Genetic skin testing arrives at Ocean Clinic Marbella

Ocean Clinic Marbella have introduced genetic skin testing. They can now use a patient’s DNA to determine their predisposition to ageing – and understand the best way to prevent it.

The global skincare market is worth a massive $115 billion – visit any beauty counter and you will be overwhelmed by the selection of creams and serums each boasting different active ingredients and promising to reduce the signs of aging. How do you know which to choose? Will a €100 cream be more effective than one costing €10?

With personalised DNA testing we are, for the first time, able to scientifically tailor a unique regime specifically to you. This allows you to advance beyond the 'one-size-fits-all' suggestions - using the right skincare ingredients targeted to your own genetic blueprint.

How does it work?

Taking the DNA test is simple. A swab of saliva is taken from the inside of your cheek, which is then sent away for processing in the laboratory. The results will be returned within 7-10 days, at which point you will return to Ocean Clinic Marbella to discuss the outcome.

What does the test check for?

The test checks for two core things; collagen production and breakdown, and the skin’s natural solar protection level. These are the two main factors which dictate how our skin will wrinkle, sag and blotch over time.

Collagen test

Collagen is the principle structural protein of the skin, responsible for keeping it firm, plump and wrinkle-free. One in three people have a genetic variation that predisposes their skin to accelerated collagen breakdown. The test will identify if you are a carrier of this variation - even before the signs have become visible.

Solar protection test

In addition to collagen levels, the test will look at how well your skin can cope naturally under the strains of the sun. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun accounts for 90% of the symptoms of early skin aging.

Our genes play an important role in determining how well our skin can handle exposure to the sun - 2 in 5 people have a genetic variation that affects their skin's UV defences. DNA testing can reveal if your skin has a greater or lesser natural genetic solar protection factor (gSPF™).

Why would you want to know?

It might sound quite depressing to discover that your skin is ageing more rapidly than it should be, however early warning enables you to take preventative action.

The good news is your genetic destiny is not actually set in stone. For example, if a patient is at increased risk of collagen breakdown, it does not necessarily mean that they will definitely come across this problem in later years.

Utilising skincare ingredients that precision-target your genetic weaknesses along with making lifestyle changes can prevent deterioration before it even sets in.

What changes can you make?

Your personalised report will advise on the most suitable skincare ingredients based on your DNA. Fortunately today we have access to a huge range of ingredients, including those that are capable of slowing down collagen breakdown, sun damage, oxidation, glycation and inflammation. It’s just a matter of knowing which ingredients are best suited for each individual’s gene type to help tackle their skin aging problems.

Meanwhile, there are various changes that can be made to your diet and lifestyle, such as eating collagen-rich foods, taking supplements, giving up smoking, cutting back on alcohol and caffeine and avoiding exposure to the sun. Your doctor will help you devise a plan to combat future deterioration of your skin.

How accurate is the test?

The test is 99.96% scientifically accurate and you will never need to take the test again in the future, as your genes will never change. This is a once in a lifetime investment that will ensure you never waste another euro on ineffective products and treatments.

I already have wrinkles is there any point in me taking the test?

While we may not be able to reverse the effects of aging, we can prevent them from accelerating further. No matter what age you are, it is never too late to focus on the future health of your skin

Genetic skin testing at Ocean Clinic Marbella costs €500. To find out more about how to take your skincare regime to the next level, call us on (+34) 951 775 518.


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Ocean Clinic Marbella is a private cosmetic and plastic surgery clinic in Marbella, Spain. With longstanding experience of treating patients from abroad, they offer a comprehensive range of surgical rejuvenation and body shaping procedures including face lift, breast enlargement, facial rejuvenation, deep peeling and liposculpture, as well as non-surgical aesthetic treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers and chemical peels.

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