What are Telomeres? Telomeres are protective tips found at the end of each strand of our DNA which are called chromosomes. Rather like the plastic tip on a shoe lace they help to keep the DNA healthy. Every part of our body is made up of cells and DNA makes up all the cells in our body. DNA makes us who we are. Our cells replenish by copying themselves. Telomeres get shorter each time a cell copies itself, but the DNA stays intact. Telomeres are vital to our health. Telomeres shorten naturally as we age, but can be accelerated by smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, poor diet and stress. Like the plastic tip on the shoe lace, which with wear will fragment and cause the shoe lace to fray, when telomeres reach a critically short length, the DNA strands start to deteriorate and become damaged and the cells cannot do their job, thus causing the body to age. Oxidative stress can also have an effect on telomeres. It causes an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to detoxify the harmful effects through neutralization of anti-oxidants. Free radicals are produced by the toxins in the environment and in harmful chemicals in our food. This is why it is so important to have a healthy diet rich in anti-oxidants to combat the effects of free radicals. Many scientific studies have shown strong connections between short telomeres and cellular ageing. This also applies to the effects on our skin which is the body's largest organ. To support our telomeres we must eat a healthy diet full of vegetables and fruit, particularly berries, nuts, seeds, pulses and drink plenty of water. Regular exercise is important and keeping our weight in check will also play a big part. Elizabeth Arden PRO Cellular Recovery Serum with DNA Enzyme Complex mimics the body's own DNA Repair Enzymes, helping to boost their effect on the skin. This will help to reverse damage to the DNA caused by free radicals. DNA Repair Enzymes have been shown to diminish the effects of harmful UV radiation, diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation and help reverse cellular DNA damage. Cellular Recovery Serum will enhance and jumpstart your results with your current skincare regimen to give faster and visible anti-ageing results. Did you know that the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for DNA Repair Mechanisms? Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Action Protector combines SPF 50 with DNA Enzyme Complex and Powerful anti-oxidants, so in one application you are protecting your skin from the sun, repairing and preventing damage to your DNA and protecting your skin from free radicals with powerful anti-oxidants. If you use Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Action Protection in the morning and Elizabeth Arden PRO Cellular Recovery Serum with DNA Enzyme Complex at night you will be giving your skin the very best treatments for enhanced anti-ageing benefits. April special offer is 10% discount on both Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Action Protection and Cellular Recovery Serum. Jane Bryant, Advanced Skin Health Specialist Hough Green Clinic, Tel: 01244 680414.