Coveted Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2015 proves that DNA can be repaired. Read how this discovery is being translated into skincare.

Three pioneering scientists were recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for mechanistic studies of DNA Repair.

Tomas Lindhal, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar have mapped and explained how the cell repairs its DNA and safeguards the genetic information. They have shown that a host of molecular systems continuously monitor and repair DNA, by mapping how several of these repair systems function at a detailed molecular level.

Their work has made a decisive contribution to the understanding of how the living cell functions, as well as providing knowledge about the molecular causes of several hereditary diseases and about mechanisms behind both cancer development and ageing.

DNA repair in action

DNA Renewal, distributed in Australia by Advanced Cosmeceuticals, is a cosmeceutical RonMoyskincare line developed by former President of the American Academy of Dermatology Dr Ronald Moy.

DNA Renewal is based on science, with the original research on DNA repair enzymes conducted by Dr Moy. Now with the recent Nobel Prize in Chemistry being awarded to three leading scientists for their studies in DNA repair, this provides affirmative evidence that DNA is repairable.

Dr Moy has dedicated his life’s work to understanding the impact of photodamage on the skin’s health and ageing. Though Dr Moy originally developed the DNA Renewal range as a means to reverse pre-cancers in patients with severely sun-damaged skin, further research also found the DNA repair enzymes used in alliance with growth factors revealed dramatic age-reversing results.

As the master control for all skin functions, healthy DNA is vital to beautiful skin. With ageing, the production of DNA repair enzymes declines. Skin cell turnover slows down dramatically, cellular repair becomes deficient, and the dermal matrix weakens.

“By introducing an active DNA repair enzyme cream onto the skin you can introduce repair enzymes within the skin that will support the proliferation of new cell turnover and encourage the elimination of DNA damage,” says Dr Moy.

The buzz on DNA renewal

The skincare was originally formulated as a treatment to reverse pre-cancers in patients with severely sun-damaged skin. It uses three powerful DNA repair enzymes, derived from marine and botanical sources, alongside barley-derived Growth Factors (GF) to deliver an anti-ageing skincare solution.

The line is revolutionary in several aspects. It is the first physician formulated and approved bio- advanced skin ageing protocol to combine DNA repair enzymes with plant-based growth factors. It is the only product line to offer the stable and potent plant-based barley- derived growth factors, providing the skin with consistent performance actives that deliver proven results.

“By replenishing those DNA repair enzymes that have been compromised by our environment and bad habits, DNA Renewal is clinically proven to decrease wrinkles and pore size, as well as lift and tighten the skin of the eyes and lower face,” he adds. “At the end of the day, youthful skin is the result of repairing the damage already done and preventing any further damage in the future.”

Maximum results can be seen in two to three months of regular use, but many patients report improvements to the skin’s texture within weeks.

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