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Where in Hong Kong to get latest skin fix – DNA repair enzyme products

If you have sun damage such as uneven skin tone, dilated pores, wrinkles or sagging skin, do not despair.

UV exposure and free radicals generated by our metabolisms and environmental factors lead to damaged DNA in our skin cells, says dermatologist Carmen Lam.

“Luckily we have naturally occurring DNA repair enzymes to help reverse the damage. However, as we age these enzymes decrease. Laser treatment and chemical peels were once used to correct the damage but today we have DNA repair enzyme ingredients in the form of serum, lotion or cream that you can get over the counter,” says Lam, of Skin Central Dermatology, Aesthetics Laser.

When DNA-based skincare products and treatments emerged, Hollywood jumped on them. Early proponents included Dr Ronald Moy, a dermatologist and surgeon based in Beverly Hills, who founded the DNA Renewal Skincare range after reading clinical studies into the impact DNA repair for skin cancer had on anti-ageing.

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Aromatherapy Associates utilises the Nobel-prize winning research of telomeres, the little “caps” at the end of our DNA that protect chromosomes. Their well-being is crucial in deciding how skin cells age. Its Infinity line targets ageing signs at the cellular level.

If a home care regimen is not enough, its DNA Rejuvenation Facial – available at The Oriental Spa – also includes a microcurrent machine that provides deeper penetration.

Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infinity DNA Rejuvenation Facial. The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Queen’s Road Central. HK$2,200-HK$2,500 for 90 minutes.

Ingrid Millet Paris anti-ageing skincare lines revolve around plant cellular extracts. Its ActiveCells10 treatment counts on the patented Vita Nova ingredient to activate skin cells.

Ingrid Millet Paris ActiveCells10 anti-aging treatment. Ingrid Millet Paris Facial Centre, 8/F, 8 Wyndham St, Central.

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“DNA repair enzyme ingredients cannot give results like fillers or Botox, but they are non-invasive and you can get it over the counter,” says Lam. “Prevention is better than cure. These DNA repair ingredients cannot replace sunblock and antioxidants to prevent sun damage. There isn’t one magic ingredient that can do everything. All of these work together to give the best effect.”