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Ageing and Lifestyle Software: Visualising your future face for health and wealth.


Research proves teens respond to Smoking Time Machine

👤 🕔 December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Research proves teens respond to Smoking Time Machine

We are pleased to see that recent research in Germany shows that our app Smoking Time Machine does actually help to put teens off smoking, or at least trying.

Me: “Smoking causes cancer.”

My teen patient:  “I know.”

Me: “Smoking causes heart disease.”

My teen patient: “I know.”

Me: “Each cigarette takes away about 11 minutes of your life.”

My teen patient: “That’s bad.”

Me: “People who smoke a pack a day die, on average 7 years earlier than people who have never smoked.”

My teen patient: “That’s really bad.”

Me: “Can I help you quit smoking?”

My teen patient: “No; I’m still going to smoke.”

Unfortunately, I’ve had this conversation many times. One of the most challenging aspects of adolescent medicine is changing unhealthy behaviors like smoking. My patients know that it’s bad, really bad, but they don’t stop. They’re not surprised if I tell them that smoking is linked to nearly 29 percent of U.S. cancer deaths or that smoking-related illnesses claim more American lives than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs combined.

Some of the problem is their belief that “it’s not going to happen to me.” Others have seen more death and violence in their young lives than one should see in a lifetime — leading them to question whether they will even be alive in 20 years. Every day in the U.S., about 4,000 kids under the age of 18 try their first cigarette, and 1,000 of those become smokers. It is estimated that approximately 4.5 million adolescents in the U.S. are smokers.

For teenagers it’s appearance, appearance, appearance.  One thing that teens really care about is appearance. They never seem to pass a mirror without a glance. Many studies have demonstrated the influence of teens’ perceived attractiveness on their self-confidence and quality of life, for example, the relationship between acne and self-esteem. Tapping into this, a recent study done in German secondary schools used a free photo aging mobile app called Smoking Time Machine, which alters a person’s self-portrait (selfie) to predict future appearance. The students’ altered three-dimensional selfies on mobile phones or tablets were “mirrored” via a projector in front of their whole grade. Using an anonymous questionnaire, the researchers then measured the perceptions of 125 students of both genders whose average age was about 13 years old. Most (62 percent) of the students perceived the intervention as fun. More important, most (63 percent) said that the intervention motivated them not to smoke and most (65 percent) said that they learned new benefits of non-smoking.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The cancers and illnesses may appear during adulthood, but most adult smokers began smoking during adolescence. In a study reported in Pediatrics, parental smoking was associated with a significantly higher risk of adolescent children starting to smoke. In addition, the likelihood of children starting to smoke increased with the number of parents who smoked and the length of time that children were exposed to parental smoking. There is a silver lining to this study: Offspring of parents who had quit smoking were no more likely to smoke than offspring of parents who had never smoked.

My advice: 

  1. Parents who smoke should literally quit for their children.
  2. Show your kids the Smoking Time Machine app. They’ll probably laugh and think they look silly…that’s what I call a teachable moment!

Rima Himelstein, M.D., Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System

Download Smoking Time Machine here

Futuristic aging for COSI Science Center

👤 🕔 November 15, 2016 Comments Off on Futuristic aging for COSI Science Center

Almost completed, a multi tasking exhibit to visiulise your future self for the COSI Science Center in Ohio, with effects of smoking, alcohol, drugs, tanning, stress and diet. We’ve really loved working on this project and had great feedback so far:


“The software is installed and works like a charm. We started playing around with the software in our exhibition space, and it looks great!  If guests have half as much fun with it as we did it will be a huge hit.  Thanks so much for all of you and your team’s work on the program. The aging effects work wonderfully.  I especially like the ability to get in at the end and re-adjust my selections—it’s not only fun, but I think it really helps get the specific content points across.  Kudos.” Josh Kessler, COSI



Meet Your Future Self

👤 🕔 November 11, 2016 Comments Off on Meet Your Future Self

We are proud to have created an app for Visa showing the youth of today that depending on how much they save for the future, this could have a negative effect on their wallets, quality of life and looks. Maybe it stands to reason, that if you retire on a measly pension and have little to live off, there’s a chance life could be more stressful, more stress leads to less sleep, a poorer diet etc etc. Plus, an experiment proved that if you could meet your future self, and connect with that image, then you are more likely to put away more pennies for the future. Pensions companies are latching on to this nugget of research to persuade people to save more when they are young – and by using age progression to visualise your future self, maybe you’ll save a little more too? For age progression & financial calculator apps, email us


