The Latest in Beauty News:Future Proof Your Skincare Routine with Innovative DNA Testing

What if I told you that there was a way to specify your skincare bases on your genetic predisposition for certain skin issues instead if being reactionary and treating them as they occur? Well there are a few home DNA tests that aim to do just that. Their goal is to predict the future of your skin so you can treat it NOW! Read more from the article published in GCI Magazine below.

Brands like Home DNA and Geneu supply consumers with DNA tests for a better understanding of the consumer’s 
skin care needs even before issues occur—an individual doesn’t have to show signs of aging for the test to recognize a predispo­sition to wrinkles or collagen loss. 
Our recommen­dations point consumers in the right direction because there are so many skin care options that the choices often become overwhel­ming,” said Connie Hallquist, president and CEO of DNA Diagnostics Center, producers of HomeDNA Skin Care. “Finally, consumers have tailored recommen­dations to help achieve better skin care results.”

How It Works

Once users have sent in their DNA samples, a skin care analysis and report is generated based on key genetic markers. These findings are translated into a report that is divided into seven categories:
Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Glucose-related fine lines and wrinkles, including anti-wrinkle promotion and wrinkle formation factors.
Sun Protection: Gene variations that can weaken the skin’s natural protection against the sun.
Skin Sensitivity: Four genes that regulate the body’s inflammatory response and one gene related to pollution and fragrance sensitivity.
Skin Elasticity: Quality of collagen structure that supports the skin and tests for collagen depreciation.
Pigmentation: Two genes can affect an individual’s tanning response, including a predispo­sition to burning and sun spots, as well as the “freckle factor” gene that influences the production of melanin.
Collagen Quality: Four genes are tested for collagen fiber formation, collagen repair (including skin barrier protection), and collagen breakdown, which determines how well a person’s body forms and remodels collagen.
Skin Antioxidants: Checks five genes associated with protecting the skin against free-radical damage, including free-radical scavengers that protect the skin from oxidative damage as well as pollution protection.

In addition to assessing an individual’s risk factor based on their gene profile, the analysis also provides recommen­dations for topical, supplemental and professional treatments if his or her score indicated non-ideal findings.
“Over the last five years, personal genetic testing has moved to a point where it can help consumers make meaningful choices in how they care for themselves,” said Hallquist. “We recognized the opportunity to offer a skin-based DNA test that provides actionable recommen­dations to improve personal skin care; it is predicated on academic research that specific genes can influence skin health."

Read the rest of the article here.

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