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