DNA Repairing Sunscreen

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DNA Repairing Sunscreen?

DNA Repairing Sunscreen, for real? Has this been successfully done? Sunscreen works by being on top of the skin, blocking sun rays. Rebuilding DNA would require entering the skin, being absorbed, or being taken internally!

Ok, so why would I, a woman who has ignored a lot of the sun-protective things I could have done through the years, not only for myself but for my family. Why would I care?

As a card-carrying member of the cotton farm-raised Texas citizen, I have not had enough respect for the sun. I should have been paying attention a long time before I did. I could blame the medical community for not sounding the alarm when I was young as they have started to do today.

We thought that you only used “Sun Tanning Lotion” when you wanted a tan. That is what we had, something to encourage tanning, not sunscreen to protect our skin. We welcomed a mild sunburn, knowing that when it healed, we would be browner! We didn’t know that we were guaranteeing skin cancer in our future.

Now That We Know About Sun Dangers

We know the dangers of UV exposure. My family is learning about how much it helps to take breaks from the sun and get in the shade! The wearing of a sun hat is now making sense for us as we become sun safety minded. How important sunscreen and sun blocking clothing are.

We are becoming aware of how dangerous the sun can be for our family. My grandchildren have better protection from the sun than they were. I am so grateful to see this happening. Maybe they can avoid the skin cancers their grand[arents and parents have had to deal with.

As we become aware, we are becoming more curious about what is available to help us protect our skin.

Sunscreen To Rebuild Skin’s DNA?

It was a surprise to see an ad promoting a new miracle sunscreen. One that claimed to repair the damage to your skins’ DNA from too much sun!

Recently, several products have become available that claim to repair DNA damage inflicted by UVB rays. That’s a bold statement. To protect your genetic code from the structural harm that can lead to skin cancer is one thing. To actively correct that damage is another challenge entirely.

The repair of the DNA would be wonderful if it’s really happening. That idea led me to research. After discovering an article that included a statement by a retired biologist, Errol Friedberg, professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was also an expert on DNA damage and gene-repairing enzymes.

He supposedly had not heard of any of those enzymes needed for DNA repair used in lotions or sunscreens.

These enzymes are fragile. And when you are rubbing them into your skin, which is a multi-layered organ? How are you going to be sure they’re getting into your cells? If he is wondering, so am I.

Rethinking Information

Thinking about my son and daughter’s recent dermatologist visits, I kept looking for some more information. Turns out information does exist supporting the claims of the ability to repair DNA!

We may be able to repair damaged DNA by applying the right enzymes topically! There is compelling evidence that they could help your body’s natural gene-repairing machinery!

So why aren’t those enzymes in our sunscreens?

Do you want a short answer? It’s money. The long answer is a little more complex but is easily the most encouraging thing about sunscreen. My faith in the sunscreen industry is being restored. Not to the point, it was when I thought sun tanning lotion was good for me. But it is better than it has been with the scare of cancer-causing chemicals in the formula.

Search For DNA Repairing Products

After searching for a product with claims of DNA repair, I found Eryfotona Actinic. This product is from a Spanish dermatology company ISDIN. which runs $57.50 for a 3.4-ounce bottle. I have a bottle of this product, a gift from my daughter. But did not know enough about the product to appreciate what I had.

I didn’t understand that to work properly some of the products must remain on top of the skin. Now that I know about its qualities, I will appreciate it more.

Let’s Talk About Cost

For me, this is expensive, and prohibitively so for most people. ( To compare an 8-ounce bottle of Coppertone, a top sunscreen pick will cost around $15.)

Remember, sunscreen gives the best protection when applied generously and often. Apply when you are working out in a sports competition or sweating a lot, or swimming and in and out of the water, reapply after drying off water or sweat.

Otherwise, every reapplying 2 hours will help you stay safe. Pay attention to where the protection may disappear like as on your back if leaning against a backrest or edge of the boat.

So that means if you are using enough of the DNA repairing sunscreen, you will get 4 applications, and that is expensive for sunscreen. I would think that serum to apply the DNA repairing formula under your sunscreen a more economical product for protection from the sun might make DNA repair less expensive.

