them to sources of information and services. Via an app the user can see their future selves based on their current lifestyle habits; this powerful visualization tool is often the incentive most people need to trigger life changing decisions.

 

It’s time for individuals to embrace the truth, look into their future, turn back their biological clock and fulfil their health potential!

 

Let’s look at what’s happening now

 

There’s lots of data available to prove that waistlines and bad habits continue to grow. The statistics show that unhealthy lifestyle patterns increase year on year with no indication of slowing down. Here are just some figures to demonstrate how alarming the figures are.

 

  • In the UK, the NHS report that over 60% of adults are classed as overweight or obese. A higher percentage of women than men fall into the obese category, however being overweight is more common among men. And around 30% of children aged between 2 and 15 years of age are either overweight or obese.

 

  • Studies from the State of Childhood Obesity reveal that in the US the adult obesity rate exceeds 35% in 9 states, 30% in 31 states and 25% in 48 states. Approximately 4.8m US children aged between 10 and 17 are obese. The cost of US childhood obesity alone costs around $14 billion every year in direct health expenses.

 

  • In addition to these figures, the World Health Organization reported on a study performed by the International Agency For Research On Cancer (IARC) in 2018 giving evidence that there is a link between obesity and smoking. Dr Christopher Wild, the IARC Director says: “Prevention of smoking is key to reducing the global burden of cancer and other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Obesity is also among the most important preventable causes of the same diseases. These new results provide intriguing insights into the potential benefits of jointly addressing these risk factors with public health measures that combine weight control and tobacco control strategies.”

 

It’s time to turn back our biological age

 

Research has also proven that obese parents are more likely to bring up obese children. This is a dangerous cycle and it must stop. There are both tangible and intangible costs associated with overweight societies: poor health, a drain on health services, lower productivity and a risk to economies.

 

But the high cost of obesity on society goes much deeper – there is the emotional cost. The reality is that the overweight members of society face discrimination, are more likely to take home a lower salary, experience a lower quality of life and susceptible to anxiety, stress and depression.

 

Biological age vs actual age

 

Your actual age is how many years you have spent on this earth. Your biological age is how your body has aged. If your body not been treated with the respect it deserves your biological age is likely to be significantly higher than it should be.

 

A recent medical trial in the UK for a Channel 4 program witnessed these results:

  • A male reduced his biological age by 20 years by embarking on a new fitness regime which involved walking 10,000 steps a day and drinking less alcohol.
  • A male (actual age 31) reduced his biological age by 7 years by incorporating sit-ups and running into his fitness routine.
  • A female with a biological age of 67, reduced this to 51 by increasing her walking pace.

 

A report published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine proved that adopting a higher than usual walking speed resulted in a significant reduction in biological age. 50,225 British walkers were involved in the trial.

  • Those with an actual age of over 60 who walk briskly have a 53% lower risk of death from cardiovascular illnesses compared to slower walkers.
  • This same range of individuals have a 24% reduction in the risk of death from any cause.

 

Not one of the people involved in these trials ran marathons or took part in any activity deemed to be Olympic level. They simply increased their activity by a relatively small amount and were careful with their diet.

 

How we look has never been so important

 

Over 95 million photos and videos are posted on Instagram every day. People share selfies constantly.

 

Just on this one social media platform there are over one billion active monthly users. This shows that sharing our faces is an important part of modern life – as is being influenced by what we see on our phones.

 

The Change My Face technology allows individuals to load a photo of themselves and select answers from a pre-set range of questions concerning their lifestyle. In seconds they see their face 10 years on if they continue to life the way they do now. The user can redo the test and alter their answers to see the significant change in their looks if they were to take simple steps to improve their health.

 

Our API can be licenced by businesses globally and used in campaigns to encourage positive behaviour changes. To date Change My Face apps have been number 1 in 16 countries achieving over 1 million downloads with many organisations, including health insurance companies, already making a big differences to people’s lives.

 

  • Toyota utilized the software to create the first app of its kind called ‘Fumeface’. Their marketing department encouraged the use of cleaner vehicles by showing that living in a polluted environment can speed up the aging process.
  • The British Heart Foundation created the ‘Smoking Time Machine’; a powerful tool to promote their ‘No Smoking Day’ campaign. Free downloads were available for the STM iOS app.
  • Connexion Asia used the software to ask employees what their current lifestyle was. When faced with the future many took the decision to make changes to their lifestyle.

 

Anti-aging at a cellular level

 

Healthy bodies and minds start with healthy cells. They really are the foundations for great health.

 

Telomeres are the cap-ends found on every strand of DNA protecting our chromosomes, as we age they naturally shorten. Their length affects aging and can bring on age-associated diseases and cancers. If everyone knew the truth about their future health and learned what steps to take now to alter the rate at which their telomeres shorten, they’d be more people living healthily, happily, and for longer.

 

In addition to the length of our telomeres our biological age can be determined by other markers from our blood pressure to our lung capacity.

 

Good news is that every individual on the planet has the power to slow down, or even reverse their ticking biological clocks.

 

Preventive measures to influence our health and longevity

 

In collaboration with organizations across the globe Change My Face’s mission is to empower people, to teach them about their own health and to tell them in simple terms how to reverse their biological clock. It’s not expensive, it won’t take up too much time and it’s achievable.

 

  • Walk at a faster pace than usual
  • Increase usual daily step count
  • Start some resistance exercises
  • Whilst watching TV or sat at a desk make sure to stand up every half an hour
  • Eat more fruit and veg
  • Cut down on alcohol consumption
  • Don’t eat as many processed foods
  • Nurture a good sleeping pattern
  • Stop smoking

 

Simple exercises and activities as well as a good diet can slow down the speed of the shortening of telomere length reducing the risk of serious illnesses and the size of our waists.

 

How to get your positive messages out there

 

If your organization would benefit from utilizing the Change My Face lifestyle software we’re here to help. Together we can be the change.