Your iPhone, your wallet, your game console, your organizer, your…beautician?
This is one of those apps I’m just not sure what to make of, or how to review. Do I poke fun at it? Only focus on the app design? Pull my pants down and see how this thing does with cellulite?
Because that’s what Anti-Aging claims to do; get rid of wrinkles, cellulite, dark circles, acne, even help regrow hair. According to United Holdings Group, Anti-Aging uses a combination of color and sound therapy to “stimulate the body’s natural defense system, wake up cells, and bring relief from various ailments.”
A lofty claim, and one that is sure to raise a few eyebrows. I even wondered if this wasn’t some elaborate joke, and I can’t be the first. But what I can say after playing with the app is that if they are playing a joke, it’s a very elaborate and well thought-out one.
The app is nicely designed. It opens straight to the menu, where you can choose from a selection including “Stretch Marks & Scars,” “Joint Discomfort & Arthritis,” and “Acne Clear” to begin therapy. Anti-Aging also includes sections explaining how it works, FAQs, and rather compelling before and after pictures.
Basically, each therapy session ranges from two to five minutes. Just hold the iPhone screen the recommended one to three inches from the area you want to work on. There’s a different color associated with each therapy that flashes on your skin, accompanied by specific sounds. You’ll feel like you’re in a 1970’s sci-fi flick, but hey, it only lasts a few minutes. A timer counts down the time left in your session.
The app itself, like I said, is nice, clear, and well designed. The big question; does it work? Obviously it would take some time to tell. I tried the “Dark Circles & Puffy Eyes” therapy on my left eye. I will say I felt some warmth and a little fuzziness in that area during the session – which wasn’t so much reassuring as it was alarming. Even more interesting was that fifteen minutes later, a slight, pleasant tingle was still present. It did something, that’s for sure.
I might – and I stress the word might – keep trying it out over the next week or so just to see what happens, despite the looks of deep concern I get from family and friends when I whip out my phone and allow it to beep and flash at my eyes. My curiosity is piqued.
The bottom line? It’s only $2.99. On the chance it does work, that’s a hell of a deal. And if it doesn’t, for three bucks at least you’ve got something that’s sure to entertain at parties when you hold your iPhone over your bald friend’s head and claim to be growing his hair back.
Anti-Aging is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later.