Healthy skin needs to be exposed to sunlight – but not too much of it. Excessive UV exposure damages the DNA in your skin cells and leads to all kinds of problems, including skin cancers. That’s why sunscreen has become ubiquitous over the last few decades.
But what if it were possible to supplement the barrier approach of sunscreen with skincare products that work at the DNA level? Recent research from Harvard shows what’s possible here:
“Our results unveil a key mechanism in cellular degeneration and aging, but beyond that they point to a therapeutic avenue to halt and reverse age-related and radiation-induced DNA damage,” said senior author David Sinclair, professor in the Department of Genetics at HMS, co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging, and professor at the University of New South Wales School of Medicine in Sydney.
We are fascinated by this development and following it closely. Adding a scientifically proven DNA repair agent to skincare products could potentially contribute to the goal of reversing the effects of aging. It might even save lives.
We see DNA repair as a natural next step in skincare. With substances such as niacin and astaxanthin already present in the Ao range, we are tackling the damage caused by free radicals.
If prevention can be supplemented by ongoing repair, all sorts of possibilities open up. Watch this space.