2021-02-16 13:10
by Lisa Keilhofer
  Last edited: 2021-03-04 15:22

Start off enquiring your skin with Sequential Skin

Sequential Skin is analyzing your skin regarding genetics and microbiome, both components being relevant to the choice of cosmetic products. (Picture: ©sequentialskin)

The cosmetics industry has lately found a new big topic – the microbiome. Acquiring scientific findings, many brands (finally) acknowledge that your skin is a delicate ecosystem, too. A variety of bacteria is dwelling here. Some get there because you touched some “contaminated” surface, some because they fly around in the air and some have been there for quite a few years, co-existing on and with you. Basically, we can say, microbes on your skin are either of genetical origin or result from environmental impacts.

While the gut-skin axis is still being discovered by scientists, it is apparent that a healthy gut correlates with a healthy skin. Using products certified microbiome-friendly is always a good idea, because all products that earned the seal have been checked thoroughly by our team beforehand and make sure, the microbes that your skin is home to are not affected. But still, the more users deal with the complex system of their skin, the more they feel at a loss concerning what products to use.

And here is where we want to introduce you to an interesting option of getting to know one’s skin. Sequential Skin uses advanced genetic sequencing technology to unlock your genes, your skin microbiome, and your environment, to define your unique skin needs. The approach is based on the fact that the complexion is depending on genetics on the one hand, but also on environmental impacts on the other hand. We cannot change genetics, for sure, but often we cannot change environmental impacts, as well (such as being exposed to a lot of UV rays, or heat, or cold, or pollution if this is what our job brings with it, for instance).

The kit comprises five items, including a test patch, a test tube and an instruction card. The process is simple: stick the test patch on your forehead in order to collect your skin sample, before mailing it back to Sequential Skin’s lab. From there, the team will make an in-depth assessment based on five key traits: hydration, sensitivity response, firmness, sun protection and antioxidant capacity. Moreover, the diversity of your skin’s microbiome is captured through the population levels of four key kinds of bacteria present on the skin surface, that act as the best indicators of overall skin health.

Last but not least, the results contain a list of recommendations. We do not want to go into detail, here, because none of the products mentioned has acquired our seal, so far. But that does simply mean that none of them was tested and does not imply microbiome-unfriendliness per se. So, we just want to refrain from evaluating the results either useful or contra-productive. 

All in all, we find the offer of Sequential Skin interesting, also a fun thing to do, and a great way to get started with involving deeper into the microbiome matter. Presently the kit is only available in Singapore, the launch in Europe is planned for this year. Stay tuned with their monthly newsletter!

Lisa Keilhofer
Lisa Keilhofer
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Lisa Keilhofer studied at the University of Regensburg. She works in internationalization and as a freelance editor.

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