You DNA can tell a lot about your skin, and guide on what to use or do

August 5, 2019

Have you ever thought that maybe what you’re doing for you skin isn’t working, or that there are so many skin ingredients and skin issues, that you might not be targetting what you should be targetting.

I sometimes wonder if I’m ticking all the boxes, and if I’m leaving anything out of my regime. I suffer from dryness and pigmentation, and a bit of acne. I recently got a bit a more clarity, after doing Optiphi’s DNA Skin, which is done by leading gene testing laboratory DNAlysis (I had some very insightful DNAlysis health, diet, sports and pharmaceutical tests done a few years ago).

This test analyses 18 genes involved in important areas related to skin health. It looks at key factors linked to ageing, such as how well your body forms new collagen, how sensitive your skin is to the sun’s UV rays, and how prone your skin is to inflammation and environmental factors. Based on these results, a practitioner can better advise what you could be using and doing to improve your skin health, and decrease the visible signs of ageing. This includes using certain products, taking certain vitamins or going for skin treatments.

There are six categories that are assessed in your skin DNA test:

– Wrinkles, volume loss and glycation 

– Dermal sensitivity and detoxification 

– Inflammation of the skin 

– Oxidative stress 

– DNA protection and repair 

– Pigmentation and sun sensitivity 

For each skin category, you’ll get a score between 1 to 5, one being the lowest, five being the highest. A score of 1 indicates that the skin category is not a priority for you, while a score of 5 indicates that the variations detected are likely to have a high impact on your skin characteristics. 

I scored medium for everything except dermal sensitivity and detoxification, which got a low score. Based on these results, I got recommendations for products (see below), treatments such as peels, and supplements and vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin D and collagen.

My report was 15 pages long, but was broken down into easy-to-understand explanations about why my skin needed certain things, ie it’s not just guesswork, but science.

On the product side, there was a list of about 10 recommended products, but only four of these are “must-haves”, which is fairly good as Optiphi products are on the pricier side, and if I can switch up the more “basic” products such as cleanser and sunscreen with more affordable but still good products, then that’s great.

Interestingly, out of the handful of online pieces I’ve read about the DNA Skin test, everyone was prescribed the same three “must-have” products and other supplementary products as I was. I think these products are hard-working and have multiple ingredients to address lots of issues, but it might be a bit of a stretch to say that my recommended regime is unique to me, when it could likely be suited for someone who has different priority areas.

Have a look at the products and you’ll see what i mean:

Protect the Canvas

“Protect the Canvas is a unique UV protection and anti-aging formulation with SPF30. Additional peptides in the formulation delay signs of premature aging, while protecting lipid structures and providing anti-oxidant activity.”

Protecting Revitalizer

“Protecting Revitalizer is a serum that reverses the effects of sun damage and premature aging on the skin. It contains retinol in a unique time diffusion delivery system providing enhanced delivery and penetration into the skin. Retinol provokes skin rejuvenation by stimulating collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production. It also includes vitamin C to protect elastin fibres and minimize pigmentation.”

Rejuvenating Revitalizer

“Rejuvenating Revitalizer is a powerful serum that addresses all 7 signs of aging. It contains retinol in a unique time diffusion delivery system providing enhanced delivery and penetration into the skin. Retinol provokes skin rejuvenation by stimulating collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production. The inclusion of additional peptides to stimulate matrix protein synthesis and re-densify the dermis makes this product perfectly suited to address concerns regarding loss of firmness and elasticity. “

Moisture Control Light

“Moisture Control Light provides long lasting moisture and hydration due to the inclusion of Imperata cylindrica and hyaluronic acid. Epidermal barrier function is improved and loss of moisture prevented with ceramides in the formulation. “

The revitalizers appeal to me the most, and I’m considering the R2000 splurge for the Rejuvenating one. This test reminded me of a few things like take vitamin C and essential fatty acids, showed me that I’m on track by using sunscreen and other active ingredients, and will push me to go for things like peels and microneedling.

The DNA Skin test costs around R1500. You can find a participating Optiphi skin centre closest to you to order one here. It’s essential that you get your report explained to you via a specialist, and they’ll be able to prescribe products and treatments.

For more information email info@optiphi.com

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