Social biohacking? Yes, it’s a word & it’s being used in skincare
Remmy uses social biohacking for patients to track their skin conditions, compare treatment options with others, and with the hope of healthier skin.
Remmy users can test out different skincare products and treatments, log their experience and keep track of their skincare journey. They can find others with the same skin conditions and compare their encounters with a specific treatment. Skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, spider veins, eczema, and more are all covered on the platform. To begin, patients track the health of their skin for a baseline. Another start-up called Miiskin uses a picture only concept to track moles so this aspect isn’t new as such.
Next, they can join a biohacking treatment with others experiencing the same condition, where each member checks in with each aspect of the treatment, and progress can be measured. An average effectiveness score is be calculated by Remmy’s algorithm, considering every member’s experience. From there, users can interact with one another, share their own experiences, and begin learning about what will and won’t work for their specific condition.
A team of skincare doctors support users. They monitor treatment trends, research and educate users. These doctors can find new and innovative treatment options for patients and discover and highlight remedies with the most potential. Treatments will also be recommended to patients, where they can view statistics about its effectiveness, reviews and more.
The platform is open to various healthcare professionals. Medical doctors, nurse practitioners, Chinese medical doctors, Ayurvedic doctors, dermatologists, and more can grow their practice to a remote and global scale. It is free for doctors to be listed on the platform and receive requests for remote consultations, and marketing is taken care of for them to focus on helping patients. They can also receive access to anonymous data about treatment trends and effectiveness, making them more well-rounded and knowledgeable in their practice.
A sleek smartwatch designed for a night out & working out
The new Fitbit Luxe wristwatch gives a fashionable look to exercising. With its sleek design, wearers can enjoy the look and function of the Fitbit Luxe when exercising, socialising and resting.
The silicone Fitbit Luxe wristbands are available in three different colour combinations, plus a special edition gold or silver chain link design curated by designer gorjana. The stainless-steel watch face is supported on the band, complete with an AMOLED colour display, which adjusts automatically to different brightness settings. Once paired with the Fitbit app, available on both the App Store and on the Google Play Store, users can begin employing the Fitbit Luxe to track their exercise, sleeping cycles and more. Precisely, the wearable will track the wearer’s heart rate 24/7 to determine their resting heart rate, aiding the active zone feature, which vibrates when exercising in the target heart rate zone.
Heart rate data is accounted for at one-second intervals during exercise. While working out, users can manually choose 20 different exercise modes or automatically allow the smart track feature to identify the exercise with the relevant metrics automatically. Further, during walks, runs, or bike rides, users can connect their watch with their phone’s GPS so that they can receive real-time data, including pace and distance. For up to seven days, minute-to-minute exercise data will be saved, and daily totals are stored for up to 30 days.
With a five-day battery life, users can wear the Fitbit Luxe all the time, receiving benefits from the device even while resting. For example, by setting up the alarm function, users can experience a peaceful wake-up call at the right sleep stage with a gentle vibration. The watch will also track sleeping cycles throughout the night, delivering metrics related to breathing rate and how long the sleeper is in each sleep stage. From this information, Fitbit will calculate a sleep score, rating overall sleep quality to subsequently provide suggestions on how they can improve the quality of their sleep. Additionally, each night, Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is tracked to ascertain if any signs of stress, illness, or fatigue are present.
The Fitbit Luxe records physical signs of stress – A stress score ranging on a scale from 1 to 100 is calculated for the wearer. To encourage mindfulness to counteract this stress, the watch can walk users through guided breathing sessions or meditations and allow them to reflect on their exercise and wellness accomplishments.
Virtual reality for mental health seeks to improve real life
Rey allows users to experience social engagement therapy from the comfort of their own homes by using virtual reality and personalised online treatment.
Using virtual reality tools powered by OxfordVR, Rey empowers patients to control their social anxiety and mental wellness. VR allows users to engage in various social settings to get them more comfortable and exposed to those situations but gives them control. It has been found that through VR therapy, patients see lasting results that are easily transferrable into real life. It has also been found that VR can help with conditions such as OCD, PTSD, phobias, attention deficits, and even as digital sedation for procedures.
To get started, users will meet a wellness advocate – A mental health concierge that will be with them through every step of the process. These advocates will help patients get matched to the right plan and team and answer any questions. With a membership to Rey, users can choose one of two plans available.
First, the medication management plan includes an initial review with a psychiatrist, quarterly check-ins and medication delivered right to their door. Then, at $37 a month, they can also enjoy ‘a la carte’ therapy sessions and coaching sessions, at $75 and $50 each, respectively. The second option is Rey’s therapy plan, where each month, patients receive four therapy sessions, four coaching sessions and access to immersive therapies through VR, at $147 a month.
Once a plan is chosen, patients will begin sessions and start meeting with one of Rey’s licensed therapists or psychiatrists who specialise in social engagement and can help them understand why they feel the way they do. With the therapy plan, they will receive a VR headset and begin practising their social engagement and interactions. Along with therapy, coaching sessions are available, with health coaches who are trained to help patients set and achieve new goals and habits, motivate them to achieve those goals and challenge any thoughts holding them back from reaching their wellness goals. They can then apply what they’ve learned in these VR situations in their real life. Fear of heights is another program that the platform offers with other mental health conditions going through research and trial phases.