Make DNA Repair Enzymes Part of Your Skincare Routine ASAP

On Instagram, you can often find me debunking skincare hype and product myths. So many products do not deliver the results that are promised, and this makes DNA repair enzymes stand out. In the realm of effective skincare products, these are backed by science, and I strongly recommend everyone use them as part of their skincare routine.

Here’s why.

DNA repair enzymes correct sun damage

Once you apply these enzymes topically to the skin, they will immediately begin repairing sun damage. They do this by recognizing and correcting physical damage in your skin’s DNA that is caused by exposure to radiation, UV light, or reactive oxygen species.

As I mentioned above, very few skincare products have as much science behind them. DNA repair enzymes have been studied in patients with serious genetic diseases who are prone to pre-cancers and skin cancers, and they are proven to reduce both by about 30%.

There are three categories of enzymes:

One comes from plankton extract, and is often referred to as a photosome, photolyase, or just plankton extract in the ingredient list. It is activated by light, so use these during the day.

The second comes from bacteria (micrococcus luteus), and the third comes from the mustard plant (arabidopsis thaliana). You can use these at night as well as in the morning.

There is no need to use a product containing plankton extract at night. However, if it’s already in the product you are using, it’s perfectly fine. It will just be sleeping while the other ingredients are working.

Start using them anytime – but especially when young

The earlier you start using DNA repair enzymes, the less DNA damage you accumulate over the years. There is evidence that using these at any point can help reverse some of the damage that’s already done.

It’s much like if you’ve been a smoker for many years. You don’t just say, “Well, I’m not going to quit because it’s too late.” It’s not, because your lungs can repair some damage after you stop smoking. It’s the same with sun damage.

And by starting young, you are preemptively eliminating damage that’s bound to accumulate. It’s easier to prevent than it is to repair, which is why they should be a part of your healthy skin routine. 

How to choose products

In my opinion, when you’re using products, they should feel nice and also be effective. 

Which formulation you choose really depends on personal preference. If you like something that’s lightweight, drops can be applied directly to the face. Or if you have a moisturizer that you love, you can add the drops to the moisturizer. If you like a heavier formulation or serum, there are plenty out there.

Just keep in mind that you don’t need to use extra products. I would use DNA repair enzymes as a combination moisturizer-and-serum.

No matter which you choose, all are non-allergenic, non-irritating. They are not like  retinoids which require an adjustment period to avoid irritation.


My top picks for DNA repair enzyme products (which we carry in our practice) are:

  • Cellular MD Universal Protection Drops – plankton + micrococcus
  • Cellular MD Eye Balm – micrococcus
  • Neova Total DNA Repair – all three
  • Photozyme MD DNA Youth Recovery Facial Serum – all three
  • Photozyme MD Ultra Rich Facial Cream – all three

Start repairing sun damage today

DNA repair enzymes, retinoids, and sunscreen should be an integral part of everyone’s skincare routine. If you’d like guidance on which product is ideal for you, call us at 212-288-8222, and we’ll point you in the right direction.


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