2021-02-16 13:10
by Lisa Keilhofer
  Last edited: 2021-02-17 14:13

Start off enquiring your skin with Sequential Skin

The label 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. The label Sequential Skin is analyzing your skin regarding genetics and microbiome, both components being relevant to the choice of cosmetic products. The approach is based on the assumption 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 test kit comes to your home with sterile gloves, a skin patch, a collecting tube and a brief instruction. The handling is fairly easy and the collected sample can be returned in a prepaid postage bag. Sequential Skin will analyze your sample regarding risk for pigmentation, wrinkles, oxidative stress, and sensitivity. The result will show you the rate of Cutibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and also a brief evaluation of the microbes found.

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.

Lisa Keilhofer
Lisa Keilhofer

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

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