A mobile app for those that identify as skincare novices to learn about skincare in a way that is easy to understand and meets them on their level.
This was a fictional project that I did during my time at BrainStation.
For this project I handled every part from user research and synthesizing my findings to creating a user flow and designing screens. I did usability testing and applied changes as well as some branding work to create the look and feelfor complexin.
Over the years skincare has been coded as a feminine practice and has made people feel as though it's not for them or that it's something that they shouldn't worry about.
Conducting secondary research I was able to validate my problem space and from my market research I was able to identify the lack of education in the current market.
However my most valuable insights came from my my interviews and survey that targeted self-identified beginners and intermediates between the ages of 24-35 yeas old. Through my survey I was able to recruit people that fit my interview criteria.
I realized that my initial assumptions about people not caring about skincare or feeling alienated were wrong. Turned out that the issue had a lot more nuance to that so I decided to pivot and actually address the issues people were having.
How might we help people that identify as novices to learn about skincare and products in a way that's easy to understand?
Thinking about what I had learned from my interviews, I decided that I had two distinct types of users that had slightly different needs.
30 years old
He is overwhelmed by the amount of information and hasn’t found a good resource to use
Has a hard time understanding what some skincare lingo is and what it means
The amount of products is also overwhelming to him
Kyle is molded after people who consider themselves to be beginners and have little to no knowledge of skincare and TONS of questions.
26 years old
She has a hard time finding information about her specific skin issues and has to do a deep dive to find people that look like her and have the same issues
Doesn’t know how to use some of the more advanced products or understand what they do specifically
Has a hard time sorting through all the junk skincare
Jenna is based on people that identify as intermediate and have more knowledge but have more targeted and specific questions
Focusing on Kyle, I was able to identify opportunities that would alleviate his pain points. In order to build a solution I needed to figure out what exactly Kyle would want to do.
He wants an easy way to learn the ins-and-outs of a product category (ex. moisturizer) so he can better understand how it works and what it does.
Keeping that in mind, I built a task flow around this specific task and sketched potential screen ideas.
Moving sketches that I thought would best convey the information on the page for users, they were brought into lo-fi wireframes and tested.
Going through two rounds of user testing of 10 people total, the feedback I recieved helped me to make changes to create a better experiences for people.
Half of users tested wanted to use the learn button in the nav bar.
A new task flow and screens was created for users whose first instinct was to use that icon
Moving forward with this project, I'd like to:
My solution helps to fill an educational gap for those that have been intimated by the skincare space and needed a resource they could turn to for easy to understand information.
Even though I made a pivot in my project, my solution still touches on my initial goal of un-gendering skincare. I made assumptions that people didn’t care when truthfully it’s that people don’t have the information they need to care or understand skincare.
The Importance of a Good Question
Making sure that I was asking good question to get the insights that I needed was difficult, I think there might have been a missed opportunity to get even better insights.
Learning how to take all the information from my interviews and sort through them to understand what people were collectively saying and turning them into bite-size understandable insights.
How to better listen to others and understand their point of views and experiences with the app in order to figure out solutions and apply the changes in a meaningful way.