The Results Are In! See What My DNA Says About My Skin

The Results Are In! See What My DNA Says About My Skin

I recently did a blog post asking the question, can your DNA determine your skin care routine. The HomeDNA Skin Care test will give recommendations based on your genetics. I will point out that in November I’m turning 35. I’m not old, but it’s not exactly young either. So it’ll be interesting to see the results. Now onto what my DNA says about my skin!

The results are made using the unique genetic information that was collected from the inside of my cheek. The HomeDNA Skin Care DNA Analysis will identify your skin’s genetic potential in seven areas of skin health. The goal is to help you understand the outcome in each category and offer recommendations related to them.

The seven tested categories are Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Protection, Skin Sensitivity, Skin Elasticity, Pigmentation, Collagen Quality, and Skin Antioxidants.

CATEGORY 1: Fine Lines & Wrinkles – Fine lines and wrinkles are not only formed from a decline in collagen levels but they can also be formed by Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products. AGEs have the ability to target and stick to collagen and elastin fibers causing them to become rigid and brittle. This is sometimes likened to rusty springs in a mattress. The effects of glycation at skins cellular level may result in wrinkling, stiff or hardened collagen fibers, loss of elasticity and compromised skin-barrier functions. The more sugar you consume, whether processed or natural, the more AGEs are produced.

CATEGORY 2: Sun Protection – Your body is equipped with natural responses that help break down photo products once they have penetrated your skin. A photochemical process helps assist in breaking down UV rays before they can do any major damage.

CATEGORY 3: Skin Sensitivity –  Skin sensitivities can create unnecessary stress and trauma to the dermis, leading to tired and aged cells. This type of trauma can lead to even further sensitivity issues. Understanding if sensitivity may be an issue allows you to better understand the type of things to avoid and helps keep your skin as stress-free as possible.

CATEGORY 4: Skin Elasticity – When you are younger, your body has the ability to maintain skin flexibility; but after approximately age 40, skin elasticity can decline due to a group of enzymes called MMPs. MMPs can increase structural damage to the skin and create imbalances, leading to unstable collagen support for skin and structure.

CATEGORY 5: Pigmentation – Melanin helps protect your skin by absorbing damaging UV rays when you are exposed to the sun. This exposure to sunlight can also cause your skin to produce more melanin in an attempt to protect the skin. As melanin production increases, our skin begins to tan and darken. Most irregular skin pigmentation is either caused by an over- or under-production of melanin in the body.

CATEGORY 6: Collagen Quality – Collagen makes up approximately 75% of skin, and youthful skin is in large part do to healthy collagen levels. While collagen production naturally occurs throughout our lives, the quality and quantity vary. As such, many people can experience different levels of skin-aging attributes based on each individuals level of collagen quality.

CATEGORY 7: Skin Antioxidants – Premature skin-aging is often a result of free-radical activity within the body. Free radicals are harmful molecules that are produced naturally from environmental exposures such as tobacco smoke, pollution, and oxygen. The role of antioxidants is to help break down the damaging effects of free radicals. Antioxidants can also help slow some of the physical signs of aging in order to help preserve your skins natural glow.

Recommendations

For the recommendations, you’ll get Topical Ingredients, Supplement Ingredients, and Professional Treatments.
Topical Ingredients – These are the most effective based on your genetics. Compare these ingredients with the list on your favorite skin care products or use it when shopping around for new products.
Supplement Ingredients – Same as above, but these are nutritional supplements that you would take or may take in the near future.
Professional Treatments – Sometimes professional treatments are needed, and this will list any professional treatments as recommendations.

Here are my results!

Category 1 – Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Your recommendations – My risk is low. In order to maintain the health of my skin, I need to start using preventative antioxidants like vitamin C and E. Always talk to a physician or qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program.

Category 2 – Sun Protection

Your recommendations – My risk is low. In order to maintain the health of my skin, I need to start using preventative antioxidants like vitamin C and E. Always talk to a physician or qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program.

Category 3 – Skin Sensitivity

Your recommendations – My risk is low. In order to maintain the health of my skin, I need to start using preventative antioxidants like vitamin C and E. Always talk to a physician or qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program.

Category 4 – Skin Elasticity

Topical Ingredients:

Beta Glucan: Promotes collagen synthesis and skin elasticity
Centella Asiatica: Promotes cell growth factors to help maintain skin elasticity
DMAE Bitartrate: Provides firming benefits to skin beginning to lose elasticity
Lipoic Acid: Reduces enzymes responsible for elasticity breakdown
White or Green Tea Extract: Reduces enzymes responsible for elasticity breakdown
Vitamin E (a-tocopherol form): Protects collagen by reducing enzymes responsible for elasticity breakdown

Supplement Ingredients:

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): Helps maintain collagen’s structural formation
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC): Reduces the enzyme responsible for elasticity breakdown
Soy Isoflavones: Can help reduce the enzyme responsible for elasticity breakdown
Vitamins C and E: Can help reduce the enzyme responsible for elasticity breakdown
Whey Protein: Protects collagen and elastin from breakdown • Lycopene: Protects collagen and elastin from breakdown

Professional Treatments:

Skin Needling: Increases cellular turnover and collagen production • LED Light Therapy: Reduces the enzyme responsible for elasticity breakdown
Radio Frequency/IR: Increases collagen production

Category 5 – Pigmentation

Your recommendations – My risk is low. In order to maintain the health of my skin, I need to start using preventative antioxidants like vitamin C and E. Always talk to a physician or qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program.

Category 6 – Collagen Quality

Topical Ingredients:

Vitamin C 15#%+: Increases the synthesis of collagen in the skin • Vitamin E (a-tocopherol form): Increases collagen production
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): Promotes collagen synthesis and reduces the visible effects of skin aging
Retinyl Palmitate: Helps shed the upper dermal layer of skin, and helps the skin produce more cells
Peptides: Jumpstarts the body into producing more collagen

Supplement Ingredients:

Zinc: Helps maintain the structural integrity of skin
Vitamin C: Plays a role in collagen synthesis
Omega-3 and -6 EFAs: Play a role in normal skin function
Niacinamide (vitamin B3): Increases collagen synthesis by stimulating the activity of fibroblasts

Professional Treatments:

Skin Needling: Increases cellular turnover and collagen production • Glycolic Acid: Increases the production of collagen in the dermal layer of the skin.
LED Light Therapy: Increases collagen stimulation
Radio Frequency/IR: Increases collagen production

Category 7 – Skin Antioxidants

Your recommendations – My risk is low. In order to maintain the health of my skin, I need to start using preventative antioxidants like vitamin C and E. Always talk to a physician or qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program.

As of now, I don’t know what to make of the results. A lot of this is new to me so I definitely have to do a little bit of research before I start buying products. But when I do, I’m definitely going to do a post letting you know what I picked up and how, if it has, improved my skin.

I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to give the HomeDNA Skin Care Analysis a try, and I highly recommend it if you have the extra money and really need help finding the right skincare products. If you’ve already tried it, let me know your results!

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4 Comments

  1. August 31, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    This is so interesting! I would absolutely love to see what my face has to say! I don’t think I’d do well with the wrinkles area…. ugh!

  2. August 31, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    This test sounds awesome. I would love to try this test and see what products would suit me. Thanks for sharing.

  3. September 1, 2017 / 1:46 am

    WOW, I had no idea there was such a thing as skin DNA testing! This looks so interesting, and I like how they break it down by category – definitely useful when stocking up on anti-aging products 🙂

  4. Luci
    September 1, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    That is really interesting that your DNA can tell you almost everything about your skin.

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