Ageing in Style

👤 🕔 September 19, 2016 Comments Off on Ageing in Style

Most of our work is about age progression & lifestyle, all of which is driven by our genes, DNA, upbringing and attitude to life. Although the same things happen physically to all of us as we age such as gravity, repeated use of facial muscles etc we still age in our own unique way and at different speeds. Although it’s now known from research that our life expectancy can be affected by outside influences such as poverty, stress, divorce, happiness, wealth, illness etc  I believe attitude plays the biggest part in embracing the ageing process. While the media likes to dictate how we should look when we’re young and how we should age (or rather not age), our big life decisions will have an impact on the way we age and look. Let’s give ourselves a break and let our decisions be part of who we are and how we look as we grow old beautifully and in our own way.

Let’s celebrate our differences – after all we’re all unique.

Influential: Iris Apfel (pictured), who is 90, has inspired a range of glasses. Created by Eyebobs, a U.S. eye wear brand, the frames are similar to her own

Growing old in style: Iris Apfel

Looking into the Future

👤 🕔 September 9, 2016 Comments Off on Looking into the Future

We’re really excited to be working on some new age progression software for Ohio Science Center – the first ever interactive to show how you’ll look with the effects of stress, alcohol, smoking, diet, excercise and drugs combined – a scary thought indeed – luckily you can make lifestyle changes at the end to ‘improve’ your look. The first piece of interactive software we made for scientific purposes was for the Glasgow Science Centre, and was named the 10 Year Time Machine – showing the effects of drinking and smoking – a fun and slightly shocking interactive that has proved very popular since first being used 4 years ago. We love doing our work…

Sugar Face..what effects our lifestyle choices can have on our looks

👤 🕔 May 25, 2016 Comments Off on Sugar Face..what effects our lifestyle choices can have on our looks


08:20, 14 May 2016

SUGAR can age the skin as much as smoking and boozing, new evidence claims.

Experts have dubbed the effects of too much sweetness sugar face, saying it reduces elasticity in the skin and can cause wrinkles.

Here, forensic medical artist Auriole Prince uses The Suns LYNSEY CLARKE, 31, to show through age progression what ten more years of sugar, coffee, smoking, booze and using computers could do to her complexion.

Consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson Dr Nisith Sheth explains the problems.

Normal face

Copyright STEWART WILLIAMS 07956 568150 SUN WOMAN. Lynsey Clarke Ageing. Pictures of Lynsey will be digitally aged to reflect the damage done by continually living different life styles 11/5/16

Sugar face

Copyright STEWART WILLIAMS 07956 568150 SUN WOMAN. Lynsey Clarke Ageing. Pictures of Lynsey will be digitally aged to reflect the damage done by continually living different life styles 11/5/16

Dark circles, spots, open pores, wrinkles, sun damage.

Dr Sheth says: There is evidence to suggest that the glycation process, which is caused by high blood sugar, worsens ageing by causing wrinkles and fine lines.

There is also some evidence that high GI foods – fast release sugars such as sugary drinks or sweets – can make acne worse AND make the skin oily.

Lynseys verdict: Thank God I prefer savoury to sweet. I gave up chocolate for Lent this year and seeing what sugar could do to my skin has made me consider cutting it out for good.

I knew that eating cakes and biscuits could cause the odd spot but I had no idea about the wrinkles.

Booze face

Jowls, swollen salivary glands, broken veins, rosacea, dehydration, bloodshot eyes, wrinkles.

Dr Sheth says: Alcohol causes dilation of the blood vessels, which in turn causes flushing and rosacea, permanent redness and spots.

Lynseys verdict: I am partial to a glass of wine so seeing what it can do has terrified me. The red cheeks and bloated neck are especially unattractive.

Smoking face

Copyright STEWART WILLIAMS 07956 568150 SUN WOMAN. Lynsey Clarke Ageing. Pictures of Lynsey will be digitally aged to reflect the damage done by continually living different life styles 11/5/16

Lines and wrinkles, leathery skin, dull complexion, tramlines above lip, more prominent scarring.

Dr Sheth says: Caffeine can open blood vessels and for some this causes a rosy complexion.

Lynseys verdict: “My face has lost any plumpness and looks really gaunt and sallow. It’s enough to put anyone off sparking up.”

Coffee face

Heightened stress spots or breakouts, dehydrated skin, rosy cheeks, dark circles.

Dr Sheth says: Caffeine can open blood vessels and for some this causes a rosy complexion.

