JUN 2013

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Following the Blueprint Is DNA-informed testing forging the future of skin care? e've all heard the expression that someone has "good genes." Maybe they can eat anything they want without gaining weight. Or perhaps they can sustain a fall without breaking a bone. When a little girl has her dad's perfect nose or her mom's shiny hair, we note these factors as genetic; i.e., examples of someone's DNA in evidence. Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is material that determines the distinguishing characteristics found in living organisms. Strands of DNA contain the chromosomes on which thousands of genes are contained. The genes are actually codes that determine everything from our height to our probability of developing certain diseases to how we respond to environmental triggers. DNA information can rule out a genetic health condition or pinpoint our likelihood of developing it. There are more than 1,000 genetic tests currently in use, with more being developed every day. Experts say that, in the not-too-distant future, genetic testing may be routinely called upon to inform us about a client's skin. It may come in the form of geneticists partnering with skincare professionals or industry leaders, or through the creation of its own industry. Regardless, it will enable us to learn which conditions an individual is predisposed to develop, to which therapies her skin will best respond, and which modes of prevention will prove most effective. DNA-informed programs may become the gold standard in customized skin care. 80 DAYSPA | JUNE 2013 © 2013 PHOTO RESEARCHERS, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. By Andrea Renskoff

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