How Well Will You Age?
Wrinkles aren't the only indicators of age—here are more ways your face reveals your true birthday
Other prized attributes include a darker, more melanin-rich complexion (fine lines and wrinkles tend to show up sooner on fairer tones) and oily or combination skin. According to New York City dermatologist David E. Bank, MD, FAAD, there's truth to the belief that face oil provides an antidote to wrinkles by keeping the dermis plump with hydration.
But just because you might not have been born with an optimal face shape or skin type doesn't mean you're doomed—experts agree that hereditary traits account for far less of visible aging than is generally perceived. “Only 20 percent of how we age is genetics. We inherit bone structure and skin color, for better or worse; it's what you do with these things that makes a difference," says Oakland, California dermatologist Katie Rodan, MD, co-founder of the Rodan + Fields Dermatologists skin-care line.
Topping the list of factors you can control is no shocker: Sun exposure is aging's greatest accomplice. "You hear it over and over again, but that's because it's true," says Bank. "The sun's rays break down collagen and elastin in the skin, causing wrinkles." Other well-documented culprits include smoking, which starves skin of the oxygen it needs to replenish and look vibrant, as well as sleep deprivation, which robs the complexion of adequate time for cell turnover and regeneration, adds Rouleau.
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