One of the first things people ask when considering taking a DNA test is, “how hard is it to get a sample?” Whether you are providing a sample for a Drug Sensitivity Report, a Wellness Report, or a Skin Care Report the process couldn’t be more simple. It takes less than 2 minutes from start to finish, and can be done from the privacy of your home.Watch this video for a step by step on how to retrieve your DNA sample for testing:
One of the ongoing battles of aging is fighting wrinkles in our skin. In fact, within the cosmetics industry, skin care accounts for over $50 billion in worldwide sales annually. In the US, skin care products trail only toiletries when it comes to cosmetics spending. While there has been no overall correlation between healthy skin and happiness, it is, none the less, something we take very seriously.
Signs of aging, especially wrinkles, come from both external and internal factors. Externally, there are numerous factors we can’t control, but some we can. We can control how much unprotected exposure to the sun we have. We can control whether or not we use tobacco. We cannot, however, control pollutants in the air or other elements of the weather.
Internally, the same is true. Our diet plays an important role within the aging process; as does proper hydration. Furthermore, how we handle stress can affect our skin. Constant tensing of facial muscles from undue stress can lead to premature wrinkles. While we have some control over these things, the largest internal factor in aging is out of our control. According to Scientific American, “After the age of 20, a person produces about 1 percent fewer collagens in the skin each year. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with age.” We also begin to see a reduction in the production of elastin, further contributing to wrinkles.
Traditionally, the best way to fight wrinkles has been a three-part skin-care regimen consisting of cleansing, treating, and moisturizing the skin. It is recommended that you cleanse the skin twice daily. In the evening, it is important to remove any toxins or pollutants your skin has come in contact with throughout the day. It is also vital to remove your make-up. This allows your skin to “breathe” throughout the night. In the morning, cleansing your skin serves a different purpose. It clears out dead skin, built-up oil, and everything else in order to give you a blank slate to treat your skin and apply make-up.
Whether you use a retinoid, benzoyl peroxide, a vitamin treatment, ACV toner or any combination that makes up your regimen, starting with a clean face provides the best absorption. Moisturizing the skin is where the fight against wrinkles gets a little tricky. Our skin functions at its best when properly hydrated, but not everyone hydrates at the same rate. Some people rely heavily on moisturizer, not only to retain their natural moisture, but to attract outside hydration as well. Others don’t need a moisturizer at all. Of those that use a moisturizer, the individual ingredients play a key role in how the moisturizer will work. Glycerin is the most common moisturizer ingredient, but many contain mineral oils, other essential oils, and some even contain hyaluronic acid, which is also used on burn victims.
Most “experts” concede that finding the right moisturizer is a “trial-and-error” process. They will tell you that starting with the moisturizer with the fewest ingredients and analyzing how your skin reacts to it is the best way to find what works for you. This process can take months, if not years to find the right product. Not to mention it can waste hundreds, if not thousands of dollars along the way. On top of that, once you have found a product that works well with your skin, is the trial-and-error process ever really over as new products enter the market?
This is where DNA4Life comes in. Knowing your genetic makeup is the most effective way to treat your skin. Investing in a DNA4Life Skin Care Report will give you a more scientific approach to your skin care. You will be able to eliminate the trial-and-error by knowing how your genetic makeup will cause your skin to react to the individual ingredients in a moisturizer, or any other skin treatment product. So, rather than buying a bottle, tube, or jar of something to “test” it out; you can simply look at the ingredients and know right away if it works for you.
We have been told time and again that our bodies need at least eight glasses of water per day. Proper hydration is vital to regulating body temperature, retaining good brain function, maintaining energy levels, and preserving a normal digestive system. But how do your daily water consumption habits affect the hydration of your skin? For example, when you do not drink enough water, does your skin become dehydrated? Conversely, when you drink more than the requisite amount of water, does this increase the hydration levels of your skin?
Our body is 60 percent water. Simultaneously, 15 percent of our body weight is in our skin. Certainly, these two numbers cross paths, as being dehydrated can have negative effects on your skin. However, being overhydrated does not necessarily have the opposite effect. In other words, more water doesn’t always equal better skin hydration. When you consume water, it doesn’t just get distributed throughout the skin. It is absorbed into your bloodstream where it affects hydration on a cellular level. Since it is absorbed and utilized in this way, as part of a larger process, your body can suffer the ill effects of dehydration, while not being able to enjoy the benefits of a surplus. If there isn’t enough water being absorbed into your bloodstream, you may experience dry skin (among numerous other dehydration symptoms) because your blood isn’t properly fueled and can’t fully do its job. On the other hand, there is only a certain amount of water that can be absorbed and utilized at a time so the skin will not benefit from over-hydration.
