New high-tech services personalized to your DNA from companies such LifeDNA, HomeDNA and Arrivale Powered by Helix, are using your DNA to take personalization into the future. You can personalize a lot more than jeans, using your genes!
Does it work and is it worth it?
I tried three different DNA-related services and will tell you what they did, how well they performed, and other things you need to know before you try DNA-centric services.
PART 2 focuses on LifeDNA’s skincare products personalized based on your DNA.
What is DNA?
There are four different types of nucleotides, usually represented by their first letter: A- adenine. T- thymine.
The order of these bases is what determines DNA’s instructions, or genetic code.
DNA and genetics research are powerful tools because, like fingerprints, no one else’s DNA is quite like anyone yours. Yes, you are special!
HomeDNA offers a skincare analysis + report ($99). Why would you want this? Perhaps, to learn more about how your skin functions and whether or not your genes doom you to skin issues you’d rather avoid.
This company offers consumers information (based on their DNA) on a range of interests, from paternity to pets.
In order to get the critical information, your DNA has to be sequenced. Companies do this in different ways, but most require spitting into a tube or swabbing the insides of your mouth and sending the samples back to a lab.
HomeDNA tests use a cheek swab.
The first step is to order a kit and register it only. A box, along with instructions and a code (keep that card)! will arrive.
Like all DNA tests, you’re going to have to be patient to get your DNA sequenced. My HomeDNA report took about 8 weeks to arrive.
Once you send back your sample in the included pre-paid envelope, the HomeDNA lab will sequence and analyze your sample and you’ll receive an email informing you that your personalized report has been uploaded to your secure online account and is ready for viewing.
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The report was easy to understand, containing 7 specific categories showing where my skin quality might be deviating from average or be above average: Collagen Quality, Skin Elasticity, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Protection, Pigmentation, Skin Antioxidants, and Skin Sensitivity!
The entire 11-page report is fairly detailed (see a full sample report) with color-coded graphics that make it easy to spot potential problem areas.
I received suggestions in three specific areas that might help to improve skincare health: Topical, (e.g. Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid); Supplements (E.g. nutrients like Fish Oil or Vitamin D); and Professional Treatment s(peels, fillers, etc.).
The report on the last page is a snapshot (the Gene Profile Summary) which shows all the areas you all the areas of your skin that are optimal, average or not so ideal (areas you want to watch more closely and treat more specifically).
There were only two areas that weren’t optimal or standard: Collagen and Skin Sensitivity.
Specific genes that are involved are also included for each area. That’s nice, but unless you are a genetics researcher, this won’t mean much to you. Additionally, anyone who has lived in their own skin for a while probably knows some of what will be revealed.
For example, I know I have a skin sensitivity. But I didn’t realize that one of my genes, responsible for creating the most abundant form of collagen found in the skin, wasn’t functioning at peak.
the report suggested I might want to focus on supplements and foods that can help boost and maintain collagen production…and I just might do that!
GO TO PART 2 focusing on LifeDNA’s skincare products personalized based on your DNA.