L’Oréal launches AI-powered spot-scanning tech

L’Oréal skincare brand La Roche-Posay is launching the first spot-diagnosis tool engineered by artificial intelligence to provide skin diagnosis and recommendations for spot and acne-prone skin.

The free Spotscan tool, available on Boots.com, contains extensive data sourced by dermatologists, including over 6,000 dermatologist patient photos of all ethnicities, sourced and graded by acne experts.

Using an iPhone or Android device, Spotscan will take three images of the user’s condition. The user will receive their grade and a total count of the number of blackheads, inflammatory spots and brown marks left by spots.

Following this the tool will educate with tailored skincare advice as well as La Roche-Posay product recommendations based on their skin type and grading. Where appropriate the tool will redirect patients with more serious acne to a specialist.

The results can be saved as a screenshot and the tool re-visited at any time, allowing users to track their skin progress as they incorporate the Spotscan tool’s recommendations.

Diageo to remove plastic from Guinness multipacks

Diageo is removing plastic from multipacks of its Irish stout brand Guinness as part of a £16m initiative to reduce its plastic footprint.

The plastic will be replaced with 100% recyclable cardboard in Ireland from August and in the UK and across the world next year.

The global drinks giant is also ditching plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap from its beer brands Harp, Rockshore and Smithwick’s.

“Managing our environmental impact is important for the planet and the financial sustainability of our business,” says Oliver Loomes, country director of Diageo Ireland.

“We already have one of the most sustainable breweries in the world at (Dublin’s) St James’s Gate and we are now leading the way in sustainable packaging. This is good news for the environment and for our brand.”

Manchester United unveils diversity campaign

Manchester United is building on its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion with a new campaign launching this week ahead of the weekend’s Premier League home game.