In this DNA skin care test, we analyse how your genetics influence skin characteristics such as hydration, elasticity and antioxidant capacity, which play a key role in the skin’s ageing process.
Know your genetic predisposition with a DNA Skin Care Test!
Skin ageing is a complex process influenced by heredity and environmental factors. Recent studies of twins have revealed that up to 60% of the variation in skin ageing can be attributed to genetic factors. In comparison, the remaining 40% is due to non-genetic factors.
Until now, most cosmetics and skincare industries have tried to process their demand from “one-size-fits-all” solutions, which are undoubtedly comfortable from a commercial point of view but unrealistic because science has long since shown that everyone is different. The care their skin requires is also different. This DNA skincare study is the first step towards individualised beauty treatments.
With our skincare report, you will get practical information that you and your dermatologist or beauty consultant can use when designing a personalized skincare treatment.
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Every skin is different
The skin is the largest organ of the body, and there are almost as many skin types as there are people in the world. Your genetics and environment give the different characteristics that define your skin, that is to say, by your DNA and by all the things that have happened to you throughout your life.
In order to take proper care of your skin, the first thing to do is to get to know it. Some of its characteristics are easily identifiable at a glance. For example, you have very fair skin and are therefore very sensitive to the sun’s rays. Other skin characteristics, such as, for instance, glycation, are not so externally identifiable, but a simple genetic test can bring them to light and help us choose the best treatments.
There are 3 main skin types depending on whether the glands secrete mainly oil or water:
dry or normal skin, oily skin and combination skin.
Dry skin tends to have a very little predisposition to generate impurities, as it does not secrete oil, but, on the contrary, it is a skin more prone to generate wrinkles and appear like aged skin.
Oily or combination skin is more prone to suffer from one of the most common pathologies and one that generates the most social and emotional problems due to the aesthetic component it entails: acne. This disorder occurs when grease or dead cells obstruct the hair follicles, leading to the formation of whiteheads, blackheads and comedones. It is very common in adolescence and usually clears up with age but can occur at any stage of life. Acne, psoriasis or varicose veins are, among others, some of the skin diseases that you can find in the “Skincare” section of our genetic skin test.
One of the most critical and recognised aspects related to the skin, both medically and popularly, is sun damage. It has become perhaps the biggest concern for people of all ages in its own right when it comes to dermatological care. Two people with the same skin tone can have different predispositions to photoaging, and, on many occasions, these differences can be seen in their DNA. In our genetic skin test, we have a whole section where we analyse different predispositions such as sun sensitivity, sun spots, ease of tanning and photoaging.
We are increasingly aware of the importance of sun protection.
Protecting our skin in the summer months, when we are most exposed to the sun, is now an essential requirement for almost the entire population. But it is not only in summer that we must protect our skin from the sun; the rest of the year, it is also necessary, since, even in cloudy skies, the sun’s rays affect us and damage our epidermis. For this reason, many daily skincare products already include sunscreens, and more and more people use sunscreens every day of the year, especially on the most exposed areas such as the face and hands. And unfortunately, not paying attention to sun protection can lead to various skin diseases and even melanoma.
But remember that your predispositions can be modulated by acquiring healthy skincare habits. The data in our report will help you adopt the skincare routine you need and try to keep your skin healthy, cared for and with a few signs of skin ageing as possible.
As we mentioned earlier, another important aspect of the skin is glycation, but what is it?
Glycation is an enzymatic reaction that causes alterations in the DNA of the epidermis and the fixation of sugars in intra- and extracellular proteins. That causes the collagen and elastin fibres to become rigid, and, as a result, the skin loses elasticity.
In this respect, the 24Genetics genetic skin test informs you about your predisposition to the risk of glycation in your skin. In case it is high, we recommend some components that cosmetic products or supplements are made from that help control it, such as carnosine, niacinamide, silibinin or alpha-lipoic acid.
What about vitamin D?
Vitamin D is vital for the health of our bones and joints, and our skin plays a key role in its production. Therefore, if you are genetically predisposed to having a vitamin D deficiency, this will be reflected in our genetic skin test. If this is the case, remember that oily fish or fish liver oil help to achieve optimal vitamin D levels. If necessary, you can always resort to vitamin supplements, which should be prescribed by your health professional as it is a fat-soluble vitamin.
In addition, our report also contains information on your predisposition to have adequate levels of other vitamins that are important for skincare, such as B9, B12, C and E and the essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6.
This is some of the information you will find in your report
Taking care of your skin
In this section, we will look at specific genetic markers that, for example, influence glycation, a process that occurs with glucose in the dermis and is one of the main causes of accelerated skin ageing and the dermal inflammation that leads to sagging and cracked skin. Specific treatments are pretty effective, such as Coenzyme Q10.