Lynseys verdict: I am of the flat white generation and enjoy a frothy coffee each day but I try to balance it out with lots of water. Coffee certainly doesnt have the worst effects on the skin but I wont overdo it.

Computer face

Turkey tech-neck, drooping jowls, frown lines, wrinkles around eyes

Dr Sheth says: Looking at a screen all day could increase wrinkles and being inside an air-conditioned office for long periods can dry out the skin.

Lynseys verdict: The effect the use of technology has around my neck and eyes worries me. I had no idea air-conditioning dehydrated the skin.

Original photos taken by Stewart Williams

Stressful lives can age us by 5 years

👤 🕔 May 25, 2016 Comments Off on Stressful lives can age us by 5 years

Interesting to read that new research from New Zealand has shown that our stressful lifestyles are ageing us beyond our years.

Whether it’s work pressure, financial stress or spending too much time looking after the needs of others, our own health is coming second.

A study, commissioned by insurance company Sovereign, shows at the extreme end, our lifestyle and stress can even add 20 “penalty years” of age.

Penalty years are added through a “health age generator” that assesses everything from exercise to sleep patterns and drinking habits.

So, a 40-year-old with five penalty years, has effectively aged themselves into a 45-year-old.

Overall, the generator revealed that in the 1200 Kiwis surveyed, there was a national average of two penalty years.

Men fared better than women, averaging 1.2 penalty years against 2.2, while penalty years decreased in older Kiwis.

NZ Warriors and former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew said the research marked a national “line in the sand”.

“The main factors seen to be impacting the health age average are work, stress, risky behaviour – like unsafe driving or poor sunsmart choices – and alcohol consumption,” said Dr Mayhew, who is Sovereign’s chief medical officer.

Brits waste nearly two years of their life hungover

👤 🕔 May 25, 2016 Comments Off on Brits waste nearly two years of their life hungover

What can drinking be doing to our faces, if we spend two years of our lives hungover? Dehydration, increased calories and dilated blood vessels can all effect our looks.

Late night alcohol delivery service Booze Up surveyed 1,000 Britons and discovered on average, drinkers will experience headaches, nausea and fatigue for approximately five hours a week normally on a Sunday as a result of drinking too much alcohol.

Its well known that hangovers affect just about everybody, but its shocking to think that as a nation we spend nearly two years of our lives feeling lousy, commented Ashleigh Fletcher, co-founder of Booze Up.

In addition, the results showed 18 to 24-year-olds were more likely to suffer from hangovers compared to other age brackets.

On average, this age group will suffer from hangovers twice a week and will take six hours to recover.

For those over the age of 65, the time it takes to recover from hangovers is longer on average at seven hours.

All-in-all, Booze Up estimates the average Briton will spend 682 days recovering from a hangover. The results were determined by multiplying the average amount of time people spent hungover each month with the average life expectancy.

Darren Sawyer, co-founder of Booze Up, said: By simply reducing the amount we drink, we can reduce the amount of time spent nursing a hangover.

25th May, 2016 by Melita Kiely

Age My Face software for schools

👤 🕔 May 18, 2016 Comments Off on Age My Face software for schools



We are really excited to start working on some new age progression software for use in schools. We are hoping this will straddle several different class topics and get children talking about the impact lifestyle and health could have on their future selves. Seeing oneself with the effects of drinking, smoking and tanning for example, can really bring the message home about what certain lifestyles can do to one’s health – especially in today’s world, where the emphasis on looks are becoming increasingly important, your health on the inside is reflected on the outside too. To find out more please contact

Anti-ageing gin claims to drive away wrinkles with each sip

👤 🕔 May 17, 2016 Comments Off on Anti-ageing gin claims to drive away wrinkles with each sip

The newly launched drink may provide a novel way to consume collagen aside from the usual capsules available in the market. The beauty and cosmetic industry markets collagen because as people get older, they lose this valuable component, resulting in lack of firmness and wrinkles.

The alcoholic drink named Anti-AGin, was developed by the UK-based Bompas and Parr, that creates food art using gelatin desserts.

The 40 per cent spirit is a combination of chamomile and tea tree scents. Other ingredients include witch-hazel, nettle, juniper, coriander and angelica root, the Tech Times reported.

The ingredients were specifically chosen due to their revitalising qualities, including healing sun-damage, being rich in minerals, inhibiting scar formation and to help smooth cellulite, Warner Leisure Hotels, which commissioned the drink, wrote in its website.

Collagen is naturally produced by the body, but as people age, its production diminishes. Taking in products with collagen or using beauty products with it, could help reduce wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing on the skin.

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