A Summer Skin Masterclass

  • Sun care is cellular.
  • Typically it can take 30 years for sun damage to appear.
  • NAD, NMN and DNA Repair.
  • Can I stop sun damage before it takes hold?

How are your summer vacation plans shaping up? Are you headed down the shore or the mountains, booking a music festival, or will a picnic in your favorite park on sunny weekends fill the dog days this year?

Whichever way you choose to spend them, summer days are spent outside, and with temperatures set to roar, stocking up on hats and sunscreen is fast becoming only half the story in the fight against aging and overexposure to UV rays. There is new science dawning on invigorating DNA damage, so for this Summer Skin Master Class, we need to dive in deeper… and go cellular.

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Do you take good care of your skin? According to the U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey, you do. 1.35 million Americans spend a staggering $500 or more on skincare products over any single, three-month period, and don’t forget about the millions more who pay in to the over $500 billion-dollar skin care industry every single day. We are literally spending a fortune to keep our skin looking healthy and youthful. But as we age, the largest organ in the human body needs something more than a lotion… something that goes beyond skin deep.

A recent Harvard University study identified the loss of the vital coenzyme NAD, (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) from our cells as we age. This is inevitable, but as a fundamental coenzyme essential to DNA repair, that’s bad news for our cells, whose main purpose it is to repair themselves. The good news is that replenishing NAD stores through the precursor enzyme NMN,  (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide), is as easy as adding NMN to your daily supplement regime with top nutraceuticals like Herbalmax’s Reinvigorator™ Enhanced NMN Formula.

What does sun damage look like at the cellular level?

It may surprise you to learn, it typically takes 30 years for sun damage to appear. Remember in your 20s, when you played beach volleyball all day without sunscreen, then paid for it with sun blisters on your shoulders for a whole week? Sun damage from that weekend and others begin showing up in the form of sunspots and wrinkles during your 50s.

The Washington Post reported recently on a Yale University study in 2015 where it explained how UV sunburn leads to long term damage and skin cancer, which occurs long after sun exposure ends.

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When UV light is shined on a cell, it produces two enzymes. When combined, these enzymes create a powerful oxide — and a lot of energy. In humans, the reaction breaks apart the melanin which is the main protector enzyme in our skin, and forms a high energy molecule. In fireflies, the result is a chemical glow. But for us, if there’s DNA nearby, that energy can go right into it [DNA] and do the damage usually done by photons of light.

UV rays have complex and mixed effects on human health. Nonetheless, excessive exposure to UV carries profound health risks, including atrophy, pigmentary changes, wrinkling and malignancy.

How Do I Stop Sun Damage Before It Takes Hold?

There are a few preventative measures we can take to avoid UV sun damage and the long-term risks of cancer as we age, but short of staying out of the sun completely, which is impractical and counter-intuitive because removing sunshine completely presents its own health problems, exposure can and sometimes does sneak up on us.

Supplementing vitamin A or Retinol is vital if you overlook your sun protection this summer, and works by supporting cell turnover and collagen production, two key phenomena to natural skin reparation.Higher grade sunscreens, hats, sunglasses, and loose clothing are everyday practical steps you can take to avoid UV Rays in the first place, but what about DNA repair after the fact, after the sun’s damage is done?

NAD, NMN and DNA Repair

Let’s expand on the importance of NAD. NAD exists in all cells, not just human cells, but plants and all living things. NAD’s main task is assisting the cell’s survival in handling the daily onslaught of environmental changes, and stressors.  Things like DNA repair and immune and inflammatory responses, which are the gate keepers that stand in the way of us and disease, exist because of the presence of NAD. Depleting NAD stores as we age leaves us vulnerable to those essential functions breaking down, so replenishing NAD is fast becoming fundamental to living well, longer.

Senior Research Scientist at biotech firm, Herbalmax, Mohamed Shaharuzzaman Ph. D, explains the process of reviving NAD stores with NMN. “Unfortunately, NAD diminishes overtime from our cells as we age, so when most of us reach our fiftieth birthday with around half our original supplies. Imagine an hourglass, and the sand slowly pouring from the upper chamber everyday of our lives.”

Dr. Shaharuzzaman goes on to explain that NMN, the active precursor coenzyme to NAD and supplemental form, is present in products like Reinvigorator, and is what modern biotech is all about.  “Pioneering discoveries like NMN catapult the fusion of current health and wellness trends with fact-based science into the mainstream beauty industry and puts the consumer firmly in the driver seat of their own wellbeing.”

Good Health Is Cellular

Hindsight vision is 20/20, and although we can prevent sun damage today, when we head out into the sunshine, we cannot protect ourselves from the sunburn that already happened. The best way to take care of your skin now is by paying equal attention the skin you can see and the cells you cannot. Beauty may only be skin deep, but good health is truly cellular.

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Lynda Bateman

Lynda Bateman is a Health and Wellness writer living in California. She is a contributor to numerous publications in the US, Europe and Australia, is an editor, TV personality and Radio host. Lynda writes extensively on the subject of Thyroid Disease, is a patient advocate and created the very successful Thyroid Support Group and the private sister group TSG in 2007.


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