This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
I have bad skin. It is something I have always struggled with. In the past I have tried various skin care products with the hopes of getting clear skin but nothing has been successful. I needed to get to the root of the problem to truly get to know my skin. Thankfully, HomeDNA™ has created an affordable way to examine your skin to find the products that will work for you without the guess work.
Who is HomeDNA™
HomeDNA™ Skin Care is an innovative DNA test that examines 28 genetic markers in seven categories associated with skin aging. These seven markers include:
- Fine Lines & Wrinkles
- Collagen Quality
- Skin Sensitivity
- Sun Protection
- Skin Elasticity
- Skin Antioxidants
The report provides a comprehensive guide based on your DNA, for building a complete customized skincare regimen.
Why I Took the HomeDNA™ Test
As mentioned earlier, I have terrible skin as you can skin in the images below. I have struggled with dry spots, acne, and scarring my entire life. To top it off, now that I’m older I am getting skin tags on my face and neck. I wanted so desperately to have clear directions on how to take care of my skin. What better way to find out than to test my DNA.
The testing process was simple and painless. It involved a quick cheek swab and voila, mail to the HomeDNA™ center and wait two weeks from the time the lab receives your results to receive your report. The results are posted online to your private HomeDNA™ account so no worries about anyone seeing your results. So, who does this testing? No, it’s not John from accounting moonlighting as a geneticist. Instead, this is done by the team of scientific experts and PhDs at DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC®), one of the world’s largest and most respected DNA testing laboratories.
How Much Does This Cost?
You may be able to find similar testing at some dermatologist offices, but the price can be upwards of $300. The HomeDNA™, Skin Care kit retails for just $24.99 plus a separate $79 lab fee. Available at CVS in the Home Diagnostics section of the store and online at HomeDNA.com.
What Were My Results
Category 1: Fine Lines & Wrinkles
I scored at optimal level for anti-wrinkle promotion and wrinkle formation factor, while for the other wrinkle formation factor I have a standard score meaning this gene functions at a standard level and that I have a partial increased risk of developing wrinkles. There was a lot of science behind this but long story short, this gene helps the body break down glucose. Extra glucose can stick to collagen and elastin, causing the collagen to become fragile and break which leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and thinning skin.
Because my risk in this category was low there were no major skin care recommendations besides using preventative antioxidants such as vitamin C or E. Thankfully, I have started using Vitamin E oil on my face and neck plus I have loads of melanin and as the adage goes “Black don’t crack,” so I’m hoping this is true and I’ll have smooth skin like my grandmother.
Category 2: Sun Protection
The report states that UV rays from sunlight play a role in skin aging. My results however, indicate that I carry few of the gene variations that can weaken my skin’s natural protection against the sun. Once again there were no recommendations.
Category 3: Skin Sensitivity
I honestly thought that I would score great on this category because I have used a large variety of skin care products with little to no reactions. However, my DNA shows that I carry some of the gene variations that may trigger unwanted skin sensitivity issues. The recommendations included topical ingredients such as:
- Grape seed extract
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Algae Extract
The report recommended supplements such as;
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Fish Oil
Thankfully, I have been takin Alpha Lipoic Acid for over a year now with great results for my health. I will be sure to include the others in the coming months. It was also recommended that I consider professional treatments such as, LED light therapy and Lactic Acid treatments, which honestly prior to the results, I had never heard of the latter.
Category 4: Skin Elasticity
Elasticity is the ability of your skin to stretch and return to its original shape. My results indicate that I carry few of the genetic variations that reduce my skin’s elasticity. This bummed me out because this can lead to skin sagging, jowls, and nasolabial folds. No recommendations were given because thankfully, my risk is low. Let’s try to keep it that way!
Category 5: Pigmentation
Now going into this category I already knew what my results would be. I have struggled with pigmentation issues since my teen years. My results indicate that I carry few of the gene variations that make me prone to irregularities. This can lead to freckles, age spots, discoloration, and rough skin texture. Due to my low risk, I did not receive any recommendations. So, I guess I can breathe a sigh of relief.
Category 6: Collagen Quality
Skin collagen levels naturally decline with age. My results indicated that I carry some of the genetic variations that can speed up the rate at which my collagen quality declines. Also, my body’s ability to maintain health collagen levels is not optimal. This can result in skin sagging, fine lines & wrinkles, scarring, and skin hallowing. I have two out of the four and now I’m freaking out.
There are loads of recommendations for this category. For example, I am encouraged to try topical ingredients such as;
- Vitamin C 15%
- Vitamin E
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Retinyl Palmitate
Granted I have zero idea what many of those are so I will be doing a lot of research. I am encouraged to try such supplements as; zinc, vitamin C, Omega-3 and -6 EFAs, and Niacianmid or Vitamin B3. For professional treatments, I am encouraged to try skin needling, glycolic acid, LED light therapy, and radio frequency/IR. As mentioned above I will have to research these treatments and detail my findings here on the blog.
Category 7: Skin Antioxidants
Antioxidants help protect your skin against free-radical damage. My results indicate that I carry few of the gene variations that reduce the skin’s natural antioxidant protection. Therefore, there are no recommendations. Boo yah!
My Final Thoughts
I am so happy I took the HomeDNA™ Skin Care test. I have already begun to implement some of the recommendations into my daily skin care regimen. In my opinion, this is a necessary test that is well worth the cost. Knowing the genetic make up of your skin is important and I look forward to seeing my skin progress as the years go by.
Would you try the HomeDNA™ Skin Care kit? For a total of $103.99, you can unlock the secret to clear and beautiful skin. No more will you have to play the guessing game with the “one size fits all” skin care on the market. I’m happy I set myself free from the old routine because now I can control to an extent the outcome of my skin.
Please keep your eyes peeled here on the blog. Mom and I were so impressed by the Skin Care kit that we decided to test another HomeDNA kit for healthy weight. We can’t wait to see those results.
Are you ready to take control of your skin?