You wouldn’t know it from how much we talk about cookies, but Birchbox staffers are a pretty healthy bunch. We love our veggies and mind-clearing workouts, and are always up to try the latest fitness class or nutrition bar. Our weekly column, Well-Balanced, is dedicated to our latest wellness obsessions — they might become yours, too.
By all accounts, this was a very techy holiday. The official stats aren’t in yet, but initial numbers show that 6.8 million mobile devices were powered up on Christmas Day. If you’re the proud owner of a new iPhone, iPad, or other shiny new toy, you’ve probably already started downloading apps. Instead of going straight for Angry Birds, try these healthy apps — you’ll get a headstart on those new year’s resolutions.
Photo via Yahoo Shine.
There’s a small black mole on my right cheek that’s been there ever since I learned how to look in the mirror. While I like to think it puts me in the same league as Cindy Crawford and Marilyn Monroe, there’s a fine line between a beauty mark and a potentially cancerous skin growth. I know I should go to my dermatologist to have him take a look, but who has the time?
Well, now I don’t have any excuse to let my mole go unchecked. According to Yahoo, there’s a new iPhone app called SpotCheck that screens for melanoma. It lets you take a picture of any mole with your phone and send it to dermatologist Dr. Bobby Buka, the developer behind the app. Within 24 hours, you’ll receive a text message stating whether or not he thinks you should have the mole evaluated. Preventing skin cancer has never been easier.
As always, make sure you wear SPF daily to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.
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It was only a matter of time before beauty made its way to social networking. StyleSeat is an ingenious site that allows clients to connect with their favorite hair care professionals, while in turn the businesses have a new way to market what they have to offer.
There are a ton of great features on the site, and their IPhone and IPad apps just went live a couple days ago — perfect for on-the-go booking. You can start by searching by location, and then browse through prices, times, and services. They’ve only listed professionals in the directory that have enough information to inform clients — one that caught our eye? Kao Vey Saephanh, who styled the So You Think You Can Dance’s Season Five contestants. Want more info? Check recommendations from past customers and photos of the salons.
You can also find colorists, masseurs, and trainers (oh my)! If you register now, you get $25 off a future service and they also have special deals. We may even need to bring someone into the office next week for some new dos—I wouldn’t be opposed to booking a masseuse either!
Keep your new haircut fresh with products from the Birchbox Shop.
Eric Neher, Brand Marketing & Merchandising Manager
Today’s confession: I am terrified of the sun. Not in a totally freaky way, but in a I-am-blonde-haired-blue-eyed-fair-skin type of way. Needless to say, I am a big fan of sunless tanner (loving my new Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads) and during the warmer months I even dabble with spray tanning. So clearly I got excited when Refinery29 alerted me to the new TanningBooth app.
Since I am well aware of what I look like with a faux glow, I thought it would funny to tan some of my fellow Birchbox staffers. I must admit, these pics did provide some serious satisfaction—once I finally got the thing to work. My hopes weren’t super high because it only cost $1, but I will say that these results took a few days to finagle and a photo shoot specifically to get these head shots (FYI not all photos pan out, and insofar as I can tell, you need to have a background that is really contrasting). But was the time I spent totally worth it? I think so, but I’ll let you be the judge. More importantly, who do you think looks the best with a tan?
Katia Beauchamp, Co-founder
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Lorelei Orfeo, Assistant Editor