Health and beauty are big business, so it’s no surprise to see thousands of apps on the topic in the App Store. Actually, at this point there are thousands of apps for nearly anything you can think of. Unfortunately for the beautiful people no iDevices ship with a built-in mirror, but thankfully all devices now come with a front-facing camera and the glass screen can often capture your reflection if you’re desperate to see yourself. Apps for health and beauty come in all shapes and sizes. If you want to do a deep dive we suggest you start your journey in the Health & Beauty and Lifestyle categories in the App Store.
If you’re looking for a way to track the calories you consume and better track your diet look no further than this great app.
Created by MyFitnessPal, a website that lets you track what you eat, the Calorie Counter app (App Store link) lets you set daily calorie goals and then record your daily food intake and exercise to make sure you stay on track.
According to MyFitnessPal, Calorie Counter has the largest food database of the many iPhone apps that let you track calories, and features over 1.1 million foods.
Entering foods that you’ve eaten is very easy thanks to the built-in barcode scanners. Simply point your camera at the product barcode and the app will work out the calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar and fibre of the product.
The app also lets you track more than 350 different exercises, and is smart enough to work out how many calories you burn during your workout, or lets you enter this information manually.
Lastly, Calorie Counter lets you connect with friends to easily motivate each other. It’s an important feature that lets MyFitnessPal boast that members of the site who diet with friends lose three times more weight on average.
As Calorie Counter is to calorie counting and weight loss, RunKeeper is to exercise.
The app (App Store link) uses GPS to track the progress of your exercise, and works anytime you are outside and your phone has reception. When you’re inside in a gym you can also use RunKeeper to input your exercise.
Once you have finished your workout RunKeeper automatically syncs your activity with the RunKeeper website, where you can view your exercise statistics. The basic RunKeeper is free but you can also subscribe to a product called RunKeeper Elite. For US$5 a month or US$20 a year you get access to RunKeeper Live that lets anyone follow your activity via the website in real time.
With RunKeeper Elite you also get access to more detailed reports about your activities.
Finally, RunKeeper FitnessClasses are training classes developed by expert coaches that you take with other RunKeeper users. Most classes cost around US$20 (with a discount for RunKeeper Elite members). As a member you can listen to audio cues through the RunKeeper app while you train, and receive motivation from other members of your FitnessClass.
Ever wondered what you’ll look like when you grow old? This neat iPhone app might just show you how.
HourFace (App Store link) is simple to use. Take a portrait shot (or you can select one from your photo library) and the ageing process will begin in front of your eyes. To make sure you get the full effect ensure that you take a photo in bright, natural light with the subject’s head held straight, and with the forehead visible.
Once the ageing process has taken place you can reverse it by turning your iPhone upside down again. You can also swipe the screen side to side to turn the face.
When you’ve finished you can share your ‘old’ self via email, or save the 3D face back into your photo library.
FoodSwitch (App Store link), released by Bupa Australia, makes it easy to make healthy choices when you’re in the supermarket by letting you scan more than 20,000 product barcodes to see comparison products that are healthier for you.
It’s easy to use and very effective.
The first step is to scan the barcode of packaged food by using the built-in camera on your iPhone or iPad. Once the app recognises a product it presents you with a colour-coded ratings for four key food components (total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt). Red indicates a less healthy choice, amber is an OK choice and green is a healthier choice.
FoodSwitch also makes it easy to share information about the healthier foods you choose with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or via email.
If you’ve ever wanted to experiment with what you look like, but didn’t have the time to sit at a hairdresser’s you should try iStylist (App Store link).
Billed as a ‘fun and easy way to create makeovers right on your iPhone or iPod touch’ the app lets you pick an existing photo (or use the camera) and try hundreds of different hairstyles, glasses, hats, makeup and facial hair.
iStylist is primarily designed for females but males can have fun with the app too. Like most apps, once you’ve got the perfect look you can upload the app to Facebook, or share it with the iStylist community who can rate your image.
iStylist also includes the latest celebrity styles. You can also extend the app further by buying extra style packs.