Numerous factors go into how much water it takes to keep your skin properly hydrated and healthy. One of the first to consider is how much you sweat. Naturally, if you sweat, you have a greater need to take in more water than if you don’t sweat a lot. Another factor to consider is diet. The foods you consume determine not only the amount of water your body needs, but how effectively your body can absorb that water. For example, foods with Omega-3’s like cold-water fish or foods that contain linolenic fatty acids like flaxseed help moisturize skin.
Externally, the air around you affects the level of moisture in your skin. Areas with low humidity (under 30%) tend to dry skin out. Consistent wind has the same effect on skin as low humidity. Chapped lips and wind burn are our bodies reacting to the conditions around us. However, this doesn’t mean high levels of humidity are ideal for keeping skin moist. Usually, high humidity is coupled with higher temperatures, which means the body will perspire to regulate its temperature. This, in turn, dries the skin from the inside out. Additionally, higher temperatures usually mean more exposure to the sun, which translates to sunburn.
While knowing the basics about diet and environment can aid in taking care of your skin, one of the often overlooked keys to unlocking the formula to treating your skin lies in your DNA. A skin-care report from DNA4Life looks at nine genes and evaluates everything from your skin’s elasticity to how well your skin naturally hydrates. The report helps eliminate the guess work of knowing which foods, supplements, and vitamins need to be added to or subtracted from your diet in order to maintain your skin’s health. It also provides you with a Hydration Composite Score based on your unique genetics and informs you as to whether you need to take action to mitigate hydration loss. Since your DNA never changes, you can confidently kiss the old trial-and-error approach to skin care good-bye.
If you are tired of the uninformed and expensive “trial and error” method to selecting skin-care products, then DNA4Life is right for you. The DNA4Life Skin Care Report utilizes your personalized genetic data to optimize your skin’s health and vitality.
One-size-fits-all sounds great when you’re running late for a friend’s Halloween party. After all, in your head, you have been planning to only stay at the party for a short time, and there is no chance anyone else will be dressed as Wonder Woman, right? Wrong. Not only were you one of the last people to leave the party, you were one of four wearing the same one-size-fits-all Wonder Woman costume, and one of the four was a guy.
Attending this party taught you two life-long lessons. First, what you think will happen rarely ever does. Secondly, one-size-fits-all does not work in any walk of life. The Wonder Woman costume fit each one of the four party goers differently; especially the guy, which proves that there is really no such as thing as one-size-fits-all.
Like any other field, skin care should not be treated as a one-size-fits-all model. Unfortunately, cosmetologists do treat it this way by recommending a cream based on whether your skin is dry, oily, or normal. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and everyone has a unique genetic composition, so slotting all these variables into three categories is not the best approach.
The only sure way to optimize your skin’s health and vitality and to eliminate the guesswork of choosing the right skin care products is through personalized genetic data. The results of a DNA4Life skin care report will tell you which foods, vitamins, and supplements are best suited for you to avoid harmful skin damage, inflammation, and cell destruction. The results of this one test will provide life-long direction on which life-style changes are needed in an effort to support hydrated skin and prevent the onset of wrinkles. Knowing your unique genetic composition enables you to make educated decisions on which skin care products would be the most effective for you.
DNA4Life is providing the cosmetic industry with a new level of personalization as consumers are now able to use the data from these tests to implement a targeted skin care treatment plan that is far more advanced than the current one-size-fits-all approach. Possessing this personal genetic knowledge also eliminates the guesswork or the trial and error approach everyone has taken with skin care in the past. And, this trial and error equation is eliminated for the rest of your life, which is perhaps the most powerful advantage of using the results from your DNA4Life skin care report.
Longer boots to make you look taller and a lasso to accentuate your fun-loving personality would have been the perfect way to make your costume stand-out from the others. Of course, these same accessories may not have been what the guy dressed as Wonder Woman would have ordered, but that is what makes the world go round. Perhaps costume makers around the world could take a page out of the DNA4Life formula and start realizing we are all unique individuals and expect to be treated this way.
No two people in this world are exactly the same. What makes your skin beautiful is not necessarily what works for your sister. Knowing your genes and scientifically discovering what works for your DNA is the key to healthy and beautiful skin.