Learn about our new skincare obsession, DNA Renewal, plus a special interview with the brand’s founder Dr. Ronald Moy.

Recently, I had the horrifying realization that my 23-year-old eyes had a couple of small wrinkles forming beneath them. I didn’t expect this for at least ten more years, so I knew it was seriously time for some preventative measures. I quickly went on the search to find a quick fix, starting with a Clinique eye cream. I saw absolutely no results. Just as I was about to give up all together and accept my fate as a wrinkly 23-year-old, the stars aligned and I was sent a tube of DNA’s Eye Renewal.

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The stylish test tube packaging was enough to make me fall in love, but the results were equally impressive. My dark under-eye circles were severely diminished and  puffiness was reduced. The best part? My little wrinkles were quickly tamed.  This little miracle is now a part of my morning and evening skincare regimen and I couldn’t be happier.

Since I loved Eye Renewal so much, I wanted to try something else from DNA line. And, as much as I love my Irish heritage and my ability to rock a sassy red hair color, my skin requires constant attention when temperatures soar. It feels like I burn as soon as I walk out into the sun, yet I hate the heavy, sticky feeling of facial sunscreens. Because I enjoy less coverage, you can usually find me rocking an SPF 30 tinted moisturizer. Yes, I have been sacrificing my face’s well-being for the lower SPF content in a lightweight moisturizer.

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So, when I first received the DNA Sheer Defense SPF 50, I was slightly skeptical. Yes, the packaging was super adorable, but was this going to leave my face feeling heavy and sticky?

After smoothing it on my face I was impressed that it dried quickly. As I ran my hand along my face I expected a gross sticky feeling, but instead I was greeted with a soft, even texture across my skin. I felt like I was wearing nothing, yet my skin looked great. To my delight, I didn’t look like an oompa loompa or a Jersey Shore cast member. The “light” shade perfectly blended into my extremely fair skin. Since discovering DNA Sheer Defense, I’ve found myself throwing it in my bag every time I head out. This stuff is amazing!

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During the spring and summer it’s important to know the best way to protect your skin from harsh rays. Check out my interview with DNA Renewal founder, Dr. Ronald Moy, to brush up on the latest in summer skincare!

Besides the expiration date, is there a way to tell if sunscreen is expired? 

Though the most reliable way to tell if a sunscreen is expired is through the expiration date, sunscreen also tends to separate when you squeeze it out or it gets very clumpy and grainy too. Throw any product out if these signs appear as the ingredients are no longer active and will not offer any protection from the sun.

 Do you still need sunscreen while it’s cloudy outside? If so, what SPF do you recommend? 

Sunscreen, particularly broad spectrum sunscreen, is always necessary, even on cloudy days, in the car or in the shade since there is a lot of indirect sun that causes DNA damage. The UVA and UVB rays that affect the skin are: UVA Rays which are the long wave rays that can penetrate clouds and glass and UVB rays which are the shortwave rays that cause redness. Traditionally, SPF only measures UVB rays, meaning that it is only a measurement of how long it will take for UVB rays to redden the skin which really isn’t a measurement of protection. This is why its important to look out for “broad spectrum” sunscreens which protect against UVB and UVA rays, thus offering the most all around protection. It’s also important to realize that sun damage continues after sun exposure which really highlights how important sun protection is.

Which SPF level do you recommend for daily face wear?

The American Academy of Dermatology and Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an SPF of at least 30 and should be reapplied every 4 hours when outside. However, as I mentioned before, SPF isn’t the only measure of efficacy in sunscreen. Broad spectrum sunscreens should be the first sign you look for on a sunscreen bottles as well as We should be looking for products that protect and repair DNA damage.  We need to have a DNA damage protection factor instead of a redness protection factor. DNA SHEER DEFENSE 50 offers two layers of protection:  SPF 50 and DNA repair enzymes so the skin has a double layer of protection against harmful sun exposure.

We’ve heard rumors that any sunscreen over SPF 50 is no more effective than 50 itself, is this true? 

Any SPF over 50 does protect more than 50 itself but the difference becomes so small that after 50 it may not be worth it.

Which DNA product is your favorite and why? 

My favorite product is DNA Intensive Renewal because it contains all the DNA repair enzymes, can be used night or day and repairs past sun damage.  DNA Intensive Renewal will prevent skin cancer and make the skin look better.

For more skin care tips & advice head over to our Beauty section. 

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