This is another major cause of skin ageing. Our body has its own antioxidant system, but not all of us have an equally effective one. Through our genetic data, we can see how our body behaves in this respect, and we will see how to help this process. The same applies to our ability to cope with pollution, skin sensitivity, predisposition to skin inflammation, acne, varicose veins, etc…, all very relevant information when designing our skincare strategy.
The sun and your skin
Not everyone has the same sensitivity to the sun, and this is something we can measure. This also applies to tanning ability and even our predisposition to sunspots. Photo-ageing is another key skincare issue, and not everyone has the same genetic predisposition, so we should not treat everyone the same. Listen to your genes and give your skin the care it needs.
Nourish your skin
The first way to care for your skin is from the inside. Vitamins and minerals play a crucial role in the health of your skin. Recent studies have shown how specific vitamins play a key role in skin wellness. And again, the way we assimilate these vitamins is also determined by our genes. So depending on your genetic information, we can see your predisposition to a deficiency in the absorption of some vitamins such as B6, B12, B2, C, D and other essential nutrients such as folic acid or Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Knowing this basic information helps us see what kind of foods we should eat more often and even what kind of creams can be especially beneficial for our skin.
Frequently asked questiones
HOW IS THIS TYPE OF TEST DONE?
At 24Genetics, we send you a kit to collect the saliva sample in a very simple way. This sample, which contains your DNA, will be used to obtain one, several or the 7 reports we have available. Click here to see a video with the steps to follow. It’s really easy and from the comfort of your own home. Once you have the sample, you only have to send it back to us according to the instructions we will give you. You will receive the acquired reports within 3 to 6 weeks from the moment you register your DNA sample code on our website.
IS THE DNA SKIN CARE TEST AVAILABLE IN MY COUNTRY?
At 24Genetics, we are European, but we work worldwide. So we can ship our DNA kits to any country where you live. And because we have many warehouses all over the world, we will send from the one closest to the address you indicate in your order, so that the shipment is as fast as possible.
IS IT ALL ABOUT MY GENES?
Although your genes are an essential parameter in how your body functions, many other circumstances, such as lifestyle, exercise, diet, where you live, and your habits, also significantly influence your well-being. Therefore, your genetic predisposition is only one of the factors that affect the way your body functions. Nevertheless, our genetic reports provide you with valuable information, and knowing your body well will help you take better care of it.
ARE ALL DNA SKIN CARE TEST THE SAME?
There are multiple genetic tests of very different levels in terms of quantity and quality of the information provided. 24Genetics tests are based on state-of-the-art genetic analysis and analyse more than 700,000 genetic markers. The best way to check the information you will receive is to look at the sample report above on this page. In addition, 24Genetics’ range of genetic tests is one of the widest on the market.
IS THIS THE BEST DNA SKIN CARE TEST?
Yes, and it is for two main reasons and several additional ones. The two main reasons are the quality and quantity of the genetic information. In this link, you can see why we say this and learn many more reasons that will make you choose our dermatogenetic test.
WHAT IS THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR YOUR TESTS?
When there is a high level of consensus, the most relevant scientific studies are made public by institutions and organisations worldwide. 24Genetics has developed its own DNA analysis algorithm from scratch, incorporating thousands of these genetic studies widely endorsed by the international scientific community, so our reports have a demanding level of quality. Furthermore, genetics, like any area of science, is a living and constantly evolving field. At 24Genetics, we enrich and improve our algorithm periodically, including new research that provides information unknown until the moment of publication.
WHAT WILL I RECEIVE WHEN I TAKE THIS TEST?
You will receive a complete and personalized report on your genetic predispositions by e-mail. And, if you wish, you can also request your electronic raw data file with all the information of your genetic map. Both the report and the file will be sent to the e-mail address you provided when you registered your DNA kit.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY REPORT UPDATED?
Every time we design a new trait, we perform various tests before we make it public. And, when we do, we will notify you for your knowledge.
IS THIS DNA SKIN CARE TEST VALID FOR CLINICAL USE?
No. If there is a pathology that your doctors need to diagnose, there are other specific tests more suitable for that purpose.
WHO CAN TAKE THIS TEST?
This test is aimed at people of any age who want to take care of their skin in a personalized way, taking into account the information provided by their own genetics. If the test is to be carried out on a baby or an elderly person, please notify us in the order comments so that we can send a special kit to facilitate the collection of the saliva sample.
WHY AM I AT RISK OF PHOTOAGING IF I TAKE CARE OF MY SKIN?
Genetics is a factor you should always count on, it’s what your DNA says, and it’s your natural tendency. But other environmental and lifestyle factors also influence the evolution of your skin over time. So the good news is that if you take care of your skin, the photoaging you are prone to may not develop or, at the very least, you may be able to slow it down a lot.