Add sun blocking clothing to the mix, and you will need less of either product. With an improved knowledge of how to stay safe from the sun by adding sun blocking clothing, you should be able to make your DNA repair product go further.

Why The Cost?

What you’re paying for are molecules like UV endonuclease and

photolyase. When trying to put all this scientific talk into something that made sense to me, I realized that for some of the information, science would rule.

Needless to say, when you try to say the two processes’ names out loud it sounds like you’re trying to confuse readers. Actually, both of these are DNA-repairing enzymes that sniff out and repair genetic damage

They work with damage caused by exposure to UV light. Damage which, when it accumulates, can lead to skin cancers.

Many years of research have shown that these molecules, as well as several of their cousins, are legitimately weird and wonderful enzymes.

Take photolyases, for instance. They become active by light from visible wavelengths through a process called photoreactivation.

Can you believe that this process of Photolyases is happening because of the light? They can repair DNA damage caused by sunlight. When they’re in the sunlight, they repair themselves. Well done, evolution!

Evolution And DNA Repairing Sunscreen

But evolution giveth, and evolution taketh away. Humans don’t produce photolyases! So, now what?

Almost all organisms on Earth do produce photolyases. Animals and plants as well as bacteria and fungi all can rebuild themselves. At some point in their history, placental mammals like us stopped producing enzymes that heal DNA with light.

(Humans must get by with a genetic patch-up we know as nucleotide excision repair. This process is not only less efficient but, honestly a lot less cool-sounding than photoreactivation.)

More About Evolution

Humans don’t make this UV endonuclease enzyme either. Researchers found it in a bacterium called Micrococcus luteus.

Also, we do not produce the DNA repair enzyme known as T4 Endonuclease V, that’s also known as “T4N5”. This imposingly-named cousin of UV endonuclease came from parasitized E. coli. Photolyases came from sources like plankton and algae.

Science Saw The $$ Signs

After isolating these enzymes, some scientists began to wonder if these enzymes could survive in topical treatments and be delivered into human skin cells.

The idea was tantalizing, and potentially very lucrative. They were right.

The founder of Revlon was the first to label cosmetics “as hope in a jar!” We can’t help wondering, why settle for hope when they could actively rebuild their DNA?

Is rebuilding already happening? Well, hardly. The FDA’s approval process is known  for encouraging the funding of trials in search of cures, rather than preventative measures,

The Rest Of The Story Of DNS Repair

The scientist’s efforts to raise the money needed were not successful. But in the process, the developing group got an offer from Estée Lauder to sell. And that’s the business decision that was best for them at that time.

So the company is now a subsidiary of Estée Lauder, and it continues to supply these repair enzymes and liposomes.

Estée Lauder controls the market, and enough of its customers are willing to pay for DNA repair enzymes that it can charge high prices for them.

“Everything comes down to money,” states dermatological surgeon Ronald Moy, founder of DNARenewal.

A past president of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Moy says he is creating his own skincare line with DNA repair enzymes because he believes the evidence of their ability to do what they say they will.

He also states that putting them in sunscreens is expensive.

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Sami’s Take On DNA Repairing Sunscreen

I personally agree with the guy who figured out how the enzymes could be of use. Sunscreen is a product that is difficult to make and ship and have a shelf life to survive and still be effective when we buy it.

In light of all of this, you’ll probably not be surprised to learn that the scientists who are behind all this don’t think DNA repair enzymes belong in sunscreens either.

Sunscreen is supposed to stay on the surface of the skin. DNA repair enzymes are supposed to penetrate the skin’s surface. It’s hard to create a formula that delivers one thing to the top and another to the subsurface,” he says. “What I’d really prefer to see is a DNA repair serum you apply first, and apply your sunscreen on top.”

Maybe cosmetic companies will be able to develop a better way to control and deliver both in one bottle. And who knows; perhaps they already have. With little research, it’s difficult if not impossible to say which formula is best.

I will be relying on tried and tested methods for summer sun protection. In our family, we will continue to keep up with what is going on with DNA repairing sunscreens.

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