What is the secret to healthy glowing skin? It’s a question that still baffles us as we go through a lifetime’s worth of trial and error to find the products that suit our skin. For the team at Sequential Skin, the answer can be found in science.
In 2018, genetic scientists Oliver Worsley and Albert Dashi, the co-founders of the Singapore-based beauty startup, created the world’s first at-home skin test based on genetic analysis and microbiome identification to help its customers find products that truly suit them. Microbiome refers to the living organism on your skin, including bacteria, fungi and viruses—or the “invisible players”, as Dashi aptly describes them. The Swiss national met Worsley, who is from the UK, while they were doing their PhDs in molecular biology at the National University of Singapore.
“We were both driven by the idea of bringing basic science into the beauty world and to commercialise it for the benefit of people, especially those suffering from major skin conditions,” shares Dashi. “As we were both into molecular biology—the study of molecules necessary for cells to function—we eventually developed a technology which allows us to collect your genetic material and microbiomes at the same time.”
Today, customers can get their hands on a test kit by ordering it from Sequential Skin's website. 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 the team. After which, you will receive a complete skin analysis in a week’s time, as well as recommendations for three products: a cleanser, a day treatment and a night treatment.