Skincare is something that has become increasingly important to me over the years, especially now in my mid-twenties. I’ve spent endless hours researching the best products for my skin type or my specific issues in order to find what works best for my skin. I’ve tried hundreds of products only to be disappointed by more than half of them. It’s overwhelming when there are so many options available on the market. It makes it that that much more difficult to find a regiment that works for you. Aside from it being mentally frustrating, it’s also expensive to consistently keep purchasing new products to try and wasteful when I don’t use them because they don’t work for me. Bad for the mind and bad for the wallet! What a terrible combination.
Recently, I was lucky enough to give Home DNA a try. This is an at home genetics test that tests your DNA for certain genetic attributes that lead to various skin conditions (i.e, wrinkles and fine lines, collagen production and pigmentation). This test is meant to help you learn the ingredients you need in your products that will help to optimize your skincare routine. It takes the guesswork out of a huge struggle for so many women. While most genetic testing can cost upwards of $300, this at home kit is more accessible and luckily for us all, more affordable. The kit is $24.99 and the lab fee is a separate $79 fee. It’s been released over the summer at thousands of CVS locations and is continuing to be released this month as well.
My history with my skin has been a bit of a rocky one. When I was a child, I had keratosis pilaris and rosacea. It popped up all over; from bumps on my face to my arms and legs. Growing up, my doctors always told me that I would grow out of these conditions, but knowing that didn’t make it any easier. Kids are mean, we all know it. I was teased in elementary school and even middle school (as if my awkward stage wasn’t bad enough). In kindergarten, I remember my teachers sending me home multiple times from school because I looked “flushed.” They were always thinking I had a fever! Meanwhile, it was just how my skin always was and I couldn’t help it. I felt so embarrassed. Others tried to patronize me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “Well, at least you don’t need to wear blush!” Meanwhile, all I wanted was normal skin. My favorite times were in the summer where I would get so tan that you couldn’t notice the bumps on my skin.
Later on, come high school I was starting to grow out of the keratosis pilaris and I came to have an appreciation for my skin. I was blessed enough to never have to deal with teenage acne and the trauma that can accompany it. Now, as an adult I’ve come to love the skin I’m in (for the most part!).
When I got the chance to the try this test, I jumped at the opportunity. I was so curious to see what the results would reveal and besides, the process was incredibly easy. If you missed my demonstration on Instagram stories, all I had to do was swab the inside of both cheeks for 30 seconds with two different q-tips and seal them inside the envelope provided. I created an account on Home DNA’s website and then sent off the samples to the lab to be tested. A few weeks later, my results were ready and I couldn’t wait to see!
The test exams the genetic markers in the following categories: fine lines & wrinkles, collagen quality, skin sensitivity, pigmentation, sun protection and skin elasticity.
The scale ranks as follows-
Non Ideal (red)- Indicates that you have multiple variants and that the gene’s processes may be functioning at a non-ideal level.
Standard (yellow)- Indicates your gene’s processes are functioning at a standard level, similar to the average around the world.
Global Average-Average score based on the global database.
Optimal (Blue) – Indicates that you do not have any genetic variations and that the gene is functioning at an optimal level.
I was happy to see that overall my score was above standard/the global average and more towards the optimal category. The results then break it up into scoring for each category. I found that my strong areas were fine lines and wrinkles, skin sensitivity, pigmentation and sun protection. In all of these sections, my genetic markers were performing closer to an optimal level. In these sections, minimal ingredients or treatments were recommended to me due to being unnecessary. However, I was disappointed to see that my genetic markers were not ideal in collagen quality and skin elasticity (the ability of your skin to stretch and return to its former shape). According to my results, my body is not producing collagen at an optimal level. I scored in the non ideal category and was way below the global average. I will admit that I was not shocked to see this. Under eye bags anyone?! I know I’m not alone! Those seem like they definitely could be the result of a lack of collagen in my under eye area. It pretty much made sense! The categories I scored well in also made sense. I’ve never been one to sunburn so the sun protection category was pretty spot on! I found that the results were so interesting.
So how has this impacted my routine? I’ve boosted my collagen intake the last few weeks. One of the supplements recommended was peptides. I went straight to the Vital proteins website and bought 2 canisters of collagen peptides to help boost my collagen production. I also invested in collagen building under eye masks to help my problem area that included the ingredients suggested in my results package.
Will this new routine improve my skin? Only time will tell! Would you be interested in reading a 6 month follow up to this post? Comment below if so!
*Please note that I received this product free for testing purposes, however my opinions are entirely my own.