DNA And Skin Care

DNA And Skin Care

DNA not only serves as foolproof evidence in television crime series, but it also plays a large role in cosmetics.
But what does DNA have to do with beauty?

Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA for short, is the carrier of the genetic code and is present in every cell of the body—even in skin cells.  Strands of DNA, called genes, encode our hereditary information.  These genes contain the building plans for the biological molecules necessary for cell metabolism.  These genes are responsible for the synthesis of proteins like collagen, which play an important role in the firmness of the skin.

Damage to DNA

DNA, including skin cells, can become damaged through various external influences.  X-rays and UV rays, for example, are very harmful and can alter the nucleotide bases, which in turn cause changes in the genetic material, metabolic malfunctions, and in the worst case, cell death.

 

What does this mean for skin?

Excessive UV exposure alters the nucleotide bases, especially the pyrimidine dimmers, which is likely a significant cause of skin cancer.  Wrinkles can also be traced back to excessive UV exposure.  Research has shown that, due to UV damage, enzymes are released that break down collagen and elastin fibers, which are important for skin elasticity.  Once these fibers break down, skin loses its tautness and wrinkles form.  Wrinkles are not caused by DNA damage alone, but in such cases, this creates long-term damage.  DNA is, however, able to regenerate itself to a certain degree.  Damage to nucleotide bases, for example, can be repaired with help from the enzymes photolyase and endonuclease.

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What can I do?

Without the magic of Harry Potter, the skin’s natural process of aging cannot be stopped.

However, it does help to avoid out in the sun without UV protection and to protect your skin in winter from the elements.  Photodamage can now also be repaired with skin care products.

The 3D anti-aging skin care line from Diadermine* contains the enzymes photolyase and endonuclease.  These repair damage to the nucleotide bases caused by UV rays.

Photolyase is light activated and is therefore included in daily skin care products.  Endonuclease is not dependent upon UV light, so it is often incorporated in night creams.

UV damage can therefore also be repaired overnight.

Skin is thus supplied with its own natural repair enzymes once it can no longer produce adequate amounts on its own.

Research has even shown that skin cells exposed to continuous UV light can live up to 50% longer when treated with products containing these enzymes.

The 3D anti-aging skin care line from Diadermine smoothes the skin surface noticeably as well as reduces the length and depth of fine lines.

Although you can’t stop your birthdays from happening, with the right skin products, you can limit the number of wrinkles that come with them.

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