Do you want better skin? Before you invest in a new serum, it could pay to know your true self: your DNA.
The idea is that if we know what our skin is predisposed to do at a cellular level, we are better able to encourage the good traits and repress the bad.
“Having your DNA tested is probably the best investment you can make for the health of your skin,” says Richard Parker, founder of Rationale, which offers skin DNA testing at all its clinics. “Your DNA doesn’t change; what changes is your ability to activate or deactivate [your skin’s intrinsic markers].”
In other words, even if your DNA shows up a propensity for pigmentation issues, you don’t necessarily have to end up with a pigmentation problem. “There is a lot you can do to influence your health by making the right decisions,” says Parker.
To help, he suggests having a skin expert in your corner. “Skincare is a moving target so your relationship with your doctor or skin therapist is crucial because they can decode what is going on.”