Beauty

It’s of­fi­cial: new re­search sug­gests we all have the po­ten­tial to age grace­fully

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Front Page -

The sim­ple fixes that en­sure you age grace­fully.

Are­cent study by Olay and ge­net­ics com­pany 23andme has given cre­dence to the maxim we should look to our moth­ers as an in­di­ca­tor of how we might age. They dis­cov­ered there are two ge­netic vari­a­tions of DNA that af­fect favourable skin age­ing, and ap­prox­i­mately two thirds of peo­ple have them. But the re­search also showed this ad­van­tage is of­ten com­pro­mised through poor life­style habits – namely UV ex­po­sure. The easy fix: in­clud­ing SPF in your daily rou­tine, re­gard­less of sea­son.

“We found that women who used a sun­screen daily or most of the time had an al­most 80 per cent higher chance of look­ing 10 years younger,” says Olay sci­en­tist Dr Frauke Neuser. And it’s not just beach days that are haz­ardous, as “low-dose, in­ci­den­tal UV ex­po­sure builds up over time”, Neuser adds.

An­other pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure is top­i­cal hy­dra­tion. Says Neuser, “We know dry skin doesn’t age as well as hy­drated skin, so use a mois­turiser morn­ing and night, ide­ally one with vi­ta­min B3 (niaci­namide) to help strengthen the skin’s bar­rier and lock in mois­ture longterm.” And don’t ne­glect what hap­pens in­side: try to re­duce stress, and be mind­ful of what goes into your body.

(clock­wise from top left) KORA OR­GAN­ICS Noni Glow Sk­in­food, $19.95 (for seven days), ko­raor­gan­ics.com; WELLECO (for 50 tea bags), sephora.com.au; THE BEAUTY CHEF An­tiox­i­dant In­ner Beauty Boost, $39.95, the­beau­ty­chef.com; OLAY Re­gener­ist Lu­mi­nous Tone Per­fect­ing Cream, $48.99, olay.com.au

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